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Senior Housing Enforcement Officer

About the team we are recruiting to

This is an exciting time for Coventry City Council; awarded the UK City of Culture for 2021, with a rapidly expanding population and a buoyant and growing private rented sector, keeping residents safe and tackling poor housing conditions is a key strategic priority for the Council.

Coventry has many challenges in the housing market with 25% of its properties in the private rented sector. Some of these properties are managed by criminal landlords who put their tenant's lives at risk.

The Council provides a property licensing and housing enforcement service which consists of a team of Housing Enforcement Officers dealing with complaints regarding poor housing conditions and poor management of privately rented properties and tenants.

What is the job role?

We are looking for a full time Senior Housing Enforcement Officer who is able to manage, motivate and lead staff in the day to day operation of the Housing Enforcement Team.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working with landlords, tenants and residents in a Private Sector housing setting and have experience in taking enforcement action including prosecutions and civil penalties. Knowledge of HHSRS and other legislation specific to housing standards is a key requirement of this role.

You will also be responsible for managing the Housing Enforcement Officers who respond to service requests from residents, taking part in pro-active enforcement action and leading on other projects in the private rented sector.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team undertaking law enforcement in the private rented sector.

Who are we looking for?

As the Senior Housing Enforcement Officer, you will be educated to degree level in Building or similar discipline or have equivalent knowledge from relevant work experience and have supervisory/management skills.

The ability to communicate complex issues and work on your own initiative or as part of a team is key as well as being able to cut to the heart of a problem and find a suitable resolution.

If you are motivated, professional in your approach and you want to make a difference by protecting, sustaining and improving the quality of life for people living in private rented accommodation in Coventry we want you.

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, when writing your personal statement please include the following:

  1. Provide an example of when you had to inspire and influence people to complete a task?
  2. Provide an example of when you have worked together across teams, services, partners and organisational boundaries to deliver high quality services for local people?
  3. Provide an example of when you had to take a particular course of action from a number of options. How did you decide which approach to take and what did you base your decisions on?

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview date(s): 11/11/2020 + 13/11/2020

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

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