SENIOR DEMOCRATIC SERVICES OFFICER

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Salary: Competitive

East Cambridge Council have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Democratic Services Officer to join their team. Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire (CB7 4EE) Salary: £34,834 to £40,221 PA Plus Benefits Package Job Type: Full – Time, Permanent Close Date: 16th of June 2024 About Us: East Cambridgeshire boasts excellent transport links, stunning countryside, vibrant markets, and welcoming communities and it one of the UK's happiest and healthiest places to live. The District Council takes pride in its innovative approach to delivering sustainable and economically driven services that benefit residents, stakeholders, and the environment. With a track record of financial stability, environmental stewardship, and economic growth, we are dedicated to providing new affordable housing, commercial spaces, and supporting infrastructure through strategic planning initiatives. We are about to commence for on a new future focused local plan. Working at the heart of East Cambridgeshire District Council in the beautiful cathedral city of Ely, this is a superb career opportunity for an experienced person to join us as Senior Democratic Services Officer. The successful applicant will be part of our small dynamic Democratic Services Team and have a fantastic opportunity to provide support, guidance, and advice to Councillors, various Committees, and other decision-making bodies.  Senior Democratic Services Officer – The Role: You will need to have experience of committees/meetings administration, including the production of agendas; attendance at meetings; the preparation and publication of Minutes; and giving procedural advice to ensure compliance with good governance/democratic process. This post would be particularly suitable for someone with Local Government/Public Sector experience, or has completed the ADSO in Democratic Services Knowledge Certificate, looking to develop their career. Senior Democratic Services Officer – Key Responsibilities: To provide an efficient and effective administrative, advice and research/policy support service for the democratic process related to allocated committees, sub-committees, working parties and other Member/Trading Company meetings. Other responsibilities, but not limited to: - To undertake agenda planning, convening meetings, issuing agendas, and clerking a variety of committees/meetings - To act as a senior member of the Democratic Services Team to promote effective democratic functions within the Council - To train, mentor and manage the Trainee Democratic Services Officer - To help with Electoral Services and other defined administrative functions Senior Democratic Services Officer – You: Essential: - Education (or work experience) to at least A Level standard or equivalent -Experience of servicing meetings - Valid Driving Licence - Microsoft Office products Publication of documents on website - Excellent oral and written communication - Agenda preparation Servicing meetings/Minute writing - Administration, research, report writing - Ability to work accurately under pressure - Good interpersonal & Team working skills - Ability to work on own initiative - Ability to comply with relevant legislation and Council policies and procedures Desirable: - Relevant Professional qualification e.g. ADSO - Certificate/Diploma, AEA, ICSA, DMS - Local Government experience - Political awareness and sensitivity - Interpret and advise on relevant legislation and procedures relating to Democratic process - Staff supervision, training, mentoring Senior Democratic Services Officer – Benefits: - Childcare scheme (in approved cases) - Flexible working scheme - Generous annual leave allowance starting at 24 days per year - Occupational health programme - Training and development and payment of professional bodies - Holiday, sickness, and salary pension scheme entitlements Application Process: The deadline for applications is Sunday the 16th of June 2024. Interviews will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June 2024.  To submit your application for this exciting Senior Democratic Services Officer opportunity, please click ‘Apply’ now

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