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Policy Officer (Housing)
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 838
  • Published: Fri 20/08/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 24/09/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £30,000 - £39,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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Policy Officer (Housing)

Policy Officer
£34,884 - £37,722 pa

About us

Newham is one of the youngest, fastest growing and most diverse boroughs in the UK. It is home to the largest urban regeneration site in Europe and one of the largest recipients of investment in the country, not just around the Olympic Park, but across the borough. Newham boasts a vibrant and thriving culture and community.

Rokhsana Fiaz is the ambitious directly elected Mayor who is driving a bold new agenda for the Borough. We are looking for a talented individual to join the Policy team to deliver the Mayor’s priorities including: a massive new social housing programme; openness and new ways of involving residents in local government; community wealth building and the commitment to ‘put people at the heart of everything we do’.

About the job

This is a fantastic opportunity to apply your knowledge of policy development to making a real difference to the lives of people in one of London’s most dynamic, but also deprived neighbourhoods. 

The role is part of a multidisciplinary team of policy, public affairs, social researchers, and fundraising who inform strategic planning and service provision and promote Newham’s vision locally, regionally and nationally.

Reporting to our Senior Policy Officer, the post holder will lead on the development of creative solutions to key policy issues to ensure that Newham is addressing the needs of the borough’s population and is at the forefront of policy innovation.

Key responsibilities include responding to policy developments that affect Newham, keeping abreast of new ways of working across the country and further afield, and turning this knowledge into useful briefings. The post holder will contribute to the articulation of Newham policy to a wider audience, work closely with the Mayor, elected members and senior officers to provide policy advice and support policy development, and provide engaging copy for a range of audiences.

About you

We are looking for a talented candidate to take on the role of Policy Officer, with a focus on housing policy. It is essential that you can work in a multidisciplinary team, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders across the Council. You will be aware of the national and local policy landscape and the context in which local government operates, particularly in terms of housing issues.

You will have an ability to communicate complex information from a range of sources into a meaningful briefing for a range of audiences and to understand and use evidence and research within a policy context. You will be a creative thinker who wants to engage with difficult problems and challenge the way we do ‘business as usual’.

Additional info

If this opportunity excites you and you are interested in joining our committed and talented team we would love to hear from you

Please contact Emma Brunskill-Powell, Senior Policy Officer on Emma.Brunskill-powell@newham.gov.uk if you have any questions regarding this role.

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Closing Date: 24th September 2021

Additional Information

The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

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