Housing Strategy Officer for Climate Change & Fuel Poverty

Council House (with home working)
£37,890 - £43,857
14 Oct 2021
10 Nov 2021
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Contract Type
Full time permanent
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Flexible hours

Hours: 37 Hours Per Week

As part of our ambitious housing and net zero agendas in Solihull, we have a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about the environment and climate change to join our Housing Policy & Strategy team.

As a Housing Strategy Officer at Solihull Council, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference for our Solihull residents. Acting as lead professional for the Council, you will play a fundamental role in advising, enabling and promoting the delivery of inspired housing initiatives, which will be instrumental in our pursuit to decarbonise the Borough’s housing stock, promote green and warm homes, energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty. In this high profile role, representing the Council on a range of external bodies and groups, you will contribute to the review and development of the Council’s housing strategy and other housing policies and intelligence.

You will work closely with Council colleagues, Solihull Community Housing, housing associations, landlords, owner occupiers and the community and voluntary sector, to develop and deliver policies, strategies, programmes and projects and effective engagement to support and promote our invaluable work on climate change, energy efficiency and fuel poverty goals.

You will also lead on the development and provision of housing needs assessments, cross-tenure investment plans and programmes and housing elements of the Council’s Net Zero Carbon framework, as well as identifying and supporting bids and maximising external funding to support housing related climate change, energy efficiency, affordable warmth and fuel poverty initiatives.

You will have a relevant degree (or equivalent), or the ability to demonstrate equivalent knowledge gained through extended experience or training. You will also need:

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of working with national policy, housing strategy and housing initiatives relating to climate change, energy efficiency, fuel poverty and associated issues
  • Excellent communication skills with a wide range of people.
  • The ability to analyse, evaluate, present and disseminate complex statistical data.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining great working relationships with colleagues, customers, stakeholders and external agencies
  • The ability to manage a complex, varied and demanding workload, whilst producing consistently high quality work.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and implement strategy in this crucial area and improve on the lives of Solihull residents.

We also offer:

  • Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year and agile working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave entitlements with opportunity to buy up to 10-days additional leave per year
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
  • Family and carer friendly policies
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee benefits including staff discounts, subsidised travel passes and Cycle 2 Work Scheme

We are currently implementing our Smarter Ways of Working as we recognise that work is what you do and not necessarily where you go.  Therefore, you will be able to work in a blended way, working predominantly remotely from the comfort of your own home, but also from our conveniently located offices in Solihull town centre for approximately 1 day a week, to be agreed agree upon appointment, to meet your personal commitments and our business needs. 

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 22nd November.

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact john.pitcher@birmingham.gov.uk, Senior Housing Strategy Officer.

Please note, we do not accept CV's.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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