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Initial Assessment Officer

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
29/07/2022
Advert End Date:
21/08/2022 23:59
Salary:
Grade 4 (SCP 12 - 17) £22,571 - £24,920
Hours per week:
37
Job Category:
Housing
Vacancy ID:
230209
Employment Location:
City Hall / Agile
Number of posts:
4
Closing date:
21 Aug
Further Information

Here in Sunderland we are diversifying how we help and support people who become homeless. We have realigned the Housing Options Team to ensure the team is well placed to meet the needs of all people who are street homeless and those threatened with homelessness. We will work to ensure that all move to and sustain independent living.

For many this journey is not a straight line, therefore we have increased the team and have added more diverse roles to ensure people are supported at every stage of their journey to a safe and secure home. You will note we are recruiting into many new posts and this is a great time to join a cohesive team who always support each other.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

If you have a passion for working hard and helping people, then we encourage you to come and talk to us at City Hall on 10th August 22, Committee Room 1 between 2pm-4pm.

I’m sure you will be inspired by our passion and see that we have shaped a great team structure which will help homeless clients to move on with their lives, as well as being equipped to sustain a safe home.

As an Initial Assessment Officer, you will be the on the front line of the Housing Options Team, being the first point of contact for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. You will be responsible for gathering information to determine eligibility and cause of homelessness.

The successful applicant will have a good degree of empathy, be able to listen and communicate effectively in some difficult conversations as well as possessing good negotiation skills. A basic understanding of the homeless reduction act and related legislation would be advantageous. The role also requires working with multiple external agencies therefore the ability to maintain excellent relationships with a wide variety of partners is required.

Please note this role will require working as part of a rota to cover the Homelessness Out of Hours Service.

Applications should be made on-line at northeastjobs.org.uk/sunderlandcitycouncil. For further assistance contact Operational HR Services by email: jobs@sunderland.gov.uk

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered online with North East Jobs, including your invitation to any online assessment you are required to undertake and your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notifications as you may not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk mail items.