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Principal Democratic Services Officer

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
From £39,186 to £45,441 per annum (Grade J)
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
13/06/2024 at 23:59
Vacancy Description

Are you an experienced Democratic Services professional looking for a new challenge? West Berkshire Council is seeking a Principal Democratic Services Officer to join our Legal and Democratic Services team, reporting to the Democratic Services Manager.

As the Principal Democratic Services Officer, you will play a key role in supporting the effective functioning of the Council's decision-making processes and promoting democratic governance. You will be responsible for providing expert advice and guidance on constitutional and procedural matters, as well as managing a range of democratic functions including committee administration, member support and public participation.

To excel in this role, you should have:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of working within a Democratic Services function in a local authority or similar public sector organisation.
  • A thorough understanding of local government legislation, procedures and best practice.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships with members, officers and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent organisational and time management abilities, with the capacity to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • A proactive and flexible approach, demonstrating resilience in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 29 days  per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. 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 to avoid disappointment. 

This post is a Sensitive Post for the purpose of the Local Government Housing Act 1989 and the post-holder is therefore restricted from engaging in any prescribed political activities. In summary, this means that you are prohibited from holding political office and from involvement in any political activity within or outside the workplace. Full details of the restrictions can be found in the Council’s Policy and Guidance on Politically Restricted Posts.

To learn more about the role, please contact Stephen Chard, Democratic Services Manager, on 01635 519462 or email stephen.chard@westberks.gov.uk for an informal discussion.

West Berkshire Council is committed to promoting equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Join us at West Berkshire Council and make a difference to our local community while enjoying a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to apply

Please now complete a short online application form. You will then be able to upload your CV, if you do not have a CV please download our full application form below, complete and upload that instead.

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This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

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