Community Engagement Support Officer
Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was launched in January 2015 as a response to the floods of winter 2013-14, which caused misery and devastation to Somerset’s people and communities. The SRA’s purpose is to give Somerset an extra level of flood protection and resilience, as set out in Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan. The SRA is a partnership. Only in Somerset do so many different bodies work so closely together to tackle flooding problems.
About the job
The Community Engagement Support Officer will work with communities, residents and SRA partners to deliver the SRA objective to increase resilience to flooding for families, agriculture, businesses, communities and wildlife. A key part of the job will be to maintain links with community leaders, local groups, business representatives, town and parish councils, Somerset Rivers Authority partners and other stakeholders. The Officer will help to deliver of a programme of activities and events and will co-ordinate specific projects and events to address community needs and build networks.
You will have experience of running projects and events including community events and activities. You will be accustomed to working with people from varied backgrounds and with different perspectives. You will have excellent communication, listening, presentation & organisational skills, with the ability to maintain project and programme information. You will be self-motivated, adaptable, friendly & outgoing, with a creative and non-judgmental approach.
This is a fixed term position for 24 months and is funded by the Somerset Rivers Authority. The job is based at Somerset County Council at County Hall in Taunton but you will need to travel around Somerset to work with local communities and the Somerset Rivers Authority partners. For an informal conversation about the role, phone Nicola Dawson on 07796 610211 or Emma Giffard on 07890 581048. Interviews will be held on Friday 16th August in Taunton.
Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.