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Democracy Manager (Governance and Democratic Engagement)

Salary details: £41,846 - £43,757

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Ref: GC 1254

Kirklees Council

Corporate Services

Governance & Commissioning

Place of Work: Civic Centre 3, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TG


Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time

Appointment type:

Hours per Week: 37

Closing date: 25 February 2019

Provisional Interview Date: Friday 8 March 2019

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At Kirklees we are innovative and creative in the way we work with our citizens.  The landmark work of the Kirklees Democracy Commission reflects our ambition. We are planning for the future and this role is a succession planning opportunity.  Working alongside the current Democracy Manager you will have the opportunity to gain experience and insight of Kirklees before taking responsibility for governance and democratic engagement when the current post holder leaves the council at the end of January 2020

You will lead and manage the Council’s Governance and Democratic Engagement function which is responsible for the breadth of activities that support our 69 councillors individually and collectively. The team co-ordinates and, in particular, supports the council’s governance and decision making structures.  You will be the designated statutory scrutiny officer in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, Schedule 2, section 9FB.      

We are looking to appoint an experienced manager with a strong background in governance and decision making practice.  You will be responsible for leading the team and the provision of professional advice and support to ensure that the council’s governance activities are engaging, transparent, robust, understood and comply with legislative and audit requirements.  You will plan team work programmes, be involved in agenda planning and in all aspects of meeting support and decision recording.

You will be required to work closely with elected councillors, directors and senior officers of the Council to ensure a planned and legally compliant approach is taken to a range of governance activities that you will be responsible for. You will be a member of the service leadership team and as such will and lead on service and cross Council projects as appropriate. 

The successful applicant will need:-

  • Experience of team management, ideally in a governance and decision making context;
  • Significant experience of operating across the breadth of local government governance areas, including Overview and Scrutiny;
  • Knowledge of the law and practice governing local government meetings, governance and decision making. 
  • The ability to make and maintain records of meetings and decisions, track progress in implementing recommendations. 
  • Taking a proactive approach to ensure that team work is planned to meet targets, standards and deadlines;
  • Ability to think strategically, carry out research, analyse findings and produce reports;
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively in a political environment and manage the interface / relationships with councillors;
  • Proven project management skills to be lead and be part of cross council projects;
  • Experience of supporting the personal and professional development of staff;
  • The ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.  Requirement to travel to various locations to carry out the duties of the post.

In order to be shortlisted for this job please demonstrate how you meet the Person Checklist as detailed on the attached Job Profile - this information needs to be inserted under the 'Relevant skills, experience and behaviours' section on the Application Form.