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PA to Corporate Directors (Fixed term - Maternity cover) (Internal applicants only) (Dorchester)

Salary details: £21589 - £25295

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Business, Policy & Administration
Salary details
£21,589 - £25,295
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Louise Dixon / Liza Knight
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 224196 /4195
Closing Date
15 November 2019
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Personal Assistant to the Corporate Director of HR & OD and Corporate Director of Digital & Change (Fixed term Maternity cover) (Internal applicants only)

Hours: 37 per week 

Salary: £21,589 - £25,295 

Location: County Hall, Dorchester

Are you highly organised, resilient and motivated? ...

Are you looking for a new challenge? ...

If so, an exciting fixed term, internal administrative opportunity has arisen to join the Senior Leadership Support Team to provide maternity leave cover. This role provides an opportunity to raise your profile, move out of your comfort zone, rise to a challenge and really make a difference. This role could be considered as a secondment opportunity subject to your manager’s prior approval. 

We are looking for a motivated and experienced administrator to take on this challenging but rewarding role, working in our dynamic and vibrant office environment.

What you will be doing 

You will assist the Corporate Directors in developing and managing key relationships with elected members, stakeholders and other local authorities and act as a first point of contact. You will need to be a skilled communicator with the credibility to liaise externally. Internally, you’ll be working closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Corporate Leadership Team, Council Leader, Elected Members and Staff, so you will possess excellent influencing and negotiating skills. The role requires commitment to delivering a first class service.

Good written communication skills are equally essential – this varied work will include drafting and assisting with high quality correspondence, reports and presentations within prescribed and often demanding timescales; dealing with complaints; complex diary management including arranging and co-ordinating internal and external high level meetings and events including; ICT & Digital Executive Advisory Panel, Corporate Joint Consultative Group, HR/ Trade Union monthly meeting and HR/OD leadership meetings.

About you  

You will work with colleagues to resolve problems and support the removal of blockages to efficiency. You will assist the Corporate Directors with the Councils objectives and identify and undertake relevant research and you will attend and support meetings. You will be able to prioritise and work to deadlines as well as working on your own initiative and as part of a team.

Ideally you will have experience of complex diaries and dealing with difficult people sensitively and assertively.

You will require excellent working knowledge and experience of competently using a wide range of IT applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Excel.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

This post will be based at County Hall, Dorchester, however, occasional travel may be required to attend meeting and events. 

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees and agency workers of Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

If you require any further details or would like an informal chat regarding the role please contact our Executive Assistants, Louise Dixon on 01305 224196 or Liza Knight on 01305 224195. 

Closing date: 15th November 2019

Interview date:
26th November 2019

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