Education Business Project Officer

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: GBP 38,364.00 - 40,833.00 per year
Location: To be confirmed
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Part Time
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 30/05/2024 at 01:00
Reference: 1185
JOB DESCRIPTION

Organisation: London Borough of Waltham Forest

Salary: PO1 £38,364 - £40,833
Contract Type: Part Time Temporary (Until 31st March 2025)
Working hours per week: 21.5 hours a week

Weeks per year: Term time plus two weeks

Application Deadline: 30th May 2024

Reference:1185

About Us:

Bursting with culture, energy, and opportunity, the London Borough of Waltham Forest is a fantastic and exciting place to work.

We are a highly ambitious borough. Driven by culture and the innate creativity of our residents, we have developed new and innovative ways to build our communities. Our Council is relentlessly resident-focused, insight-led, digitally driven and commercially minded; a Council focused on meeting the needs of our existing and future residents.

London Borough of Waltham Forest is one of the Mayor of London's Good Work Standard employers. This accreditation is a proof of our commitment to creating a healthy, fair and inclusive workplace. This includes fair pay and conditions, workplace well-being, skills and progression and diversity and recruitment.

About the role:

Waltham Forest's Life Chances Commission Report 'Enabling young people to thrive' outlined the Council's commitment to ensuring that challenges arising over the next decade that may prevent children and young people succeeding are addressed and practical solutions found. The Education Business Effectiveness Service supports maintained schools in Waltham Forest to secure and maintain financial sustainability to ensure high quality education continues to be delivered to all children and young people in Waltham Forest.

Do you have recent school office experience? We are looking for a highly skilled, dynamic and results oriented Projects Officer to provide high quality 1st line support to Waltham Forest's Maintained Schools.

The successful candidate will be dynamic, efficient and motivated individual with experience of working in a busy school environment. They will also have experience of school financial software and a strong reconciliation and commitment to excellent customer service delivery.

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Key Responsibilities:

Working closely with School Business Managers and other relevant staff - office staff to senior leaders and Governors - involved in the area of school business management within Waltham Forest's maintained schools, you will provide support in areas of office processes, finance processes of reconciliations, finance software support, procurement, premises and marketing. You will also work with a range of Council services to ensure that maintained schools in Waltham Forest have are supported to enable them to be financially sustainable, compliant and maintain safe environments to enable the delivery of good quality outcomes for children and young people.

You will also accurately record, collate and analyse logs and query data for use in identifying training needs, capacity development and reduction of financial and business risks to schools and the LA.

Managing the EBE helpdesk queries on a timely basis.

Key project involves financial systems reconciliations within Excel Software package.

Qualifications and Requirements:

To be considered for this position, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Highly professional, organised, resourceful and with a good eye for detail
  • Strong Excel Skills and Microsoft software knowledge.
  • Experience of, and competent user of, key school software and systems such as SIMs and ACCESS/HCSS is desired.
  • Ability to use discretion, ensure confidentiality and exercise professional judgement
  • Strong team player who works collaboratively and inclusively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Able to prioritise tasks and work under time limits to deliver a service specification
  • Ability to deal with multiple requirements effectively to deliver best value and maximise outcomes to deadlines
  • Able to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical stakeholders and colleagues at all levels within the organisation and externally
  • This post demands a high level of flexibility, a positive attitude and ability to adapt to changes due to service needs. This post is office based and the post-holder will be expected to work at other sites and to provide cover for similar roles.

Terms and conditions:

The below terms and conditions apply to this role:

Satisfactory employment references and CIFAS identity checks;

Satisfactory declaration of interest;

This role is subject to safer recruitment practices as it involves work with children and/ or vulnerable adults;

Satisfactory DBS check;

Suitable driver's license;

As a public authority, we must ensure that members of staff in public-facing roles are able to speak fluent English. This means that they must have a command of spoken English, with confidence and accuracy, sufficient for the effective performance of their role. This requirement does not refer to any particular English language qualifications, regional or international accents, dialects, speech impediments or the tone of conversations. It does not require staff to speak only in English.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications online by pressing the 'Apply' button below. This includes a supporting statement that outlines to us how your skills and experience make you a good candidate for this vacancy.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy.

We are keen to support employees to balance their working life with other commitments. Therefore, wherever possible, we will consider working arrangements that suit an individual's personal circumstances whilst still meeting the needs of the Council. If you would like to discuss the possible flexible working options that might be applicable to this role, please contact the person named below or feel free to discuss this during your interview.

For more information on the benefits of working for the Council, please visit https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/find-jobs-and-other-opportunities/working-us.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Gurpreet Kataora - Head of School Business Support at Gurpreet.Kataora@walthamforest.gov.uk

If you have any technical issues when trying to apply for this post, please contact our Recruitment Team via email at recruitment@walthamforest.gov.uk.

The Council's preference is for online application. However, if you have a disability and are unable to complete an online application, please email recruitment@walthamforest.gov.uk so we can arrange an alternative application method.

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Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

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