An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Democratic Services & Elections Service, which forms part of the Deputy Chief Executive Directorate within Buckinghamshire Council.
The role offers an opportunity to work at the hub of decision-making for the Council, and is within the Committee and Governance Services team which has responsibility for the efficient and effective conduct of meetings of the Council, Cabinet, Committees, Sub-Committees, Community Boards and a range of other formal and diverse meetings.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual, capable of dealing with the demanding responsibilities of the Council's democratic processes and championing good governance.
About the role
You will be required to support the smooth operation of the council's formal committee meetings, and managing activities related to the function. You will be innovative, positive and help to drive improvement.
The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of how local government works and a good knowledge of the Mod Gov IT system. You will be required to manage a small team that will develop and maintain effective relationships working closely with councillors, senior officers and fellow team members able to provide constitutional advice on the council's decision-making processes ensuring high standards of service and governance are upheld.
You will have strong all-round communication and interpersonal skills, political awareness, tact and diplomacy, attention to detail, an ability to think logically and plan ahead and work with the minimum of supervision. Reliability and calmness under pressure are prerequisites, given that the role often involves working to tight deadlines.
Some of the Council's meetings are held in the evening therefore a flexible approach and attendance at evening meetings is a requirement of this post. Support and assistance to the other teams within Democratic Services will also be a key aspect.
Following the May 2021 elections, the Council now has 147 Members, and the post will have a key role to play at the heart of the democratic processes for the Council.
You should have previous experience of working within democratic services and a political environment in local government and understand the relationship between elected Members and officers. You will also have experience of working with Elected Members on politically sensitive information and be comfortable with attending meetings with Members and senior Officers. You should also be able to demonstrate experience of using the Mod Gov software and be able to produce professional and accurate minutes of Committee meetings, working using your own initiative.
You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and well-developed IT skills are essential. You will be able to work flexibly to respond to Service demand and should also have had experience in the delivery of virtual, remote meetings with Elected Members.
Your hours of work will be 37 per week, in accordance with service requirements.
The post is a politically restricted one under the terms of the Local Government Act 1989.
For further information about the role, please contact Craig Saunders, Committee & Governance Services Manager, at email@example.com. 01296 585043
Closing date: midnight 7 November 2021
INTERVIEW DATE: W/C 15 November 2021
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
a fair and inclusive culture
- the chance to really make a difference to those around you
- health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
- a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
- ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
About the Business Unit
The Deputy Chief Executive directorate is central to Buckinghamshire Council's journey to establish itself as one of the best councils in the country. With a clear focus on service improvement through transformation and a drive to build better relationships with the local community, the directorate is fast-paced; but extremely rewarding. Our teams are not only proactively delivering on projects and plans but also reacting to developing situations. If you are ambitious, innovative, and would relish the opportunity to influence change - a role within our service area could be your next career move.
The team includes exciting areas of work, including a brand new localities model - delivering 16 community boards across the county to make it easy for our residents to engage with us as we work together to plan for the future. Other teams include our Policy and Communications and Legal and Democratic Services teams - innovating the way we communicate with our colleagues, Members and the local community, and role-modelling best practice through policy, planning and legal services. If you think you can help us achieve our goals, and want to be a part of this exciting journey, we would love to hear from you!