Head of Legal and Democratic (Monitoring Officer)

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils

Oxford

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Job ref

    GSe74009

  • Expiry date

    28 May 2021

  • Client

    South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils

Ref: GSe74009

Working in partnership to provide excellent services for residents, businesses and other organisations in the southern half of Oxfordshire. We innovate and create, and we have a keen focus on tackling the challenges of local government head-on. Our districts share a unique blend of beautiful rural countryside sat alongside high-tech, cutting-edge science and technology businesses coupled with vibrant towns and villages that deliver a strong sense of community.

We are currently seeking to recruit someone with the ability to lead cultural change and develop excellent relationships with senior officers, Members and partners. The role covers legal and democratic services and includes the statutory responsibilities of Monitoring Officer. We are looking for an individual with a strong track record of practical action and service achievement. Put simply, the capacity to form strong and positive relationships is as important as your knowledge of the law. As well as the need for emotional intelligence and integrity, an increasingly complex political and financial landscape means that agility and speed of movement are qualities we also need in this role. As we strive to refine what excellent service delivery looks like, in a post-Covid era, we will look to you to play a key role in re-engineering the way we operate and the good governance to go with it. To achieve this, you will also bring sophisticated negotiating and influencing skills and the ability to explain proposals and gain consensus for change.

There is much to get your teeth into, our agendas will unquestionably provide scope to develop your career aspirations and provide stretch and growth. We are therefore seeking suitably qualified candidates with considerable experience of leading
legal services in a local authority environment, so if you want to work in an innovative, honest and straight-forward culture, managing change to improve outcomes for our communities, we would love to hear from you.

For further details please  contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Sundas Gull (07545 318 869), Jon Houlihan (07736 821079) or Charlotte Croffie (07551 566195).

The Employer

Joint

Working in partnership to provide excellent services for residents, businesses and other organisations in the southern half of Oxfordshire. We innovate and create, and we have a keen focus on tackling the challenges of local government head-on. Our districts share a unique blend of beautiful rural countryside sat alongside high-tech, cutting-edge science and technology businesses.

Vale

The Vale of White Horse is a beautiful rural district nestled between the Berkshire Downs and the Cotswolds. Our district is home to a wide range of cutting-edge, internationally renowned high-tech and science industries. Improvement and innovation are business as usual for us at the district council as we continually seek new ways to meet the challenges of providing suitable and sustainable housing for a growing population, and helping to maintain a strong and vibrant local economy to support all of our residents.

South

The River Thames snakes its way through the heart of the beautiful rural district of South Oxfordshire and we are home to a unique blend of stunning countryside and cutting-edge science and high-tech industry. At the district council we are rising to the challenge of building thriving communities that people want to be proud of, and we are creating the conditions that make South Oxfordshire a great place to do business, providing our residents with high-value jobs and the opportunity to prosper.

Recruitment Timetable


Closing date
14th May 2021


Long listing
w/c 24th May


Final panel
W/c 7th June


How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Documents

  1. VOWH-Corporate-Plan-2020-2024.pdf
  2. SODC-Corporate-Plan-2020.pdf
  3. Interim-South-and-Vale-Operational-Reporting-Lines-April-2021-1.pdf
  4. Constitution1November2020.pdf.pdf
  5. Additional Candidate Informaton Sources.pdf

Contacts

Charlotte Croffie: 07551 566 195