Director of People and Organisational Development - London Borough of Waltham Forest

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Are you a skilled leader with a passion for using your knowledge and experiences to help grow communities? 

Do you share our belief that increasing the diversity of our staff will greatly boost the Council’s ability to deliver services that are better able to respond to the lived experience of our residents? Can you translate your personal experience to understand the everyday working lives of our people? Have you delivered sustained change that made a significant difference to the working lives of managers and employees?

London Borough of Waltham Forest is looking for a Director of People and Organisational Development who can lead transformation for all of our colleagues as part of our new Workforce Strategy. Your lived and professional experience are very important to us, but they do not need to include the experience of working in a local authority.

We want to explore with candidates how they would create a sustainable way for managers to identify and develop our people’s potential and support their teams to work in a truly flexible way. We want to hear how you would lead the development of our strategic HR service, help embed our belief that public service can be performed by anyone anywhere, and ensure that our staff are at the heart of public service in our community. 

We want to meet you if you can lead this transformation in a way that is visible across the Council, motivating change and supporting teams across the breadth of our services. You will join the Corporate Development team who support the council in the development and delivery of our corporate strategy, drive strategic change, and communicate and engage with our residents and staff.

We are determined to close the gap for groups of staff underrepresented at a more senior level and tackle the deficits in recruitment and promotion that have been identified for women and Black and Minority Ethnic staff. 

We are keen to hear from all applicants who fit the criteria. Because we are clear that a combination of the difference in our teams produces the best team performance, we are particularly keen to make sure that the applicants include people from ethnic minorities, people who live openly as LGBTQI+, or with a disability. We recognise that what people bring through their personal experiences, background and identity significantly enhances to the Council’s ability to deliver to our staff and residents.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting opportunity and working for an employer with flexible working options and award-winning family-friendly policies, you can apply here.

We are using a new system of recruiting for this role which designs out bias from the process. We hope that you will see the difference in the application and the questions and that you will feel assessed as fairly as possible on the evidence you give us. We hope you enjoy the process.

Salary details up to £109,006 per annum.

The closing date for applications for this role is Monday 22 February 2021

Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

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