Job Title: Principal Economic Development Officer – Community Wealth Building
Job reference: 001863
Service Area / Directorate: Regeneration and Economy
Salary and Grade G8: £40,696 to £41,679 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
Contract: Fixed Term April 2021-Sept 2022 / Secondment
Hours per week: 22
Location: Work from home/ Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers
Oxford, the City of dreaming spires with its beautiful architecture, history and culture is looking for someone to join their Regeneration and Economy team and it could be you. We are seeking an economic or community development professional to deliver innovative economic development initiatives against a backdrop of expanding inequality, and need to stimulate recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Oxford is a leading centre for innovation and education in the UK, but at the same time suffers from some of the highest levels of inequality in the country. Consequently, fostering an Inclusive Economy for the residents and businesses of Oxford is one of Oxford City Council’s key priorities. The Principal Economic Development Officer will play a key role in a unique Community Wealth Building partnership, working with anchor institutions, the community business sector, and residents to establish opportunities for new community owned businesses to form and grow.
Working effectively across a range of council services will be essential to success of the council’s new approaches to addressing inequality. The post-holder will seek out and drive opportunities to support community business to form and grow, also identifying appropriate procurement opportunities for community businesses to bid for. The post-holder will also build relationships with property services in a range of institutions, including the council, to identify and leverage underused spaces or other community assets to be repurposed for community businesses to use. In doing so, the post-holder will also have the opportunity to support delivery of the city’s economic strategy, economic recovery plan, and regeneration programme.
A key focus for this role is to be a champion for Oxford’s Inclusive Economy agenda and opportunities which requires an active problem solver and innovator with a strategic outlook. With a flexible approach, ability to negotiate, and drive results across multiple work-streams, the successful candidate will be highly motivated to make a difference.
Interested in this unique opportunity? If so, please continue to the role profile document below and find out more on how to apply.
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.
With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide. We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.
We are an equal opportunity employer:
We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.
Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Matt Peachey on 01865 252021 or email email@example.com