Hours of work: 37 per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Fixed term for: 2 Years with the potential for extension beyond this time period, based on the role being successful
Closing date: 27 November 2022
Interview date: During the weeks commencing 05 and 12 December 2022
For an informal discussion please contact Joanne Bernhaut, Consultant in Public Health, 07557 748615 Joanne.email@example.com or Gemma Forshaw Head of Housing firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Powell Head of Housing 07974003459
About the role
Do you want work in a brand new, exciting and innovative role improving access to housing across the system in East Sussex? Are you committed to housing as a broader determinant of health and well-being and want to galvanise the system to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping?
This is a senior role to provide a strategic, horizon-scanning approach to housing in its broadest sense, including housing development and enablement, housing management and standards, and homelessness prevention.
Working closely with the Heads of Housing across the five borough and district Housing Authorities, the local NHS, VCSE, East Sussex County Council and the Registered Providers (as well as wider organisations including the prison, probation, police, housing developers) you will be responsible for horizon scanning across all housing -related issues to identify key current issues and develop an action plan, as well as a Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Prevention Strategy for the East Sussex system.
Based in the Public Health team at East Sussex County Council, you will be jointly managed by a Consultant in Public Health and a Head of Housing. The work will be supported and overseen by the multi-agency East Sussex Housing Partnership Board.
We are looking for someone with a housing or housing-related background who may have experience from a broad range of sectors including housing, and also health, care and the wider statutory and non-statutory sector. You will be expected to work in a fair, open and transparent way across the East Sussex system as a whole. The post-holder will need to balance the views and needs of various stakeholders, recognising the statutory requirements of the Housing Authorities, in relation to discharging legal duties. You will need to be able to take a broad approach to housing including working with developers, local planners and social housing providers.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly supportive team, just a train ride away from London and only 8 miles from Brighton. East Sussex includes the districts and boroughs of Lewes, Eastbourne, Wealden, Hastings and Rother. The population has around 550 000 residents and has a higher proportion of older people and a diverse range of communities within rural and urban areas. The county is rich in natural, cultural and historical assets, including seaside resorts, market towns, villages, theatres, historic houses, castles, the South Downs National Park, woodland and coastal paths and cycle ways.
We are keen to attract applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and are particularly keen to attract people with lived experience of homelessness and/or inadequate housing.
To apply for this role please follow the ‘Apply Now’ button above. When completing your application be sure to address how you meet all the criteria in the person specification drawing on any relevant work/life experience, education etc
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams unless you request an in-person interview. Interviews are planned to take place during the weeks commencing 5 and 12 December. If you are unavailable on these dates let us know and we may be able to schedule an alternative date to interview you. Please note that the closing date is 25 November.
This is a full-time post and job share/ less than part time arrangements will be actively considered. The post is for two years with the potential for extension beyond this time period, based on the role being successful.‘
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.