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OD Business Partner (widening participation) - Ref: RT02124

Walsall Council
£50,512 - £56,239
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Human resources / OD / Training
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Full time permanent
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Organisational Development (OD) Business Partner (widening participation)
  • Ref: RT02124
  • £50,512 - £56,239 per annum (pay award pending)
  • 1 permanent full-time post

2023 saw the creation of a new and exciting Organisational Development (OD) team, who has begun embedding a strategy for organisational development based on collective leadership, staff engagement, health and wellbeing and equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI). As part of this work, there is a need to widen participation by developing opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion within the council workforce.

What is the main purpose of this role?

To support the Head of OD to reach out to community organisations to promote the opportunities available within Walsall Council. This will include building on our current supported internships and apprenticeship programmes, while developing work experience, pre apprenticeships and graduate programmes.

Lead on widening participation, developing opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion within the council focussing on representation, equity and access, social mobility and inclusive policies and practice.

To champion the OD strategy and Workforce strategy across the organisation by proactively engaging with key stakeholders and collating feedback that will help to shape and design the continuing evolution of the strategies.

What Will You Be Doing?

Promoting the benefits of working for Walsall council and engaging with community groups and organisations, building strong networks to support widening participation. Taking forward the actions identified in the OD and Workforce strategies, with the support of a small team of OD specialists, providing timely and accurate internal reporting and meaningful analysis to articulate progress. Provide expertise on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), playing a key role in taking forward innovative strategies to strengthen a diverse talent pipeline and build an inclusive workforce.

About You

We are looking for someone who can quickly build strong, lasting relationships with key stakeholders across the organisation and within the community, who is passionate about widening participation and has substantial experience of apprenticeships and ideally supported internships and work experience initiatives as well. You will need to be an excellent communicator, be able to enthuse individuals about new initiatives, have strong influencing and collaboration skills, but also be able to challenge when appropriate.

We want someone who has a good knowledge of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and who can support the work in this area and ensure that it is a key thread running through the work of the OD function.

Good Microsoft Office skills are essential as you will be frequently using the full range of applications, either for presentation purposes, accessing benchmark data or the production of reports or business cases.

View Job Description & Employee Specification

Closing date for applications: 19 July 2024

This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers. The postholder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English.

Important note: When completing your online application form, you will be asked to enter supporting information. You must enter a detailed supporting information statement describing how your skills, abilities and experience meet the specific criteria included in the employee specification. If you do not include a supporting information statement, you will not be shortlisted. Please also ensure that you complete the work history and qualifications sections of your application form. Please do not add a CV as we do not accept them. See our Information for Applicants leaflet for further information.


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