Newham is one of the youngest, fastest growing and most diverse boroughs in the UK. It is home to the largest urban regeneration site in Europe and one of the largest recipients of investment in the country, not just around the Olympic Park, but across the borough. Newham boasts a vibrant and thriving culture and community.
Katherine Kerswell is the new interim Chief Executive who is working with Newham’s Mayor to drive a bold new agenda for the Borough; putting people at the heart of evening we do. We are looking for a talented individual to help Katherine and Newham’s Corporate Management Team deliver openness and transparency including: a massive new social housing programme; a commitment to young people and their wellbeing; innovative ways of involving residents in decision making and exploring new approaches to community wealth building. If you are an experienced Local Government manager who would like to be a key part of putting people at the heart of everything we do, we’d like to hear from you.
Head of Chief Executive’s Office
• £55,878 - £69,291
The Head of the Chief Executive’s office is a vital role within the council advising the Chief Executive on policy and administrative issues and managing Executive Support on behalf of the Corporate Management Team (CMT). You will be versatile and people focused with an ability to operate at both strategic and operational levels. In this role you will help recast the relationship between us and our residents. The role will involve:
• advising the Chief Executive on a wide range of policy and administrative issues;
• commissioning work on behalf of the Chief Executive;
• recording and disseminating decisions;
• overseeing the Chief Executive’s diary and casework;
• working closely with the Mayor and advising senior council officers to ensure that decisions and requirements are properly communicated and that the Chief Executive is fully briefed at all times;
• working closely with the policy and communications teams to help drive forward and communicate the Chief Executive’s vision and priorities;
• acting as a strategic partner and key interface with the leadership team, building positive and effective relationships with the members of Corporate Management team (CMT) and across the organisation.
• co-ordination of core Council services, as required by the Chief Executive
You will be enthusiastic, committed and keen to make a difference to the lives of Newham residents and will:
• have experience working in high pressured environments;
• be politically astute and understand the relationship between politicians and officers;
• have a high degree of autonomy and initiative, independently providing full executive support, including briefings, research, complex drafting, special projects and the production of internal and external facing presentations;
• have an understanding of good governance practices and the different challenges for strategic and operational management in London local government;
• have a good understanding of local government and how it works;
• have a good understanding of the economic and social policy environment that impacts upon local authorities in London;
• excel at partnership working and be an effective negotiator and influencer;
• have the ability 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;
• identify and respond appropriately to emerging issues;
• support the Council in meeting high standards of transparency, conduct and probity in the public life of the authority, and to ensure that all actions and records relating to the Chief Executive adhere to all required standards and are exemplary in this regard.
Closing date: Sunday 20th January 2019
To complete a successful application, please carefully review the person specification and ensure you offer examples of your work experience.
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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