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Senior Conservation Officer

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

The Role

Do you have passion and enthusiasm for the historic built environment?

Do you want to work in one of London’s most exciting historic environments, leading on listed buildings and conservation areas?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

About the opportunity:
We are looking to recruit a qualified Senior Conservation Officer, ideally with full membership of the IHBC or working towards full membership, to provide support, guidance, and advice to colleagues within the Planning Service and external stakeholders, including members of the public.

You will be based within the Planning Policy and Design team, where there is a small team of specialists dealing with conservation and urban design matters. This role is primarily related to conservation matters and is not expected to deal with or lead on urban design issues.

Who we are:
The London Boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth have a strong reputation for protecting their historic environment. As a Senior Conservation Officer, you will be one of Richmond’s and Wandsworth’s custodians of 85 conservation areas in Richmond and 45 conservation areas in Wandsworth. With hundreds of listed buildings (45 Grade I & over 100 Grade II*) as well as around 10,000 locally listed buildings and 22 Registered Historic Parks and Gardens across the two boroughs, you will have the opportunity to further develop a range of skills necessary for ensuring the best outcomes for the preservation and enhancement of the boroughs’ heritage assets.

This is an excellent platform for you to progress a professional career in the historic environment. 

You will:

  • Be responsible for delivering high-quality conservation and urban design service in line with national and regional planning policy guidance.
  • Be responsible for the application of conservation and urban design expert advice on a full range of development management case work.
  • Work independently and take personal responsibility for a full range of conservation and urban design work.
  • Undertake the preparation and review of Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Strategies / Plans as required.
  • Assess, engage, and set out clear and robust conservation and urban design guidance in an accurate and well-written officer report based on an up to date and relevant evidence base.

Please note you will be required to work at both boroughs.

About you:

  • You are a fully qualified planner or Building Conservation Officer and member of the RTPI or IHBC or equivalent professional body or eligible for full membership.
  • You have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Planning and Listed Building legislation, policy guidance, and circulars, practice and case law.
  • Proven experience of providing creative solutions to problem-solving and demonstrating a “can-do” attitude to improvements in service delivery.
  • Ability to balance the demands of the development sector with the need to safeguard the boroughs heritage assets, while improving the urban realm.
  • Ability to organise own workload and work within agreed timeframes to maintain high-quality decision making at speed and to achieve set deadlines and targets.   

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include, flexible and home working (dependent on service need), part-time working, 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 are also offered.

How to apply:
Please submit your supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of this role. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0208 871 8825 or recruitment@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to discuss alternative arrangements for your application.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Andrea Kitzberger-Smith at A.Kitzberger-Smith@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:
Closing Date:  Sunday 19 July 2020
Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 21 July 2020
Interview Date: Tuesday 28 / Wednesday 29 July 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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