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Rural Communities Officer

Closing date: 30/04/2020

Reference: REQ102176

37 hours / Fixed-Term

24,313 - 26,317 *

Penmorfa, Aberaeron

*All salary values are pro-rata.

About the role

We are looking to recruit a Rural Community Officer to join our busy Economy and Regeneration Service on a fixed term, full time basis, based at our Aberaeron office.

This is an exciting role within the service providing the opportunity to inspire, support and develop a culture of entrepreneurial LEADER activity across Ceredigion.

On a day to day basis you will:   

  • engage with individuals, communities and businesses  to better understand and respond to their developmental needs so that ideas can be turned into deliverable projects.
  • facilitate and support the development of LEADER projects with potential applicants, taking projects through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group selection and appraisal panel.
  • provide ongoing mentoring, advice and guidance.
  • develop and implement monitoring systems to ensure compliance of Rural Development Plan LEADER projects with both financial and contractual output requirements.
  • prepare monitoring information on a regular basis.
We are looking to recruit an individual with: 

  • enthusiasm and commitment to community work in a creative way.
  • experience of engaging with communities, businesses, social enterprises, third sector, higher education and the public sector, with an ability to build good relationships.
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to for constructive working relationships with other agencies and community groups.
  • experience of participative rural community development;
  • successful track record of project delivery;
  • understanding of issues facing rural communities and rural businesses.
This post is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Job Description and Person Specification

Note: We reserve the right to extend the application closing date. 

What we offer

Work-life balance

Lifestyle savings scheme

Generous employer pension scheme

Cycle to work scheme

Learning and development

Where you'll work

Economy and Regeneration

We play a fundamental role in the delivery of the Council’s key Corporate Strategy objective that seeks to boost the economy of the County and the Mid Wales region. We are organised into three main sections: Economy, Planning and Property Services.  Our primary functions include:  

  • Growth and Enterprise: Supporting economic growth and regeneration locally and across the region; Growing Mid Wales; the Corporate Estate and Development Opportunities; Project Support; European and local funding; Food Centre Wales and supporting Agri-Food development; Tourism promotion and development; Tourist Information Centres; Coast and Countryside
  • Planning Services: Supporting growth through Planning and Building Control Services; Strategic and Local Land Use Planning Policy; Development Management; Building Control; and Land Searches.
  • Property Services: Supporting the Council’s programme through Project Management; Property and Building Maintenance; Facilities Management; Carbon Management; and the Efficient Use of Council Property.
Penmorfa is our most central office, it is where our Chief Executive and Councillors are based. 
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