Fixed term or secondment opportunity until 31 March 2020, based in the London Region
The One Public Estate (OPE) programme is a pioneering government initiative funded by the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU) and delivered on their behalf by the Local Government Association (LGA). The programme is designed to enable local authorities to work successfully with central government and public sector agencies on surplus public land and property issues.
The OPE programme has three main objectives:
• Create local economic growth, particularly new homes and jobs;
• Deliver integrated and customer focussed services; and
• Where appropriate, generate capital receipts and reduce running costs.
Since OPE started with 12 pilot councils in 2013 we now have over 300 local authorities participating individually, as Combined Authorities, or as LEP partners, and our total coverage is over 90%. We are looking at significant benefits arising from collaborative working on public land – over 25,000 new homes, 43,000 new jobs, and almost £100m saved in running costs. For more information on the One Public Estate please click here.
As a Regional Programme Manager you will be working with a group of councils, Combined Authorities, City Deal authorities or other groupings to help deliver the OPE programme objectives. The job role will range from helping authorities frame their plans and ambitions, through to ensuring they have the basics in place – mapped assets, a properly functioning partnership forum, and a clear asset strategy – through to performance management of those plans. You will work closely with colleagues in GPU.
This role is not primarily an ‘office based’ job; visiting authorities, meeting Government Departments etc. will be the common method of working. Whilst London has a compact geography (20 councils participating) it has a complex political and governance set up especially when it comes to the surplus NHS estate.
You will need to be a self-starter, with an ability to work on your own and represent the LGA with senior officers (Chief Executives and Directors) and senior politicians. Political awareness, experience of relationship and partnership building, an ability to persuade others, and experience of land and property matters will all be critical attributes for these posts.
Closing date: 5pm, Friday 6 July 2018
Interview date: Friday 20 July 2018
We value diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community.