Housing Growth and Strategy Lead
Permanent, Full Time
Up to £47,287 per annum - pay award pending
Closing Date: 12th April 2023
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK. Serving a growing population of 1.5 million residents, we boast a very successful track record of transformational change. But we want to do so much more — we have an ambitious agenda for the future that involves every part of the council.
We’re changing the way we think, the way we work, and how we deliver our services. The Housing Growth and Garden Communities team is growing. Join in our transformation and you’ll add significant achievements to your personal record.
As Housing Growth Lead, you’ll focus on promoting housing growth across Essex, improving our residents’ quality of life through high-quality places to live. It’s an opportunity to transform our county for the better while taking on projects with significant depth and complexity.
You’ll be playing a key role in working with partners and bringing our housing strategy to life by accelerating housing supply, diversifying delivery and securing a real variety of housing provision. In this role you will deliver vital support to four Garden Communities – the largest programme in the UK, together bringing over 30,000 new homes to Essex. Collaboration is key, as you’ll regularly work with a wide range of partners to create the right conditions to boost housing growth.
Essex County Council needs to support housing growth with the right infrastructure and services – including new transport provision, new schools and planning for care and support for people to live independently.
You’ll serve as a key point of contact for a variety of partners involved in the development process including local planning authorities, housing associations, government partners and developers.
You’ll be required to manage projects which contribute to securing high quality major housing development, and occasionally prepare bids for funding opportunities and work closely with external funders.
The experience you’ll bring
You’ll need a strong track record in planning, strategy and/or development-related work, combined with experience of successful project management.
With strong communication and collaboration skills, you’ll have a good understanding of the role of local government in the built environment, such as through planning system, regeneration and housing delivery.
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Essex County Council is a place to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the seaside resorts of Clacton, Walton and Frinton. We have England’s oldest city, Colchester, and two of its newest towns, Basildon and Harlow, as well as the city of Chelmsford, our county town. We have real diversity and opportunities that make Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
We’re also proud to offer a range of flexible working options, and an excellent benefits package to all our employees. More information can be found here on pay and reward .
Our People Plan commits us to nurturing a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve. We want to have an inclusive culture where everyone has the chance to thrive by being themselves. We recognise that many groups are under-represented in the built environment professions. We expect all successful candidates to contribute to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from individuals from under-represented backgrounds.
Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.
We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
For a copy of the full role profile, please email Faye.Robertson@essex.gov.uk . To arrange an informal discussion around the role, please email Christopher.Downes@essex.gov.uk .
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