Senior Adviser
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-003054

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 05/06/2024

Salary: £75,969 per annum (including London Weighting)

Employment Type: Secondment only, Fixed Term, full-time

Department: Policy - People, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

Fixed Term Secondment until 31st March 2025

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 

At the Local Government Association, we have a fantastic opportunity for someone to join our policy directorate as a Senior Adviser on a secondment until the end of March 2025. As an integral member of the Community Wellbeing team, you will lead our work on a diverse range of issues covering the policy agenda of integration between adult social care and health. This includes, but is not limited to, our policy work on Integrated Care Systems and placed-based partnerships, Health and Wellbeing Boards, local democratic accountability and scrutiny of health services, and the Better Care Fund. You will also work closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders including the LGA and ADASS improvement and support partnership, Partners in Care and Health, he Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, and the NHS Confederation. 

There has never been a more exciting time to work for the LGA and be a member of our busy policy directorate. With a looming general election and possible changes to governmental priorities for health, care and integration, this is a key time for someone who can work between councils, government departments and the NHS to make sense of a complex landscape that has a real impact on peoples’ lives.

About you 

You will need to be a problem-solver and capable of taking a strategic and forward-thinking approach to advocate on behalf of the LGA and its member councils, as well as being a self-starter comfortable managing a varied portfolio of work and supporting team members undertaking their own day to day work on these issues.

You will be comfortable working on complex and challenging issues in a political environment, facilitating difficult conversations and establishing consensus, with the experience and credibility to lead conversations with government and with national organisations from across the public, private, and voluntary sectors.  You will have an understanding of key government policies and the policy making / legislative process and a record of achievement in complex political environments, preferably in local or central government. You will have the experience and credibility to build and maintain effective relationships and partnerships across the public, private and voluntary sectors, contributing to the development of strategies, interventions and innovative solutions to complex issues and managing project delivery.

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 for the role before the closing date. 
We are specifically assessing candidates against the following criteria:

  • Understanding of local and central government, their roles structures and relationships
  • Record of achievement in a complex political environment
  • Experience of building and maintaining effective relationships
  • Strong analytical skills and project management skills

Closing Date:         5pm Wednesday, 5 June 2024
Interview Date:      Friday, 21 June 2024, interviews will be held in person

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

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

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.