Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough with excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex. 72% of the population are from BAME communities, contributing to 220 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures across the country, Newham is an exciting and challenging borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
The Borough boasts iconic landmarks such as, Green Street, the Olympic Park, Excel centre, Westfield Shopping Centre and the University of East London. Newham is changing rapidly, benefiting from significant investment, creating new jobs, homes and opportunities for all. The Mayor of London has provided the Borough with £107 million funding through the ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme, supporting the construction of 1,100 new homes by 2022 and is intending to move to Newham in 2021. From this we expect to see an additional 2,500 jobs created over the next decade, injecting £1.5 billion to the local economy.
The London Borough of Newham has the largest private rented sector in England with over half of Newham households (60,000) depending on private landlords for their health, safety and welfare. In response to these circumstances Newham became the first authority to adopt an authority wide landlord licensing in 2013, with nearly 40,000 homes aligned to one of the licensing schemes.
About the Job
Head of Private Sector Housing Standards
£66,117 - £84,360 per annum
The Head of Private Sector Housing Standards plays a key role in the overall strategic direction of the Council, as half of all families in Newham rent privately. The role provides policy leadership and direction on all private sector housing issues for the Borough, including projects on a pan London basis. Primarily delivering on Newham’s vision and corporate strategy in relation to the Borough’s private sector housing, the role makes measurable contributions to the wellbeing of our residents
Leading a number of multidisciplinary teams, the Head of Service is influential in creating, developing and supporting partnership relationships across the Council. Having oversight of the teams accountable for the provision of required frameworks, the role ensures a comprehensive Borough-wide housing service for our residents.
Included in the service offering are areas of;
- Licensing administration, enforcement & cross-tenure housing advice
- Regulation & control of landlords
- Housing related public health projects
- Managing empty properties
- Encouraging energy efficiencies in all types of buildings
- Houses with multiple occupations
- Undertaking area based renewal activities
- London wide projects tackling private sector housing issues
We are looking for an exceptionally talented individual with the energy and enthusiasm to deliver innovative services, aimed at improving the lives of residents and people that make up the vibrant communities of Newham.
Inspiring innovation and partnership working, you will be able to lead, develop and direct policies to enhance and maintain service delivery. Displaying a collaborative management style with the ability to engage, motivate and drive teams to implement continuous improvement initiatives, you will have proven experience in transforming teams to achieve operational excellence, promoting good working cultures.
Demonstrating strong experience in either Housing, Environmental Health, Property Licensing, Housing Law, Project Management, Construction or similar services, you will have extensive knowledge of housing policies, in addition to the major influences/ challenges faced by local government, London and national housing market.
To be successfully shortlisted for the position, you must be able to evidence the following within your application:
- Expert knowledge of private sector housing and renewal issues and ability to develop and implement comprehensive improvement strategies.
- Expert understanding of the relevant housing legislation and the legislative framework in related areas like finance, enforcement and planning.
- Proven track record of management experience at a senior level.
- Significant practical experience of delivering strategies and services to address private sector housing issues.
- Financial planning and budget management skills with substantial budgets and business management skills.
- Project management at a senior level.
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).
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.
For more information regarding this role
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Closing date for applications is 30th September 2020
Interview dates will be on the 6th and 7th October 2020.