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Policy Officer

Employer
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
Location
16 Summer Lane
Salary
£34,201 - £39,360
Closing date
19 Jul 2024
Reference
WMCA/TP/156/306

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Policy
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Do you have a passion for research?  Do you want to make a real difference in reducing health inequalities? 
We are seeking to appoint two Policy Officers to join the Health and Communities team at West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). This is your chance to be part of a groundbreaking research programme funded by Sport England, working alongside leading universities to reduce inequalities in those who are physically inactive across the West Midlands.  
You will be helping to build on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games legacy, aiming to leave a lasting positive impact on the health and well-being of the West Midlands population through the power of movement! 
What you will be doing.
  • You'll be a vital member of the WMCA's Health and Communities Team, collaborating with Sport England, Local Authorities, Hartpury, Coventry, and Sheffield Hallam Universities, communities, sport and community organisations. 
  • Work alongside a dedicated team to develop and implement a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (MELP) for the programme. Managing relationships with key partners, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing across the region. 
  • Collecting and analysing data and insight to track progress, measure impact, and inform future policy decisions. 
  • Use your findings to develop policy briefs, and reports with recommendations shaping the future of physical activity policy and practice. 
  • Share your insights with key partners through workshops, reports, and presentations, maximising the programme's reach.
What’s Essential. 
  • Proven experience in planning and conducting research and evaluation projects. 
  • An inquisitive mind that thrives on research, development and asking insightful questions. 
  • The ability to translate complex data and insight into clear, actionable plans. 
  •  Excellent communication skills both written and verbal – to engage and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders. 
  •  The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. 
Please note these are 3-year fixed-term posts. 
Interviews will be held at our Office in Summer Lane, Birmingham on Thursday 25th July.  How to apply.   On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will be prompted to register for an account, which you can do using your name and email address. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV when registering. Uploading your CV will auto-populate the employment and education sections of your profile. Please notewe do not see your CV once you have submitted your application. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to check the information is correct and format your profile so that it really stands out.
 You will be asked to provide a supporting statement which should fully outline your suitability for the role, highlighting how your skills and experience match the essential job criteria. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. For more information on how to apply, please visit the FAQ page on our career site.    Reasonable adjustments.  If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the application or recruitment process (for example, you might need to submit your application in a different format), please get in touch with our Recruitment Team (careers@wmca.org.uk). We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.    Salary and benefits.  We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees. Requests for salaries above the maximum advertised range will not be considered.     We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme (one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK), 28 days paid annual leave (plus an option to purchase more!), ethical saving options and healthcare plans, paid volunteering days, free financing for the latest technology, discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers, and more. For more information, please visit the benefits page on our career site.    Hybrid working and location.   We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows.     The location for this role is Summer Lane, Birmingham It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. Please note, this is the minimum expectation.    Creating an inclusive workplace.  We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. We believe that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.    WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as the RACE Code Quality Mark, Armed Forces Covenant (Gold status) and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re a Disability Confident Employer with ‘Leader’ status, committed to interviewing applicants with disabilities who meet all the essential role criteria.     We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.    We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.    Right to Work in the UK  Applicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK, in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.     Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.  

Attached documents
Job Description Policy Officer MELP.pdf

Company

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

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’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. 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. 

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.

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Telephone
0121 200 2787
Location
16 Summer Lane
Birmingham
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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