Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

As the Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer), you will have the opportunity to develop, co-ordinate, implement and review the annual Operational Plan, ensuring they incorporate the Council’s risk management procedures.

As the Head of Legal and Democratic Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer), you will have the opportunity to develop, co-ordinate, implement and review the annual Operational Plan, ensuring they incorporate the Council’s risk management procedures. You’ll also hold responsibility for the operational area’s budgets and your role will encompass the management and professional development of operational area colleagues, putting you at the forefront of this exciting chapter in the Council’s history. You’ll work to ensure that there are alternative methods of service delivery, external funding and partnership working; ensuring the council operates with best practice at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

This position encompasses the provision of legal advice and services to the council, including representing the council in major cases and public inquiries. You have the opportunity to lead and manage the civic, information governance, elections and land charges functions. You will play a crucial role in ensuring efficient and effective operation, supporting the council as we look to maintain pride and stability within the Council, local businesses and Ipswich as a whole.

Ipswich is a town with a rich heritage and an exciting future. As a regional centre, we play a vital role in Suffolk’s economic success. This is the perfect time to join us. We have developed a new corporate strategy and operating model that maximises the many opportunities available to us and defines our core purpose to champion our community and revitalise our town.

Ipswich Borough Council is on an exciting journey as we focus on championing our communities and revitalising our town. As the Head of Legal and Democratic Services and Deputy Monitoring Officer, you will have a role to place in supporting the Council, colleagues and the wider community in achieving this vision. Reporting into the Head of People & Governance, and deputising for the Council’s Statutory Officer, you will be at the heart of this vibrant vision offering valuable insights and looking to the future of the service. This is your chance to share our pride in Ipswich and shine in this unique opportunity.

As well as a competitive salary, the Council offers Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) membership, subsidised parking for work and leisure, public transport discounts, free swimming and gym membership, cycle purchase scheme, learning and development opportunities, flexible working opportunities, wellbeing support, lifestyle benefits and the opportunity to work with great colleagues.  

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications. 

This is a role for an experienced lawyer who will bring modern ways of working, positivity and sound judgment to the role. You’ll show us your ability to work collaboratively and collegiately across the Council and with partners to achieve our ambitions and serve the people of Ipswich.

Visit www.recruitment.ambitionipswich.com to find out more and apply. Or, for a confidential discussion, contact our retained advisors at Tile Hill: Bella Bennett 07918 976494 bella.bennett@tile-hill.co.uk or Clare Connor 0161 4080703 clare.connor@tile-hill.co.uk

Closing date: 21st April 2024

Location

Grafton House

Salary

£59,625 – £64,146 (plus a Statutory Officer Allowance of £5,000)

Application closing date

21st April 2024
 

Job type

Full time

37 hours per week

Permanent

Office

Ipswich Borough Council

Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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