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Temp Housing Project Officer Ref 5008394

Published 2017-10-26 18:32:06

Ellesmere Port , England.
Start : ASAP Experience : Expected Salary : 15.20 per hour

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PLEASE QUOTE REF 5008394 We require an experienced Project Officer, ideally with homelessness and housing options experience. A knowledge of the Homelessness Reduction Act, including a thorough understanding of current Housing law and policy, will be highly desirable to ensure an effective candidate is recruited. The candidate must have proven experience of partnership work, policy development and strategic insight. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. JOB PURPOSE:      To support the delivery of strategic planning and operational services for all aspects of Strategic Housing (Housing Options and Homelessness services) in preparation of the  upcoming changes of the Homeless Reduction Act (Spring 2018). This will include providing assistance in the review of operational services and drawing upon good practise and current policy to shape service delivery. Further contributions to any of the following which fall into scope; Housing Strategy, Homelessness Strategy, Growth Plans, Sub-Regional Plans, Private Sector Housing Policy and Strategy, Tenancy Strategy and Allocations Policy. To devise, initiate and implement policies, projects, partnerships and strategies within the relevant statutory framework, Council policies and the Service Business Plan to maximise its contribution to the economic growth, social and environmental well-being of Cheshire West and Chester.  PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES   1 Assist in the development and coordination of a project plan to ensure a thorough review, design and implementation of homelessness and housing options services ahead of the introduction of the Homeless Reductions Act. 2 Develop and write key housing related strategies and policies as directed including: Housing StrategyHomelessness Review and StrategyAllocations PolicyGrowth PlansSub-Regional PlansPrivate Sector Housing Policy and Strategy (Landlord Accreditation, Energy Efficiency, Empty Homes)Tenancy Strategy and PolicyAllocations Policy Housing Management  Policies   3 Develop consultation and engagement processes as required. 4 Develop, implement and monitor strategies, business plans, codes of practice, action plans and targets. Update and maintaining specific software databases were required and recommend, develop and implement new policies and procedures arising from it.   5 Develop, support and implement new projects and programmes that respond to an identified housing need and involve partners where beneficial.   6 Promote, enable and facilitate the delivery of and access to affordable housing through the effective management of schemes and projects, the development of data capture and programme management systems. To secure resources for affordable housing and ensure they are deployed to best effect. 7 Ensure the Council fulfils its statutory housing landlord obligations and functions.   Including the annual HRA budget setting process, rent setting and determination of the housing capital programme.  Ensuring all policies are in place to deliver high quality landlord services and contribute to the assessment of options for future assets management, investment and ownership of the stock.   8 At all times keep up to date in respect of new legislation, guidance and best practice and develop innovative ways of working in response. Contribute to promoting innovation, improvement and learning across the authority and with partners.   9 Lead on the effective communication and presentation of information in relation to strategies, policies and practices using a full range of communication tools.   10 Develop, co-ordinate and maintain partnerships and relationships with key organisations and players representing the Councils interests, maximising resources and ensuring an effective partnership response to tackling homelessness and meeting housing needs across Cheshire West and Chester.   11 Develop, coordinate and support partnership groups including the Homelessness Forum, Homelessness Strategy Steering Group, Sub-regional and local housing partnership.   12 Lead on and support corporate initiatives to ensure that homelessness and rough sleeping is eradicated. 13 To seek out and maximise external funding to support the Council’s strategic aims.  To prepare bids and submissions for additional resources. 14 To ensure that Senior Managers are properly informed and advised on issues regarding the service functions, including consultation documents, changes to legislation, regulation or policy to ensure corporate compliance. To respond to such documents as necessary and to advise on the implications of relevant legislation to ensure that legal, statutory and other relevant provisions governing or affecting the Section’s functions are observed.   15 Assist in the development and maintenance of appropriate links within the Council to represent, provide advice and act as an advocate on the service on national, regional and local policy. 16 Assist in the development and maintenance of appropriate links on behalf of the Council to represent, provide advice and act as an advocate to local, regional, national and international bodies to promote the service and policy development. 17 Ensure by research, collaboration and liaison that the Council’s Strategies, policies and procedures link with and contribute positively to the delivery of the Community Plan and such other Council/Local/Sub Regional and Regional plans and strategies as may be appropriate. 18 Respond on behalf of the Council to consultation proposals from government and other agencies. 19 Liaise with, attend meetings and work effectively with other council units and other outside organisations as appropriate. 20 Devise, establish and operate management information systems to provide financial and performance monitoring control for the delivery of the service.  21 Be responsible for budget monitoring in relation to revenue, capital, grant, and loan funding. 22 To assess and monitor the qualitative performance in the maintenance and operation of the Council’s Housing Register and the operation of the homelessness legislation and policy including carrying out Best Value Reviews as necessary. 23 To produce performance, information reports and advice for Senior Managers, Elected Members, Partners, Stakeholders and members of the public, in a variety of formats dependent upon the audience. 24 To effectively and efficiently manage all work to achieve the highest standards of performance and support the team in attaining performance targets and service standards. 25 Undertake any other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grade. Qualifications Relevant professional qualification.   Membership of a relevant professional body. Educated to degree level, or equivalent experience Experience Working closely with elected Members.   Effective monitoring of capital and revenue budgets.   Contract Monitoring.   Experience in  Housing including some or all of the following areas: -       Homelessness Prevention including rough sleeping -       Choice Based Lettings and Allocations -       Development & implementation of Homelessness Strategy -       Development & implementation of Housing Strategy and Housing Policy -       Development & implementation of Private Sector Strategy and Policy -       Housing Management Policies -       Housing based research (commissioning & practice) -       Housing related planning policies & procedures  Experience of monitoring statistics and interpreting data. Developing and supporting partnerships to ensure excellent and efficient service delivery. Business planning and effective performance management. Managing and delivering projects. Service user and stakeholder engagement in consultation. Job Related Knowledge A working knowledge of all relevant legislation. Knowledge of basic research techniques with research experience. Motivating individuals and partners to achieve excellent sustainable results. Representing the interests of the organisation to ensure excellent and efficient service delivery. Analytical skills. Have good organisational and project management skills. Computer literate with a working knowledge of appropriate computer applications. Business planning, effective performance management and change management. Effective negotiation to achieve service objectives. Able to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience of giving presentations to a variety of audiences. Skills and Aptitudes  To be an excellent team player who can generate enthusiasm in others. Commitment to the achievement of value for money, service excellence, and equality in employment and service delivery. Conscientious, confident, reliable and self-motivated. Ability to manage competing priorities. Ability to work to tight deadlines. A willingness to work flexibly across a range of service areas and disciplines. To be customer focused. Able to apply innovative and creative thinking. Calm and confident under pressure. Able to work under own initiative. Other Requirements Valid driving licence and access to a vehicle.       Ability and willingness to travel within the area and beyond. Ability and willingness to work outside normal officer hours if required. PLEASE QUOTE REF 5008394
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