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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in joining the London Borough of Hounslow

We are looking for a dynamic, strategic Assistant Director of Community solutions to help us deliver connected system thinking support to our communities in Hounslow. The pandemic has presented many challenges for our residents and our communities and we know that it will provide more in the short term. Hounslow is projected to be the second worst London Borough impacted by the pandemic in terms of economic damage. And that is on top of the challenges many of our residents already faced in terms of poverty, disadvantage and inequality. For Hounslow, the pandemic also provided a catalyst for change, improving how we work in partnership with voluntary organisations and the community itself to support the increasing needs of our residents. From the moment that we went into lockdown, the Community Directorate built an interim team that mobilised and delivered increased support to our residents through the Community Hub. At the peak of the lockdown we answered over 42,000 calls to our Community Hub and provided triaged support to ensure no resident was left without assistance.

We are proud of the strength of our communities across Hounslow, particularly how we have worked together to meet the greater needs of our residents caused by the pandemic. We are now ready to build a permanent Community Solutions team. This will build a sustainable support offer to our residents, harnessing the knowledge and creativity of our organisation and our communities that was set in motion by our collective desire to help.

This is an exciting role where you will develop and deliver connected support to our communities through partnering and building community solutions across Hounslow. You will drive improvements by enabling us to intervene early and reduce the need for statutory services. We’re looking for someone who can influence and collaborate, using data and insight to make our vision a reality. You might have experience of creating and delivering a programme of support to communities through the voluntary sector, have worked in Corporate Social Responsibility to build partnerships between business and community or have worked across local or central government to deliver community interventions and support. You will need to demonstrate a track record of delivering strategic change for communities, with the personal credibility to build effective relationships across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and a clear commitment to Hounslow’s values.

We have lots of ideas for how we continue to grow and sustain this support. We want to recruit someone to this role whose creativity, strategic knowledge and operational expertise can continue to improve and revolutionise our offer to the community of Hounslow. I will work closely in partnership with the appointed candidate to ensure that we deliver our vision for our communities.

Elliott Brooks
Director of Communities

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