Head of Housing Supply & Initiatives
Head of Housing Supply & Initiatives
Up to £58,515 - PO10
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is fiercely ambitious. It wants to make sure each and every one of its residents enjoys a quality life in London.
Over the past few years, Waltham Forest has changed drastically as a place. Good schools, great parks, excellent culture facilities, mass regeneration and budding community entrepreneurship are making it a place that people want to call home.
Over that period of time Waltham Forest as a council has also changed drastically, and despite the challenges of austerity the organisation has seen its highest ever levels of resident satisfaction. As funding reductions continue, Waltham Forest is creating a council for the future.
Housing is huge on the council’s agenda and to reflect this, the housing service is part of Families & Homes Directorate to ensure families are supported to be more resilient and services are joined up. The council sees a strong link between housing, health and social care and is looking for the right people who share this vision.
About the role
London’s housing market is over-heating, making the challenge of finding suitable properties for our most vulnerable residents ever more difficult. It’s not an easy task but not impossible if we are prepared to change the way we think, work and deliver. Our new Housing Solutions Service will focus our work on preventing homelessness and maximising sources of housing supply. We hope you will join us in our mission to develop housing options for all our borough residents.
The Head of Housing Supply & Initiatives must be able to initiate and deliver creative solutions to maximise access to the various types of accommodation to meet the needs of those who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or in other types of housing need. You need to be able to think outside the box without losing sight of our core mission: to support those in housing need. As well as creativity, people management skills and strong awareness of the risks associated with this demanding area of work are required. Your technical ability will be key to ensure that you are able to play a role in transforming the Housing Solutions service.
Closing date: 30th September 2017
Interview date: 9th October 2017 (Week commencing)
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
How to apply
Application Information The councils preference is for on-line application forms. However if you have a disability and are unable to complete an on-line application, please ring 0208 496 4227 who will be able to arrange an alternative. For more information on how to complete your application form, follow this link: Applying for a job at Waltham Forest Council