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Partnership Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

· Are you flexible? 

· Can you manage competing priorities and work on multiple projects at the same time? 

· Are you able to quickly and accurately assimilate developing information into a clear brief for senior colleagues? 

· Do you have a flair for organising and running events involving multiple stakeholders and getting them to agree a common way forward?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then this job may be for you. 

The Partnerships Team works across Richmond and Wandsworth Councils to support relationships with internal and external partners at a strategic level, to ensure residents and businesses receive an ambitious, efficient and joined-up service. This can be by forming new strategic partnerships, developing working arrangements, and hosting events which bring key partners together. To be able to do this, you will have to understand the needs of the residents, the requirements of the Council’s Corporate Planning processes and the direction of travel for the major public sector partners. You will also need to recognise which key partners should engage with the subject.

The role will bring you into close working with leaders, councillors, senior officers. You will often be the junior colleague among leaders with an unfamiliar subject, and you will quickly need to understand the level they work at and how to get them appropriate, timely, clear and accurate information so they can make decisions.

You will support the delivery of a number of initiatives and sometimes lead new projects. You should be a confident communicator, in person and in writing, and an effective team player. 

This is not a job for someone who likes to focus on one task at a time. Frequently, the work will be reactive to key needs in the boroughs, so you need to be flexible in how you work, and regularly re-prioritise what you work on. The current pandemic brings a range of immediate and urgent tasks to this role.

To effectively carry out this role you will use your understanding of how local authorities make decisions and how to work within a political environment. You need to have good analytical skills and be a strong report writer. You will also be able to translate complex issues in to short, community focused messages which you can communicate both in writing and by presenting to groups. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Carol Clapperton, Partnership Manager, carol.clapperton@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk 

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need) and annualised hours and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered. 

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing date: Sunday 6th December 2020

Shortlisting Dates: Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December 2020

Interview Date: w/c Monday 14th December 2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. 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. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

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. 

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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