Strategic Support Officer Democratic Services

Strategic Support Officer Democratic Services

  • Location: Witney
  • Salary: £25,211 - £26,217 pro rata
  • Hours: 22
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 27 January 2022
  • Interview Date: 08 February 2022

West Oxfordshire District Council


An exciting time to join West Oxfordshire District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing West Oxfordshire as one of the best places to live, work and visit in the UK.  We provide a range of important services including waste and recycling collections, planning, housing, leisure, community safety and environmental health.  The Council has an ambitious Council Plan focussed on a range of important priorities including climate action, strong local communities, and a vibrant district economy.  We want to deliver excellent modern services whilst ensuring the financial sustainability of the Council.  We also want to continue working in close partnership with our local communities and other important partners.

Our democratic services team is vital to us delivering our vision, ensuring openness and transparency in our decision making and championing public engagement.  The team may be small but it is definitely mighty and we pride ourselves on producing high quality, accurate work and working together and supporting each other to deliver excellent services to elected members, colleagues and the public. 


About the role…

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Strategic Support Officer to be part of our busy democratic services team.  No two days are the same and you can often read about work you’ve contributed to in the media. You’ll provide first class support for officers and elected members, including through the publication of reports and agendas and attend meetings to take minutes.  You’ll also be following up decisions to ensure that the Council is delivering great performance, achieving its targets and delivering its vision.

You’ll also be a champion for public engagement ensuring that council meetings are compliant with the rules of public participation and liaising with the public to facilitate their attendance at relevant meetings.

We’re looking for committed, confident and forward-thinking candidates with a real enthusiasm for servicing meetings and working effectively in a complex, political and high-profile organisation.

This is a replacement role which will cover West Oxfordshire. Within the District, there are plenty of places to see and visit whether you love hiking or cycling.  With our agile working ethos: you will be spoilt for choice. 

You will need…

  • GCSEs (5 A-Cs or equivalent, including Maths and English)
  • Experienced in minute-taking
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • To be politically sensitive and aware
  • Experience of working in Local Government or similar environment

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

Special Conditions…

  • Full driving licence and ability to travel between sites
  • There may be a requirement to work at other Publica Group (Support) Ltd and/or client locations to meet the needs of the business
  • You will be expected to work reasonable additional hours in line with the needs of the service
  • This post designated is politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Politically restricted post holders are restricted from canvassing on behalf of a political party or for a person who is, or seeks to be, a candidate for election to a local authority, the House of Commons, or the European Parliament.

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: Amy Bridgewater-Carnall on 01993 861552 or email  

Please follow the link to see our great benefits: Benefits

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Forest of Dean District 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
  • 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
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

Terms and conditions apply

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 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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