The Head of Environment Growth & Partnerships role forms part of the Service Director – Environments Senior Management team in the Neighbourhoods Directorate. The role will work with colleagues to shape and deliver service plans that support delivery of the corporate strategy in relation to Environmental Growth and Environmental Policy.
Acting as the corporate lead for the professional functions within their portfolio, they will provide leadership to staff and work with partners, colleagues and corporate management to ensure delivery of all aims and objectives relating to the service.
In developing a cohesive environmental management strategy for Cornwall they will use the environment as “driver” to support the local economy and to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.
The post holder will lead the Authority’s statutory work as Lead Local Flood Authority working closely with the Environment Agency, South West Water and DEFRA.
Further, the post holder will be the key Council adviser providing the support to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and the Cornwall and Tamar Valley AONB’s and will commercially lead the Cornwall Archaeological Service.
* To advise and contribute to the Council Plan and relevant corporate and community strategies on matters relating to Environment, including, Heritage, Protected Landscapes, Flooding and Coastal Protection ensuring that Members and senior officers are presented with options and receive relevant professional advice for strategic targeted investment
* The interpretation, feedback and comment on emerging government legislation ensuring that the council is well placed to fulfil it’s statutory duties e.g. Maritime & Coastal Access Act; Floods and Water Management Act. Contribute to the achievement of the Council’s overall objectives by strategically aligning Environmental Job title Head of Environmental Growth and Partnerships Corporate Directorate Neighbourhoods Service Environment 2 services to its vision and priorities, working with colleagues across the Council to effectively and efficiently deliver corporate and directorate policies, programmes, projects and initiatives, optimising the effective and efficient use and deployment of resources. Support the localism agenda and ensuring effective engagement with Cornwall’s communities
* Provide advice when required to the directorate and heads of service on Environment, Heritage, Protected landscapes Flooding and Coastal Protection to facilitate informed decision-making by ensuring that officers and Members are appraised of issues and receive relevant, best practice professional advice
* To support Members effectively to ensure that the engagement with Cornwall’s communities and promotion of local decision making within Town & Parish Councils, Local and Third Sector groups is managed appropriately Work in partnership with stakeholders and other directorates to deliver the aims and objectives and initiatives for environment and waste including management of partnership with, Catchment Partnership and Environment Kernow When required, represent the Service Director - Environment on matters relating to Environment, Heritage, Protected Landscapes Flooding and Coastal Protection to promote the Council and Directorate at local, regional and national meetings and events.
* Accountable for the sustainability and environmental issues associated with the role holder’s area of responsibility, particularly those associated with climate change, and to manage these to reduce adverse impacts.
* To lead, motivate, coach and develop the Environmental Growth and Partnerships Team to ensure they perform successfully, both individually and collectively, in order to achieve the Council’s objectives
* Develop and lead collaborative relationships with partners that deliver new and innovative approaches to tackling environmental service provision to secure improved outcomes for Cornwall and its communities and citizens.
* To provide management support, advice and programme development for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and its Working Groups
* Develop collaborative relationships with internal and external partners to ensure optimal outcomes for residents
* Represent the interests of Cornwall to promote the county and enhance the Council’s reputation and profile
* Develop or deliver customer feedback systems for the managed functions and ensure feedback is taken into account to improve outcomes for residents, service users or communities
Key Skills & Experience
* Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent, and evidence of continuous professional development
* Experience in the leadership of relevant functions at management level, within a local authority or other organisation of comparable scope and complexity
* Ability to articulate a clear vision for delivery of the service and how to improve and transform outcomes
* A proven record of successful change management, delivering new working policies and practices alongside cultural and structural change
* Experience of successful budget management within tight financial limits in a complex organisation
* Demonstrates an up to date knowledge and understanding of the law, government policy and best practice in relation to the functions within the portfolio
* Experience of giving advice to and building relationships with senior management Successful track record of achieving equality of opportunity in both employment and service delivery