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Archaeology Lead OCC26750

Job Details:


Salary range: £37,849 - £40,760 per annum
Work location: County Hall, Oxford 
Hours per week: 37.00 - we are open to discussions about flexible working
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 21st June 2020
Interview date: Interviews are expected to take place w/c 29th June, and may be held in central Oxford, or via video conference.



This is an exciting opportunity to join Oxfordshire County Council as our Archaeology Lead.



About Us:


Oxfordshire's authorities are in the midst of planning for 100,000 new homes and associated infrastructure, and are part of the Oxfordshire-Cambridgeshire Arc bringing regional connectivity projects such as East West Rail and potentially an Oxfordshire-Cambridgeshire Expressway. All of Oxfordshire's Councils also have high ambitions for moving to a low carbon economy, and to ensure that growth is not at the expense of quality of life and sense of place.                                                                                                                                     

Oxfordshire has a rich heritage and wealth of archaeological sites, all of which contribute to the county's distinctive character.



About the Role:


You will be leading a small but well-respected and knowledgeable team and responsible for ensuring that our HER is maintained and enhanced; for ensuring that policy development across the county and district councils adequately promotes, protects and enhances heritage; and that archaeological advice is given through the development management process. The team provides development management advice both to the County Council, and to four District Councils - South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell District Councils. Up and coming strategic policy includes the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, Local Transport and Connectivity Plan, the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy, as well as Local Plans in various stages of development.                                                                                                                                   

The role currently is operational - one of two roles managing the development management process and policy responses across Oxfordshire- but there are considerable opportunities to lead and develop  the team's activities and income, raise the profile of archaeology and heritage, develop relationships with District Councils, seek to develop further evidence bases relating to heritage, develop good working relationships with local groups and potentially bring in volunteers.  The team currently sits in a broader Environment and Heritage Group within our Planning and Place Directorate.



About You:


You will ideally have authoritative archaeological knowledge, experience of providing development management advice services in a local authority context, and be able to guide the running and future development of the Historic Environment Record. You will be a team player, and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment, helping non specialists to understand the importance of archaeology and heritage and take it into account in decision-making.   



Rewards and Benefits:


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.             

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Vicky Fletcher, Group Manager for Environment & Heritage on 07500 121855 or email Victoria.Fletcher@Oxfordshire.gov.uk.




Application Procedure:


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.

If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team at occ.recruitment@hants.gov.uk



Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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