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Community Partnerships Locality Lead

Local Government (NJC): P07

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Community Partnerships
Local Government (NJC): P07
Full time - 35 hours per week
Job ref
222 Upper Street
£53,490 - £56,640 per annum
Salary period
14/08/2022 23:59
Interview date

Our ambition

We're determined to make Islington more equal. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

We also have an ambitious goal – to be the best council in the country – with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.

We want to build an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to help us achieve our goals and provide the best services possible to our residents.

Our values and behaviours

‘Be Islington’ is about setting a clear challenge about what it means to be an Islington employee and sets the standard for every new recruit.

We ask our employees to ‘Be Islington’ – playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, be ambitious, be resourceful, and be empowering (‘CARE’).

Interested in knowing more about our values, our vision and our priorities? Check out these videos from our Leader, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz and Chief Executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan:

Leader, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz

Chief Executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan

Job overview

Are you passionate about eradicating inequalities and harnessing the power of communities?

Can you provide exceptional leadership for an inclusive partnership approach to improve opportunities for local people and put community at the heart of our plans?

Are you a strategic thinker, identifying specific solutions to local challenges and strengthening the involvement of residents in community life?

Bringing partners and communities together across 3 Islington localities is critical to our ambitions for stronger communities and more integrated early intervention and prevention.  A key priority is to extend reach into our diverse communities and work with them to enable stronger community voice, better relationships and more responsive delivery.

You will play a key role in the delivery of this through developing and maintaining strong relationships with residents, voluntary and community sector partners as well as emerging grassroots groups; working towards increasing community participation and local activism.

Main duties of the job

This role calls for an experienced and ambitious leader who can energetically enable the delivery of Islington’s new Community Partnerships Model at a locality level; its vision and approach, and to successfully manage a locality-based team and resources.  

You will build strong relationships with community partners, Councillors and departments to translate the vision into a compelling narrative and plan that staff, partners and the community can all unite behind and work together towards delivering.

Can you see yourself in this exciting role with us?

Working for our organisation

We're determined to make Islington a more equal borough. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life. 

The council’s strategic plan ‘Islington Together- For a more equal future’ sets out the council’s vision and priorities to achieve this.  Key to delivery of this vision is our relationship with the community. We want to work with our community as equal partners.

Through Fairer Together, we want to bring services, assets and people together at locality level to create a more responsive early intervention and prevention offer around strong communities, where regardless of background, people feel safe, connected and have the resources they need to make change in their local areas.

Closing Date: Sunday 14th August 2022 at 23:59

Interviews: Monday 5th September 2022

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Community Partnerships Locality Lead is responsible for oversight and delivery of the Community Partnerships model through a comprehensive programme for strengthening communities in order to deliver social outcomes; reduce demand through greater local resilience and provide leadership in community engagement, community development and asset based working. 

You will establish and lead the approach for:

  • delivery of the Community Partnership approach, to facilitate greater connection to the local area, including intelligence, relationships and coordination
  • a new comprehensive Community Partnerships programme for strengthening communities bringing together resources to deliver the locality based offer
  • growing community capacity through targeted community led ventures via a collaborative approach to working with the voluntary and community sector as well as partners in the council and other agencies
  • defining a programme of social action embracing community expertise and civic participation
  • securing Place-based community networks and partnerships

For a full detailed list of responsibilities, please download and view the Job Description attached to this advert.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Senior management experience within a large and complex organisation where the focus is on improving outcomes for local people within a political context.
  • Experience of leading and managing services that enable the voluntary and community sector to be effective, independent and resilient.
  • Experience of leading and managing community facing teams with confidence, demonstrating flexibility to change and promoting excellence.
  • Experience of managing community facilities to enable increased resident participation and programme delivery.


Essential criteria
  • Proven personal and professional credibility to influence people at different levels of seniority including a range of bodies, groups and partnerships to secure commitment to objectives.
  • Proven ability to create and lead the delivery of effective community development and engagement programmes that improve outcomes for local residents.
  • Ability to develop and lead a team to implement locally based work plans and strategies that address challenging social and economic issues and improve outcomes for residents.
  • Proven ability to strategically lead stakeholders in the design and delivery of place shaping at local and hyper local levels.
  • Ability to work directly with people of diverse cultures and experiences to identify challenges and plan and implement creative solutions.
  • Thorough understanding of the local government and public sector context and be able to manage sensitive community issues and political interfaces.
  • A thorough knowledge of the local/national landscape for the voluntary and community sector and public services and the impact on residents.
  • Strong budget management skills and the ability to understand need across services and communities in making resource decisions to improve outcomes for communities across Islington.
  • Excellent analytical skills including ability to understand a range of diverse issues, assess their implications and inform policy, strategy and planning.
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and take a solution focussed approach to bring clarity and reach consensus.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Salauoddin Asghar
Job title
Assistant Director Strategy, Equality and Communities
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