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Senior Private Sector Housing Initiatives Officer

Northumberland County Council
£33,486 - £37,568
Closing date
15 May 2022

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Regeneration and Local Economies, Housing, Community Services, Housing Associations, Neighbourhood Services
Job role
Contract Type
Full time
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The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across the largest county in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate. For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here:

The Service
Strategic Housing Services covers a wide remit including: Private sector team, homelessness and housing options, asylum seeker and refugee, Gypsy and Roma Traveller, affordable housing and policy. The team reports into the Housing Services Manager.

The Role
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Private Sector Housing Initiatives Officer to join our Strategic Housing Team to deliver on the Council’s priorities. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person who is a great team player with a good standard of education (to NVQ level 4 or equivalent), with recent experience in this field to show a thorough knowledge in the relevant context. The role requires excellent organisational skills and the ability to communicate with people on all levels including council members, colleagues and members of the public. A good level of effective IT skills and the ability to understand and develop the use of ICT to achieve work objectives. The role will focus on delivering the priorities from the Private Sector Housing Strategy including identifying areas requiring Housing Regeneration, using legislation, policies, and practices to source effective long-term solutions to reduce the number of empty homes and maximise the use of private sector properties to improve access to housing for vulnerable people. This will involve developing and implementing schemes, such as Selective Licensing, and developing other enforcement options available. You must be innovative in using a range of tools to tackle empty homes such as Empty Dwelling Management Orders, Enforced Sale and Compulsory Purchase Orders and be competent in applying for external funding such as Homes England funding schemes. The post holder will be required to travel to locations across the County, therefore you will need to meet the transport requirements. You will also be required to occasionally work outside normal working hours to attend evening meetings. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

We are offering:
A starting salary of £33,486 - £37,568 per annum (Band 8)
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision and flexible working arrangements

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Please note that this is a full time position but applications on a secondment or part time basis would be considered for the right applicant. For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council Website.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed.

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, your application process will be directed to our Taleo system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with Taleo, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

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