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Head of Parks & Leisure

Zoek Pin London, Greater London, England

£250 - £275/day

Permanent (Full time)

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Head of Parks and Leisure Service
Temporary assignment (5-6 months duration)
Rate of pay c £ per day

As the Head of Parks and Leisure Service,  you will be leading the Council’s service and will make an immediate impact in providing innovative and new ways of engaging the local  community and demonstrating the best of community pride.  You will ensure that activities within parks and leisure facilities are impactful and support the council's  priorities of providing inclusive services that are accessible to all residents of the borough.


Develop strategies for the most efficient and effective delivery of services
Lead on the procurement of contracts within services
Ensure services contribute to reducing social isolation and improving community cohesion.
Ensure services contribute to improving the mental and  physical health of residents.
That services contribute to working towards reducing the climate change and ecological emergency
As  part of our senior management group, we expect the highest standards in people management and motivation, resource management and planning.   You will have freedom to operate and innovate but must understand how to influence and inform key stakeholders.
You will have a strong understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion.  Our services must be fully accessible to our residents, communities, and workforce.  You must have a strong commitment to valuing every member of our community and workforce and strongly promote our commitment to supporting social mobility, equality of opportunity and access to services through working with people.
Main Duties

Accountable for  managing service budgets .
Manage the workforce effectively to deliver excellent service.
Manage the cemeteries service.
Ensure effective operations of all contracts through liaison with contractors and managers and resolving contract disputes.
Development of service capital programmes, through producing annual capital programme plans and other development schemes.
Lead the development of service improvement plans to improve the borough's standing across the London and the country.
Develop and deliver a borough physical activity and leisure strategy. And develop and deliver a parks strategy.
Explore and lead on the implementation of potential business opportunities in Parks and Open Spaces
Ensure the safe management of the services and assets and maintain robust health and safety plans for the management of trees within parks , cemeteries and open spaces, and the safe management of head stones and memorials within the borough cemeteries. .
Manage stakeholder relations; this includes meeting with parks friends’ groups and other user groups. Assisting residents with setting up new Friends groups. Write correspondence and reports as required and represent the Council in consultations with the public. This will include attendance at evening meetings.
Undertake any other relevant duties as directed consistent with your grade and areas of responsibility.
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Leisure , Sport and Culture, with significant contact with the Mayor of the Borough. The post holder will be required to produce reports and attend SLT, corporate boards as required.

Your skills and experience

Demonstrable experience with complex problem-solving
Critical thinking
You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. 
People management: a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. Ability to motivate, drive and support the team for the best service delivery and outcomes.
Coordinating with others: You have the knack of working well with others.  You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. 
Emotional intelligence: You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. 
Judgement and decision making: You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. 
Negotiation: You can demonstrate a range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. 
Service orientation: You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery.  Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives.  You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives. 
Do you have the skills and experience required? This is a fantastic opportunity to have an immediate and direct impact on the welfare and wellbeing of our local community

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