Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager
Job Ref: CI01-1771
Location: Observatory House / flexible including working from home
Post Level: 9
Salary: £48,587 to £53,683 per annum fully inclusive (pro rata)
A Local Weighting Allowance of £1002 is also payable, plus an allowance for attending each evening committee meeting
Hours of work: Full time 37 Hours, however a job share may be available for two part-time candidates
Closing Date: 8 February 2023
‘People are proud to live and work in Slough where diversity is celebrated and where residents can enjoy fulfilling prosperous and healthy lives.’
This is a rare career opportunity to work as a Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager- in an unusually fast-changing local authority, where new ideas will be welcomed and where you will see the positive impacts of your efforts unfolding immediately.
Slough Borough Council (SBC) is at a turning point in its history, with a substantially new senior leadership team working hard to help the council improve and recover from a financial and governance crisis. The Government has issued directions for the council’s improvement, identifying both ‘democratic governance’ and ‘overview and scrutiny’ among the key areas for investment and improvement. The context is exceptional and government-appointed commissioners are monitoring progress, making the work high-profile and career-enhancing.
You will be joining and leading a friendly and diverse Democratic Services and Scrutiny Team which, like the council as a whole, is welcoming to change-makers and problem-solvers. It encompasses committee services (including licensing and planning, as SBC is a unitary authority), Mayor’s office, scrutiny function and member services.
The Council is moving to all-out elections from May 2023, so you have a great opportunity to set the scene for a new cohort of councillors and to help them make a difference for local residents.
You will be responsible for the implementation of much of a Democratic Governance improvement plan.
The postholder will act as the Council’s statutory Scrutiny Officer and will have:
• A good knowledge of local government and the decision-making process.
• A strong track record in a democratic services or local government policy environment;
• Exceptional communication skills and be able to write clear and concise reports on complex issues;
• Proven management skills and the ability to provide clear leadership and directions to the team.
There is significant scope for flexible and remote working, with the main exception being that committee meetings are held in the evenings in Slough and you must be able to attend and support these meetings. An additional allowance is paid for each evening meeting attended.
In addition to this role, we also have another opportunity working in the same team for a Scrutiny and Governance Officer role. Job reference DE01- 1773. The main accountabilities of the Scrutiny and Governance Officer role can be viewed at www.slough.gov.uk/jobs
The council would welcome applications from people who may prefer to work part time, on the basis that we could arrange a job-share.
You will be self-motivated, flexible, have excellent attention to detail, be able to work under pressure and have a high level of political awareness.
Feel free to check out both this role or the Governance and Scrutiny Officer role at Level 7 on our SBC extranet www.slough.gov.uk/jobs.
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact either Stephen Taylor, Monitoring Officer, 07564 046033 or Alexander Polak, Head of Governance and Scrutiny, 07985 686996.
We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Candidates as they are currently under-represented in leadership positions.
Apply for this job online at www.slough.gov.uk/jobs
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