Chelmsford City Council is looking for an enthusiastic Democratic Services Officer to join the team ahead of the busy city and parish council elections in 2023.
Chelmsford is a vibrant and diverse city in Essex with an electorate of approximately 130,000 and continuing development. Chelmsford City Council is a supportive and creative employer in which plenty of training and development opportunities are offered.
This is a newly created post to support the Democracy Team Manager in administering the Council’s Democratic decision making structure and processes. This will include ensuring Members have the means and information to carry out, through formal meetings, their deliberative and decision-making duties. The successful candidate will be expected to deal with Committee administrative duties related to their assigned meetings and to have previous experience in attending and administering these with the minimum of supervision.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience dealing with Councillors and Senior Officers and providing advice on governance matters. In addition to this they will have a sound understanding of the relevant legislation and either hold the ADSO certificate or be willing to work towards it. They should be committed, well-organised and able to work effectively as part of a team in a high pressurised environment. A commitment to being part of an efficient and first-class service is essential, as well as the ability to be innovative and fast thinking.
This position is advertised as full time, 37 hours per week. The majority of Chelmsford’s Committee meetings are held at 7pm, therefore there is a requirement to work evenings as part of the role.
Interviews will be held week commencing 5th September 2022.
As part of our accreditation with Essex Family Friendly Employers Charter, this full-time role can be offered on a job share or part-time basis, providing we are able to recruit to the remaining hours. Further information on the family friendly charter can be found: https://www.essex.gov.uk/family-friendly-charter/family-friendly-employer-principles
Chelmsford City Council is committed to safeguarding vulnerable groups and expects all employees to share this commitment and have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services. The Council's Safer Recruitment process contains pre-employment vetting which includes safeguarding training, obtaining references and ensuring compliance with Disclosure and Barring Service process.
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