Job descriptionAn excellent opportunity has arisen for a qualified person with planning policy experience to join Hammersmith and Fulham Council as a Planning Policy Officer. Our Development Planning Team use high-level plan making skills to deliver regeneration across the borough. You’ll work on spatial planning projects across Hammersmith & Fulham, helping to provide new and updated planning policy guidance, and other policy and Local Plan focussed projects. As part of this role, you will also be required to provide specialist advice to the Development Management team on policy matters for pre-application and strategic/major applications, in particular helping to discharge the Council’s statutory duties in relation to flood risk on all development sites. You will need good written and oral communication skills and be able work collaboratively both within the organisation and with external organisations. We also need people who are proactive and creative in the face of a challenge and are motivated by the search for a solution. We have a supportive management team to help nurture our staff and this job presents an opportunity to develop a range of planning skills including policy writing, project management, negotiation as well as mentoring skills. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills, experience and career. Please refer to the Role Profile for more information. Role Responsibilities: Managing and participating in project based workstreams to provide new/updated planning policy guidance, and other policy and Local Plan focussed projects. Providing specialist advice to the Development Management team on policy matters for pre-application and strategic/major applications, in particular helping to discharge the Council’s statutory duties in relation to flood risk on all development sites. People Values: How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do. We are fair We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all. We are caring We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success. We are collaborators We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone. We are driven We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do. Recruiting for Attitude: Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes: Complex problem-solving The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. Critical thinking The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources. Creativity You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes. People management You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals. Coordinating with others You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration. Emotional intelligence You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. Judgement and decision making You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement. Negotiation You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level. Service orientation You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives. Cognitive flexibility The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation. Role Specific Qualifications: RTPI accredited postgraduate degree. Eligible for Membership of RTPI or RICS (Planning & Development). Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
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