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Fixed Term Development Officer (Leisure, Housing and Employment)

Employer West Lancashire Borough Council Reference HR1058 
Published 11 January 2018 Closing date 12pm Midday on 

Friday 26 January 2018

Working Pattern Full-Time Hours 36
Salary £30,785 - £33,437 per annum Disclosure Enhanced DBS
Location Robert Hodge Centre, Skelmersdale  Duration  Fixed Term Contract until 31 December 2019


More Positive Together is a countywide project designed to address the needs of Lancashire residents furthest from the labour market to improve their employment prospects. Led by Lancashire Sport Partnership, who will manage the project overall, in conjunction with social housing organisations and third sector partners, the aim is to engage with residents in the most deprived areas of Lancashire and help them to improve their skills and employability.

In West Lancashire the Borough Council will be taking a lead on the project looking to support local social housing tenants, many of whom could have multiple and complex barriers to their progression – these could include substance misuse, mental and physical health problems, ex-offenders, caring responsibilities, poverty and debt.

A key aspect of the scheme is to use sport and physical activity as a driver to improve participants' physical and mental wellbeing, confidence, and self-esteem and motivation to move along a pathway to employment.

You will need to be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have a strong desire to help others. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential, along with proven project management skills, and extensive experience in social services/employment issues.

You will be expected to oversee a small team, initially in the Skelmersdale area, working within Leisure Services, in conjunction with the Council's Housing and Regeneration teams.

We are looking for a Development Officer to co-ordinate the More Positive Together team for a fixed term period up until 31 December 2019.

Some weekend and evening work may be necessary.


Please note that any applications submitted for the post Fixed Term Development Officer (previously advertised under reference number HR1058) have already been considered and you therefore need not reapply for the above role.

Find out more about working for the Council by downloading our recruitment pack (Pdf, 1.48mb)

Download an application form (MS Word, 766kb)

Download an equal opportunities monitoring form (MS Word, 100kb) - This form must be submitted with every application. We use this information to check how effective our HR policies are and ensure that discrimination does not occur.

Completed application forms (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form) should be emailed to Recruitment@westlancs.gov.uk Please submit these documents in MS Word format.

If you are unable to return the application form by email, then you can send your completed application form to: West Lancashire Borough Council, Human Resources, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2DF.

If you cannot apply using the above application form, then please call 01695 577177 or email Recruitment@westlancs.gov.uk

All applications for vacancies should be submitted by the application method stated. Please note that we do not accept speculative CVs.

Please note that if you have not been invited to interview within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been successful at the shortlisting stage.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo security checks as part of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard for accessing Government records.  This will include an Enhanced DBS check.

Please be advised that a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with West Lancashire Borough Council.

Important advice about completing your application

Your completed application form plays an important part of your selection as it is the only basis for considering your initial suitability for the post.

The following advice should help you to complete the application form as effectively as possible:

  • Consider the contents of the job description, person specification and application form. Ask yourself why you are interested in the job. Don't copy the same application for a series of jobs.
  • Study the person specification carefully. This outlines the essential abilities/skills/experience and other requirements that are required for this job.  It also lists the desirable criteria that ideally we would like the candidate to possess to have the potential to develop.
  • Try to complete your application in a concise, well-organised and positive way.
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Related documents

Equal Opportunities

An Equal Opportunities Employer - Download our Equality Statement (Pdf, 84.2kb)