We are looking for an interim Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure to work within the Growth & Development Directorate in a council.
The post holder will develop medium term policy and strategy for environmental and land use planning, clean air, transport and other infrastructure in the city and wider region. Working with a range of partners, this role will lead on the development of a Clean Air Plan, develop and deliver the refreshed Local Plan, and develop innovative approaches on strategic transport systems, energy, water and wastewater, digital, blue and green infrastructures, and infrastructure to support the city’s zero carbon ambitions.
The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Providing leadership, management and strategic direction to the Planning and Infrastructure Team
Maintaining a high performing team and culture
Leading the development of innovative, evidence-based policy options on a range of infrastructure and environmental improvement proposals
building and maintaining strong networks of support from a range of key stakeholders to deliver the vision for world class infrastructure and connectivity to drive growth in the city
The successful candidate will have
Excellent knowledge of the key economic, social and environmental policy issues and challenges facing cities and the role of local government in addressing these.
Ability to critically evaluate and influence policy and strategy initiatives developed by national, regional, sub regional and local stakeholders.
Detailed knowledge of the functioning of local government, the legal framework within which it operates and its relationship with central government across a wide range of activities.
Ability to forge excellent relationships with members, civil servants and officers both within the authority and across a wide range of external organisations. To also maintain excellent relationships with key individuals within the private sector.
Experience of developing policy and strategy proposals that underpin infrastructure planning and environmental improvements including for clean air, strategic transport, energy, water and wastewater, digital, and blue and green infrastructures.