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Community Housing Officer

Community Housing Officer

Location: Ely/home/field
Salary Range: £28,672 – £30,451
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: 11th December 2020

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Housing Directorate at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work.

A lean, agile and effective organisation, we focus on delivering key ambitions for the Combined Authority which include:

  • doubling the size of the local economy
  • accelerating house building rates too meet local and UK need
  • delivering outstanding and much needed connectivity in terms of transport and digital links
  • providing the UK’s most technically skilled workforce
  • transforming public service delivery to be much more seamless and responsive to local need
  • growing international recognition for our knowledge-based economy improving the quality of life by tackling areas suffering from deprivation

Job Summary

The Community Housing Officer is a varied and fulfilling role supporting the Combined Authority in its delivery of Community Land Trust (CLT) and £100K Home Programmes. The Community Housing Officer will work closely with the Community Housing Programme Manager to provide advice, support and technical assistance to communities involved in community-led housing projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide advice, support and technical assistance to communities involved in community-led housing projects
  • Assist the Programme Manager in identifying and promoting opportunities for new community-led housing projects and £100K Homes
  • Support community-led housing groups to access grant funding
  • Champion the need for community-led housing enable groups to build strong governance and long-term success
  • Help to manage existing relationships between the Combined Authority and local authorities inside Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Assist the team in building the awareness and reputation of the Combined Authority Community Land Trust service via positive marketing and public engagement
  • Maintain effective communication with organisations that represent the Community Housing Sector at Regional and National level (e.g. National CLT Network)

Some evening work and occasional weekend work is required to fulfil this position for which time off in-lieu is offered.

Behaviours

As the role requires the ability to stimulate community action and use local knowledge to accelerate Community Housing activity, predominantly using the CLT model. The Community Housing Officer should:

  • Possess the enthusiasm, positive attitude and determination to support existing groups and bring new groups forward
  • Develop community networks and relationships effectively to deliver successful, well-de4signed homes and developments
  • Build and maintain strong relationships and a high level of trust with professionals and consultants involved in community-led development
  • Have a good knowledge of housing and planning legislation, or a willingness to gain this knowledge
  • Demonstrate strong team skills and problem-solving ability
  • Handle the pressure of deadlines with honesty, transparency and integrity

Some evening work and occasional weekend work is required to fulfil this position for which tine off in-lieu is offered.

Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Customer first approach to work
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain trust in professional relationships
  • General knowledge of housing and planning legislation, or willingness to learn
  • Good knowledge of CLTs and the Community Housing sector, or willingness to learn
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to inspire confidence in a volunteer based community organisation
  • Good numeracy, organisational, administrative, and IT skills
  • Transparent and honest
  • Driving license an d access to a car

Experience

We will consider applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. Some of the most relevant experience would be in any of the following sectors: housing, development, affordable housing, voluntary sector, community-led initiatives, local government, planning.

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, who values diversity and promotes equality. CPCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by Equality Act 2010. All employment is decided on qualifications, merit, and business need and we encourage applications from all sections of society. If you would like any reasonable adjustments or additional arrangements, please contact us via the details below.

For further information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact Sabina Mahmood HR Advisor/ Martin Jaynes HR Manager on 01480 277180 or email recruitment@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

Please submit CVs with a covering letter to recruitment@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk