Housing Lead (Independent Living)
Please note that this is a fixed term contract / secondment opportunity for a duration of 12 months.
This role is part of an exciting team working across the County Council’s responsibilities for housing growth and housing with support.
Essex County Council has recently relaunched an ambitious Independent Living Housing Programme to provide circa up to 1000 new contemporary homes for Older People, and is now scoping the future Programme for adults with learning disabilities and or/autism (LD&A)
The Housing Lead (Independent living) will drive forward the strategy and policy development of the programme. The post holder will work with commissioners to establish demand and map services to develop an agreed approach to supported living accommodation for Adults with Disabilities in Essex.
The postholder will undertake consultation with a range of internal and external partners, and stakeholders, building and maintaining great working relationships. With good experience, knowledge and understanding of supported housing for vulnerable people, the postholder will work in a collaborative style, to influence and shape the future strategic direction of the Independent Living Programme..
• Accountable to the Independent Living Programme Manager
• Strategic policy, planning and performance review to set up exceptional service delivery and ensures the political objectives and pri0orities of the council are met
• Working collaboratively within and across functions to and thinking commercially to support the delivery of best possible outcomes for our customers on a financially sustainable basis
• Maintain and nurture collaborative relationships with other teams Essex County Council; and external organisations that support the delivery the Independent Living Programme
• including District and Borough Councils.
• Equality and diversity is celebrated and considered as part of all decisions taken
• Using professional expertise to translate goals and plans into ways of working that comply with relevant legislation and statutory requirements and manages a level of appropriate risk
• Responsible for successful strategic policy development of the Independent Living programme for Adults with disabilities.
• Lead the strategic approach to develop the business case for the work, to set out the outcomes, benefits, costs, and delivery approach.
• Builds strong working relationships with a range of partners acting as a trusted partner to set the strategic/policy direction..
• Oversees the co-ordination of the relevant tools to develop, monitor and analyse the effectiveness of the strategic approach
• Ensures that the independent living strategic project plan, is delivered in accordance with agreed targets and milestones
• Works positively and collaboratively, building wide internal and external networks, offering constructive solutions to progress the programme
• Develop options that respond to the financial pressures on Essex Country Council and its partners
Knowledge, skills and experience
• Educated to degree or equivalent by experience
• Experience of policy and strategy development delivering outcomes for public benefit
• Excellent knowledge and understanding of good practice and industry excellence in supported housing for vulnerable people
• Experience of service development and delivery of supported housing for vulnerable people
• Understanding and knowledge of capital housing development
• Understanding and knowledge of the housing market
Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.
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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 0333 013 5888.