Temporary Accommodation Officer
As with many other Boroughs in the capital, tackling homelessness is a high priority. The Temporary Accommodation Procurement Officer will be required to source new business to increase the supply of properties based on the demand by building relationships with landlords, agents and developers.
You will be joining a busy and hardworking team during a time of transformational change where every day offers an opportunity to make a positive difference.
We are looking for a committed individual with strong communication and excellent negotiation skills. We invite people who share our passion, commitment, and enthusiasm;
- You will allocate temporary accommodation and ensure agreements are signed with tenants for all Temporary Accommodation types, in accordance with Richmond and Wandsworth’s Temporary Accommodation policy, guidance and procedures.
- Providing appropriate information, advice and guidance to vulnerable applicants with a focus on managing customer’s housing expectations.
- Ensuring properties are allocated and agreements signed with tenants as quickly as possible so that void turnaround times are kept to a minimum.
- Setting up tenancies and accounts for the properties allocated.
- Carry out home visits to clients in temporary accommodation.
- Managing clients in temporary accommodation including issuing warning letters and Discharging Interim and Full Housing Duty.
- Will work closely with the local authority Rough Sleeper Specialists, TA managers and Housing Options leads to ensure appropriate housing advice and assistance is provided in line with current legislation and council policies. This will include rough sleeper placements, TA move on, Housing First nominations and management.
- Will oversee all, temporary accommodation and Roughsleeper placements
36 hours Monday- Friday – flexible working can be considered
- Mast have access to a vehicle or be able to use public transport and carry out property inspections in line with current guidance and law
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include 36 hour working week (Full Time), working from home (depending on service needs) and a generous holiday allowance, 31 days plus bank holidays. In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: Sunday 2 April 2023
Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 3 April 2023
Interview Date: W/C Monday 10 April 2023
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.