Head of the Mayor's Office

£55,878 - £69,291 but a Market supplement up to £75k for a suitably experienced and skilled candidate

About us

Newham is one of the youngest, fastest growing and most diverse boroughs in the UK. It is home to the largest urban regeneration site in Europe and one of the largest recipients of investment in the country, not just around the Olympic Park, but across the borough. Newham boasts a vibrant and thriving culture and community.

Rokhsana Fiaz is the new and ambitious directly elected Mayor who is driving a bold new agenda for the Borough. We are looking for a talented individual to help her, her cabinet and the council deliver her priorities including: a massive new social housing programme; a commitment to youth and youth safety; openness and new ways of involving residents in local government; community wealth building and the  commitment to ‘put people at the heart of everything we do’.

About the job

Head of the Mayor's Officer

  • £55,878 - £69,291 but a Market supplement up to £75k for a suitably experienced and skilled candidate

Head of the Mayor’s office is a vital role within the council advising the Mayor on policy and administrative issues and managing the support team for the Mayor, and Cabinet so they can undertake their executive and civic functions. You will be working in a diverse community context, be people focused and help recast the relationship between residents in Newham and the council.  The role will involve:

  • advising the Mayor on a wide range of policy and administrative issues;
  • commissioning work on behalf of the Mayor;
  • recording and disseminating decisions;
  • oversee the mayoral diary and casework;
  • working closely with the chief executive and advising senior council officers, to ensure that Mayoral decisions and requirements are properly communicated and that  the Mayor is fully briefed and well informed;
  • working closely with the policy and communications teams to help drive forward and communicate the Mayor’s agenda and priorities.

You will line manage a small team of staff who support the Mayor and Cabinet, and also help to coordinate a wider team of caseworkers, policy officers and democratic services alongside other council officers.

About you

You will be enthusiastic, committed and keen to make a difference to the lives of Newham residents and will:

  • have experience working in high pressured political environment;
  • have keen political astuteness and understanding of the appropriate connections between elected politicians and officials;
  • have an appreciation of the mayoral model and the importance of governing with the highest ethical standards;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the linkages between politics and management and the different challenges for strategic and operational management in London local government;
  • have an understanding of London local government and its political structures;
  • have a good understanding of local government and how it works;
  • have a good understanding of the economic and social policy environment that impacts upon local authorities in London;
  • excel at partnership working and be an effective negotiator and influencer;
  • have the ability to generate trust and confidence through their actions;
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • have experience managing teams and getting the best out of them;
  • demonstrate a high degree of tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive and high profile issues
  • identify and respond to key priorities and matters in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Additional information

Closing date: 2nd December 2018. To complete a successful application, please carefully review the person specification and ensure you offer examples of your work experience.

The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

For more information, or a confidential discussion, please contact:

  • Joshua Bembridge on 07739 985 331 or Joshua.Bembridge@Penna.com 
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