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Accommodation Officer

Employer:
Bracknell Forest Council
Salary:
£29,394 - £33,487 per annum
Location:
Time Square, Bracknell
Contract:
Temporary
Working Pattern:
Flexible Hours/Full Time
Hours:
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Enhanced
Closing Date:
20/08/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference:
People/19/105807
Bracknell Forest Council

 We found Joe a new home.  Now he's taking steps towards a brighter future.

 We are always looking for better ways of doing things.  How can we make the most of our resources? Get vulnerable people back on their feet more quickly?  These are just some of the things you could be looking at when you join us. You are going to have a big impact on what we do and will be trusted to take ownership of your work and secure the best possible outcomes for homeless households.

 Because we're Bracknell Forest!

 What it's like working in our team:

Bracknell Forest Council has been awarded funding as part of the government's initiative to help secure private rented sector housing for homeless households.  You will be working as part of a developing team dedicated to working with rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping. You will be working with colleagues who all share the same values and are working towards the same goal.

You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training:

 

  • To be the operational lead to implement any new initiatives to rehouse rough sleepers, families and single homeless households.  To project manage any initiatives and provide business support within the team.

 

  • To be responsible for administering a Transitional Insurance Scheme for private landlords in order to secure properties for single homeless households and to maintain a database of all landlords and monitor all financial transactions for those who have let their properties through the Transition Insurance scheme.

 

  • To actively procure private landlords in Berkshire and surrounding counties who are willing to offer their properties to customers owed a prevention and relief duty by the Council under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended) including temporary accommodation and private rented properties.  To visit properties to assess suitability and match up prospective tenants.

 

  • To negotiate and agree financial incentives for landlords and letting agents to secure the most economically advantageous proposal for the Council as well as promoting the benefits of Transitional Insurance in place of a cash deposit explaining the procedure in cases where the landlord would need to make a claim.

 

  • To maintain a database and establish links with all landlords who have provided properties in order to maximise opportunities for the procurement of properties for Bracknell Forest residents.

The benefits you will experience are:

  • Training and support to be provided in working in a Local Authority setting
  • Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
  • A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre (The Lexicon).
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities.
  • Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
  • Supermarket discount.
  • An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
  • Access to childcare vouchers.

 What we're looking for:

 You will have experience of property procurement and excellent negotiation skills and communication skills with the ability to gain the trust of landlords, agents and customers in a fast moving market.  You will also need to have good project management skills as you will be the lead to support the set up of new projects in housing enabling to rehouse rough sleepers, families and single homeless households.

 

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months.

 Interview date:

 Interviews will be held on 3rd September 2019.

 

For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role.  Please contact:

 

Ellie Eghtedar, Head of Welfare and Housing Resources on 01344 351590 or Nicky Jolly, Welfare and Housing Project Officer on 01344 351307.

Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Please apply online (see below).

It is important that you read the Application Pack before you apply for this job. It contains information that you will need to refer to when applying. Not referring to this information is likely to reduce your chances of success.

Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk and expects all staff to share this commitment. All staff employed by the Council in contact with children and adults at risk must be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken. We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and, wherever possible, apply for these prior to interview.

Find out more about our Children's Social Care Department.

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