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Housing Assessment Officers

The Role

We have a number of vacancies in our Wandsworth Housing Assessment Team and are looking for capable and ambitious individuals to join our service. You will be a team player, articulate and organised and able to work under pressure to deliver a first class housing assessment service.

You will be responsible for assessing applications for Wandsworth’s housing register, reviewing Flexible Fixed Term Tenancies and talking to applicants about their housing options and services that may assist them with finding suitable, alternative accommodation.

Whilst previous experience of working in a housing assessment or other busy front-line public-sector role would be advantageous, it is not essential. To succeed in this role, you will:

  • Be emotionally mature and confident to work with people facing difficult housing circumstances;
  • Be a good listener and able to apply what you hear to the legal framework in which we work;
  • Be organised in your work and able to keep on top of changing priorities;
  • Be able to discuss complex cases with other professionals and explain rehousing prospects.
  • Be able to write case notes and assessments of a high standard.
  • Be a motivated and engaged team player     

We appreciate that this may be a development opportunity for you and are interested in your transferable skills in particular your ability to assess information, understand and accurately apply assessment criteria, problem solve and communicate effectively with applicants, colleagues and agencies.

 We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date: Sunday 14th August 2022

Shortlisting Date: Friday 19th August 2022

Interview Date: Wednesday 31st August and Thursday 1st September 2022

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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