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School Admissions Advisor

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
Solihull
Salary
£30,296 - £34,834 per annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2024
Reference
SOL/TP/943/444

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Education - non-schools based
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details


We are excited to be recruiting to a rare vacancy in our small and friendly School Admissions team. The team follow a hybrid working pattern of working from home and team collaboration located at the Council House in Solihull town centre.  As a Schools Admissions Advisor you will deliver excellent customer service to parents and schools within the borough whilst you process applications for children who are starting school, transferring to junior or secondary school or moving into the area during the school year.

In this challenging but rewarding role you will work closely with the teams within the education department, and you will develop great working relationships with the schools you work with, whilst also providing independent support and advice to guide parents through the schools admissions process.

 To be considered for this role you will need to demonstrate: 

  • GCSE English and Maths (A*-C or 9-4) (or equivalent)
  • To be educated to Level 3 (or equivalent) or able to demonstrate through extended experience, the necessary knowledge to carry out the full range of duties
  • Significant experience of office administration
  • Knowledge of school admissions
  • Interpersonal skills to deal with anxious or challenging customers sensitively
  • Experience of organising your own workload
  • Experience of using various Microsoft Office packages (or equivalent)

We are a well-established, experienced, and supportive team, able to offer a broad range of flexible working arrangements and a strong ethos towards maintaining a good work life balance, including up to 24 days flexi leave per year, the opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year.   The team follow a hybrid working pattern both in the Council House and at home.  

You will also have access to other employee benefits including our staff discount card, our local government pension scheme, and our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service.

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact:

Nicola Eatherington, Admissions Team Leader on:

neatheri@solihull.gov.uk/0121 704 6726.

Interviews: 26 June 2024

Whilst this position is advertised on a full time basis, applications for part time or working on a job share basis will also be considered.

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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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

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.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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Telephone
0121 704 6000
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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