About One Public Estate:
One Public Estate (OPE) is an established national programme delivered in partnership by the Office of Government Property (OGP) within the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA). OPE provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to lead delivery of ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central government and other public sector partners.
By supporting cross-public sector working on a locality basis the programme aims to enable local economic growth, integrate public services, and drive efficiency savings. At its heart, OPE is about local and central government working together with other public bodies to deliver a better service to the customer, better value for money for the taxpayer, and to release surplus public land for alternative uses.
Since our first pilot phase in 2013 we’ve expanded to cover over 95% of all English councils and most government departments, working in 78 OPE partnerships. We’ve provided early stage funding for over 600 projects, including MHCLG’s Land Release Fund, providing capital grants to unlock unviable local authority sites for housing.
We are keen on seeing results - to date we’ve enabled release of public sector land that has generated over £300m in capital receipts and almost £60m in running cost savings, with capacity for more than 6,000 homes. And we’ve got ambitions to deliver much more. Supporting these partnerships to deliver their projects will be paramount for the programme going forward, as will supporting emerging new opportunities such as the sustainability agenda, and innovative approaches to public property assets and housing delivery. You can find out more about the programme here: https://local.gov.uk/topics/housing-planning-and-homelessness/one-public-estate
About the role:
An opportunity now exists for a Regional Programme Manager (RPM) covering our North West region. RPM’s reporting to the OPE Programme Director and are supported by a Regional Advisor.
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 influence others, and experience of land and property matters will all be critical attributes for this post.
You’ll be coming into an established Programme and Partnership as we work closely with our Cabinet Office colleagues. Although this post reports to the LGA, our strategy is jointly agreed; our Regional Managers work together in pairs; and our team structures are intertwined. You’ll find an LGA and Cabinet Office team who are open minded about change; flexible in the way we operate our rules; and relentlessly focussed on delivering better services, and better outcomes for people locally.
Closing date: 5pm, 31 January 2020
Interview date: 13 February 2020
As a Disability Confident Leader the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community