Project Manager – Employment Initiatives
Job Title: Project Manager – Employment
Sector: Public Sector / Local Authority
Location: SE London
Duration: 6 Month Contract
Remuneration: £35 per hour
The Client is a South East London based Local Authority who have an immediate need for an experienced Project Manager to work on the development and implementation of an Environmental / Employment Initiative from planning / financing through to roll out.
The Project Manager will be required to carry out the “project management” of the initiative, particularly in terms of: – developing a project plan; – understanding the resources required; – establishing a largely virtual/part-time project team; – establishing and servicing a project board to ensure that all relevant council departments (and potentially external partners) are involved in the project; – setting up systems for project updates to elected Members, particularly the Deputy Leader in his role as anti-poverty lead. Design, establish and then run: – recruitment pathways into the scheme, especially targeting local unemployed residents negatively affected by welfare reform, involving all relevant council departments and external agencies (eg JCP or Revenue & Benefits); – a partnership working arrangement that distributes the recruitment responsibilities Ensure a clear set of frameworks are in place for: – the different engagement structures and contractual arrangements (between regularly-employed staff, ILMs, apprentices) across different job roles and different contract terms; – understanding the inter-relationships with welfare reform, benefit levels, potential cut-offs re taking on employment etc; – (learning from previous initiatives) meeting the specific HR challenges posed in recruiting a group of staff who have previously been long-term unemployed. Draw up a set of terms of reference for the evaluation of the project and determine the most appropriate way of carrying out the evaluation. Exit strategy – develop an exit plan for the project that takes into account the learning from previous initiatives and that meets the specific needs of this project. Childcare project – understand the scope, role and outcomes of the Childcare project that is being run in conjunction with the employment project and ensure that both pieces of work are co-ordinated and complementary. Operations – this side of the project will be largely the responsibility of the existing operational managers in those services where the staff will be deployed. The project manager will need to ensure there are effective systems and processes to monitor the impact of these staff, and agree performance measures with the operational service managers. Resources / management arrangements – the project manager will report to the Director of Community Safety and Environment who is the project sponsor. The project team will initially be “virtual” comprising part-time staff from across the Council. As the project develops it may be appropriate to review this and determine whether dedicated resources are needed.
To lead on a high-profile and politically important “Environment Employment Project” with a particular focus on developing the recruitment and referral pathways and generating a stream of appropriate staff to be deployed operationally.