Head of Democratic & Member Services

Posted 15 June 2022
Salary£400 - 500 per day
Job type Contract
DisciplineInterim & Executive
Contact NameJohn Shorrock

Job description

If you’re searching for a rewarding and fulfilling career opportunity, look no further. Spencer Clarke Group are working alongside Newham Council to appoint a talented Head of Democratic and Member Services on a Contract basis. 

As a Head of Democratic and Member Services you’ll play a vital role in pro-actively developing the forward plan of all key council committees and to plan these so that key decisions are made at the right time and that policy areas are brought together so that decisions are not taken in isolation but in a joined up fashion.

The ideal candidate will be forward thinking, driven and determined to make a difference!

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

About the role

Based in Newham you will be tasked with delivering key strategic objectives including:

  • Being the professional advisor for Member-level decision making in relation to Cabinet, full Council, and other key decision making bodies to ensure that all decisions are taken in accordance with all legal and constitutional requirements.
  • Working with the Monitoring Officer, to advise Members and officers on legal and constitutional requirements of the decision making process.
  • Ensuring that agendas and papers are all planned and agreed well in advance with the Mayor, relevant lead members and relevant Directors and service heads.
  • Project managing the production of papers so that they are produced in a timely fashion and to support certain committee and council meetings when required.

About you
The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of local government, in terms of policy, key relevant actors and ways of working
  • Significant experience of working in a governance or administrative environment in a local authority or similar large complex organisation
  • Experience of working with elected members or other lay officials and an appreciation of their requirements and ways of working
  • Experience of developing or applying decision-making systems, protocols and processes to enable robust and efficient governance
  • Experience of committee management software such as Modern.Gov or similar

About the company

You'll be working for Newham Council a high profile local government body focussed on only the best outcomes for its residents and stakeholders.

What’s on offer

  • Salary: £400-£500+ per day, Inside IR35

Please submit your CV with the rate you require

  • Overtime: no options available
  • Contract type: 3-6 month minimum, likely to extend.
  • Hours: 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

How to apply 

  • Please send your CV
  • Once your CV is received, if you are successful you will be contacted.
  • Due to the extremely high number of applications, it may not be possible to contact every applicant. As such, if you are not contacted please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

About Spencer Clarke Group 

Here at Spencer Clarke Group, we pride ourselves on connecting you with the best career opportunities; our experienced Consultants have extensive market knowledge and will also provide expert career advice along the way. 

When you join us, you will receive: 

  • Access to a wide range of temporary and permanent opportunities
  • Free DBS checks
  • Post Placement Aftercare
  • Loyalty reward scheme and regular competitions for our agency professionals 

Spencer Clarke Group offer a market leading referral scheme of up to £250 so if you know of someone who may also be looking for an exciting career opportunity, ask them to email their CV to John Shorrock on refer@spencerclarkegroup.co.uk remembering to include your details as well. 

*T’s & C’s apply.