Policy and Project Manager - Inclusive Growth

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Council House/Remote home working
£37,890 - £43,857 per annum. Pay progression is subject to performance.
14 Dec 2021
23 Jan 2022
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Full time permanent
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37.0 Hours per Week


We have a rare and exciting opportunity for an Inclusive Growth Policy and Project Manager to join our Inclusive Growth Team, supporting the development and delivery of a range of policies, strategies and actions with a particular focus on employment and skills.

Solihull is one of most affluent local authorities in the West Midlands but income, poverty levels and life expectancy are unequal across the borough, with 16 out of 134 neighbourhoods in the top 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England. The impact of investment in housing, services and public realm through regeneration in these neighbourhoods is evident but more is needed to ensure our growth is truly inclusive and that everyone can contribute to and benefit from, social and economic development in Solihull.

Solihull Council are committed to delivering inclusive growth and our vision is to ensure that Solihull is a place where everyone has an equal chance to be healthier, happier, safer and more prosperous through growth that creates opportunities for all.

As Policy and Project Manager, you will have the opportunity to work across the Council and with partner organisations and have a real influence in shaping the way that Solihull develops its approach to inclusive growth with a strong focus on employment and skills. This will involve testing approaches, learning from best practise elsewhere and implementing what works for our people and places.

In this high profile role, you will be instrumental in making a real difference for the people of Solihull, as you lead on a fascinating and wide reaching portfolio of projects that you can be part of shaping.  This portfolio could range from setting out the strategy for how the Adult Education Budget can best be deployed to drive inclusive growth priorities, to developing and implementing our approach to working with both public and private sector Anchor Institutions.  

To be successful in this role you will have a good knowledge of what inclusive growth means and what local authorities can do to drive this agenda forward. You will also have a broad understanding of education, employment and skills policy and how local authorities can influence the employment and skills system to support better outcomes for local people.  You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to understand and translate complex information and concepts into an easily understandable form with practical application. You will also have experience of establishing and maintaining positive and effective relationships with a range of partners and in bringing them together to identify and achieve common goals.

In return we offer the support of a great team environment, generous annual leave entitlements, a range of flexible working arrangements and training and development opportunities.

We are currently implementing our Smarter Ways of Working as we recognise that work is what you do and not necessarily where you go.  Our aim is to balance the needs of our employees with service delivery. Therefore, you will be able to work in a blended way, working remotely from the comfort of your home, but also from our conveniently located and newly refurbished offices in Solihull town centre, to be agreed upon appointment to take into account your personal commitments and our business needs. 

Working Monday to Friday, we can be flexible about how you work your hours to fit around any caring responsibilities you may have, whilst ensuring that work priorities are met. 

Requests for working on a part-time or job share basis would also be considered.

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Rachel Egan, Head of Inclusive Growth - email regan@solihull.gov.uk 

Socially distanced interviews will take place on 31st January 2022. Please be advised that due to social distancing and infection measures, Solihull Council are keeping its recruitment processes and approach to face to face interviews under review and therefore alternative methods such as video conferencing may be required.  Candidates who are selected for interview will be informed and advised accordingly.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

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 a commitment 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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