Senior Democratic Services Officer
- Contract Type
- Full time
Senior Democratic Services Officer
Permanent, Full Time
Up to £37,087.20 per annum
Closing Date: 26th March 2021
Please note interviews for this position will be held week commencing 12th April 2021.
We are seeking a driven and enthusiastic Senior Democratic Services Officer to join the Democracy and Transparency Service.
If you have the skills and drive to support the democratic process and are looking for a new and challenging role then this might be the job for you. Although the position is varied and you will support school appeals, member support and committee work we would be particularly interested in candidates with a strong scrutiny background who are able to drive development and innovation.
As a senior member of the Democracy team you will work across the whole service to deliver support to our Members and the democratic process by providing excellent services and high-quality advice.
For further information and to discuss your suitability for the role please contact Joanna Boaler, Head of Democracy and Transparency,
The role of Democratic Services is to deliver effective and high quality Appeals and Committee Administration, Member Support, election and induction processes and to promote community engagement and understanding of the democratic processes of the Council.
This role operates in the political environment of the authority and requires tact and accuracy. The Senior Democratic Services Officer is important to the effective management of the democratic process across the Council.
The role is responsible for delivery of the Council's formal decision making committees and will be required to provide constitutional guidance and advice to panel members, senior officers and other stakeholders to make sure that the decisions made by the council are taken appropriately within the statutory and constitutional framework. The ability to be tactful and diplomatic is crucial to the success of this role.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Educated to Degree level or similar
- Evidence of continuing professional development and good knowledge in a political or policy environment and Local Government experience is highly desirable.
- Significant experience of providing an administrative service to high level meetings, including writing formal minutes.
- Excellent ICT skills and good working knowledge of Microsoft applications is essential. Knowledge of a Committee Management system is highly desirable.
- Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with the ability to work to tight deadlines under pressure, prioritising own workload. Oral and written communication skills at a very high standard.
- Experience of working within a highly sensitive political environment with the ability to be tactful and diplomatic.
- Proven ability of managing projects with evidence of researching, analysing and managing information.
- Proven experience of working effectively with internal and external partners, the community, senior officers and elected members. Evidence of understanding and responding to differing viewpoints taking a cross organisational perspective.
Apply and next steps
Please apply via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you upload an up to date CV and supporting statement when prompted.
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance, be based from home with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.