Graduate Project Officer (Welfare Reform)

Graduate Project Officer (Welfare Reform)

Salary: £16,781 – £17,772 per annum

Location: York House, York Street (off 91 Granby Street), Leicester  LE1 6FB

2x Full Time (37 hrs/wk), Fixed Term for 12 months – Graduate Opportunities

As part of the City Council’s drive to provide graduates with more opportunities to experience work and develop career paths we are pleased to offer exciting and challenging Graduate Project Officer roles within the Revenues & Customer Support Service.

The Revenues & Customer Support Service deal with the assessment and administration of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support and discretionary help for low-income households, the collection of Council Tax and Business Rates, and frontline assistance with customer enquiries.

We have one opportunity to undertake policy review and research work assisting our Principal Policy Officer in areas such as the introduction of Universal Credit, where experience of undertaking mixed methods research in an applied setting would be advantageous. A further opportunity is also available in generic project work and consultation delivery/analysis involving reform of our Council Tax Support scheme and how we deliver social welfare advice in the city.

You will assist with research and analysis regarding the corporate and socio-economic impact of welfare reform, with particular relevance to advice provision. You will assist with new research, analysis, evaluation and information campaigns, drafting action plans, project and situation reports, and briefing notes through a range of media.

Supporting the delivery of a number of wide ranging projects in the above areas will give you the opportunity to experience working in a challenging political environment, covering a wide range of different areas of local authority activity.

Requirements of the posts include:

-Must have graduated in the last 18 months (or due to graduate this summer) with a 2:2 degree or above, preferably in a relevant subject (e.g. Social/Public Policy, Social Welfare, Politics, Law, Maths/Statistics, Economics, Business Management/Administration or similar subject);

-Experience of and ability to produce professional reports and presentations;

-Proficient in standard Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;

-Good analytical and numeracy skills with the ability to summarise and present statistical information;

-Demonstrate an interest in working in the public sector and within a political environment;

-Good communication, professional attitude and interpersonal skills;

-Organisational skills to prioritise and work across multiple tasks, able to manage time effectively and meet tight deadlines.


For an informal discussion please contact James Rattenberry on 0116 454 1616 or Edward Quick on 0116 454 1346.

Required to start as soon as possible.

Please ensure you provide an email address as this is our method of contact.

Closing Date: 13 August 2017

Post Number: R5645/0517JR/KP

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