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Homelessness Prevention and Solutions Officer

Employer
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Location
Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Salary
£31,869 to £38,616 per annum
Closing date
14 Nov 2021

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Sector
Housing, Neighbourhood Services, Sheltered Housing
Job role
Officer
Contract Type
Full time
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The Role

This is an exciting time to join Richmond and Wandsworth Councils as we continue to embed the most significant change in our homelessness duties with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

We are currently looking to recruit a capable and ambitious individual to join our service on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2023.  

We are looking for someone who will be a team player, who is articulate, organised and able to work under pressure delivering first class housing assessment and homelessness solutions services.

In this role, you will not only be assessing homeless applications but also looking for innovative opportunities to prevent homelessness. You will also be making decisions in accordance with the new provisions of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

You will of course need to have knowledge of housing legislation, the local and national policy context, welfare reform and statutory instruments relating to Homelessness and social inclusion, as well as some experience of partnership working.

However, we appreciate that this may be a development opportunity for you and we will welcome applications from those that do not meet all of the essential criteria but have the ability to develop any gaps in knowledge and experience sufficiently.

If you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, can build effective working relationships with key stakeholders quickly and can work on your own initiative, then we want to hear from you.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, 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: Sunday 14th November 2021

Shortlisting Date:  Week commencing Monday 15th November 2021

Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 29th November 2021

Useful Information:

All internal applicants for this secondment must seek permission from their current line manager before applying. Failure to do so may result in the secondment not being authorised.

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.

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.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymous.

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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