About the role
Crawley Borough Council is looking for a dynamic, motivated and passionate individual to join the Community Development team. The successful candidate will lead on community cohesion; working with individuals and organisations from a wide range of backgrounds to identify and mitigate community tensions, strengthen cohesion and ensure the voice of the community is heard.
You will be building relationships with faith groups, minority groups, voluntary and community organisations and residents. You will support them to identify key issues, needs and common solutions in order to improve access to services and make positive changes to their community; supporting people to thrive and achieve their full potential.
The role also has an element of safeguarding responsibilities and will take the lead on internal operational tasks as well as being a designated safeguarding officer. Previous safeguarding experience would be beneficial.
We are looking for self-starter who has skills in partnership working, working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, project management and capacity building in order to drive this work forward. This position will suit someone with experience of developing relationships both with members of the public and colleagues/partners at all levels.
You will need to have experience and understanding of community development practice and principles, using approaches and techniques for strengthening cohesion in local communities, be good at engaging and communicating with people from all sectors of the community, be able to work collaboratively to identify and monitor community tensions and have a good understanding of methods of community engagement.
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as we may close this advert before the stated closing date if enough applications are received.
A full current UK driving licence will be a requirement of the role.
Casual car user allowance payable.
Satisfactory clearance of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check (DBS) will be a condition of employment.
The post is 37 hours a week and includes occasional evenings and weekend working as part of the normal conditions of service.
Any lieu time accumulated must be taken within one month. Any lieu time over 2 days will need prior approval from the Head of Service.
We offer a generous employee benefits package, with a range of discounts, benefits and wellbeing incentives to suit everyone.
Our way of working
Our shared values and behaviours reflect the special nature of our council. We encourage all colleagues to put them into practice, whatever job they do. Take a look to see if we are the perfect match.
Crawley Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.