The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is setting up the Office for Local Government – a new body that was announced in the Levelling Up White Paper earlier this year. Oflog will initially bring together, analyse and publish existing data to understand local government performance. It will:
• be a ‘single source of authoritative information’ that will support local leaders in their decision-making and support self-improvement.
• allow central government to better understand LA performance
• help local people better understand what is happening in their area.
The establishment of this body will be delivered through an ambitious new programme delivered by a multi-disciplinary team made of policy, operational, analytical, data and digital professionals, working in partnership with government, the LG sector and citizens. To support delivery of the programme, part of the team will be located within the new body and part of the team will be located within the DLUHC, but all will be working towards the successful establishment of this new organisation. With strong Ministerial and sector interest, this is a high-profile programme. These are evolving and stretching roles which offer a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the delivery of a key government priority objectives.
We are recruiting a number of G7 roles, across a broad range of policy teams and functions. These include Sponsorship & Accountability, Local Government Outcomes, Policy and Legislation and Engagement and Consultation.
Sponsorship & Accountability
This is an exciting role that sits at the very core of delivering Oflog, responsible for ensuring it has the mechanisms in place to support organisational and operational effectiveness. The candidate will lead an ambitious programme of work to evolve a three-year strategy for the organisation. This will require innovative, forward thinking and ability to enact a clear vision.
The successful candidate will set up and oversee the effective operation of the body’s governance structure and supporting arrangements including governing framework documentation. The role will support the recruitment of the Chief Executive, overseeing the appointment to any external advisors to the body, and developing an accountability regime for the organisation.
This post-holder will be responsible for supporting the annual business planning to set the road map, milestones and goals that will deliver on to the broader strategic vision for OIflog, enabling the functions and objectives to develop. This will need to be supported by risk management with regular monitoring/reporting and accountability requirements.
The post-holder will provide a critical interface between DLUHC and Oflog, with responsibility for facilitating strategic level relationships with senior stakeholders from across the Department. The post-holder will also be required to prepare material such as correspondence, presentations and reports.
Local Government Outcomes
This role in the Local Government Outcomes and Metrics Team, will see successful candidates supporting an ambitious programme on priority metrics and outcomes to evolve the strategic relationship between central and local government. It involves working with senior stakeholders from across central and local government, to draw up a set of national priorities/outcomes and aligned priority metrics. This work demands collaboration with the core Oflog team as they establish and launch the organisation, with OGDs to agree a set of priority outcomes and metrics and with Local Government partners to test them.
The post holder will also be required to join up the work with the wider LG transparency agenda, LG Capacity and Capability, and the LG accountability regime which ensures the local government system has all the checks and balances needed to account to residents and central government. This role also involves an element of performance management operations such as programme level co-ordination, high level briefings, reports, and performance monitoring reporting.
The post holder will oversee the open local government and transparency policy area, leading correspondence and briefing for senior officials and ministers, as well as leading a consultation and potential legislative reform.
Policy and Legislation
This role will see successful the successful candidate leading on delivering an ambitious programme of work for Oflog. Coming from a strategy or policy development background with experience of working in and/or with the Local Government sector, you will have a proven track record in delivering positive change for consumers, communities or society. You will have a broad understanding of the regulatory, commercial and wider economic environment, and you will be capable of presenting policy recommendations that have considered the potential risks, trade-offs and benefits of each proposal. With good project management skills, you will enjoy solving problems for the greater good and managing a broad array of stakeholders. As such, you will have great communication and leadership skills, and you will be capable of successfully managing and coordinating deliverables within your team.
Engagement and Consultation
This candidate will play an instrumental role in facilitating the commitment made in the Levelling up White Paper to co-design the new body with the LG sector. Development of Oflog is high-profile work which will be subject to considerable media and stakeholder attention. You will manage a programme of engagement with DLUHC stakeholders, Other Government Departments (OGD), the local government sector and sector bodies. This role will require development of robust engagement strategies to communicate new measures and engagement on a range of issues designed to build long-term trust between the proposed new body and its many stakeholder groups. The post holder will be an accomplished and trusted engagement expert who will bring energy and dynamism to the role. You will be expected to work closely with the Chair as the Secretary of State’s directly appointment figurehead for Oflog.
The post holder will work with senior stakeholders and manage risk and reputation, delivering real time rebuttal as well as creative, original and proactive media moments.
• Lead on the strategic direction and roadmap for the new body,
• Engage with senior stakeholders across the Department and wider Government to drive delivery.
• Lead the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the high-quality business planning including budgeting, working with wider teams as appropriate to ensure the Body meets its corporate requirements including monitoring and reporting.
• Provide visible and effective leadership across the function and within areas of responsibility.
• Provide advice and briefing to Ministers and senior officials on policy and legislation.
• Build supportive, inclusive team environment based on trust-based relationships, transparency and inclusivity, including effective scoping of work and setting of clear responsibilities.
• Delivery of set of team deliverables, managing and co-ordinating successful outcomes across team members and collaborating teams.
• Collaborate closely with other teams to manage interdependencies, risks and resourcing to support portfolio delivery.
• Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders inside and outside government including sector bodies to co-design and drive policy delivery.
• Demonstrate effective diversity and inclusive team management within their team and the wider organisation, including welfare and pastoral care of team.
• Respond to Parliamentary Questions, correspondence and preparing briefing
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Communicating and Influencing
- Delivering at Pace