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Community Engagement Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/02/2020 23:59
£28,785.00 (pro rata to hours worked)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Community engagement and economic development
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Badminton Road, Yate
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Feb

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Community Engagement Officer

Summary of Post

The Community Engagement Officer will co-ordinate work within communities, engaging individuals and groups to play an active role in their neighbourhood, linking and bringing together various groups within the area.

You will primarily be responsible for the organisation and operation of Community Engagement Forums, and ensuring the priorities identified by these forums are appropriately referred on and dealt with by the relevant bodies including local communities. These forums aim to provide a platform for building strong, safe and cohesive communities in which everyone, regardless of background, has a real sense of community involvement.

Whilst the lead focus of the role will be to support Community Engagement Forums, the post-holder will be expected to provide some cover across Priority Neighbourhoods and the various functions of the team.

You will work alongside other Community Engagement colleagues to facilitate 14 Community Engagement Forums, each meet three times a year, Monday to Thursday and generally in the evenings between 7pm and 9pm.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

The post holder will have excellent communication skills and provide advice, guidance and support to community groups, partners and customers in an area of expertise in support of your work stream objectives.

You will have an ability to identify areas within local communities where support is required in order to engage people in the provision and delivery of services; and develop suitable forms of engagement in order to be able to work effectively with communities.

The post holder will assist in the building of local community networks, helping them to build capacity in order to make an effective contribution to a wide range of community initiatives. You will be expected to plan and deliver events including consultations, undertake presentations, briefings and provide formal and informal training to colleagues, partners and the community in a variety of settings.

The post holder will be required to develop and maintain positive relationships with partner organisations in order to secure their involvement in achieving community objectives.

You will contribute to work stream planning through the provision of demand/supply information and research, advocating priorities and ensure all partnership activities are in line with Council regulations and agreed budgets and targets.

You will have good numeracy skills to support the monitoring of assigned budgets to ensure activities are achieved within allocated resources and that financial information is accurate and accessible. You will contribute to work stream planning through the provision of demand/supply information and research, advocating priorities. You will monitor, review and report on work streams and projects, in order to achieve standards and timescales and ensure alignment with Council objectives.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


• You will be working towards a professional/technical qualification and hold a relevant degree or equivalent qualification or have equivalent relevant experience

• You will have relevant practical experience of community engagement techniques.

• You will have evidence of appropriate specialist knowledge including the range of different organisations involved in communities and relevant practical experience of working with a range of such organisations.

• You will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with community groups and partner organisations. You will be required to work regularly in the evenings, and on occasion at weekends. In both cases this would normally be scheduled in advance.

• You will be familiar with the Priority Neighbourhood concept, indices of multiple deprivation and the issues facing South Gloucestershire

• You will have a good understanding of the political dynamics of working for local authorities.

• You will be familiar with and have a successful track record in problem solving and delivering solutions and be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, including prioritisation, working under minimal supervision.

• You will have operational knowledge of relevant software packages supporting the delivery of the service.

• Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.


• You may hold a qualification through the Community Development Foundation or an equivalent.

• You may have detailed knowledge of at least one form of community group or partner organisation (Community Lead Groups; Parish and Town Councils; and Safer & Stronger Community Groups)

• You may be familiar with the PARTNERS problem solving methodology for use with Community Engagement Forums.

Additional information

For an informal discussion, please contact Rachael Williams-Lock, Equalities and Third Sector Team Lead on 01454 865838 or email Rachael.williams-lock@southglos.gov.uk

You will be required to work regularly in the evenings, and on occasion at weekends. In both cases this would normally be scheduled in advance.

Use of a vehicle: The nature of the duties will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: Hay 7

Hours: 18.5

Closing Date: 23 February 2020

Vacancy Ref: SGC0311/004/VW

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services.

They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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