Senior Strategy & Policy Officer

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £42,855 - £50,088

Closing date: Sunday, 25 February 2024 23:30

Senior Strategy & Policy Officer

The Role:

Our Strategy and Impact division is a part of the Strategy and Communities department, which sits at the heart of the Council’s corporate centre. We are a busy and fast-past division with lead responsibility for the Council’s overarching strategic partnership work: Southwark 2030, co-ordinating whole council improvement oversight such as our recent LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, maintaining and improving the Council-wide strategic policy framework, and providing corporate performance structure and insights.

We are actively seeking a driven and skilled Senior Strategy & Policy Officer to assume a pivotal role in the council’s strategy and policy development. This position involves providing timely and dynamic specialist support and advice for service leaders, senior officers, council departments, and the Cabinet. The post holder will facilitate relationships with both internal and external partners. The role also includes conducting research and analysis of existing policies, legislation, and emerging trends and managing designated policy development projects. Additionally, you will prepare and deliver engaging reports, briefings, and presentations, ensuring clear communication of complex policy concepts to a wide range of professionals.

About Southwark:

A people powered council, creating a fairer, greener, safer future for all”

Southwark is home to a diverse community of over 320,000 residents who live in neighbourhoods ranging from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe on the south bank of the River Thames to Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. We’re also home to a thriving voluntary sector, world-class health institutions, and high-performing schools.

The council itself is one of the largest local authority social landlords in the UK and directly manages over 55,000 homes, which are lived in by nearly 40% of Southwark residents. But perhaps the most exciting fact about our council is that it’s powered by people like you. 

Southwark is a values-led council and our beliefs – in the power of people and the vital importance of tackling inequality – define who we are. Being ‘People powered’ means that we recognise the people who work here, at the council and with our partners, and live in our communities are our greatest strength. That’s why collaboration – with residents, partners and colleagues – is at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.

About You:

Requirements for this role include:

  • A keen knowledge and understanding of the national policy context, and future direction for local government services, which includes an understanding of our challenges and opportunities demonstrable understanding of how to develop evidence-based strategy and policy within the public sector, including engaging key stakeholders, through the entire process from initiation through implementation to evaluation and learning from feedback.
  • You are a strong, effective communicator, in both verbal and written form, able to convey complex ideas with simplicity and develop the relationships required to make your work a success
  • A degree or equivalent qualification in politics, sociology, or related economic fields, or a qualification in a relevant area, or demonstrable appropriate experience

Additional Information:

We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services. Join us and you can do more for yourself and the residents and partners in Southwark.

Benefits and more information:

  • Training and development programmes, uniquely tailored to your interests
  • Standard hours, 36 hours Monday – Friday,may vary, occasional evening meetings may be required
  • Hybrid working arrangements available subject to business needs
  • Generous 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and rising to 37 days having met criteria
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Job share potentially available

For more detail on benefits, please visit: https://jobs.southwark.gov.uk/why-us/

Recruitment Timetable

  • Advert closing dates: 11.30pm on Sunday 25th February 2024
  • Interview dates: Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th March 2024

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

Please visit our recruitment site for more information at: www.southwarkpolicyjobs.com

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact: Delina Teklehaymanot on 07752 791 517 or email delina.teklehaymanot@penna.com