Engagement Officer

Council House
£28,221 - £35,229
23 Nov 2018
11 Dec 2018
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Hours: 37.0 Hours per Week


This is a fixed term post and is externally funded until April 2021.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and committed Engagement Officer to support Solihull Council’s £16.8m Greening the Grey (Wildlife Ways) programme which is part funded by The European Development Fund (ERDF), National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The programme, which is scheduled to complete in April 2021, will provide a connected network of green corridors and improved wildlife sites, promoting active and sustainable travel across the borough of Solihull.

The role of the Engagement Officer will be working to support the delivery of this ambitious programme and related projects. You will work closely with our Corporate Communications Team to drive forward the Communications Strategy and you will lead the engagement activities for this programme, pro-actively leading engagement with a range of key stakeholder groups including Council Members, residents, local interest groups, Town and Parish councils across the Borough and all in accordance with ERDF Grant Conditions and Audit Requirements.

You will join our friendly, professional multi-disciplinary team of development officers leading on Conservation of the Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology (CLAUDE) and you will work alongside colleagues from Highways, UK Central, Neighbourhood Services and Economic Development Teams, who are all based at the Council House in Solihull.

 With a degree level qualification (or equivalent experience), you will have:

 Extensive experience of engagement and publicity.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience of utilising web and social media for marketing and proactive information dissemination.
  • Working knowledge of the natural environment and related issues would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrable experience of dealing confidently with a wide range of stakeholders including the public and local interest groups
  • The ability to negotiate and persuade stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable ability to work on own initiative as part of a multidisciplinary team, on a range of projects to meet agreed deadlines.

In return we can offer:

  • Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year and agile working arrangements
  • The opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
  • This post carries essential car user status although we encourage the use of sustainable transport options.

For more information about the programme, please see the Cabinet decision paper: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mgInternet/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=3497

 Interested? Don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Mike Eastwood on 0121 704 6391, email meastwood@solihull.gov.uk or Lisa Whitton on 0121 704 8135, email Lisa.whitton@solihull.gov.uk.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 8 January 2019.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

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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