Policy Advisor (Housing)

Location
16 Summer Lane, Birmingham
Salary
£28,829 - £34,899
Posted
04 Jan 2022
Closes
23 Jan 2022
Job Ref
WMCA00537
Job Type
Housing, Planning
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Are you a Town Planner or Planning Officer looking for a policy development role?  Do you want to shape and deliver housing policy for the West Midlands?  This is an opportunity to contribute your expertise to one of the most exciting and innovative policy and delivery agendas in the UK today.

Your new role as a Policy Advisor will see you working across the Housing & Regeneration Directorate, leading, developing and delivering on regional policies across a broad range of subjects.  Initially, your work will include (but won’t be limited to) Advanced Manufacturing in Construction, WMCA’s Regional Design Charter and Zero Carbon Homes.

Our policy agenda is broad, and continually developing, as we respond to the needs of our stakeholders and interpret national policy.  Some challenging ambitions you can be part of, include the delivery of more affordable homes, supporting town and city centre recovery, helping to create the conditions for economic growth, delivering the zero carbon agenda and working with authorities to help deliver their statutory local plans.

Your research, analysis and policy development will help us to deliver real change in the region.  Your enthusiasm for engagement, listening and discussion will ensure that our policies are developed through a collaborative process.

West Midlands Combined Authority’s Housing & Land Team is developing the UK’s most successful, innovative and delivery focused housing and regeneration programme, combining the very best of the public and private sectors to drive inclusive growth in all parts of the region. The team is at the forefront of implementing WMCA’s inclusive growth mission, and demonstrating the links between housing, skills, transport, health and economic growth; a whole team approach that combines working with local councils, LEPs, Whitehall and the private sector sits front and centre of our way of working. 

Our overall aim and ambition: “to enable the delivery of 215,000 new homes by 2031, significantly increasing the proportion of affordable housing and driving new quality and design benchmarks”.

What will you be doing?

  • Be first point of contact on matters relating to our strategy for Advanced Manufacturing in Construction, Zero Carbon Homes and the Regional Design Charter
  • Work across all relevant WMCA Directorates on other priority projects (e.g. affordable housing, commercial and employment land, town/city centre recovery and regeneration) to help secure agreed outputs
  • Prepare work programmes for project-based work to ensure that work is completed on time identifying short, medium- and long-term deliverables
  • Support the business planning activity of the Housing & Regeneration Directorate
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Housing & Regeneration and Head of Policy (Housing & Regeneration) on briefings, presentations and advice to senior politicians and executives across the region and in Whitehall on housing, land and regeneration delivery matters
  • Secure effective support from our graduates on task-based work as appropriate

For more detail about the responsibilities of this position, please read the detailed job description attached

About you

You will have some experience in a policy role – including research – you’ll likely come from a Planning or Town planner role or understand planning in the area of housing and regeneration.

The policy work at the WMCA is enabling and collaborative, so being able to build good relationships across the organisation and with a wide range of stakeholders is key.

You will be the first point of contact on your key areas of responsibility so there is a clear opportunity for you to develop and grow, and to develop other policy areas.  

You will be delivery-focused, able to deliver policy outcomes and find creative solutions to long held problems and challenges of securing private sector investment into difficult sites. 

Having a can-do, growth mindset, a willingness to learn and asking informed questions will help you succeed.  You will be able to embrace new policy ideas and have an interest in unlocking the real estate potential of previously developed sites that are not in use in the region.

Apply today or get in touch to have an informal chat

About us

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be, and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

About your application

The online Application Form you'll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process. We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview. It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible. You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying. 

If you would like to discuss alternative methods to the online application as a reasonable adjustment please contact the Resourcing Team by email (careers@wmca.org.uk).

Location

16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B91 3SD. Hybrid working conditions are currently in place which means working remotely and coming to the office when required.

Supporting documents
Policy Advisor- JD Nov 2021.pdf

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