Adviser
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-003015

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 26/02/2024

Salary: £51,502 including London Weighting

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Policy - Place, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

About us

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. We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

About the role 

Having supported their communities and businesses throughout the coronavirus pandemic, councils across England are increasingly focused on creating the conditions for resilient public services and a sustainable and inclusive economy.

As we look towards the next General Election the LGA will be making the case for councils and combined authorities to have the powers and resources needed to deliver these ambitions locally and to ensure their leadership of place sits at the heart of national policies to unlock growth and prosperity.

This role sits within a small team that will work with stakeholders across the LGA, councils and Government to help make this happen.

The work is varied, the remit wide-ranging and constantly evolving. From commissioning research and developing policy, to running events and advising leading politicians of the LGA’s City Regions and People and Places Boards, to supporting press and public affairs campaigns, to working directly with councils across the country, this is a role where very few days are the same and where collaboration is often the key to achieving a successful outcome. Recently completed projects include, the LGA’s Levelling Up Locally Commission and the Future of Cities Urban Summit.

The successful candidate will join an organisation with a strong track record of leading the national debate, that works confidently with partners across government to strengthen policy development and isn’t afraid to drive the political narrative on behalf of local councils.

About you 

You will have the knowledge, experience and credibility to engage with government and organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will be able to take a strategic, forward-looking approach and will have the political awareness to contribute to the development of effective relationships with the LGA’s political groups as well as with external partners and national government.

The person to whom we offer this post will be an excellent communicator, problem solver and team player, as well as having the ability for self-directed research and independent work. You will have experience using a range of communication tools, including social media, in a politically sensitive environment. Your ability to grasp issues quickly and adapt to a rapidly shifting context will make you stand out. While not essential experience of working in local government or a similar environment is desirable.

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. 

To apply

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 are specifically assessing candidates against the following:

  • Political sensitivity, with the ability to exercise discretion, judgement and confidentiality when dealing with politicians and officers at every level, and to demonstrate political neutrality at all times.    
  • Excellent written skills, with the ability to accurately summarise and convey complex information.
  • Experience of researching data from a range of sources and of compiling clear, comprehensive papers.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to support others.
  • Excellent oral and influencing skills, with the ability to give clear advice on procedural issues.
  • Experience of managing a complex workload, preparing plans and meeting deadlines and milestones.  
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal with members, other clients and colleagues with courtesy, tact and sensitivity.       
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines, and a concern for order and accuracy. 
  • A broad understanding of local and/or central government and how they work.
  • Flexible approach to work, with a keenness to adapt to meet changing work requirements.                 

Closing Date:        5pm, 26 February 2024
Interview Date:     w/c 4 March 2024, interviews will be held virtually

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via HRandPayroll@local.gov.uk 

Our benefits

  • LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 31 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
  • Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office two days per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
  • Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
  • The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
  • Family friendly policies

For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage https://www.local.gov.uk/benefits-and-working-lga

Our values & behaviours 

    Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

    • how we work with each other 
    • how we work with our members and stakeholders
    • our expectations for ourselves and each other 

    Our values are:

    Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

    Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

    Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.

     

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