The Right to Build Task Force is looking for the ideal candidate to step in as its Acting Head for an 8-month parental leave contract, from July until the end of March 2025.

The right person for this home-based role will be a skilled project manager, ideally with experience of the UK planning system and/or the UK housing sector, who will lead and manage the strategic operation of the Task Force.

The Head of the Task Force provides oversight of the organisation’s workstreams delivered by the internal team, while regularly reporting progress to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which provides grant funding for the organisation.

About the role

The Head of the Task Force ensures availability of appropriate skills within the expert panel, recruiting new members where necessary. The Head develops and maintains networks with other organisations, identifying opportunities to work together in pursuit of common goals.

The role is responsible for line-managing the Administrator and works closely with the Task Force’s Planning Technical Lead, as well as reporting on quarterly online board meetings on progress.

The successful candidate will work with the team to identify future areas of research and development, and plan and co-ordinate annual study visits to learn about custom and self build schemes, with the next visit planned for autumn 2024.

The Head of the Task Force also supervises the execution of comms and marketing of events by the NaCSBA MarComms Exec, collaborating to deliver content for press opportunities. Together with the Administrator, they have day-to-day contact with NaCSBA’s Finance Director and work with NaCSBA’s CEO to ensure funding requirements are met and ensure evidence of impact is collected to secure future funding.

The key leadership and management responsibilities are:

  • Governance and reporting to DLUHC
  • Quarterly reporting to the Right to Build Task Force Advisory Board
  • Line management of the Administrator
  • Working with NaCSBA to secure future funding
  • Oversight of workstreams delivered by the internal team (masterclasses, health checks, regular site visits, workshops, consultancy, written guidance) to ensure quality and compliance with funding requirements
  • Monitoring and recruitment to the expert panel with required skills and contracts.
  • Networking with other organisations

Qualities needed in the role:

  • A strong communicator who can convey ideas and concepts to a range of audiences
  • Well-organised person, comfortable with prioritising
  • A confident leader, delegator and problem solver
  • A competent professional relationship builder

About the Right to Build Task Force

The Right to Build Task Force was founded by NaCSBA in 2017, and is funded by the DLUHC. Its mission is to build capacity and share knowledge about policy and practice to facilitate delivery of custom and self build, particularly with local authorities, landowners and builders.

By increasing the skills and knowledge of others, the Task Force will help deliver self build and custom build opportunities at scale in the years to come, across England.

The Task Force and its panel of expert advisors provides specialist advice and support to a range of stakeholders to scale up opportunities for the public to build or commission their own homes.

Working remotely, the team is small and collegiate, with respect and kindness central to its values, and a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

For more information and the job description contact peter.johns@nacsba.org.uk.

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