Fixed term for 9 months
This role is available as a secondment to internal applicants in line with our secondment policy.
For an informal discussion, please contact Sheila Peters - Traveller Liaison Team Manager on 01273 292044 or 07766 785109.
About the role
An exciting opportunity in the Traveller Liaison Team. We are looking for a Traveller Liaison Officer to work with the team in implementing the council’s policies in respect of ethnically defined Gypsies and Travellers, on a temporary 9 month fixed term contract. Working directly with Gypsies and Travellers in the city, the position involves a broad range of support and enforcement roles, including management of the council’s permanent and transit Traveller sites, dealing with unauthorised encampments and working with other related agencies and partners in delivering services to Travellers and improving outcomes.
Working with this small reactive team, there is the opportunity to gain knowledge of current issues relating to Travellers, and by delivering good customer care to Travellers and residents, have a positive impact on community cohesion.
We are looking for applicants with experience of working with excluded and/or vulnerable groups, ideally experience of tenancy management and of working collaboratively with partners and agencies. The management of the Traveller sites will involve maintaining licence and tenancy details, rent management, updating relevant software, and data collation and analysis. The successful candidate will be a strong team player, able to work flexibly and effectively in what can be a very busy environment and have very good IT skills. The role requires the ability to respond effectively to fast evolving situations on the ground, as well as the ability to create timely detailed reports, witness statements for legal cases and responses to enquiries from the public and others.
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
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Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
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