Non-job of the week

August 02, 2012 5:39 PM

Thanks to Guido Fawkes blog, I've discovered the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is looking for a Deputy Director, Stakeholder and Ministerial Engagement. Paying £80K a year, this is essentially another PR man for the department. Here's part of the job description:
The success of BIS and its policies relies much on how the Department is regarded. We want our diverse stakeholders to understand, advocate and embrace our policy agenda and to act as ambassadors for it. We’re looking for an experienced and seasoned communications practitioner to lead strategy and delivery in this key area. A member of the BIS Communications management team and heading a small team, you’ll drive a measurable Department-wide stakeholder strategy which builds capability and impresses with its impact. With a significant track record in communications, you’ll have proven your ability to create, negotiate and handle excellent and productive relationships in a highly complex environment. Personal credibility, political nous and sound judgement will be essential.


BIS describes itself as the 'Department for Growth'. It seems the only thing growing is the amount of spin doctors.

Applications for the next non-job that passed over my desk at the beginning of this week closed on 27 July, however it's still worthy of a mention. Peterborough City Council increased Council Tax this year, despite the offer of a Government grant which would have allowed the council to freeze it. How is it spending council taxpayers money? By looking to recruit a Schools Carbon Reduction Officer.
Are you interested in engaging with schools and pupils to reduce the carbon footprint of our schools?

The post holder will need to be able to establish a carbon management programme designed specifically to engage the city’s schools.

To proactively support schools through the implementation of carbon saving initiatives

To provide ongoing project management support and seek and obtain external funding as required

The post holder will need to have knowledge of environmental issues and be able to communicate same through meetings and presentations to schools and larger audiences.

Not only is the council wasting money employing someone in this non-job, the successful applicant will also be required to chase grants too, costing taxpayers even more. I bet when it comes to setting the budget next year, Peterborough Council will say it can't reduce costs any further and is forced to increase Council Tax again.

It will then be time to remind them of this non-job and the £4300 food bill for councillors. Just two areas where fat can be trimmed.

 Thanks to Guido Fawkes blog, I've discovered the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is looking for a Deputy Director, Stakeholder and Ministerial Engagement. Paying £80K a year, this is essentially another PR man for the department. Here's part of the job description:
The success of BIS and its policies relies much on how the Department is regarded. We want our diverse stakeholders to understand, advocate and embrace our policy agenda and to act as ambassadors for it. We’re looking for an experienced and seasoned communications practitioner to lead strategy and delivery in this key area. A member of the BIS Communications management team and heading a small team, you’ll drive a measurable Department-wide stakeholder strategy which builds capability and impresses with its impact. With a significant track record in communications, you’ll have proven your ability to create, negotiate and handle excellent and productive relationships in a highly complex environment. Personal credibility, political nous and sound judgement will be essential.


BIS describes itself as the 'Department for Growth'. It seems the only thing growing is the amount of spin doctors.

Applications for the next non-job that passed over my desk at the beginning of this week closed on 27 July, however it's still worthy of a mention. Peterborough City Council increased Council Tax this year, despite the offer of a Government grant which would have allowed the council to freeze it. How is it spending council taxpayers money? By looking to recruit a Schools Carbon Reduction Officer.
Are you interested in engaging with schools and pupils to reduce the carbon footprint of our schools?

The post holder will need to be able to establish a carbon management programme designed specifically to engage the city’s schools.

To proactively support schools through the implementation of carbon saving initiatives

To provide ongoing project management support and seek and obtain external funding as required

The post holder will need to have knowledge of environmental issues and be able to communicate same through meetings and presentations to schools and larger audiences.

Not only is the council wasting money employing someone in this non-job, the successful applicant will also be required to chase grants too, costing taxpayers even more. I bet when it comes to setting the budget next year, Peterborough Council will say it can't reduce costs any further and is forced to increase Council Tax again.

It will then be time to remind them of this non-job and the £4300 food bill for councillors. Just two areas where fat can be trimmed.

 

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