Housing Improvement Officer x 2

£29,896 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £34,080
14 Sep 2017
13 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Housing Improvement Officer x 2

Starting Salary £29,896 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £34,080

Full Time - Fixed Term (until March 2019)

Thanet District Council serves the beautiful coastal towns and villages in East Kent; including Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Minster, providing an array of services to over 127,000 residents.

Thanet is a great place to live and work. Our historic seaside towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs are rich in heritage and opportunity. With the multi-million pound Turner Contemporary Gallery, the fast speed rail link to London, and the popular Westwood Cross shopping centre - this is an exciting time to join Thanet District Council. We are determined to improve the quality of life for local people. We believe that by listening to local people, working in active partnership and by being prepared to do things in an innovative way we can accelerate improvement and best meet the challenges ahead.

All posts include generous annual leave, flexible working (some posts excluded), a 37 hour week, as well as access to the local government pension scheme.

It is our policy to reward personal contribution towards the organisation's success. Your performance will be reviewed annually and your pay award will be based on your performance rating.

Main Duties

Thanet District Council is looking for two experienced and motivated Housing Improvement Officers to join its Private Sector Housing Team. These new posts will join our Rogue Landlord and Community Cohesion Section, which has been set up to pursue a number of exciting proactive housing and health interventions using an intelligence led enforcement approach. Our Rogue Landlord and Community Cohesion Section is based in a multi-agency office at the council in which Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Job Centre Plus, Community Safety and numerous other agencies work together to help Thanet’s residents lead safer, healthier and happier lives. Working alongside our partner agencies you will use the wide range of enforcement tools at your disposal in a confident and determined manner. These posts will be attractive to anyone seeking to broaden their experience with a challenging and varied role where initiative and robust interventions are encouraged.

Essential Requirements

You will have experience of using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the enforcement options available to you under the Housing Act 2004.

You will also be expected to understand and be able to use alternative legislative provisions, such as that relating to statutory nuisance.

Excellent written and verbal communication, along with the ability to deal effectively with difficult conversations, are essential.

Applicants will hold a degree or similar qualification in housing, building surveying, or environmental health, as well as a competency certificate for HHSRS.

As this position will be based within a multi-agency environment, the successful applicant will be required to undergo Police vetting.

An enhanced DBS check is also required for this role (forms will be provided).

The postholder must have a full driving licence and provide a vehicle for use on council business.


The interviews for this role are expected to take place in the week commencing 16th October 2017.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Lisa-Marie Richardson on 01843 577014 or email lisa-marie.richardson@thanet.gov.uk.

Closing Date: Friday 13 October 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed


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