Senior Housing Standards Officer
Fixed Term until 31.03.2024 Full-time (37 hours per week), Flexi-time scheme, Local Government Pension Scheme
Salary Scale H £28,226 - £30,984
Are you motivated to work for an ambitious Organisation, here to empower and inspire our communities to thrive?
Here’s some information about us
We are here to empower and inspire our communities to thrive. Every staff member plays a part in our success and achievement through challenging what we do, how we do it and how we can do it better. Ideas are continuously encouraged, new ways of working are trialled and we apply learning through experience. Through our ‘one team’ approach, we work in an agile way to empower our staff to be able to make decisions that place our customers at the heart of what we do and ultimately to empower and inspire our communities to thrive.
We are in an exciting process of transitioning from a district council to being part of a new, larger unitary council providing most local government services to the Barrow, South Lakeland and Eden areas. South Lakeland’s transformation through its Customer Connect programme and positive culture will provide an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to play a role in enabling the Council and its people to shape and transition to the new Council.
We Are South Lakeland.
This is a key role in the regulation and enforcement of private sector housing standards and disabled facilities grants process; also contributing towards strategy and policy development aimed at improving standards in the private rented sector.
You will be pivotal in ensuring that the Council meets its statutory duties in relation to: Housing Health and Safety Ratings System & Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. You will assist in the delivery of all aspects of the private sector housing service including undertaking housing inspections and enforcement action, immigration visits, licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’S), grant applications and approvals, providing specialist support and advice to both internal colleagues and external stakeholders.
You will be working closely with; our case management colleagues, landlords, tenants and agents, as well as liaising with the Fire Service, Social Services, and Environmental Protection amongst others to improve housing standards in the area.
What we are looking for in you; high level of customer care, enthusiasm, forward thinking, innovation, collaborative working, excellent communication skills.
You will be responsible for your own casework working closely with the housing standards case managers and assist in developing and delivering projects, interventions and initiatives together with strategy teams in line with corporate and business plans. You will be required to have a willingness to work flexibly across the council when service demands. You will develop and maintain accurate and up to date records, use Flare and Integra software, be fully proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software and Excel.
In addition you will:
- Demonstrate experience in; undertaking HHSRS inspections and subsequent enforcement action under the Housing Act 2004, the preparation of schedule of works where necessary.
- Independently travel across the district inspecting homes therefore a full UK driving licence and a registered vehicle are essential.
- Ideally be a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
What we offer
- Being part of an innovative, forward thinking, supportive and solutions focused team
- Smart working – Working in a ways that gets the best outcomes
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- Generous Annual Leave Entitlement (23 days holiday per annum + Bank Holidays (raising to 28 days after 5 years service)
- Flexi time – being able to accrue up to 13 additional flexi days + 5 additional banked flexi days per annum
- An attractive pension scheme
Equality of opportunity
We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities including from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are under-represented at SLDC, particularly at senior level. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for vacancies will be guaranteed an interview.
Would you like to join us, share and develop the experience and above all, make a difference…?
For further information including the Role Profile and details of how to apply, please visit us at https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/your-council/job-vacancies/
To accompany your application, please upload a CV summarising your employment history, qualifications and relevant experience.
Please note, we are unable to accept CVs alone for job vacancies.
For an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Lee Curren, in the first instance by email – Lee.Curren@southlakeland.gov.uk
Candidates that are shortlisted for interview will be informed by email.
Closing date for application: 17 October 2022
Interviews will be held: week commencing 31 October 2022