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Partnership Officer

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

The Role

Can you work on multiple projects at the same time?

Can you quickly and accurately assimilate complex information into a clear brief for councillors?

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 partnerships, developing working arrangements, and hosting events which bring key agencies 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 and senior officers. You will often be the junior colleague among leaders who are discussing a subject you are learning, 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.

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. You will also have experience of policy development.

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day, although this job will require some physical presence in the office. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, primarily working from home, compressed hours, 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:  4th September 2022

Shortlisting Date: W/C 5th September 2022

Interview Date:   12th September (subject to change)        

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Carol Clapperton, Head of Community and Partnerships, carol.clapperton@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

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.

We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams.

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.

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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.

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