Brighton and Hove is one of the busiest unitary planning services in the country, The city is renowned not only for its vibrant city-by-the-sea attractions but also for its wealth and diversity of heritage assets. This Principal Conservation Officer role offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably experienced candidate to help ensure that the city’s extensive heritage assets are carefully conserved as the city continues to grow and respond to the challenges for high quality and climate resilient development.
Situated between the sea and the South Downs National Park, the city’s heritage assets range from the iconic Royal Pavilion and impressive Regency squares and terraces to former downland villages and the 1960s listed buildings at the University of Sussex. In addition to the c3,400 listed buildings and 33 conservation areas, there are six registered parks and gardens, 28 scheduled monuments and over 400 locally listed heritage assets. All of this presents a challenging but highly rewarding range of work for our dedicated heritage officers.
About the role
The successful post holder will have responsibility for managing a full and varied work programme of heritage work. This will include opportunities to lead on a range of heritage policy and project work as set out in our Conservation Strategy, including addressing heritage at risk, preparing and reviewing conservation area character statements, Article 4 Directions, local listing and helping to shape the council’s approach to addressing the impacts of climate change on the historic environment.
You will need to be able to work independently, be self-motivated and self-managing. Alongside project work, the postholder will need to assess the heritage impacts of a range of planning applications and pre-application enquiries and to provide reasoned professional advice.
In return, you will be well supported by a strong management structure and colleagues across the wider Planning Policy, Projects and Heritage Team which is part of the Planning Service. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills and experience and further your career development working within a diverse and forward looking local authority.
This is a full-time position, on a permanent contract but applications are welcome from those seeking a part-time or job share role. The council offers the opportunity for flexible working hours, compressed hours and a hybrid style of working to suit the successful applicant.
Interview date: To be confirmed
For an informal discussion, please contact Tim Jefferies- Planning Team Leader - Heritage & Projects on 01273 293152 or 07715 633655.
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As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
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Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.