Elections Team Manager

Elections Team Manager

  • Location: Coleford/Remote working occasionally
  • Salary: £41,791 - £43,332 per annum, pro rata
  • Hours: Up to 32 per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 13 June 2021
  • Interview Date: 15 June 2021

Forest of Dean District Council


Do you have experience in running all types of elections?

Our district is already a special place. We are looking for candidates that will help us improve it, making it an even better place to live, learn, do business and enjoy. To do this successfully, we need to remember its rich cultural and economic heritage and to build on the area as an aspirational place with a reputation for nurturing amazing people. We want the Forest of Dean district to be a place where residents have a fantastic work-life balance and feel secure in their communities – creating a draw for industry to nestle amongst the wild spaces. A modern, connected Forest with deep roots.  So join us to celebrate this wonderful area; its towns, its communities, and help them thrive, by delivering good quality well paid jobs, enhancing our education provision, improving housing options and the social mobility of our young people

About the role…

This is an essential political role that will run the elections for the Forest of Dean area. You will manage and have regular contact with our elections staff and the council's legal services team.  You will liaise with client departments, MPs, council members, candidates, agents, central government departments and other public bodies and external agencies. We are looking for a diligent individual who works well under pressure and who is good at working in a team.

This role will be working closely in a team of 3 election staff on a daily basis overseeing the team and ensuring that Elections are planned and delivered with minimum issues. The candidate should be outgoing, a problem solver, works well to tight deadlines and a manager of not just their team but also the numerous people that help with the elections when they are taking place.  They need to be able to train new staff whether that be counting staff or polling staff.  They will have budget responsibility for the elections and will need to work with the finance team to ensure that reporting to Cabinet Office is correct for each election. Ultimately they will have Deputy Returning Officer responsibilities so will need to be able cover for the Returning Officer when they are unavailable.

You will need…

  • At least 5 years experience in an Elections team
  • Experience in running all types of Elections
  • Experience in managing employees / Election staff
  • Experience as a Deputy Returning Officer
  • Experience in managing Election projects

 Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to work longer hours and overtime during Election periods

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Andrew Knott, Chief Finance Officer on 01594 812 416 or email Andrew.Knott@fdean.gov.uk

Please follow the link to see our great benefits: Benefits

Closing date for CV’s: Sunday 13th June 2021 at midnight
Interview Date: Tuesday 15th June 2021 via video conference

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Forest of Dean District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council, and Cheltenham Borough Council) to deliver more efficient and improved services. 

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

What can we do for you…

  • agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • paid for health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • paid for Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • cycle to work scheme
  • paid for access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)

These are just a handful of the benefits  that you can enjoy when you join us!

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at join-us@publicagroup.uk or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623319.

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

Do you consider that you have a disability?

Publica has signed up to 'Disability Confident' commit to encourage applications by offering an interview to those who declare they have a disability, if the person meets the minimum criteria for the job as defined on the person specification.

Please indicate on your covering letter if this applies to you.

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