Wanted: Town Team Co-ordinator

Hours of Work: Part Time (22.5 hours per week)

Fixed Contract: 12 months

Reports to: Brighton Business Improvement District Manager

In July 2012 Brighton’s London Road Town Centre was one of 15 locations that were successful in winning funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to become Portas Pilots. The funding has been made available to test recommendations in the Portas Review, aimed at regenerating the nation’s High Streets and town centres.

The Brighton London Road Town Team is now looking for a Coordinator to deliver innovative projects which will help the London Road retail area fulfil its potential as an attractive, safe, vibrant and economically healthy place for residents, visitors, workers and students alike.

This new and exciting role will be based at the Brighton & Hove Business Forum working closely with the award winning business crime reduction partnership and the Business Improvement District Manager and will include a significant public-facing element in London Road. The projects are varied, ranging from public arts events to crime reduction initiatives, and a key element of the job will be to act as the main point of contact for local businesses, Town Team members, the media and other interested parties.

What type of person are we looking for?

A job description and person specification is shown below. Use the ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ headings in the person specification to outline why you would be a suitable candidate for the job (maximum four sides of A4, minimum font size 11). Use real life examples of your past work experience to support your answers and don’t forget to include your address, email address and contact number. Return your application to Brighton & Hove Business Forum, First Floor. 8-11 Pavilion Buildings. Brighton BN1 1EE.

Closing date: 5.00 p.m. on Monday 20 May 2013
Interview date: Wednesday 29 May 2013 [no exceptions]

For more information about the role please contact
Rob Dawson
Tel: (01273) 291104
Email: rob.dawson@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Act as the main point of contact for the Brighton London Road Portas Pilot, maintaining close contact with the Town Team, Government representatives and the local community.
  2. Co-ordinate project activities and events relating to the Portas Pilot scheme
  3. Provide regular reports on Portas Pilot project activities to a range of audiences, to include evidence and key performance indicators
  4. To build effective working relationships with businesses, community representatives and all other key stakeholders in relation to the Brighton London Road Portas Pilot, maintaining a visible presence in the area
  5. To be responsible for the management and development of the Brighton London Road Town Team website and Twitter account
  6. Lead on branding and marketing the Brighton- London Road Portas Pilot area as a retail destination
  7. To maintain and develop a contact database for the Brighton London Road Portas Pilot
  8. Convene Town Team and Action Group meetings, taking minutes and posting them online alongside
  9. Attend National Portas Pilot training and networking events, sharing good ideas and initiatives with the Town Team
  10. Work closely with the Brighton Business Improvement District Manager to ensure that theLondon Roadretail area benefits from successful ideas at increasing footfall

Person Specification

DESIRABLE: A degree, equivalent qualification or two years of relevant experience

Job Experience

ESSENTIAL: Experience in an operations role managing a range of projects

ESSENTIAL: Experience of using a wide range of IT packages to a high standard, including Outlook, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint

ESSENTIAL: Experience of Managing budgets, monitoring and report writing

ESSENTIAL: Experience of manageing events

DESIRABLE: Experience of town centre management, business support or similar role working with retailers

DESIRABLE: Experience of working with both the private and public sectors

DESIRABLE: Experience in marketing and PR

Skills & Knowledge

ESSENTIAL: Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a wide and varied audience

ESSENTIAL: Strong problem solving skills

ESSENTIAL: Excellent relationship management skills

ESSENTIAL: The ability to develop ideas into deliverable projects

ESSENTIAL: Strong time management skills and ability to prioritise workload

ESSENTIAL: Ability to exercise a high degree of personal initiative

ESSENTIAL: knowledge of the Portas Review

DESIRABLE: Knowledge of the London Road retail area and its characteristics

DESIRABLE: Knowledge of the current issues facing the UK retail industry

DESIRABLE: Strong social media and web management skills

Other Requirements

ESSENTIAL: Flexibility – willingness and ability to adapt to change as the role/projects develop

ESSENTIAL: Ability to work outside of standard office hours where required

Portas Pilot – An Invitation

Invitation

 Brighton – London Road Portas Pilot ‘Open Space’ Consultation

‘How can you contribute to the Portas pilot project vision for change on London road?’

 UPDATE This meeting was been postponed because of severe weather conditions (snow). It has now been rescheduled to Tuesday 26th March 5-9pm at the Clarendon Centre 47 New England Street Brighton

Rob Dawson (01273) 291104 / rob.dawson@brighton-hove.gov.ukLondon RdJury’s Inn, 101 Stroudley Road, Brighton

Tuesday 12 March 2013

5pm – 9pm

We would like you to help shape a series of projects aimed at helping the London Road town centre fulfil its potential. We want the London road town centre to be a safe, attractive and economically healthy destination for the many people who work, live, shop and study in the area.

The Brighton – London road town team has secured government funding to test out new and innovative projects in order to sustain and improve the London road town centre. We would like to have your involvement, ideas and support to help ensure that the projects have the best possible impact given the limited funding available.

The event will focus on the question: ‘How can you contribute to the Portas pilot project vision for change on London road?’

The context of our successful funding bid will be introduced at the start of the event along with an overview of the project ideas that were included in the bid.

The rest of the event will be run using a process called ‘Open Space’.  Open Space allows everyone at the meeting to raise the issues that matter to them, share ideas and consider recommendations for the future.

Please note that numbers for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

RSVP to Rob Dawson (01273) 291104 / rob.dawson@brighton-hove.gov.uk by Friday 8 March.

 We look forward to seeing you, delicious food and drink will be waiting for you on arrival.