PAS Programme Coordinator
Local Government Association
Fixed Term until 31/03/2024
The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.
We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) is part of the LGA and supports local planning authorities in providing effective and efficient planning services and supports the implementation of changes in the planning system
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About the role
The Programme Coordinator will work alongside the 10 PAS consultants to help deliver the diverse range of planning related projects that are being carried out by the PAS team. This currently includes: design; developer contributions; Local Plans; development management; biodiversity net gain; and nutrient neutrality. The postholder will also have a key role in assisting the Programme Manager with the operational and financial management of the PAS budgets and the improving digital communication both within the team and to the wider customers of the PAS services. An ability and interest in website design will be particularly important. The postholder will not need to be a qualified Planner, but will need to have a strong interest and passion for Planning.
The role requires an individual who can: work independently and also be a team player who can work across a number projects at any one time; update and analyse spreadsheets; use their IT knowledge to improve the PAS offer particularly in relation to website communication; produce reports, briefings and information sheets; communicate with a range of customers in an engaging and helpful way; contribute positively to Planning discussions on improving the current Planning system; organise and host in person events and virtual webinars; take personal responsibility for supporting and delivering projects that will involve meeting key milestones on time and to budget.
Strong candidates will demonstrate experience of:
- supporting and leading projects ideally in a local government / Planning environment
- project management experience where targets have been met against budget, time and resource constraints
- Using IT skills to manage budgets and innovate in digital transformation
Successful applicants will need to be:
- Intellectually agile and innovative, capable of translating ideas into policy and practice
- team players who can also work on their own with minimal supervision
- well organised with the ability to plan and deliver a varied workload
- highly capable and well-motivated
- excellent communicators; and
- have strong interpersonal skills
You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage.
If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.
We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.
If you would like an informal conversation about the role prior to submitting an application please contact Peter Ford on [email protected]
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 27 March 2023
Interview Date:W/C 24 April 2023 , interviews will be held at our office in London
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- Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
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- Family friendly policies
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