Democratic Services Officer (three posts) - Ref: RT09821

Walsall, West Midlands
Salary G8: £30,451 - £34,728 per annum
08 Oct 2021
24 Oct 2021
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Democratic Services Officer (three posts) - Ref: RT09821
Salary G8: £30,451 - £34,728

As a valued Democratic Services Officer at Walsall, you would have the opportunity to work at the heart of the decision making process.  Arranging and attending meetings of Committees, Sub-Committees, Working Groups and Charities by producing agendas, reports and minutes would be a key focus.  However, the role also requires the successful candidate to:-

  • Provide timely advice and guidance on the Councils Constitution and relevant legislation;
  • Be central to the work of Scrutiny, undertaking research, analysing findings and drafting reports for scrutiny reviews;
  • Lead on Charities, ensuring that Annual Returns are submitted to the Charity Commission; and
  • Support the operation of School Admission Appeals process.

With previous experience of local authority Committee work, or a strong interest in governance or politics and a willingness to learn, you will:-

  • Understand Committee procedures;
  • Work well under pressure to meet tight schedules and deadlines;
  • Be confident and tactful in dealing with elected members and senior officers;
  • Think logically and plan;
  • Embrace new technology and have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365

​As someone able to communicate well with councillors, the public and staff, you will use your own initiative, within a supportive team setting, to manage a varied workload.  Having knowledge and understanding of current issues affecting Local Government would be an advantage and the ability to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English is essential.

Walsall Council is committed to a blended working approach, providing flexibility between office and home based working that meet both the needs of staff and service. 

For an informal discussion please contact Neil Picken, Principal Democratic Services Officer on 01922 654369.

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Closing date: Sunday 24th October, 2021

Interviews: W/C 8 November, 2021

This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.  The postholder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English.

Legislation imposes restrictions on political activity for certain local government employees. This position is designated as a politically restricted (sensitive) post as set out in Part 1 the Local Government & Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990 (LGO(PR)R 1990) [SI 851] and S.30 of the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.