Non-job of the week

November 10, 2010 12:44 PM

Well more of you have been in touch recently to express your despair at the questionable job vacancies that are still appearing at your local council and in the wider public sector.Nj21

Norfolk County Strategic Partnership are, apparently, looking to fill the post of “Community Cohesion Officer” on a contract of 18months, which could possibly be extended to 2 years. The salary dwarfs many of those providing frontline services and – indeed – most private sector salaries at a staggering £36,306 to £41,421. And how do we measure what value we’re getting from this post? Your guess is as good as mine, but for that money we might hope that the many different demographics of Norfolk are rubbing along very nicely indeed.

Another baffled supporter emailed us with a job advert that – despite his working knowledge of 6 languages – he’d totally failed to decipher.  The “Interim Workstream Lead – Commissioning” positions are being publicised by a recruitment agency on behalf of a ‘local government client’ in the West Midlands (who are probably wise to keep quiet in the current climate) and offer a contract of 4-6months where the lucky new hires will be earning as much as £300-£400 per day. Doing what, you might ask? Well maybe you’ll have better luck with this one:

“Our local government client based in West Midlands is looking for an Interim Workstream Lead Commissioning to support the Putting People First Programme Manager in preparing for personalised commissioning in line with the Putting People First agenda. There are two roles, one covering Enabling the Citizen programme and another Enabling the Market programme.

You will be responsible for:
- Leading on preparatory work to strengthen commissioning processes and optimise readiness to implement the personalised agenda
- Coordinating and overseeing the Enabling the Citizen or 'Enabling the Market Workstream of the PPF Programme
- Ensuring that all commissioning strategies reflect the PPF agenda
- Supporting lead officers in the delivery of individual readiness.”

As we don’t really know what any of this means, it can’t really be the non-job of the week, so this Wednesday that accolade goes to Sheffield City Council:

Director of Culture and Environment
Up to £89,831

As one of the UK’s largest cities with an illustrious history, Sheffield has always been a place of ambition, an amazing place with amazing people. A city that offers opportunity for all. A city whose centre has been transformed over the last ten years and whose ambitions now include not only broadening that investment to the city as a whole and accelerating the culture of enterprise and business growth but also in positioning itself on a truly European scale.

To help realise this ambition the newly created Place portfolio, focussing on the impact and outcome to the city as a whole has an exciting career opportunity at Director level.

This new post will lead on a new block designed to bring together the cultural and environmental aspects of place making and shaping into one area. This post will develop and lead the Culture and Environment discussion within Place and provide the strategic direction and product development for the following areas; Sports assets and development, Culture and Arts, Leisure Trusts client side, Trees and Woodlands, Events Management, Parks and Countryside”.

A new directors post at a time of cuts...really?Well more of you have been in touch recently to express your despair at the questionable job vacancies that are still appearing at your local council and in the wider public sector.Nj21

Norfolk County Strategic Partnership are, apparently, looking to fill the post of “Community Cohesion Officer” on a contract of 18months, which could possibly be extended to 2 years. The salary dwarfs many of those providing frontline services and – indeed – most private sector salaries at a staggering £36,306 to £41,421. And how do we measure what value we’re getting from this post? Your guess is as good as mine, but for that money we might hope that the many different demographics of Norfolk are rubbing along very nicely indeed.

Another baffled supporter emailed us with a job advert that – despite his working knowledge of 6 languages – he’d totally failed to decipher.  The “Interim Workstream Lead – Commissioning” positions are being publicised by a recruitment agency on behalf of a ‘local government client’ in the West Midlands (who are probably wise to keep quiet in the current climate) and offer a contract of 4-6months where the lucky new hires will be earning as much as £300-£400 per day. Doing what, you might ask? Well maybe you’ll have better luck with this one:

“Our local government client based in West Midlands is looking for an Interim Workstream Lead Commissioning to support the Putting People First Programme Manager in preparing for personalised commissioning in line with the Putting People First agenda. There are two roles, one covering Enabling the Citizen programme and another Enabling the Market programme.

You will be responsible for:
- Leading on preparatory work to strengthen commissioning processes and optimise readiness to implement the personalised agenda
- Coordinating and overseeing the Enabling the Citizen or 'Enabling the Market Workstream of the PPF Programme
- Ensuring that all commissioning strategies reflect the PPF agenda
- Supporting lead officers in the delivery of individual readiness.”

As we don’t really know what any of this means, it can’t really be the non-job of the week, so this Wednesday that accolade goes to Sheffield City Council:

Director of Culture and Environment
Up to £89,831

As one of the UK’s largest cities with an illustrious history, Sheffield has always been a place of ambition, an amazing place with amazing people. A city that offers opportunity for all. A city whose centre has been transformed over the last ten years and whose ambitions now include not only broadening that investment to the city as a whole and accelerating the culture of enterprise and business growth but also in positioning itself on a truly European scale.

To help realise this ambition the newly created Place portfolio, focussing on the impact and outcome to the city as a whole has an exciting career opportunity at Director level.

This new post will lead on a new block designed to bring together the cultural and environmental aspects of place making and shaping into one area. This post will develop and lead the Culture and Environment discussion within Place and provide the strategic direction and product development for the following areas; Sports assets and development, Culture and Arts, Leisure Trusts client side, Trees and Woodlands, Events Management, Parks and Countryside”.

A new directors post at a time of cuts...really?

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