Monitoring Officer

  • Location
    South Croydon, Greater London
  • Salary
  • Category
    Public Sector - Public Sector Legal
  • Job type
  • Industry
  • External Reference

JOB TITLE: Monitoring Officer
LOCATION: Hybrid working - working from home plus 1 or 2 days per week in the office in Croydon
PAY RATE: £500 per day (Umbrella)
DURATION: 3 month rolling contract
IR35 STATUS: Inside

Overall purpose of role

As a member of the council's senior management, you will work collaboratively with other directors in the Resources Directorate, with corporate directors and directors in other directorates, and with the chief executive to deliver the Croydon Renewal Improvement Plan, the council's priorities and ways of working and a financially sustainable budget by March 2024.

You will be the council's chief legal officer responsible for the provision of all legal services to the council and ensures the council remains in compliance with the law and best practice, the governance function of the council and promote the council's corporate competencies and values through day-to-day managerial behaviours.

You will provide high quality professional advice to the corporate director of resources, the chief executive, Leader and Cabinet, the Scrutiny and Overview Committee and any other external bodies of the council.

Reports to: corporate director for resources and a "dotted line" reporting relationship to the chief executive

Responsible for: legal services and the statutory monitoring officer function and democratic & scrutiny services.

Priorities of the role:

  • Attendance at relevant council meetings Cabinet Council GPAC EC

  • Lead on Cllr complaints and Whistleblowing

  • Lead constitutional working group

  • Lead the member learning development programme

  • Lead with leaders officer and issue around Cllrs / ex Cllrs

  • Lead on RIPI

  • Lead on the Independent Disciplinary Committee

Job context:

  • The post holder has line management responsibility for 5 direct reports and responsibility for all staff in the legal services division and is accountable and responsible for the legal and other services delivered.

  • The post holder is accountable for the legal services budget and will deliver services and the associated savings programme and transformation projects within that budget envelope.

  • The post holder will ensure the financial probity and competence of financial management across the legal services division and that effective arrangements are in place to meet legislative and statutory requirements in relation to financial management and internal control.

  • The post holder is jointly accountable with the corporate management team and all senior management for the delivery of the council's equality strategy 2021-2024 and action plan and will personally lead elements of it and champion it overall.

  • The post holder will ensure the corporate parenting responsibilities for the council's looked after children and care leavers are fulfilled in accordance with the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

  • The post holder will enable staff in the division to lead cross-council projects on issues as defined by Cabinet. A limited number of reviews per year will tackle complex priority issues and also enable new skills and experiences to be developed by staff to aid their future career development.

  • The post holder will participate in the council's emergency arrangements as an on-call member and will fully participate in gold and silver arrangements as required, which may require chairing the formal council meetings.

  • The post holder will ensure that all relevant health & safety legislation and the council's health & safety requirements are reasonably complied with.

  • The post holder will be required to operate within any relevant delegations as detailed in the council's scheme of delegation of the council's constitution.

  • The post holder will be required to work some evenings, weekends and occasional public holidays in order to meet service requirements and to ensure appropriate representation of the council with residents, the Leader and Cabinet and all elected Members and external bodies.

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