Communities Officer (Equality and Diversity)
Are you passionate about strong communities that diverse groups can call home and that value the contributions of all their members? Do you have a strong track record of developing communities and groups and experience of making change in an organisation on equality and diversity issues?
We are looking for a skilled Communities Officer (Equality and Diversity), able to coordinate the Council's work with diverse groups to reduce inequalities. You will join a team which includes colleagues addressing inequalities in deprived wards of the city, working with Community Associations to stimulate active community involvement and administering the Council's significant grants and commissioning programme. You will develop the capacity of emerging groups and support them to engage with the Council, improve partnership working as well as build the Council's knowledge and skills to engage effectively with diverse groups and inequalities.
You will have a flexible approach. Your experience and skills equip you to combine hands on relationship building, community development work, advisory support to senior Council officers and elected Members, and deputising as required for the Communities Manager. You will have an ability to make complex concepts simple and enthuse and enable others to embed them in the work of the organisation.
The purpose of the Communities Officer (Equality and Diversity) role is:
- To support specific communities to organise and to work with the Council and other key service providers.
- To build and improve partnerships with community groups that are under-represented in service provision.
- To provide expert advice and develop Council capacity on equality and diversity issues in service provision and community engagement.
To allow us to assess your suitability at application stage, please provide examples and evidence against all points of the person specification where these are listed as tested through application stage.
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing. We also scooped the Association of Public Sector Excellence Council of the Year award in 2015 and the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council prize in 2014.
With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government. We are all about going above and beyond to improve outcomes for local people, and you might be surprised at the range and quality of services we provide.
We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles. We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.
How to apply
More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.
Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
If you are unable to access our website please call .
Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.
Closing Date: 05 October 2017
Late applications will not be processed
1 st round: 16 and 17 October 2017.
2 nd round: 01 November 2017
For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Dave Growcott on .
We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.
Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.