Job vacancy: Civility & Respect Working Group
Civility & Respect Working Group is looking for a project manager to join their team.
Job title: Project manager
Organisation: Civility & Respect Working Group
Salary: £23,649 plus benefits (£38,890 FTE pro-rata)
Contract type: 15 months fixed term contract with the possibility of extension
Location: Mainly home working with occasional requirement to attend a face to face meetings and conferences
Hours: 22.5 hours per week
Application deadline: 2 August 2021
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), county associations and One Voice Wales (OVW), as the membership organisations representing the first tier of local government in England and Wales, and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) as the professional body representing the town, parish and community council clerks and chief officers, are committed to working together to promote civility and respect in public life, good governance, positive debate and supporting the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff. Our organisations have jointly formed the Civility & Respect Project Working Group which aims to deliver improvement through tangible resources, actions and interventions in four main areas:
- Providing councils with the tools to support good governance
- Lobbying to strengthen the standards regime and encourage more people to get involved
- Training and development
- Processes to intervene to provide support to struggling councils.
Its mission is set out in the following joint statement: “Civility and respect should be at the heart of public life and good governance is fundamental to ensuring an effective and well-functioning democracy at all levels. The intimidation, abuse, bullying and harassment of councillors, professional officers and staff, in person or online, is totally unacceptable; whether that is by councillors, professional officers, staff or members of the public. This can prevent councils from functioning effectively, councillors from representing local people, discourage people from getting involved including standing for election, and undermine public confidence and trust in local democracy. NALC, county associations of local councils and OVW, as the membership organisations representing the first tier of local government in England and Wales, and the SLCC as the professional body for clerks, are committed to working together to promote civility and respect in public life, good governance, positive debate and supporting the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff. To that end the group will be working to deliver tangible resources, actions and interventions in four main areas: providing councils with the tools to support good governance; lobbying to strengthen the standards regime and encourage more people to get involved; training; and processes to intervene to provide support to struggling councils.”
About the job
The purpose of the role is to manage our extensive package of initiatives and workstreams from concept to delivery to time and budget. You will be accountable to the working group in playing a key role in supporting their decision making, taking direction and providing regular reports and updates on the progress of various work packages.
The role will require a blend of strong communications skills, excellent stakeholder management skills and outstanding organisational and time management skills. The ability to plan and deliver discrete work packages as part of a larger scale, the coordinated project will be essential as will the ability to manage suppliers and third-party service providers – ensuring the work meets quality standards and is delivered to time and budget.
The role will be employed by NALC and line managed by the chief executive, but answerable to the working group itself.
To apply please submit an up-to-date CV with a covering statement of no more than 600 words that outlines your suitability for the role, according to the job description and person specification.
Selection will be by a virtual interview with an appointments panel, consisting of a county officer, a representative from NALC and a representative from SLCC.
Interviews are expected to take place between 10 and 13 August 2021, however, this may change.
Applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.
NALC is not a licensed sponsor at this time. Any offer of employment will be made subject to the valid right to work in the UK is provided.
NALC is committed to equal opportunities and values diversity in its workforce.
No agencies, please.