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Gypsy & Traveller Unit Officer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/21/9820
  • Published: Wed 02/06/2021, 12:30 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 17/06/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £20,000 - £29,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Thorn Turn Depot, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

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Gypsy & Traveller Unit Officer

New Role, New Challenge


Find your greatness by joining Central Bedfordshire Council’s Gypsy and Traveller Unit as our unit officer.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Council’s Gypsy and Traveller Unit playing a critical role in helping the new unit be as effective and efficient as possible.  The unit is a dedicated front-line resource covering a broad range of Gypsy and Traveller issues taking a balanced approach to engagement, support, compliance and enforcement.  This area of work is both challenging and complex, but success delivers tangible, positive rewards and outcomes.


The unit works with services across the Council and also external partners. 


The Role

You will contribute to the operational development and function of the unit by organising and operating the back-office support for the unit. You will be responsible for creating and developing different ways of working to help support the front line officers in line with the Council’s corporate approach to managing Gypsy and Traveller issues in Central Bedfordshire. 


You will act as the first point of contact for the Unit, co ordinating and allocating enquiries from the public that the team receive, as part of the critical back-office function.


You will manage and coordinate a range of programmes, including, support for encampment work, enforcement work and engagement work for the team. You will also be responsible for managing the collation of court/planning files for enforcement prosecutions making sure they meet the required evidential standards. 


You will have demonstrable experience of working in a busy and challenging team environment and have solid administration, organisation and IT skills, which will be used in the day to day operation of the unit. The ideal candidate will have experience of working in an enforcement discipline. 


You will support the officers with their work, by providing adequate back-office support and fully  utilise case management systems for the officers. 


With the unit manager you will identify efficiencies in processes and systems and implement those efficiencies which will support the officer’s work.


About You

You will have demonstrable experience of working in a busy team environment working under pressure. You should have the ability to work independently and be comfortable to work remotely at home, linking in with your team through video technology as well as more conventional means.  


You will be able to demonstrate your ability to manage a coordinate a range of programmes successfully and you will be able to prepare reports including performance information.  You will be able to show how you have implemented systems to improve efficiency and you will enjoy working in a small but very busy team.  Some of the issues you will face will need tenacity, empathy, patience and understanding.


You will need excellent communication, partnership and collaboration skills to work to resolve what can often be very challenging issues.  You will be committed to delivering high standards and have excellent attention to detail and you will be committed to delivering excellent customer service and enjoy working in a team focused on delivering tangible outcomes.


The Council has set out its vision for Central Bedfordshire to be a great place to live and work.  The vision is about providing opportunities, tackling inequalities, increasing access to services and support, allowing people to feel safe and providing places to live for all our residents.  Often these issues are more complex for our Gypsy and Traveller residents. 


Join us, and take advantage of a our rewards package, flexible working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to enhance our existing Gypsy and Traveller work.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work'.


To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Gypsy and Traveller Unit Officer 


Interviews and assessment will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams technology.. For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Helen Heanes at or on 0300 300 5344


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.