Policy Officer x1 - Ref: PSC/E9f

Grade K - Salary £35,344 - £40,924 One Year Secondment (full-time) Based in Leeds City Centre Closing date – 19 June 2020 Please note that this vacancy is only available to employees of the following Local Authorities – West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, City of the Borough of Kirklees, Council of the City of Wakefield. Applications are also welcomed from Officers of the Borough Council of Calderdale.

The organisation

We have an opportunity for an exceptional person who wants to play a leading role in reshaping our local economy and forging better futures for millions of people.

It’s an exciting time to join the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, following the recent announcement that an ambitious £1.8bn devolution deal has been secured for West Yorkshire. Through this we will be working to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, while tackling the climate emergency

The Combined Authority brings together five districts plus York, the business community via Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and also takes in the former Passenger Transport Executive (branded Metro). Overall, the Combined Authority covers a population of around 2.5 million people and represents the largest economy outside London.


The role

Additional planning and housing growth resource is required to support districts with current limited capacity to bring forward extant planning permissions. The post will provide resource to research and improve intelligence across the region’s brownfield sites with planning in place for 38,000 new homes in West Yorkshire. The post will provide brokerage working with district colleagues to find solutions and help develop the tools required to bring forward development on brownfield sites.

We are looking to offer a one year secondment opportunity for 1 full time policy officer within our team covering planning coordination, housing, urban design, sustainability and place issues. You will work with our district partners and senior policy managers across a range of functional areas in the Strategy, Policy and Communications Directorate. With a devolution deal moving forward at pace, this role will contribute to support development of a strategic housing sites pipeline, and with a new Mayor to be elected in May 2021 this is an exciting time to be part of the Combined Authority.


The person

You will be educated to degree level with a planning or built environment professional qualification, ideally with knowledge of both development control and policy experience. The role requires experience in one or more aspects of planning, housing or built environment with the ability to contribute both at district and regional level supporting partners to bring forward brownfield development specifically. You will also have a willingness to work flexibly across our policy agenda within the Directorate. 


For more information about the work of West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk

This post is being offered as a 12 month secondment, representing an excellent career development opportunity for a colleague within one of our partner Local Authorities or internally. Applicants should refer to their organisations’ Secondment Policy prior to applying for the role.  Combined Authority employees must have completed 12 months’ service in their current role and should seek permission from their current line manager before applying.

 West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds building an inclusive culture, we welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. In return we can offer a flexible and encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals; with a range of benefits including a local government career average pension scheme and a fully funded travel MCard (zone 1-5). We are committed to enabling working parents to progress their careers and will consider requests for flexible working patterns and job share arrangements.

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met. 


Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.


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Please submit your application by 11:55pm Friday 19 June 2020