Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Council recruiting more staff

Despite other council's complaining they are having to cut back Waltham Forest is forging ahead with a whole new division to look after the street scene. Various redundancies have been made to make way for this new structure which presumably kicks-in in the new year.

Here are a couple of job ads to show the type of changes that are coming:

London Borough of Waltham Forest
Neighbourhood Officer
Reference SD/14/6348
Salary £24,210-£30,079 per annum
Hours 36
Closing Date 21/12/14 23:30
Waltham Forest Council is creating a Council for the future revolutionising the way we do things to deliver better services for less. We've dealt with huge reductions to our funding whilst improving the services we offer to residents and now we're going through a radical transformation to modernise and reshape Waltham Forest into a dynamic, agile, modern council that puts our residents at the heart of everything we do.

The cleanliness, safety and quality of our streets continue to be the biggest influence that the Council has on residents' everyday quality of life. Every year our residents tell us that the cleanliness of our streets have improved over the past year. Our challenge is to continue this improvement of services in public realm, support growth and contribute to the savings targets demanded by reductions in central government funding.

The Neighbourhoods Division aims to do this by taking a universal view of our street scene; ensuring that issues and services such as street cleansing, waste, enviro-crime, noise, anti-social behaviour and grounds maintenance are dealt with in a comprehensive, common sense and resident-friendly manner.

The above roles consist of 8 x Neighbourhood Ward Officers and 5 x Neighbourhood Town Centre Officers all working to the same job description. Applicants should indicate if they have a preference for either role.

You will have a can do attitude and be able to achieve results using your skills, knowledge and experience of working in a multi-disciplined, community focused environment.

You will champion your Neighbourhood Ward/Town Centre overseeing street cleansing, grounds maintenance/trees, refuse and recycling collection services to ensure local residents' needs are met.

You will be working closely with ward councillors, communities and partners to help improve the quality of life of local residents and ensure that the Council continues to deliver quality services.

You will undertake enforcement and compliance activities relating to enviro-crime, noise, nuisance, waste management/street cleansing, grounds maintenance/trees and parking legislation (signs and lines), acting as an ambassador reporting on the whole street-scene.

We are looking for people who are flexible, committed and have a genuine desire to work with local people to improve our neighbourhoods and make Waltham Forest a great place to live, work and thrive.

You will be part of a new Neighbourhood Division which puts residents at the heart of all of its activity.

In order to ensure that the Council can provide a more effective and flexible service to local residents, working hours will be made up of shift patterns.

To have an informal chat about the post with one of our team, please contact us on 020 8496 6862 and ask for Gareth Jones.

Further details including Job Descriptions and Person Specifications are available via the following website:
www.walthamforest.gov.uk/Pages/index.aspx under “Apply for a job” or by searching directly at Jobs Go
Public whose website address is www.jobsgopublic.com
Application Information

Head of Cultural Programme
Reference CC/14/6167
Salary £45,606-£48,387 per annum
Hours 36 hours
Closing Date 17/12/14 23:30

It's an exciting time for Culture and Heritage in Waltham Forest, East London. With award winning cultural venues attracting global recognition, the borough has a lot to offer its residents and visitors.

Identified as a priority area by the Heritage Lottery Fund, culture and heritage are high on the Council's agenda.

To help deliver a range of exciting projects we have set up a new Culture and Heritage Services team and we're looking for enthusiastic people to join us.

Our cultural programme attracts thousands of people every year and we need someone to help develop and deliver it.

Ranging from high profile events and festivals to exhibitions and activities, the programme runs from a range of established venues including the award winning William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum, and community locations including local libraries and along our high streets.

Using your network of local and regional contacts, you will build on this successful programme by developing partnerships to enhance what we're already offering.

As a key member of the Culture and Heritage Services leadership team, you will work closely with the Head of Service and use your excellent communication skills to influence key stakeholders and decision makers. A creative thinker, you will not only have good ideas about what makes a great cultural programme, but the ability to spot and maximise opportunities to secure external funding.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Lorna Lee, Head of Cultural and Community Services, on 0208 496 3203.

Shortlisting date: 19th December 2014

Interview and test date: W/C 5th January 2014

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