Location: 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Salary: £30,066 – £34,538
Contract Type: Fixed Term/Secondment – 1 year, Full time, 36 hours per week
Alternative flexible working options available/open to discussion
One of London’s most diverse and vibrant boroughs, we want all of our neighbourhoods to be places where people feel proud to live and work. Community is everything here. To deliver first class services for our residents and customers we have to maintain a high performance culture. Our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will deliver for the people of Camden, take a lead, work as one team, find better ways of doing things and take pride in getting it right. We want people who share these values, which we call the Camden Way. So if you’re full of ideas, enthusiasm and hard-working values, then consider a career with one of London’s leading Councils.
The role of the PRS Placements Adviser will be to maximise the supply of suitable private rented homes made available to people in need of a placement, in accordance with the council’s homelessness accommodation strategy and placement policy. These properties will be both in & out of the London area and be of a suitable standard, meeting Camden’s property standard requirements.
You will be responsible for negotiating rent and cash incentive levels with landlords & agents in accordance with Camden’s rates, property inspections and drafting of works schedules, tenancy and housing benefit sign ups, accompanied tenant viewings, in accordance with the council’s homelessness accommodation strategy and placement policy.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS .
You will have excellent negotiation, customer care and IT skills and have an adaptable and resilient personality that thrives under pressure and are able to go the extra mile to achieve outstanding results. The successful candidates will be responsible for meeting challenging targets for homelessness prevention through the provision of suitable and affordable PRS accommodation.
You will help to prevent homelessness at an early stage to help people to avoid needing temporary accommodation and to leave it as quickly as possible, so that Camden continues to have one of the lowest rates of households living in temporary accommodation in London. You will ensure (through casework with applicants and landlords/agents and wider joint working) that tenancies set up via Camden’s PRS access schemes are sustainable.
The successful candidate will ideally be someone with experience of procuring, managing or letting private rented sector housing or someone looking to change direction and be able to show a commitment to a career in local government within the homelessness sector evidenced by skills gained in related studies, employment or voluntary work. They will demonstrate adaptable skills, knowledge, and commitment as required to meet the demands of the key accountabilities.
Working knowledge of related legislation such as Protection from Eviction Act, environmental health legislation and welfare benefit legislation is beneficial. A working knowledge of Housing Act 1996 Part VII and the Private Rented Sector (PRS) market is desirable.
Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.
Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.
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Discover and Diversity
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If you want to find out more about what it’s like to work at Camden to help you decide whether we’re a good fit for you, please click HERE to complete our online scenario based questionnaire. Please note, this does not form part of the application and will not be used as part of the selection process.
How to apply
To apply for this job please follow the “Apply” link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this Job Profile attached at the bottom of this Advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions.
Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on , at , or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.
Closing dates for applications: Sunday 28 th April 2019
Interviews to be held: Week Commencing 6 th May 2019
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