Democracy Officer, Cheltenham Borough Council

Website Cheltenham Borough Council

Salary: £22,183 – £24,982 per annum
Permanent position, 37 hours per week
Ref: CBC076

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow your career by gaining first-hand experience of local democratic processes, and supporting our Councillors to make decisions which shape Cheltenham’s future?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated person to join our Democratic Services Team. The successful candidate will work across all aspects of the democratic process, with specific responsibility for the organisation of public meetings, this will include but not be limited to: co-ordinating the production of agendas and reports; attending meetings; taking minutes; and supporting Councillors and senior officers.

About the role
To be successful in this role you will need to be highly organised with the ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure, able to prioritise your own workload and operate with limited supervision to tight deadlines. You will have experience of taking minutes and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, and be able to develop successful working relationships with people at all levels.

You will have a keen interest in learning more about local government decision-making and the role of elected members whilst also assisting members of the public to get involved in our democratic processes.

Other requirements
• A good standard of education up to an A level standard (including Maths and English at GCSE) with a good level of numeracy and literacy
• Be competent in using Microsoft Office and other software applications and have an aptitude for IT and digital technology
• Experience of working effectively as part of a team
• Practical experience of dealing with people

Special conditions
• A scheme of flexible working operates within the team to accommodate the need to attend evening meetings (typically with a 6.00pm start) on a regular basis.
• This is a politically restricted post at all levels.

For further information about the role please see the Job Description and Person Specification by clicking on the ‘Apply for Job’ button below.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the post, please contact Bev Thomas on 01242 264246 or email bev.thomas@cheltenham.gov.uk

How to apply
To apply please email jobs@cheltenham.gov.uk with your CV and cover letter quoting ref CBC076; tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/jobs It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Cheltenham Borough Council.

We will not accept CVs without a covering letter.

Closing date: Monday 25th October 2021 at 12 noon

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children. Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references; proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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To apply for this job please visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk.

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