Job details

Reference number - 2437 - 3038

Location - Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Salary - Band 5 - £19,619 - £21,256 p.a. 

Job type/hours - Temporary/Secondment for up to 1 year to cover maternity leave - 37 hours per week

Closing date - 24th June 2019

Interview process - 9th July 2019

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Portsmouth City Council's Housing Needs, Advice & Support Service works directly with customers to help deal with housing issues and prevent homelessness in the city.  We are a busy front-line service dealing directly with customers, many of whom are vulnerable and/or facing homelessness.  The service assess and advise customers on the Housing Needs, Advice & Support available to them,, provide support services to vulnerable people and rough sleepers, provide temporary accommodation and link with providers to help people move into more permanent accommodation.

The Commissioned Housing Services team is responsible for two areas of housing services, rough sleeping and supported housing for vulnerable people who are, or at risk of, homelessness.  Both of these services are currently provided by contractors, with a spend of over £2m pa

Your New Role

Day to day you will provide a vital role in administrative support to the Commissioned Housing Services Manager. You will ensure referrals submitted for supported housing are complete, assessed by the independent supported housing assessor, distributed to the appropriate housing provider, and maintaining waiting lists. 

You will maintain information on individuals, tracking referrals through the various accommodation pathways, and in liaison with Portsmouth City Council's partner housing providers. You will assist the Commissioned housing manager to prepare statistical reports and analysis by drawing data from  Housing Needs, Advice & Support and other systems.

What you'll need to succeed

  • General office experience and an understanding of working within a front line service 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and have an attention to detail
  • Good level of IT skills including use of Microsoft Office applications 
  • A proactive attitude, can work on their own initiative and is able to manage multiple tasks whilst being able to meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills 
  •  Good standard of numeracy and literacy as you will be dealing with invoices and correspondence.
  • The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English

What you'll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the "Job Profile" to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

How to apply

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