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Oxfordshire County Council

Principal Officer (Countryside Access)


Job details

Salary range: £42,821 - £45,859 per annum

Work location: Speedwell House, Oxford

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 27th June 2021

Interviews: Week beginning Monday 5th July 2021

About us

Oxfordshire’s countryside is a hugely valuable resource and we’re looking for an experienced countryside access professional to lead the discipline for the authority.

About the role

This is a challenging, varied but rewarding role. If you are committed to the positive benefits of access to the outdoors as well as promoting sustainable and responsible use of the public rights of way network, we’d like to hear from you. You will lead a team of PRoW officers and be responsible for all elements of team management including performance monitoring against targets to ensure investment is cost effective through both capital & revenue funding streams.

About you

You will be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate advocate for countryside access; a professional who understands the importance of the public rights of way network and has established technical and legal knowledge with a proven record of achievement. Not afraid to experiment and develop new initiatives in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including voluntary & special interest groups.

The role requires excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with the aim of providing a modern & responsive service delivering good quality access to the countryside for the county’s residents and visitors across the 2600-mile public rights of way network.

We are looking for someone keen to develop their career in this area, perhaps taking on the role of team leader for the first time but with the ambition & ability to make a difference and lead by example.

Rewards and benefits

We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.

Would you like to know more?

To learn more about the role & service and see if you are the right person for this role, follow the links above for more information:

Job Description and Selection Criteria

Context Statement

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For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Hugh Potter, Group Manager (Countryside Operations & Volunteer Coordination) on 07766 998704

Please click here to submit your application online

Closing Date: 27/06/2021  Location: Speedwell House, Oxford

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