Salary: £27,803 – 31,364 (Grade 5)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract type: full time, permanent post
At the City of Wolverhampton Council, we strive to be innovative and creative in the delivery of services and plans to promote community cohesion and improve outcomes for local communities. We are looking for a dedicated and experienced individual to join the Public Health (Communities) team as a Cohesion Officer.
The Communities Team leads on key Public Health themes including Vulnerable People, Homelessness Strategy and Migration, Community Safety, and Place Based Public Health.
This is a busy and diverse role where you will be supporting the delivery of community cohesion priorities, contributing to the Council’s commitment to Wulfrunians living longer, healthier, lives, and aligning directly to the Council Plan priority ‘Healthy, Inclusive Communities’.
As the successful candidate you will work closely with and support the Prevent and Cohesion Co-Ordinator in the effective delivery of the Hate Crime Plan and the CONTEST Strategy (Prevent, Protect and Prepare).
The Cohesion Officer works closely with key partners from within the Local Authority and across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors locally. As such, your ability to build and sustain positive partnerships will be a key part of this role, and you will be a confident, engaging communicator with good analytical and organisational skills.
The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the cohesion and integration challenges that communities face, along with a working knowledge of equality and diversity. You will be able to demonstrate a flexible approach in the delivery of interventions, engaging with and supporting all communities within the City.
The Cohesion Officer role is an exciting opportunity if you are passionate about working closely with communities and partners across Wolverhampton to help strengthen partnerships, empower and build community cohesion, resilience and a sense of belonging.
The successful candidate will be subject to Police security clearance checks.
For further information, please contact Deborah Smith Prevent and Cohesion Co-Ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All council roles are allocated to either a fixed, field or flexible work style. Some roles are agile which enables and empowers employees to maximise their performance and productivity, whilst maintaining a healthy work life balance. Roles with a fixed workstyle work in a fixed permanent council location. Roles with a field workstyle are usually allocated where employees are required to be out working in the community with a minimum requirement for ‘touch down’ space at any council location. Roles with a flexible workstyle have a flexible base location to meet the needs of the business and employees can work from a mixture of home or any council office, partner/client, or external location, as required to meet service requirements.
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