Scrutiny Officer, East Herts Council

East Herts Council

Scrutiny Officer (PP051)
Grade 8, £33,487 to £36,543 (inclusive of local weighting), 30 hours per week (job share considered). Permanent. Based in Hertford. Closing date is 29 July 2019 at 5pm.

About the role

An opportunity for a Scrutiny Officer has become available to work at Hertford as part of the Legal and Democratic Services team. This is a great opportunity for you to join us and develop your career as we are in an exciting time following recent Council elections which has created a Council for change and growth and has Members from the main political parties.

This motivated and highly professional team is looking for an individual committed to excellence in their work and with a passion for governance and democratic involvement. If successful, you will assist in scrutiny and across all aspects of democratic services which are conducted through face to face interactions with all Members and officers across the organisations. You will be forward thinking and solution focused.

Some of the key responsibilities include:

• providing support to the Council’s scrutiny committee
• providing support to the Democratic Services Manager by organising, attending and servicing meetings (ie produce agendas, take notes, produce minutes and reports and correspondence following meetings) and other associated tasks.
• to provide advice and guidance as necessary at meetings to Chairs of the Committees and Councillors on the procedure for the meeting, observance of the Council and Executive Procedure Rules (standing orders) and relevant provisions of the Constitution.
• to provide an efficient, effective and comprehensive support service to the Members of the Council, in accordance with agreed parameters.

About you

This role will suit a detailed, focused, enthusiastic team player who enjoys a political environment.

The ideal candidate will have:

• experience of co-ordinating and understanding the role of scrutiny committees
• an excellent working knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulations relating democratic processes
• the ability to deal with challenging situations using tact and diplomacy
• experience within a busy administration role within an office environment
• competency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
• excellent communication skills
• experience of Mod.Gov system

About us

East Herts is consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages. We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

Whatever their role, everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community. Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people’s lives and enable a flourishing local economy.

Our team is at the very heart of our council – we recognise that together with our elected members, we make the difference to our local communities. We are dedicated to staff development and individual success within a team framework. To help our staff deliver, we provide a supportive work environment, development opportunities and work to help everyone achieve their potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance.

Benefits of working for us

• A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working
• Flexi-time scheme
• Free tea and coffee
• Local Government pension scheme
• Generous annual leave
• A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
• Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
• Flexible and supportive team

As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Rebecca Dobson, Democratic Services Manager, on 01279 502082
Full details and how to apply can be found on our website:

Closing date: Monday 29 July 2019 at 5pm. CVs will not be accepted.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview. We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity

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