|Project||Community (Policy) Officer|
|Employer||Melton Borough Council|
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.
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.
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Outputs and 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.
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.
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
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)|
|Hours Per Week||37.00|
Closed - no further applications permitted