Inclusive Growth Policy and Delivery Officer (18 Month FTC) – Job Opportunity
We have a vacancy for an Inclusive Growth Policy and Delivery Officer, who will be part of shaping and delivering WMCA’s mission to reshape the economy so that it delivers social and economic outcomes.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a strategic authority working with partners to deliver a stronger West Midlands, with a focus on skills, innovation, transport, economic development and regeneration. It is led by a Metro Mayor, in collaboration with local Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
This is an exciting time for the West Midlands – the Commonwealth Games will be here in 2022, the arrival of HS2 will help make us a world class business location and a new £350m housing deal aims to deliver 215,000 new homes by 2031. It is also a time of great challenges, including the need to meet the climate change challenge whilst alleviating poverty.
Against a backdrop of a uniquely challenging and evolving environment, we are looking for the right people to ensure we can meet the demands of delivering an ambitious agenda that aims to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands.
About the role
As our Inclusive Growth Policy and Delivery Officer, you will work as part of WMCA’s Inclusive Growth Unit, with partners from different organisations, from across the West Midlands region and beyond. You will assist the WMCA in developing, sharing and implementing its inclusive growth tools and policies, as well as delivering key elements of its associated partnership and project work.
Your role will help both WMCA and JRF to understand what works when it comes to local and regional government’s role in building an inclusive economy. You will apply Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s research, strategy and insight into WMCA policy and practice, shaping future economic and public service reform in the context of devolution.
Your role is jointly supported by the WMCA and Joseph Rowntree Foundation and you will be supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The role initially will be split 80:20 between WMCA and JRF respectively.
To succeed in the role
You will be driven by the desire to ensure that economic activity creates positive social and environmental outcomes, and will draw ideas for putting that into practice from people and places all over the world.
You will have a passion for local government, particularly in its ability to use public services and investments to shape the economy. However, you will also have a good understanding of how complex systems of place deliver outcomes, and will understand how those systems can be shaped and changed to improve people’s lives.
You will be a blend of analyst and advocate, with excellent communications skills and the ability to express complex ideas in a simple and accessible way.
Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post and ensure it is submitted by the closing date.
A CV may be uploaded for extra information, but personal details must be omitted and a CV alone will not be accepted.
Closing Date: 5th January 2020
Interviews held: w/c 13th January 2020
(The selection process will include a presentation exercise plus an interview)
We are committed to equality of opportunity in service provision and employment. Our recruitment policies, procedures and practices enable all applicants to be considered on merit and ability to do the job. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently under-represented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.