Project Officer (Local Government Policy)

Location
Didcot
Salary
£34,155 to £38,932 per annum
Posted
12 Feb 2019
Closes
22 Feb 2019
Ref
00326244
Contact
Candidate Services
Category
Public Sector
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Project Officer (Local Government Policy) 

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices and smart working practices and the technology to support mobile working. 

Position: Project Officer 
Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire 
Job type: Full Time, Full Time 
Hours: 37 hours a week 
Salary: Grade 6; £34,155 - £38,932 (with a pay award of 2.7 % this April and minimum of 2.5% next April). 
Benefits: In addition to the salary, we offer a generous holiday and benefits package, including Local Government pension, free parking, free tea and coffee, and time off between Christmas and New Year. 

Closing date: 5pm 22nd February 2019 
Interview date: 27th February 2019 

About the role: 
Are you a well organised team-player who thrives on challenge and variety? Insight and Policy is a new service area, working across all areas of the two councils and with external partners on a range of topics, many of which are helping to shape the local area. This is a vital and busy role and we’d love to hear from you if you’d like to join a new, dynamic service, with lots of variety where you will be able to use your skills in communication, adaptability, attention to detail and organisation to influence strategic priorities. 

The project officers will support the Insight and Policy Service Manager to deliver a wide range of existing projects and develop and shape corporate policy and strategy. 

Responsibilities: 
- Create project plans for key projects which fall under the remit of Insight and Policy. 
- Maintain project plans, ensuring actions are completed to deadline, reporting to the service manager on any overdue or delayed outcomes. 
- Organise project management, consultant and stakeholder meetings, and attend such meetings in a supporting role to record actions and update project plans as required. 
- Produce progress reports for the service manager as required. 
- Prepare presentations for events using relevant software. 
- Organise and support public and consultation events as required. 
- Liaise with officers from partner councils, as relevant. 
- General administration and project work that supports the smooth running of the Insight and Policy service. 
- Any other duties that are commensurate with the role and functions of the team. 
- The identification, collation, analysis and presentation of data from a range of sources in order to inform, influence and guide our critical programmes towards achieving our corporate objectives. 
- Creating and utilising research tools and inputs to capture information. 
- Carry out desk-based research and literature reviews to help inform research priorities and policy development. 
- Contribute to our evidence base, helping to ensure it remains a relevant and credible source of knowledge and a robust platform for the development of corporate policy. 
- Working with teams across the organisation to provide advice, keep abreast of the external landscape looking for new opportunities that can help build our insight programme for the future, from new funding opportunities to new partnerships. 
- Identifying potential sources of funding, securing commitment and advising others. 
- Working with relevant council officers to develop applications for funding by external organisations, such as government departments. 
- Provide up to date information on sources of funding and resources and know how to access them, in plenty of time for the councils to formulate its proposals and develop funding bids. 
- Working with relevant service areas and developing projects that might be eligible for funding. 
- Gathering relevant information, such as objectives, criteria, deadlines and presenting them to relevant council officers. 
- Keeping and updating a comprehensive database of all external contacts and partners that relate to external funding. 
- Monitoring the progress of applications and reporting on outcomes. 

About you: 
- Educated to degree level or an equivalent level of experience. 
- Full and current driving licence. 
- Fluent in use of IT systems, in particular excel, word, and PowerPoint. 
- Experienced and skilled in project management. 
- Excellent literacy, numeracy and project management skills. 
- Well organised, completer finisher. 
- Confident and outgoing, able to liaise effectively with people at senior level in organisations. 
- Flexible approach, able to pick up new tasks quickly using own initiative. 
- Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required by the demands of the post. 
- Effective persuading and influencing skills. 
- Good oral and written communication skills. 
- Positive attitude to professional and personal development. 
- Good team working skills. 

The council is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. We guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the post. 

You may have experience of the following: Project Management Officer, Local Government, Policy Officer, Project Co-ordinator, Strategy Assistant, Strategy Planning, Junior Project Manager, PMO, Project Coordinator, Project Management, etc.

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