Post: Project Manager - Civility & Respect Working Group
Salary: £23,649 plus benefits (£38,890 FTE pro rata)
Contract type: 15 months fixed term contract with the possibility of extension
Location: Mainly home working with occasional requirement to attend face to face meetings and conferences
Hours: 22.5 hours per week
About the organisation
Our client, the County Associations of Local Councils and One Voice Wales (OVW), as the membership organisations representing the first tier of local government in England and Wales, and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) as the professional body representing town, parish and community council clerks and chief officers, are committed to working together to promote civility and respect in public life, good governance, positive debate and supporting the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff.
The organisations have jointly formed the ‘Civility & Respect Project Working Group’ which aims to deliver improvement through tangible resources, actions and interventions in four main areas:
· providing councils with the tools to support good governance
· lobbying to strengthen the standards regime and encourage more people to get involved
· training and development
· processes to intervene to provide support to struggling councils.
Its mission is set out in the following joint statement:
“Civility and respect should be at the heart of public life and good governance is fundamental to ensuring an effective and well-functioning democracy at all levels.
The intimidation, abuse, bullying and harassment of councillors, professional officers and staff, in person or online, is totally unacceptable; whether that is by councillors, professional officers, staff or members of the public.
This can prevent councils from functioning effectively, councillors from representing local people, discourage people from getting involved including standing for election, and undermine public confidence and trust in local democracy.
-our client-, county associations of local councils and One Voice Wales (OVW), as the membership organisations representing the first tier of local government in England and Wales, and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) as the professional body for clerks, are committed to working together to promote civility and respect in public life, good governance, positive debate and supporting the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff.
To that end the Group will be working to deliver tangible resources, actions and interventions in four main areas: providing councils with the tools to support good governance; lobbying to strengthen the standards regime and encourage more people to get involved; training; and processes to intervene to provide support to struggling councils.”
About the job
The purpose of the role is to manage the Group’s extensive package of initiatives and workstreams from concept to delivery to time and budget. You will be accountable to the Working Group in playing a key role in supporting their decision making, taking direction and providing regular reports and updates on the progress of various work packages.
The role will require a blend of strong communications skills, excellent stakeholder management skills and outstanding organisational and time management skills. The ability to plan and deliver discrete work packages as part of a larger scale, co-ordinated project will be essential as will the ability to manage suppliers and third party service providers – ensuring the work meets quality standards and is delivered to time and budget.
The role will be employed by our client and line managed by the Chief Executive, but answerable to the Working Group itself.
Closing date for applications: 2nd August 2021
Interviews: We anticipate interviews to be held between 10th and 13th August (TBC)
Selection will be by virtual interview with an appointments panel, consisting of a county officer, a representative from our client and a representative from SLCC.
Our client is not a licensed sponsor at this time. Any offer of employment will be made subject to valid right to work in the UK being provided.
They are committed to diversity and equal opportunities for applicants and employees.
Applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.
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