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Community (Policy) Officer

Project Community (Policy) Officer
Employer Melton Borough Council
Job Description

Background

The Borough of Melton is an attractive rural area in the northeast of Leicestershire at the heart of the East Midlands.

It encompasses the picturesque Vale of Belvoir, which, literally translated, means ‘beautiful view’. Steeped in rural tradition, this part of the country is famous for its fine food and drink, including Melton Mowbray pork pies, stilton cheese and locally brewed ale. Melton Mowbray is often referred to as the country’s rural capital of food and drink.

The population of Melton Borough in 2011 was 50,376 it is the tenth smallest district in England with a population density of just 1 person per hectare. Over half of the population live in the historic market town of Melton Mowbray, the remainder live in more than 70 villages and surrounding countryside.

The town centre is about 28 kilometres (17 to 18 miles) from the large cities of Leicester and Nottingham and 20 kilometres (14 miles) to the towns of Loughborough and Grantham. There are train stations at Melton Mowbray and Bottesford. Direct train routes run through Melton Mowbray from Leicester, Stansted Airport, Birmingham, Cambridge and Liverpool. There are regular bus services to Nottingham and Leicester.

Melton borough Council employs just over 160 people, most based at their main offices on Parkside, about 150 yards from Melton Mowbray Station and the Town Centre.

Objective

To assist in delivering the Council’s responsibilities for promoting the economic, environmental and social well being of the Borough. This will involve the formation, review, monitoring and implementation of the Melton Community Strategy and other related strategies and initiatives to promote resilient and sustainable communities, working in close partnership with a broad range of individuals, groups and agencies.

Benefits of this opportunity

The role of Community (Policy) Officer is very varied and will offer a range of experience across a number of departments, giving the graduate an overview of services in local authorities as well as with partner organisations such as Leicestershire County Council, Melton Business Improvement District, and Melton Town Estate, and how they work.

The graduate will work at all levels in the organisation, sometimes directly to the Chief Executive and elected members. Melton Borough Council is a small friendly and inclusive Local Authority that employs a number of young people with a modern approach to working including being a paperless office.

The Council offers flexible and home working opportunities.

Support and training will be given to fulfil this role.

Future employment potential

The post is for a fixed term period of 12 months, there is no commitment to offer further extension. However, it is hoped this position will become permanent and the successful candidate will be eligible to apply.

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to contact@changeagents.org.uk or call 01572 723419

Project County Leicestershire
Location Melton Mowbray
Responsibilities

Outputs and Key Tasks

Outputs

  1. To support the delivery and 2016/17 re-fresh of the Sustainable Community Strategy with a focus on Resilience whilst building a strong Melton Community Partnership by co-ordinating and providing administrative support for quarterly meetings including the provision of timely update reports as well as managing the MCP Twitter Account and MBC website. The aim is to make sure key partners including parish councils, schools, health, groups within the community and voluntary sector and local police and fire authority are actively engaged and the partnership is working effectively towards the key aims set out in the Sustainable Community Strategy.

  2. To help develop and deliver the Council’s Public Engagement Strategy to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Council’s community engagement work, through communication and increased collaboration to ensure local people are informed, consulted, involved and enabled to take part in local decision making. Participation and engagement will be encouraged through organising events and community forums as well as through social media and digital platforms such as Twitter, Melton Borough Council’s website and the new Melton Community Partnership website.

  3. To provide support for any possible applications that may be made to Melton Borough Council in relation to the Localism Act 2012, specifically to include the administration of the Assets of Community Value (ACV) nominations, management of the ACV register, and any associated Community Right to Bids, liaising with key officers within the Council to ensure responses and committee reports are co-ordinated in good time.

  4. To work across the Council to support the development and delivery of the Digital Strategy including how this relates to local communities within the Borough through accessing everyday services online, as well as working closely with team members to support the development of the Melton Observatory to improve our internal access to insight and intelligence. This will involve liaising with various external and internal teams both at the Council and within key partner organisations such as Leicestershire County Council and Superfast Leicestershire.

  5. To manage Melton’s Action Plan in relation to the Leicestershire Dementia Alliance (LDAA) and to progress the Council’s application as a Dementia Friendly Borough.

  6. To support the administration and coordination and communication promoting the Armed Forces Community Covenant and co-ordinate the Armed Forces Community Covenant Networking Group.

Key Tasks

Research, Analysis and Strategy Development

To review, develop, promote and monitor the Melton Community Strategy and other key strategies in partnership with stakeholders, other officers and councillors. Carrying out engagement activities, including hard to reach and disadvantaged groups, and research into the Borough this will involve working closely with partners to obtain and analyse data in order to capture the existing and emerging challenges across Melton Borough. Some data will need to be gathered from national and local sources such as Leicestershire County Council. Community consultation may also need to be carried out, which could mean conducting surveys or carrying out face to face interviews with the public (you would not be expected to do this alone). It is estimated that 60% of the research would be desk based and 40% gathering primary data through visits and interviews.

Partnership Working

Working closely with the MCP and other partners to monitor and promote the delivery of targets and actions relating to the Melton Community Partnership, as well as other key community based partnership projects such as the Dementia Initiative and the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which ultimately help the local community articulate its aspirations, needs and priorities by fostering successful partnership working and community involvement. There is also a requirement to proactively maintain websites associated with these partnerships and to manage Twitter accounts.

Co-ordination and Management

To develop and maintain existing partnership boards such as the MCP and Armed Forces Community Covenant Network by arranging and administering meetings on a quarterly basis, producing minutes of actions, undertaking regular reviews, producing monthly articles and providing reports on performance that help deliver key policy objectives. Aspects of this role with also involve supporting, on an ad hoc basis, applications under the Localism Act and Assets of Community Value by following the council’s procedure and liaising with officers across the Community and Neighbourhood Team, Central Services as well as Regulatory Services.

Personal Specification

Essential

  1. Candidates must have a degree in a relevant discipline, i.e. human geography, sociology.

  2. An interest in sustainability issues and community empowerment; expressed through involvement in community based partnerships.

  3. Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to interpret and explain complex issues in an accessible way.

  4. The capacity to develop effective external relationships, through flexibility, negotiation, tact and diplomacy and a willingness to attend meeting at the convenience of other stakeholder groups.

  5. Excellent written communication skills with the ability to construct concise and informative reports.

  6. Ability to work on own initiative and with limited supervision to achieve goals under pressure within strict deadlines.

  7. Team-work skills with the capacity to develop professional business relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders.

  8. Computer literate: Familiar with PC word-processing and spreadsheet applications with an awareness of how ICT, social media and digital platforms can aid community development.

  9. Full driving licence; daily use of a car.

Desirable

  1. Postgraduate qualification in a related discipline such as sustainability.

  2. Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development.

  3. Assisting with the preparation and implementation of a Community Strategy.

  4. Knowledge of the Localism Act (2011) and other related government agendas.

Position Details

Employer: Melton Borough Council

Salary (per annum pro rata): Salary Band 6 to 9 (£17,891 to £25,694 p.a). Most applicants would be placed at the bottom of this range of salaries. Please note that it is highly unlikely that you would be placed at the top of the band unless you have a very high level of experience and knowledge in this area of work.

Interview Date: Tuesday 9th August 2016

Closing Date: Sunday 24th July 2016

Start Date: TBC

Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible.

Length of Opportunity: 12 Months

Hours/Week: 37

Work outside normal hours: Very occasional evening/weekend work might be required

Annual leave: 22 days pro rata, with the addition of bank holidays and concessionary days to enable the closure of the council offices over the Christmas Period.

Probation period: 1 month

Base: Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH

Department: Communities and Neighbourhoods

Salary Salary Band 6 to 9 (£17,891 to £25,694 p.a)
Application Deadline 2016-07-24
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1
Status

Closed - no further applications permitted