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South Gloucestershire Council

Project Development Officer - Kingswood Park

Salary: £33,782-£36,922
Hours per week: 37
Location: Yate

How you'll make a difference

South Gloucestershire Council has secured development phase funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) thanks to National Lottery players to progress our plans for the restoration and enhancement Kingswood Park in South Gloucestershire. The restoration of Kingswood Park forms part of our ambitious wider £25million regeneration vision for the Town Centre following our successful application through the Future High Streets Fund, which also includes the purchase of Kings Chase Shopping Centre and the restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle as part of the wider Kingswood Masterplan.

As Development Officer you will develop and submit our Delivery Phase (Stage 2) NLHF application for the restoration and enhancement of Kingswood Park so that it forms the green ‘heart' of Kingswood. You will focus on providing a green space where people can come together to enjoy high quality facilities and participate in events in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

What will you be doing?

  • You'll be responsible for the development of all project proposals identified in our Development phase NLHF application work plan.
  • You will work with consultants and Council Officers in the development of a variety of plans including Conservation, Signing & Interpretation and Management and Maintenance plans as required by NLHF.
  • You'll manage and work with the Park Activities Development Officer responsible for developing an innovative program of activities, events, training and skills development opportunities.
  • You'll ensure project proposals for the Delivery Stage NLHF applications are environmentally sustainable with the aim for the future management of the park to be carbon neutral.
  • In this role you will work closely with the Friends of Kingswood Park and wider Kingswood community and be accountable to the project steering group for the delivery of all project development works to ensure relationships support efficient and effective delivery.
  • You will be accountable for the management for all associated project budget control, communication and consultation, quality of outputs and critical path management throughout the development phase project including all NLHF reporting and evaluation.

You can view a copy of our Kingswood Park Plan and Outline Activities Plan here

What we need from you

  • You'll hold a degree, or equivalent in an appropriate discipline such as landscape or environmental management with considerable post-qualification experience and success in submitting NLHF (or other grant providers) applications.
  • You will have experience in a project-based role that has involved working with landscape architects, design consultants and contractors covering a variety of design disciplines.
  • You can demonstrate experience of co-ordinating and delivering programmes, projects and budgets within set timescales to meet clearly defined outcomes.
  • You will have experience of writing technical reports, for fellow professionals and other stakeholders.
  • You can effectively present technical information at open meetings and consultations to potentially non-technical audiences including a wide range of community groups and volunteers, staff and external companies and organisations.
  • You will have excellent communication skills combined with energy, initiative and enthusiasm.

Please note that due to the nature of this role it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

  • We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.
  • We trust our team to work in the way which allows them to make the biggest difference and we continue to invest in technology to help staff do their jobs to the best of their ability and celebrate innovation.
  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect.
  • We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.

Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.

  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of.
  • We're planning for the future; building and improving the roads, railways, schools, green spaces, and houses.
  • We're providing essential services across our communities to ensure they are safe and well maintained.
  • We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.


We're making a difference, be part of it!

For an informal discussion regarding this role please contact Richard Aston on 01454 863725 or email richard.aston@southglos.gov.uk

To apply, click here

Closing date: 09 Jan 2022

Logo: Made Possible with Heritage Fund

Closing Date: 09/01/2022  Location: Yate

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