Housing Growth and Strategy Lead - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £47,287 per annum
Closing date: 12 Dec 2022
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9282
Role: Property
About the role

Housing Growth and Strategy Lead

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £47,287 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 12th December 2022

Please note we are looking to hire two individuals, one permanent and one 2 year fixed-term contract.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK. Serving a population of 1.5 million residents, we boast a very successful track record of transformational change. But we want to do 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. Join our team and be at the heart of this exciting transformation.

The opportunity

As Housing Growth and Strategy 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 bringing our housing strategy to life. As well as accelerating housing supply, diversifying delivery and securing a real variety of housing provision, you’ll also deliver vital support to our Garden Communities. Collaboration is key and you’ll regularly work with a wide range of public and private sector partners to - create the right conditions to support housing growth, including affordable housing; lead housing elements of regeneration and levelling up projects in priority places; address poor health outcomes driven by housing conditions; help to meet the housing needs of all Essex residents; and help to support the evolution of the construction sector which will play a crucial part in Essex’s future growth.

On top of this, you’ll manage and coordinate individual housing projects, acting as the lead point of contact for housing developers, housing associations, and government partners. Occasionally you’ll be required to prepare bids for funding and address viability concerns with external funding agencies and developers.

The experience you’ll bring

You’ll need a strong track record in housing-related project development, combined with experience in successfully bidding to external funding organisations.

With strong communication and collaboration skills, you’ll have a good understanding of planning processes, the housing market, regeneration issues and the major factors affecting local government. Experience in project management, budgeting and housing strategy and delivery is also important.

Why Essex?

Essex 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 traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the city of Chelmsford, our county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

We’re also proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. More information can be found here pay and reward .

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 .

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk