Community Engagement Coordinator - Counter Extremism
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About the Team
We are currently seeking a Community Coordinator (Counter Extremism) professional.
The role will be located within the Community Partnerships Unit (CPU), a unit that works closely with the VCS, multi partner agencies, communities, faith and all the residents of Hounslow. The successful candidate will lead on implementing the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy.
Extremism continues to be one of the greatest challenges our country faces and local authorities have a core role to play in building more resilient communities and tackling the harms extremists cause.
This Home Office grant-funded post will help strengthen our work in this area as the post holder will lead, engage and build the resilience of the communities and organisations / institutions challenging all forms of extremism, including the promotion of hatred and division, harmful and illegal cultural practices, and the promotion of alternative systems of law that are contrary to UK legislation.
This is a high profile and demanding role. You will be expected to develop an extensive understanding of the extremism issues and challenges in Hounslow and identify appropriate responses that meet the needs of local and central Government. You will lead on identifying and providing support to groups countering all forms of extremism at a local level whilst supporting work being delivered at a national level.
- To develop an understanding of the drivers, prevalence and wider harms of extremism in your local area.
- To share local knowledge and insights on extremism with your local authority and wider stakeholders including the Home Office and other local authority Coordinators, supporting specific national research projects.
- To ensure that national insights and analysis on extremism are used to help shape local strategy and interventions. Identify areas where the work cuts across other agendas - such as Prevent, hate crime, violence against women and girls and integration - and exploit opportunities for joint working.
- To support the evaluation of projects in your local area, working with evaluation experts and contractors to do so.
- Have excellent communications skills, including the ability to write clear & precise reports, present well at meetings & deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Possess the ability to build effective & productive working relationships with people at all levels internally & externally, including the ability to deal effectively with the communication needs of different internal & external groups.
Have the ability to work within the community of Hounslow, building trust and confidence.
Have the ability to work on a number of complex projects simultaneously & respond quickly to changing priorities under pressure.
Essential for The Role
- Be educated to at least degree level, or equivalent
2. Proven knowledge and experience of working with different communities including hard to reach isolated groups
3. Experience of delivering training and presentations to a range of partners and stakeholders including community, resident’s groups
4. Experience of successful bid writing
5. Experience of providing support, information and signposting of community groups to support services on safeguarding issues, as required.
Please note, this post is considered by the authority to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the employee specification.
If you would like an informal conversation regarding the position please contact Philp Doyle on 020 8583 2410 or Joan Conlon, 0208 583 2197
Closing date: Thursday 21st February 2018
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 28st February 2019.
To view the Job Description and Employee Specification, please click on the attachment below.