Housing Partnership Advisor
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.
This role is based in the Housing Growth team within Essex County Council and funded from Essex Housing Officers Group. The postholder will report to the Independent Living Programme Manager with task management from the Chair of Essex Housing Officers Group
Essex Housing Officers Group (EHOG) is an umbrella Essex wide group consisting of a range of key stakeholders including district housing authorities, Essex County Council and registered housing providers. EHOG has recently relaunched their vision to work in partnership across the county to promote/share good practice in strategic housing, housing management/operations, stimulate housing growth, align strategic housing aspirations and reduce homelessness and the use of temporary housing
This role requires the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders at a senior level, together with excellent organisational skills. With experience and knowledge of affordable housing the postholder will co-ordinate the successful delivery of agreed projects set by EHOG.
The postholder will be responsible for setting up and delivering agreed workplans, researching and coordinating housing projects, coordinating meetings and events, sharing national, regional and local expertise and taking accurate minutes
* Research, develop and lead projects and progress through the project management and governance process, complying with the Council's project management protocols and in liaison with the relevant staff in Essex County Council and partner agencies.
* Research and project manage specific EHOG workstreams and co-ordinate ideas, knowledge and experience from members.
* Accountable for the implementation of the approved EHOG and sub-groups workplan.
* Manage, support, co-ordinate individual EHOG projects co-ordinating and summarising contributions from all members and stakeholders.
* Arrange, facilitate and minute EHOG and Essex Homelessness Officers' meetings and track subsequent actions.
* Represent the EHOG Chair and members, including effective liaison with internal and external partners as appropriate and as required.
* Provide project support to the EHOG Chair.
* Prepare high-level briefings for related groups, partners and members.
* Support EHOG members in individual work streams that support EHOG objectives.
* Raise membership subscription invoices and track payment and monitor EHOG funds and provide up to date balances to the Chair as required
* Contribute to financial control activities including ordering goods and services and processing invoices, ensuring all transactions comply with Financial Regulations.
* Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
* The post holder must be prepared to carry out any other reasonable management instructions and to self-manage own time and workstreams to ensure EHOG tasks are completed in line with time scales given.
* Educated to A level or equivalent by experience
* Relevant experience of successfully working in a high profile internal and external project environment
* A successful track record of project implementation using the principles of project management.
* Competent in working with Microsoft products
* Knowledge and understanding of affordable housing
* Ability to build relationships and work productively with partners
* Attention to detail and accurate project management and minute taking skills
* Highly organised with an ability to use own initiative
* Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
* Strong communication skills with proven ability to translate information in a clear way to a wide range of audiences.
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