The Group Head of Law & Governance (Monitoring Officer) will be part of the Council’s Senior Management Team (SMT) and will play a part in the delivery of the Council’s vision, values and objectives. This grading / salary range reflects the level at which the postholder is required to work in terms of their corporate strategic contribution and the range/size of departments they are responsible for.
We encourage flexible working and you will have the opportunity in this role for homeworking (potentially 2-3 days per week). You can download our 'Wish you were here?' leaflet for more information about working at Arun DC.
The successful candidate will oversee a portfolio of services, initially including the following: -
- Legal advice to the Council (in relation to the areas for which the post is responsible)
- Monitoring Officer
- Committee Services
- Data Protection Officer
- Information Management & Support
- Data protection
- Customers of concern
- Official complaints
You will be the Council’s Monitoring Officer under the provisions of section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, as amended by paragraph 24 of schedule 5 of the Local Government Act 2000. This may include handling complaints about Councillors and preparing reports to any relevant Committee.
Candidates will ideally have a track record of success within a legal setting, and some experience as a solicitor with higher rights or a barrister would be a definite advantage. You must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how local authorities work, with a nuanced awareness of the political environment and experience of operating at a senior level. A sound knowledge of GDPR would also be an advantage. Most importantly, you need to assure us that you can develop, build and sustain excellent and open working relationships with elected members and officers, and your effectiveness in achieving this will be a key success factor for the role. This role has a direct impact on how well we perform as local democrats: the aim is to support dynamic democratic expression while maintaining the council’s reputation, fulfilling our statutory roles and ensuring that we adhere closely not only to our fiduciary duties, but also to public expectations of our governance.
The Council’s Constitution also falls into your remit, and you will ensure that is both upheld and kept under regular review. In addition, you’ll ensure the Council, its committees and internal officers receive all appropriate legal advice and guidance.
As the Council’s nominated Data Protection Officer, you’ll also be responsible for monitoring compliance with the GDPR and other data protection laws, and will lead on our own policies, awareness-raising, training, and audits. This is a politically restricted post, and some evening or out-of-hours work will be required.
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