Newham is one of the youngest, fastest growing and most diverse boroughs in the UK.
Rokhsana Fiaz is the directly elected Mayor who is driving a bold new agenda for the borough.
The council is changing. A new Corporate Plan and three-year budget provide a clear set of priorities underpinned by the borough’s approach to Community Wealth-building. Although the council is making strong progress, there is more to do to ensure the Mayor’s ambitious plans are delivered, including in relation to climate change, social housing and children and young people. The Mayor is committed to ‘putting people at the heart of everything we do’, which means changing the way the council engages with residents.
Head of Mayor's Officer
£51,309 - £62,697 pa
The Head of the Mayor’s office is a vital role within the council advising the Mayor on policy and administrative issues and managing the support team for the Mayor and Cabinet so they can undertake their executive and civic functions. The role will involve:
• advising the Mayor on a wide range of policy and administrative issues;
• commissioning work on behalf of the Mayor;
• recording and disseminating decisions;
• overseeing the mayoral diary and casework;
• working closely with the chief executive and advising senior council officers, to ensure that Mayoral decisions and requirements are properly communicated and that the Mayor is fully briefed and well informed;
• working closely with the policy and communications teams to help drive forward and communicate the Mayor’s agenda and priorities.
You will line manage a small team of staff who support the Mayor and Cabinet.
You will be enthusiastic, committed and keen to make a difference to the lives of Newham residents. You will:
• be politically astute and understand the appropriate connections between elected politicians and officials;
• have an appreciation of the mayoral model and the importance of governing with the highest ethical standards;
• demonstrate an understanding of the linkages between politics and management and the different challenges for strategic and operational management in London local government;
• excel at partnership working and be an effective negotiator and influencer;
• be able to generate trust and confidence through your actions;
• have excellent written and oral communication skills;
• have experience managing teams and getting the best out of them;
• demonstrate a high degree of tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive and high profile issues
Closing date: 12th April 2020
Interviews Round 1: To be held w/c 27th April 2020
Interviews Round 2: To be held w/c 11th May 2020
To complete a successful application, please carefully review the person specification and ensure you offer examples of your work experience.
The role is politically restricted.
IMPORTANT: If you are an LBN member of staff and applying for this role as a secondment you should note that secondments are subject to the agreement of your current employing service. Please ensure that you inform your line manager of your intention to apply for the post in the first instance.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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