HIGH STREET HERITAGE ACTION ZONE
Are you passionate and knowledgeable about historic places? Do you have experience of managing regeneration projects or grant schemes? Do you have experience in public realm improvements? Are you keen to engage with the local community to regenerate their High Street?
An exciting job opportunity has been created within Gosport Borough Council’s Economic Development & Regeneration team, working in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust and funded by Historic England.
The post will be part the Council’s Economic Development Team that is delivering a transformational programme of economic development and regeneration projects across the Borough. The post offers the chance to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team, make a clear impact and bring positive change to the Borough for the benefit of its present and future communities.
Gosport Borough Council working with its strategic partners has secured Historic England funding to create the Gosport High Streets Heritage Action Zone (GHSHAZ): a £3.2m project, funded by Historic England and Gosport Borough Council, plus strategic partners including Hampshire Cultural Trust.
GHSHAZ incorporates two conservation areas – the High Street and Stoke Road – and will deliver a programme of capital interventions, community engagement and cultural activity to stimulate social and economic regeneration. The aim of GHSHAZ is to promote and conserve the town centre’s built heritage by fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the historic environment through heritage-led regeneration.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The HAZ Project Officer will manage delivery of the GHSHAZ developing and managing the 4-year programme set out in the HSHAZ Delivery Plan, encouraging heritage-led regeneration and co-ordinating the successful delivery of a range of schemes, including shopfront and historic building improvements, conversion of vacant units to alternative uses, and public realm improvements.
The post holder will be responsible for budgets, managing risks and issues plus reporting progress to Historic England, the GHSHAZ Partnership Board and the GHSHAZ Programme Delivery Team.
Working with partners that are internal and external to the Council will be central to the delivery of the GHSHAZ. The post holder must be able to effectively network and build positive and productive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. The HSHAZ will also overlap and intersect with other current and planned regeneration projects in Gosport town centre, including the Borough-wide Gosport HAZ.
Project management and working with diverse partners are essential skills. An understanding of large heritage-led regeneration projects, historic buildings and their repair, public sector funding sources, experience of managing grant schemes is required along with experience of developing and delivering community engagement activities.
You must hold a degree or equivalent qualifications in programme or project management, or have demonstrable experience of programme management and project delivery. You will need to have excellent written and verbal skills to be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences and a clear interest in the historic environment.
JOB TITLE: Project Manager (HSHAZ)
POST NUMBER: PR10T
GRADE: Grade 10
LOCATION: Town Hall, Gosport
RESPONSIBLE TO: Economic Development & Regeneration Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Delivery of the HSHAZ programme and supervising the external delivery of projects.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
To assist the Economic Development & Regeneration Manager and the HSHAZ Programme Delivery to deliver the Gosport HSHAZ through the provision of an effective and efficient service
HOURS OF WORK:
37 hour week, Monday to Friday, in accordance with the Council’s flexi-time system.
You may be required to work outside normal office hours from time to time.
The postholder is a nominated casual user for car allowance purposes, whilst the duties and responsibilities of the post justify this and must hold a full current driving licence and have a vehicle available.
This is a temporary post whilst funding is available.
The post is politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government Officers (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990 as amended by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.
PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES: KEY TASKS
The Programme Manager will be employed by Gosport Borough Council and will be responsible for leading and driving forward the development and implementation of the Gosport HSHAZ programme, within agreed scope, timescales, budget, and to agreed success criteria.
To finalise the Delivery Plan and then work effectively in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including Gosport Borough Council, Historic England, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Solent LEP and Gosport Voluntary Action to agreed timescales and to agreed best professional standards.
To prepare briefings, reports, policy documents, publicity and other materials, and deliver these in ways that meet the needs of different audiences: including a regularly updated and maintained HSHAZ performance report.
To support and contribute towards meetings, including working groups, as required, including agenda planning and preparation, attendance at meetings and minute taking where appropriate or as required.
To ensure the Board and Programme Delivery Team are effectively monitoring and evaluating project milestones, preparing and presenting quarterly updates on project spend both for the programme as a whole as well as individual projects, and ensure alignment of relevant HSHAZ programme to the Cultural Programme.
To commission a final evaluation report on the HSHAZ programme and final Delivery Report.
To establish and maintain a risk and opportunities register.
To liaise with internal and external project and administrative officers as required, working effectively in partnership and building good working relationships with all relevant council departments, Historic England and other external bodies as required.
With the support of Council finance officers, and implement effective budget and information management and monitoring systems including making grant calculations, providing financial forecasts, processing and submitting funding claims and ensuring that the programme meets all financial, budgetary and audit requirements of the Council and Historic England.
To work with building owners, stakeholders, specialist consultants and contractors to bring forward successful grant applications, associated planning applications and projects, ensuring compliance with Historic England requirements and the objectives of the HSHAZ programme as a whole.
To ensure that proposals for repairs and refurbishment and eligibility in principle for grant under the relevant HSHAZ programme, taking into account current planning legislation and guidance.
To assist building owners in the appointment of appropriate architects or building surveyors, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, with the necessary skills and experience of working with historic buildings.
To liaise and engage with heritage and community groups to encourage joint working and collaboration and promote training opportunities as part of the delivery of projects. This will include working with a wide range of partners that reflect the diverse make-up of Gosport in order to help develop the Borough’s cultural and community engagement offer.
To work with the Cultural Consortium, preparing funding bids to access the relevant Historic England and other grants that may fund the HSHAZ cultural programme and ensure that funding is drawn down as per agreed spend profiles.
To identify public and private sector funding sources and with partners secure longer-term funding for the implementation of the Delivery Programme, keeping abreast of developments, internal and external, which have implications for the HSHA
To act as a champion and advocate for heritage in the political arena and in the local community.
To carry out duties in accordance with the Council’s policies and procedures and all other duties considered commensurate with the post.
To carry out all assignments with minimum direct supervision and in accordance with specified work programmes, project briefs, and timetables.
To use PC based word processing and GIS software (GGP), Idox and Uniform.
To provide a high level of customer care to all Stakeholders
An understanding of heritage led regeneration issues and interest and awareness of heritage, conservation or related agendas.
Understanding of the role of the historic environment in economic development and regeneration.
Experience of public sector and local government issues including a good understanding of public sector funding sources and/or experience of managing grant schemes
Understanding of the importance of equal opportunities in both employment and service delivery.
Work to specified work programmes and timetables.
Work on own initiative.
Able to plan & deliver workshops, making a significant personal input to a range of meetings.
Work effectively with other teams, services and departments.
Manage heavy workloads including maintaining a focus on delivery and quality.
Degree or equivalent qualification in programme or project management, or demonstrable experience of programme management and project delivery.
Leading, managing and contributing to a variety of projects relating to transformation and service improvement, and delivering them on time, within budget and to agreed quality standards
Experience of working with and co-ordinating multiple stakeholders as part of a heritage related project including budget management to a conclusion
Writing reports and delivering presentations to a very high standard.
Contributing to changing programmes that improve service quality and delivery, and support a culture that drives up standards and performance.
Dealing with matters which are highly sensitive and confidential
Contributing to partnership working involving various stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes.
Ability to act in accordance with, and ensure that service delivery complies with, current regulations, accepted professional standards, the council’s policies and procedures and appropriate legislation (including legislation on equalities, health and safety and safeguarding children/vulnerable adults).
The particular duties and responsibilities attached to this post are, of necessity, difficult to define precisely and may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties, or the level of responsibility of the post.
You will enjoy the benefit of excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours. If you have any questions or would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Andrew Sugden on 02392 545647
Please see attached documents at the bottom of the Job page and ensure you read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points under Required Attributes on the Job Description. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SUBMIT A CV.
Closing date for receipt of completed applications – 12.00 Wednesday 30th September
Interviews will be held on – week commencing 12th October 2020
All applicants will be advised after the closing date, once shortlisting has taken place.
The Council is committed to equal opportunities for all.