Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist

South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria

Job id:
329973083
Published:
07-03-2019
Expires:
18-03-2019
Job type:
Full-time
Salary level:£47,546 - £50,494  per year
Job sector:
Public Sector
Job id:
329973083
Published:
07-03-2019
Job type:
Full-time
Expires:
18-03-2019
Salary level:£47,546 - £50,494  per year
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Would you like to live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of the country?

SLDC serves an area that includes two national parks, with the majority of the stunning Lake District National Park in our district, as well as western parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
With friendly communities, low crime rate, cultural attractions and excellent motorway and West Coast Mainline links to the North West South Lakeland makes an attractive proposition for one and all.

Here at SLDC we are part way through an innovative and forward thinking journey implementing our Customer Connect Programme which will transform the way we deliver services by maximising digital technology and putting customers at the heart of everything we do.

The programme will improve services by allowing our valued customers to do business with us in a simpler way. Through Customer Connect our continued aim is to elevate South Lakeland as the best place to live, work and exploreWe are an ambitious Council.
Would you like to join us, share the experience and make a difference.?

As part of our transformation, our new operating model will see traditional roles working very differently. We are currently seeking to appoint to the role below that will strengthen our new Leadership Team.

Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist/Monitoring Officer Grade N £47,546 - £50,494 + 10% of annual salary for the role of MO

The successful candidate will play a pivotal Lead role for the Council. Not only will you guarantee that the Council operates lawfully, you will ensure that the Council develops, maintains and operates within a constitution suited for its requirements. You will be the Specialist Lead for a service area that consists of legal, democratic and elections colleagues.

You will ensure that the Council develops fit for purpose legal policies, systems and
processes and provide the appropriate legal contribution into Council Strategies and
Policies. You will also perform the role of Monitoring Officer ensuring that the Council
complies with its legal requirements.


In more detail the role will:

-provide a professional service, with the highest possible standards of advice, to the Council's operational, functional and political leadership, specialists, case managers and strategic partners

-provide functional leadership of a team of multi-skilled, professional specialists, who solve problems, manage difficult complex and contentious cases, specify and manage projects that deliver community and corporate objectives and manage demand by working proactively with customers

-ensure the effective operation of the elections team and provide support to the Returning Officer

- exercise professional judgement in the resolution of complex cases and issues

-work with the Section 151 Officer to ensure overall governance and compliance of the Council

-ensure the Council's compliance with statutory, regulatory, policy and constitutional requirements in respect of their specialist area

-work collaboratively with Operational Leads to enable effective and efficient deployment and development of people as well as  financial, digital, equipment and premises resources

- work with other Lead Specialists and Operational Leads in developing Corporate Strategy and Policy, including the leadership of the development and implementation of specialist aspects of this

-take responsibility for self-development in the areas of specialism that the role is responsible for

-support Members and their development; ensuring the establishment and adherence to effective and transparent decision making processes

-deliver relevant Council programmes allocated to them

-work collaboratively across several specialist areas to enable the outcomes the Council seeks

-demonstrate skills in understanding and navigating complexity and uncertainty, developing and delivering solutions to complex issues


All of our Lead Specialists will be educated to degree or equivalent level of extensive experience.
This role requires a qualified solicitor who is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
If you feel that you have the desire to succeed and make a difference we would love to hear from you.


We are unable to accept CVs alone for job vacancies, however, they can be attached to the application form.
Candidates that are shortlisted for interview will be informed by email (to the email address used to register with our recruitment site). Interviews are competency-based.


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