Rough Sleeping Strategic Lead

  • Permanent
  • Bodmin

Location: Bodmin


Salary: £38,684-£44,701 DOE

This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to lead, implement and deliver the County’s Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy that is part of the 2020-2025 Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy. The Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy is made up of a number of new projects and the use of enhancing existing services to those experiencing rough sleeping (or a return to it) and those who already sleeping rough in Cornwall.

The role requires a wide strategic vision, understanding of the County’s RSRS strategy, and a good understanding of the requirements of partner agencies and other services within the council. You will act as commissioned lead for RS and support services and commissioner for council awarded contracts that are subcontracted out.

Key areas of responsibility for the post holder include the leadership, development and implementation operationally of the Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy. Driving and monitoring the delivery of project plans, policies, projects and protocols for rough sleepers through engagement and consultation, implementation and review.


  • Lead in the implementation of the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy and its associated action plans, coordinate and drive through the operational delivery of the strategy.
  • Contract lead commissioner for Council awarded RS contracts
  • Implement and embed the new RS operational staffing structure from the 01st April 2020
  • Chair the Cornwall Rough Sleepers Operational Group and coordinate and manage multi-agency responses to rough sleeping within particular geographic areas
  • Work with partners to ensure a coordinated response to supporting rough sleepers and dealing with specific incidents (including operational) issues as they arise
  • Regularly evaluate operational activity in line with the strategic plan to ensure service is fit for purpose, making recommendations for change and improvement to DoHO and the Council
  • Put in place systems to collate monitoring information and data, both internally and externally and produce regular reports
  • Lead and manage communications relating to the organisation’s role in the Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy, ensuring a suitable plan is in place to keep stakeholders informed and positive PR opportunities are exploited
  • Support the Directorate’s executive team with ongoing projects, including attaining the Housing Options Gold Standard, implementation of the No First Night Out/ No Second Night Out approach to rough sleeping and the adoption of the Making Every Adult Matter approach in Cornwall.
  • Participate in the presentation of reports and new policies and procedures to relevant Committees
  • Report to Members, stakeholders, service users and other interested parties on relevant strategic/operational/policy issues; respond to Members enquiries
  • Promote key policy issues to a wide audience, attaining and maintaining a high profile for homelessness issues
  • Participate in responses to Government in relation to consultation on relevant policy or legislative proposals
  • Assisting in the drafting and submission of bids for funding
  • Support the annual Homelessness Review and review of the Cornwall Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of monitoring of housing options/homelessness activity in Cornwall
  • Support the creation of housing pathways for households experiencing housing difficulty and chronic homelessness

Key Skills and Experience Required:

  • Up-to-date knowledge of the housing, and other related legislation, codes of guidance and good practice for all housing services, in particular implications of the Homelessness Reduction Act. Understanding of the Government’s agenda for social housing and the possible impacts on homelessness in Cornwall
  • Knowledge and experience of scoping and formulation of project plans; with experience of successfully taking such plans through to delivery.
  • Experience in budget management and monitoring of expenditure; the collection and analysis of data and monitoring of activity against strategic priorities
  • Knowledge of the regulatory services; their practices, policy preparation and development, good practice techniques and legislative impact.
  • Proven writing skills and experience of formulating strategic aims into clear and usable policies and procedures
  • Proven experience of engaging with elected members, other council departments, external partners, suppliers and other bodies to achieve organisational aims and objectives.
  • The normal duties of the role may involve travel on a regular or occasional basis. Own vehicle is essential.

This post is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check

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