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          the role of

       Policy Officer
                                                      Policy Officer
                                            Circa £34,104—£44,254

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in working with the Homes and Communities agency. Within this
pack you will find information on the Homes and Communities Agency, job description, terms
and conditions and how to apply.

Forward-looking, practical, innovative. These are the qualities we’re looking for in both our
new Policy Officer and the host of policies they’ll help to develop here. Join us and you’ll
work collaboratively with a variety of internal and external partners to create policy and strat-
egy for the entire organisation. We’ll also look to you to help forge robust relationships with
government, the private sector, local authorities, developers and opinion informers.

Educated to degree or postgraduate level, you’ll bring substantial experience of policy work
in relation to housing, regeneration or a similar area. Politically sensitive with a strong strate-
gic approach, you’ll be familiar with how government and Parliamentary systems work, and
you’ll need a solid understanding of project management, numbers and financial concepts.

Within this pack you will find information on the Homes and Communities Agency,
job description, terms and conditions and how to apply.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours sincerely

Shanaz Ali
Recruitment Assistant
Direct dial 0191 497 7518
                                   Who we are and What we do

                                    What does Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) do?

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single national housing and
regeneration agency for England. With an investment budget of over £5 billion per year, its
scale and resource means it can bring about a step change in housing supply and enhance
quality of life by creating and regenerating thriving communities where people want, and can
afford, to live. Our role is to create opportunity for people to live in high quality, sustainable
places. We provide funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and
improve quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.

                                                     What will it be like working for the HCA?

The HCA is a wholly new agency that combines the strengths of the existing
organisations to create an entirely new approach to the delivery for housing and
regeneration. It will be varied, exciting and ground breaking at times with lots of challenges
but many successes to celebrate as we go along. It will be a centre of skills and innovation
displaying a deep understanding of both public and private sectors that will set as a robust
framework of delivery for a least the next decade. This will make it an exciting and
challenging place to work.

                                                               What the HCA expects from you

  • An absolute understanding of the importance of the work we do and the impact it has on
     the quality of life for many people.
   The ability to be flexible about how you do your work and unafraid to look for different
     ways of doing it. We want to create a culture of openness and learning.
   Finally, to respect and understand diversity in people, at work and society at large.

                 “The HCA will be an exemplar national regeneration agency,
                      recognised internationally for its work in this field”

     For more information on Homes and Communities Agency, please visit our website
Growing Thriving Communities and Affordable Homes
                                                                Job description
                                                       Policy Officer
                                             Circa £34,104—£44,254
Job Title:           Policy Officer

Region/Division:     Strategy, Policy, Performance and Research

Responsible to:      Policy Manager

Location:            London

Job Purpose:
To develop practical, proactive and forward looking policy and strategy for the entire
organisation. To promote and disseminate clear, innovative and distinctive corporate policies
with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Support Policy Managers build strong
two-way relationships with HCA’s regional and other corporate teams and with key partners and
opinion informers, particularly central government.

Main Accountabilities:
   Influencing and supporting Government policy development and its delivery, including
     co- ordination of briefing across HCA’s remit.
   Working closely with regional teams, support the development of regional policies and
     strategies and develop policy frameworks and guidance that enable regional delivery to
     contribute to national policy objectives and vice versa.
   Contributing to the production of the Corporate Plan, Annual Report and other publications,
     and the development of specific policy themes. Working closely with the communications
     team on the development of corporate messages and their effective delivery.
   Influencing and monitoring key national and regional policy, research and political
     developments, ensuring that the Agency is provided with timely briefing of their implications.
   Contributing to the co-ordination and drafting of timely and informative responses to
     complaints received by the HCA
   Providing speeches, draft presentations, policy analysis, briefings and correspondence
     for the Chairman, Chief Executive, Board and other Directors
   Ensuring that policy development and implementation is consistent with the Agency’s
     Single Equalities Scheme
   Carrying out other work as required by line managers
   Strong and supportive relationships with government, the private sector, local authorities,
     RSLs, developers, community groups, professional bodies, think tanks and other key
     opinion formers and partners.
   Clear and innovative policies and plans for the entire organisation;
   A strongly performing team with a high profile and reputation within the Agency and among
     key stakeholders.
   Timely assessment of future opportunities and potential impacts on HCA business
   Timely and accurate advice to Board, senior managers and the whole staff

Qualifications & experience:
   Must be educated to Degree level or postgraduate level
   Significant relevant experience of policy work in relation to housing, regeneration and/or
     business relevant discipline.
   Proven understanding of how government and the Parliamentary system works.

   Staffing in accordance with latest structure chart [without direct management
     responsibilities at this stage].

Job Capability requirements

 High level of analytical capability and judgement
 Political sensitivity and a strategic approach
 Good understanding of project management
 Good understanding of numbers and financial concepts
 A clear and succinct written style and ability to summarise and prioritise complex issues
 Proven team player
 Complete tact and discretion
 A champion for corporate values and ability to espouse them
                                                Equality and Diversity
                                                               at HCA
HCA has a single, integrated Equality and Diversity Strategy that not only reflects changes in
the agency’s legal obligations under equal opportunities legislation regulations but, most
importantly, reinforces the agency’s diversity commitment partners, stakeholders and the
wider community within which it operates.

Our values emphasise that Diversity matters,

   Delivery - We make a real difference to communities through our expertise and
     Diversity - We recognise the value of diversity among our own staff and the need for
       diverse outcomes to meet different needs
     Drive - We are ambitious for people and places, and strive for the highest standards in
       all we do
     Dialogue - We build close, productive relationships with our partners and foster
       teamwork among our staff
     Development - We continue to grow our expertise by investing in personal
       development, encouraging creativity, empowering people to lead and sharing best
                                                Terms and Conditions
Wherever you work in HCA you can expect a competitive salary plus a range of excellent
benefits, including;

   A final salary pension
   33 days holiday pro rata
   An attractive relocation package can also be provided if necessary
   Performance related pay
   Flexible working arrangements
   Life and personal accident cover
   Nuffield Hospital health screening scheme (employees will be eligible after 6 months
     employment with HCA)
   Child care vouchers
   Season ticket loans
   Car loan scheme
   Bike loan scheme

                                                So how do you apply?
This is a diverse role with very specific requirements, so tailor your application form to
match the essential and desirable criteria shown in the job remit. Please remember to state
which location you are applying for on your application form.

If you need the application form or any of the materials in a different format please call 0191
497 7518 or email your enquiry to recruitment@hca.gsx.gov.uk

Please make sure your application is with us in good time before the closing deadline of
midday Tuesday 9 February 2010. We look forward to receiving your application. You can
send your completed application to recruitment@hca.gsx.gov.uk

         We welcome all suitable experienced candidates, regardless of gender,
                               religion, race and age, disability

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