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Head of Emergency Planning

Suffolk County Council
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03 August 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £61,498 pro rata for part time
  • 37 hours per week
  • Permanent

We are committed to flexible working. To view the types of flexible or part time working available for this role, please see the Job and Person Profile.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the Head of Emergency Planning leading a combined team of Emergency Planning Officers for each of the Districts and Suffolk County Council.

  • Do you have recent experience as an Emergency Planning Officer?
  • Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role?
  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of people in Suffolk?

If you are keen to be at the centre of things and enjoy a fast-paced approach to working this might be the job for you.

Emergency Planning is now at the forefront of all that we do, and the team has played a key role in Suffolk's response to the COVID Pandemic. Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit exists to help Suffolk local authorities prepare for emergencies and to meet the statutory obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act. You will be required to lead on Emergency Planning issues on behalf of the Director of Public Protection, using initiative and interpersonal skills.

You will have:

  • detailed knowledge of the requirements under the Civil Contingencies Act
  • sound interpersonal skills and be able to evidence professional competence in emergency preparedness and management
  • experience of operational and strategic leadership including managing budgets
  • experience of providing professional, effective, efficient, and timely advice on emergency planning and emergency management to senior councillors, chief executives, directors, and other senior managers in Suffolk's local authorities
  • the ability to constantly assess the level of threat and/or risk to the county and respond promptly and effectively to any emergency or threat to public well-being
  • an understanding of the wider corporate objectives and changing local government agenda
  • the talent and flexibility to translate this and make this work for Suffolk.

We will offer you:

  • flexible working options to support you, your work-life balance and career, including supporting hybrid and/or remote working.

However, due to the nature of the role, you must live within commutable distance to Endeavour House, Suffolk.

Travelling requirements for your role

  • Frequent Travel Desirable - We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you may need to operate across a wide and rural area, so it would be beneficial for you to either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact listed below.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dan Fearn, Temporary Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director Fire and Public Safety via email: dan.fearn@suffolk.gov.uk or Tracie Tebbutt, Strategic Partner Fire and Public Safety on: tracie.tebbutt@suffolk.gov.uk

To apply and for more information, please follow this link and take note of the application instructions.

Application for this role is via CV. Please click apply and ensure you attach a copy of your CV when asked to add attachments in the application form.

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