Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Council

Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Council

  • Location: Cirencester
  • Salary: £30,825 - £32,300 per annum
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent Contract
  • Closing Date: 29 September 2021
  • Interview Date: 04 October 2021

Cotswold District Council

What makes Cotswold District Council a great place to work?

The Cotswolds is a great place to live, work and visit and at Cotswold District Council we’re committed to doing our part to help make it even better for everyone.

To make a dent into some of the big challenges facing our area we’re seeking employees with unique identities, backgrounds and perspectives who want to tackle some of the big issues our area faces and truly challenge the status quo.

The Council’s administration is committed to rebuilding the council after years of austerity so we can be proactive and responsive to the challenges presented by COVID-19, the climate emergency and the housing affordability crisis.

What is the role?

The Council Leader provides leadership to the council and its political administration, with overall responsibility for the vision and corporate objectives of the organisation.

We’re looking for someone who will support the leader not only in his role as Leader of Cotswold District Council but also supporting him in his role as Vice Chair of the Local Government Association.

Being close to the heart of decision making you’ll ensure the leader is well organised and briefed as he navigates the highs and lows of the political environment. This will require good humour, versatility and resilience as at times the role will be stressful.

You’ll also be the first point of contact for many residents trying to contact the leader and affect change, so the right candidate needs to be passionate about our aim to make the area an even better place to live, be patient and understanding.

What you will do:

  • Organise and manage the leader’s diary, emails, events and other correspondence
  • Liaise with other staff members who need matters bringing to the leader’s attention
  • Produce a ‘daily dispatch’ for the Leader looking ahead and briefing him on the day’s meetings and events
  • Book travel arrangements and lodgings for the leader, senior management and councillors and staff members
  • Attend meetings and reporting back with actions
  • Work with our communications team to organise media appearances and social media
  • Manage projects and follow-up with team members where required

What you bring

Experience in local government is not important, but you will be a fast and keen learner. Efficiency is more important than education, but if you are a motivated graduate that’s great too. Crucially you will have:

  • Exceptional organisational and diary management skills
  • High levels of flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • The ability to
    • multitask and prioritise an ever changing workload
    • work autonomously, under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Be politically aware
  • Able to communicate with senior management, councillors and build relationships at all levels across the business and with external contacts
  • Strong ICT skills
  • Drafting, writing and research skills

The Package

  • agile working allowing a mix of home and office working (this role will be predominantly office based)
  • 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)

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

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Claire Hughes – Business Manager, Corporate Responsibility claire.hughes@publicagroup.uk


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 or by emailing join-us@publicagroup.uk

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

Please note that if you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date shown on the advert, unfortunately your application has not been successful on this occasion.

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.

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