Fixed term or secondment opportunity until 31 March 2020 (with possible option for extension)
The LGA represents 415 local authorities in England and Wales. Our Leadership and Improvement work directly supports councils through a number of programmes including our support to councils’ commercial activities.
For most local authorities, nothing is more important at the moment than building their capacity to make savings or generate income that will allow them to maintain and improve services to citizens. The Productivity Programme is an integrated programme of projects designed to help local authorities individually and collectively to make best use of resources during a period of changing public services. For more information on Productivity programmes please click http://www.local.gov.uk/productivity .
You will have knowledge and experience of working in or for local government and the ability to engage effectively with councils, central government and the IT sector at different levels. An ability to communicate with key stakeholders, including at a senior level and with a professional community, is crucial.
The role is to lead our team working on an expanding programme to improve cyber resilience in councils. The work involves helping raise the profile of cyber security amongst senior managers and elected members as well as a overseeing and delivering a funded programme of agreed activities.
You will help us implement our programme of support for councils to enable them develop the necessary skills and capacity to be cyber resilient. You will have experience of delivering complex programmes for multiple organisations, managing the resources and budget allocated and working with key stakeholders to do so. You will also have experience of overseeing and monitoring progress of the deliverables to agreed timescales as well as provide regular reports for both internal and external sponsors.
You will also help capture and mainstream existing good practice to enable other councils apply this to their work. This involves regular day to day communications with councils and other partners, as well as keeping pace with and managing different parts of a fast paced programme.
Technical knowledge of cyber security is not required, though may be useful. However a good understanding of and experience of working in or with councils and the context councils operate in as well as managing a programme of activities is essential.
The person we offer this role to will be a self-starter who can quickly come to grips with this expanding programme of work as well as bringing initiative and ideas to the table as the programme progresses. An interest in technology in the public sector, and the growing threat posed by cyber-attacks, would be beneficial.
The successful applicant will be a team leader with experience of applying project management approaches to a programme of activities, as well as have an understanding and interest in the issues involved in delivering efficient local public services. This role will be of particular interest to anyone with direct experience of working on technology or other improvement programmes in the public sector. An ability to work quickly and to problem solve at pace are desirable.
Please note the Job Description is generic, with details of the role outlined above.
Closing Date: 5pm, 22 February 2019
Interview Date: w/c 4 March 2019
As a Disability Confident Leader the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community