Swale Borough Council: Senior Conservation & Design Officer (Projects)

£36,610 – £41,182 pa
Full-time, fixed term (36 months contract)
Section: Planning Policy

Swale Borough in North Kent has a rich and diverse built and historic landscape heritage with more than 1,430 listed building entries, 22 scheduled monuments, 50 conservation areas, 4 registered historic parks & gardens and numerous other heritage assets all providing for a varied and interesting workload.

Swale Borough Council has recently adopted its Heritage Strategy and now there is a unique and exciting opportunity for a conservation and design specialist to actively promote and lead on many of the projects outlined in the strategy’s initial 3-year action plan.  There will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to work alongside the Conservation & Design Manager in providing advice on development proposals and on heritage-at-risk and heritage-related enforcement issues. The job will involve regular liaison and team working with officers from other service areas within the Council as well as external bodies including Historic England, Kent County Council and local amenity groups.

You will have a degree in Historic Building Conservation, Architecture, Planning or a related discipline. Professional membership of the IHBC, RIBA or RTPI is desirable.  You should be able to demonstrate experience of specialist work in the historic environment (including undertaking conservation area appraisal work yourself), ideally within a local planning authority context.  With a local plan review underway and significant development pressure facing Swale Borough, you will have a unique opportunity to help shape the growth of the area. This is a customer focussed role and you will have strong communication skills along with the necessary energy and enthusiasm for this key role.  You will be working on multiple tasks so will also need to have good organisational skills.  Experience of project management would be desirable.

Swale Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Simon Algar, Conservation & Design Manager, on 01795 417375.

To apply for the position please visit www.swale.gov.uk/jobs and complete the online form.

Closing Date: Sunday 23 August 2020
Interview Date: Friday 4 September 2020 (TBC)

Benefits include: Flexible working (including opportunities for home working and compacted hours), payment of professional fees, free staff car parking, generous leave entitlement (30 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays and an additional day over the Christmas period), pension scheme and employee benefits package.

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