• Reference: ES31
  • Salary: £28,357.00 - £34,883.00 per annum pro rata
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Posted on: 21 June 2022
  • Interview date:
  • Division: Strategic Housing
  • Positions: 1
  • Grade: G - H
  • Working hours: 37 per week
  • Closing date: 10 July 2022
  • Location: Town Hall, Crawley
  • Category: Housing
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About the role

An exciting job share opportunity has arisen within the Private Sector Housing team at Crawley Borough Council. Working as part of a small team, you will deliver a quality service to our private sector residents within our town. Your role will be to:

  • Further improve the good standard of accommodation already available
  • Carry out inspections as a result of complaints from tenants and take appropriate action to ensure a safe home for residents
  • Process & determine HMO Licence applications in accordance with the Housing Act 2004 and the councils’ own HMO standards
  • Deliver the councils’ statutory Disabled Facility Grants and Discretionary Loans services 

You will have experience of working in a private sector housing environment, have a good working knowledge of the Housing Act 2004, Disabled Facility Grants and other housing related legislation.

You will be able to effectively and efficiently manage a challenging caseload and be confident working as part of a small team. 

To be successful in this role it is important that you are self-motivated with an eye for detail. You will have excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to communicate sensitively with tenants, landlords and other interested partners to achieve the required outcomes. Experience in property inspections and carrying out HHSRS risk assessments is required for this role for which you must hold the two-day HHSRS certificate qualification.

Crawley is a great place to work, with a vibrant town centre, a thriving business district and excellent transport connections including Gatwick Airport. The borough is geographically well located and compact, which helps to keep travel time to a minimum. This is an exciting time to be working for Crawley Borough Council as we will soon be moving into a new, purpose-built Town Hall later this summer, which will provide a stimulating work environment. The council has also adopted a hybrid approach to the working week where officers are able to work from home as well as the Town Hall.

In return for your commitment, we offer a competitive package including training opportunities and generous employee benefits package. Applications are welcomed from newly qualified environmental health graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and interest in private sector housing as well as from those individuals with prior experience of working in this field.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as we may close this advert before the stated closing date if enough applications are received.

In addition to the permanent Job Share position, we also looking for Private Sector Housing Officers who are interested in working for Crawley Borough Council on a casual basis to help the team meet current service demands. Anyone who meets the essential criteria on the person specification for the Job Share role and an is looking for a bit a bit more flexibility in their work please contact Chris Modder for further information, contact details below.

Additional information

One permanent contract on a Job Share basis. 2.5 days (18.5 hours) per week (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday AM) and additional casual contract posts, hours to be agreed.

Essential car user allowance (currently under review).

Ability to attend evening meetings as and when required.

May on occasions be required to work in confined areas and climb ladders.

A full current UK driving licence will be a requirement of the role.

A Baseline Personnel Security Standard check is required as part of this role, and that will also entail the successful applicant undertaking a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Employee benefits

We offer a generous employee benefits package, with a range of discounts, benefits and wellbeing incentives to suit everyone.

Our way of working

Our shared values and behaviours reflect the special nature of our council. We encourage all colleagues to put them into practice, whatever job they do. Take a look to see if we are the perfect match.

Safer recruitment

Crawley Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

How to apply

Click the Apply button to complete your application online. Please ensure that the reference details you supply are for your current or most recent employer and that any gaps in employment are covered on your application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a fully completed application form.

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, email chris.modder@crawley.gov.uk, Private Sector Housing Manager or call on 01293 438418.

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