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School Place Planning Officer

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


Appointment Type:Fixed Term 

Location:Leicestershire County Council , County Hall , Glenfield , Leicestershire , LE3 8RA 


Closing date:12 December 2018 at midnight 

Appointment Type: Fixed Term for up to 2 years 9 months          Salary Range £39,903-£44,082 (Grade 13)
We are looking to recruit a full time School Place Planning Officer for a fixed term of 2 years and 9 months to join our team of 3 School Place planning officers. the post will help us to deliver an ambitious 4 year £110 million Children and Families capital programme which includes a £32 million SEND programme, Whilst is would be useful to have experience of delivering SEND capital projects this is not essential

  •  To champion improved outcomes for children and young people in Leicestershire
  •  To discharge the statutory duty of the Local Authority to secure sufficient high quality school places
  • Working in conjunction with the Head of Strategy and Service Manager to take lead role in matters relating to the organisation of school (Inc. Academies)
  • To act as a senior advisor in relation to school organisation and place planning matters, taking a portfolio lead in one or more of the following:
                        Establishment of new schools 
                        New Housing development in particular Sustainable Urban Expansions 
                        School Capacity (SCAP) data management 
                        Capital Programme planning and delivery 
                        School/Academy organisational change i.e. age range changes 
  • Qualified to degree level in related subject Project Management Qualification (Or demonstrable experience)
  • Experience of successfully planning, managing and delivering projects and/or programmes with timescales, budget and quality
  • Supporting the delivery of complex programmes and projects
  • Experience of Working in an educational environment
  • Knowledge of school re-organisation programmes
  • Experience of working with housing developers and contractors to develop new schools
  • Experience of dealing with admission appeals
  • Experience of leading in dedicated project work streams
  • Experience of developing, establishing and maintaining electronic knowledge and information tracking systems
  • Ability to influence the action and decisions of others through effective advice and guidance
  • Experienced in operation of systems and procedures for quality assurance  
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams in the public sector
  • Knowledge of school organisation legislation and regulations
  • Knowledge of section 106 procedures and the factors that determine developer contributions
  • Knowledge of The academies agenda and choices available to schools
  • Knowledge of factors influencing the provisions of school places , for example demographic planning
  • An understanding of County Council policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of strategies and available actions to bring about structural change to address school under-performance
  • To have good clear written and verbal communication skills including report writing and presentation of research, analysis and interpret complex data  
  • Must be able to manage heavy workloads and be flexible to work to tight and challenging deadlines
  • To have a flexible approach to working , including out of hours and an ability and willingness to travel to various locations
  • Ability to work on own initiative and a commitment to working as part of a team  
  • An understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities, and the ability to apply this to strategic work and day to day situations
  • Must be able to perform all duties and tasks with reasonable adjustment where appropiate, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010
    Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page
    For informal enquires please contact Sue Owen on , Tel: 0116 30556847  or Email:

We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.
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