- Pay Rate:
£24.05 per hour PAYE
- Hours per Week:
36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 2-3 months
- Kensington, London,
Interim Housing Manager - Housing Solutions
Reference no: K&C 5221255
Pay Rate: £24.05 per hour PAYE
The purpose of the role is to lead a group of front facing Housing Officers to respond to applications to join the Councils housing register and/or homelessness applications. The manager needs to be customer focused and be able to support a group of new officers to make legally binding decisions.
- Lead a team of officers to deliver a customer friendly experience that supports the resolution of customers housing needs at first contact in the Housing Solutions Service.
- To manage the assessment, investigation and verification of applications who would like to join the Housing Register under Part VI of the Housing Act 1996 and the Council’s Allocations Scheme on an allocated casework basis.
- Support the Team Manager – Housing Solutions and lead a team of officers in understanding the needs of customers and then develop an operating framework that includes arranging and developing outreach surgeries, online platforms and other information to named public bodies and other key interested parties or potential partners to deliver cross cutting prevention work for Housing Solutions.
- Lead a team of officers in developing innovative and creative solutions to the prevention of homelessness and tangible reduction of the use of temporary accommodation, this could include developing relationships with leaseholders, private landlords and Councils or bodies outside of London.
- Lead and develop a team of officers to become the local intelligence and community link for the key areas of homelessness presentations within the borough.
- Lead and manage a team of officer ensuring that all assessments of customers housing needs are accordance with the Homelessness Act 2017. A high percentage of customers presenting as homeless will be vulnerable and it is essential to assess the customer’s needs accurately in accordance with the Care Act 2014, the Children’s Act 1989 and all relevant housing legislation.
- Ensure that reasonable care for the safety and health for themselves and others who may be affected by their acts; and to work with management to comply with Service/Unit procedures and protocols and with the Councils Health and Safety Policy and all guidance, instructions and risk assessments.
- Deal with enquiries, complaints and correspondence from clients and their advocates, including solicitors, councillors, MPs, the ombudsman and other housing providers, in line with the Council’s complaints and enquiries procedure. This may include preparing information to support court cases for which the post-holder is responsible.
- Manage a group of staff so as to ensure that adequate staffing levels are maintained at all times; to be responsible for putting in place cover arrangements for leave and other absences, and for restricting leave where necessary to maintain service delivery: to communicate key messages and other information to staff; to deal effectively with staffing issues both formally and informally; to contribute to the effective running of the division’s staff focus group.
- Develop staff to realise their potential, manage their careers and therefore deliver improved outcomes for residents
- Contribute to budget monitoring for relevant teams and projects and ensure all funding streams are effectively controlled within cash limits
- Identify opportunities to contain and reduce expenditure and deliver services more efficiently
- Promote accountability among all staff to provide value-for-money services and achieve best use of resources
- To undertake any duties appropriate to the grading of this post, as requested by the Service Manager – Housing Solutions, Head of Housing Solutions or another manager within the Housing Needs Service.
“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:
- Educated to a minimum of A Level standard or equivalent.
- A degree or equivalent professional qualification – desirable
- Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
- Experience of effective record keeping including electronically.
- A good knowledge of legislation on lettings, homelessness, security of tenure, tenants’ rights including codes of guidance, case law and good practice. A good knowledge of a range of housing options and homelessness prevention approaches.
- Previous housing needs experience would be desirable.
Skills & Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal skills including active listening, interviewing. Investigation, advocacy and a win-win approach with all stakeholders.
- Ability to analyse complex issues and written material quickly, to think creatively about problems and identify solutions.
- A good understanding of current issues affecting social housing and private housing provision in inner city areas.
- Ability to lead, motivate and develop colleagues and customers to plan and evaluate their options.
- Ability to lead and develop a team that is able to prioritise workloads and achieve targets and deadlines.
- Excellent communication skills including the ability to write detailed technical letters and reports.
- Ability to work effectively and even-handedly with people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances.
- ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
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- Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.
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- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
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