It's been non-jobs galore again this week, and special thanks to those of you who sent in job adverts you felt were worthy of this week’s title. Do continue to get in touch to tell us about non-jobs in your area.
Of those sent in, the award for babble must go to St.Albans Council’s ‘District Vision Implementation Manager’, who will be tasked with providing “clear leadership and direction for the implementation and delivery of our District Vision, by assisting in the delivery of place shaping, through spatial planning and playing a key role in creating funding and partnership packages”.
This week’s winner however combines our favourite ‘community leader/liason/helper’-type position with the more and more commonly found ‘health advisor/strategist/evangelist’ and is soon to be found in your local council’s portfolio of dubious non-jobs.
Leading the way with their Guardian advert, complete with healthy salary is Eastleigh Borough Council’s…:
“Health & Community Manager
£41,563 - £44,619 pa
This is an interesting opportunity for a health professional with strong strategy skills to deliver improved outcomes in health and reduce inequalities.
Working in close partnership with other agencies and service providers, you’ll play a key role in improving the health of the population of the borough of Eastleigh. To achieve this you’ll ensure the Council keeps health, wellbeing and inequalities and diversity central to its corporate Strategy and Community Plan, as well as advise on all health policy developments, managing resulting projects effectively. As a joint appointment with NHS Hampshire, you’ll help to plan for efficiencies and quality services by closer working across Council and NHS functions. You’ll lead for the Council on our support to the voluntary and community sector, older people, and our corporate delivery of equality and fairness.
Educated to degree level and with post-graduate qualifications in health related topics, you’ll bring a strong understanding of the determinants of health and the measurement of health outcomes. Experience providing strategic advice on health improvement and tackling health inequalities will be central to your work, teamed with a background in policy development.
The ability to work corporately across the Council, with a range of partners, building and maintaining relationships will be key. Excellent programme planning and reporting skills will be required, and you’ll have the experience and credibility to lead on health improvement planning and motivation.
The Council is genuinely committed to equality of opportunity in recruitment and service delivery".
Difficult to know what to say really…lucky old Eastleigh. Paying – via the council – for a new manager to make sure the same council keep ‘health, wellbeing and inequalities and diversity central to its corporate Strategy and Community Plan’…
Equality and diversity meets community busy-bodying meets health strategy. The actual aim of this position (beyond 'improving the health of the borough') seems pretty undistinguished. It's as though they've though 'we'd just like someone to act as liasion and make sure everything is ticking over as it should be', which is fine, if you can afford it...