Social Mobility Officer
Wychavon District Council is a great place to work, with high levels of resident satisfaction and motivated staff who enjoy working with us. Located in South Worcestershire the district boasts a beautiful natural environment, a rich heritage and plenty to do and see. Wychavon district is also ranked as second best rural place to live in the UK.
We pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation who spends time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.
Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find. That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, and discounted gym membership. We share a Chief Executive/Managing Director and a joint management team with Malvern Hills District Council. Whilst they retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities, and operate and develop shared services and partnership arrangements with each other and with other councils.
We are making improvements to the social mobility for free school meal eligible children, young people and their families - one of our priorities for the next three years. We’re investing £200,000 in this work alongside £250,000 recently secured from Worcestershire County Council.
Led by our Strategy and Performance team, we are working with partners from schools, early years settings, social care and health services to develop and deliver new approaches to supporting children and families at the earliest possible stage to narrow the attainment gap and reduce demand on key services. This new post will be instrumental to the success of this work.
Social Mobility Officer
Up to full time - 37 hours per week but part time or term time working may be considered
Three-year fixed term
£24,313 - £27,905 per annum pro rata
This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated, experienced and enthusiastic individual to join us and help deliver one of our key priorities. The Social Mobility Officer will be responsible for delivering a range of projects and activities aimed at improving social mobility in Wychavon and for overseeing improvements around the district by working with partners, schools and families.
Based at the Civic Centre in Pershore, you will work closely with our Community Programmes Manager, Strategy and Performance Manager and other Wychavon staff to help deliver our social mobility work. You will develop new partnerships with schools and early years settings, so a good understanding of early years, schools and the education system in Worcestershire is essential.
We’re looking for someone with substantial experience working in education in either a school or early years setting and an understanding of health and social care issues. You will need a good understanding of social mobility and the factors that influence it along with an awareness of the barriers facing free school meal (FSM) eligible children and their families.
You will also need to have an awareness of government policy around social mobility and the ability to look critically at different approaches to tackling it, as well as analysing large amounts of data such as school and FSM outcomes.
You will have a good educational background and a flexible approach. The successful candidate must be a car driver with access to a vehicle for work purposes as travel within and outside the district is essential and public transport options are limited.
For further information about the role, please contact David Manning on 01386 565478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 8th September 2019
Interview date: 19th September 2019Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification