Temp - £500 P/D
Posted 2 months ago

Marks Consulting Partners are currently looking for a Head of Homelessness Prevention and Advice to work with one of our Local Authority clients in London.

What the job will be doing

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership on all homelessness prevention, housing advice and housing options business matters. Lead the business unit on development issues, including the opportunities to innovate and maximise funding opportunities. 
  • Manage teams providing advice, housing options and homelessness assessment to ensure casework is robust and legally compliant and in line with Council strategies. Ensure that services comply with the Housing Act 1996.
  • Build strategic relationships with stakeholders such as accommodation providers, the third sector, the NHS, and social care; and effectively influence to deliver improved services and outcomes for residents. 
  • Manage people, delegated budgets and other resources, utilising them innovatively and creatively to benefit residents, ensuring expenditure is contained within budget and risk and need are balanced, to deliver the best outcomes for service users and exemplary team performance. 

What you will need

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the relevant legislation relating to housing and homelessness, Codes of Guidance and case law.
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the housing, safeguarding and support needs of homeless and housing applicants and tenants. 
  • A full understanding of the housing issues facing a high demand London local authority.
  • A broad knowledge of welfare rights law and practice and
  • Educated to degree level standard or equivalent or demonstrable suitable experience
  • Substantial experience of leading, motivating and managing services with multi-disciplinary teams to achieve significant, sustainable improvements and positive outcomes through internal and external partnerships
  • Experience of delivering a high quality homelessness prevention and advice service in a related area for a large local authority or comparable organisation. 
  • Experience of monitoring performance, producing reports and analysing data in order to drive service improvements.
  • Experience of successfully implementing a prevention and options approach in tackling the issue of homelessness and of coaching and helping staff to use negotiation tools in an advice or advocacy setting.
  • Experience as a team manager within a large, complex, customer-focused organisation with a significant emphasis on performance management. 
  • Experience of managing a large budget and managing risk. 
  • Experience of dealing with complaints and/or Member Enquiries, with demonstrable evidence of using these to enhance service delivery.
  • Experience of change management across a large team, service or multiple teams
  • Understanding of the challenges faced working in a political environment, with demonstrable evidence of managing such demands

How to Apply

If you would like any further details about this position, please contact Joshua Bourne at Marks Consulting Partners.

If this job is not quite right for you but you are looking for something new, please contact us for a confidential discussion.

Marks Consulting Partners specialise in contract and permanent recruitment of technical property and housing staff for the public sector including housing associations, local authorities, and related private sector companies. We do not advertise all of our vacancies so please give us a call and register with us to be notified of all suitable roles. 



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