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GBP £39,543 to £41,466 39543




Chief Executive's


Executive Support

DBS Required


Contract Type

Permanent - Full Time

Closing date


Hackney Council is looking for someone with exceptional organisational skills to join our executive support team to support the Chief Executive. Your role will be to support our senior leaders, enabling projects and services across the Council to run smoothly and efficiently. You will play an important part in helping us make Hackney a better place.

As an Executive Support Officer you will lead a team of Executive Support Assistants, providing administrative support to the Group Director and the wider senior leadership team. You will act as an important interface, managing a range of stakeholders within the Council and externally. To thrive in this role, you will need to have good judgement, a calm and confident approach and organisational knowledge. A flexible approach to workload and location is key.

We need someone with experience of managing and developing a team as you will line manage a team of support assistants. You should bring substantial secretarial experience and be familiar with administration at a high level within a large, complex organisation. You should have a good understanding of the public sector and policies affecting local government.

We need someone who can prioritise competing workloads and remain flexible and level headed under pressure. You should be an expert communicator, able to delegate projects to senior officers on behalf of Directors as well as being able to draft reports and correspondence. You should be familiar with a range of IT packages, including Google Suite (Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Sheets and Docs) as well as Microsoft Office.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. You are not required to submit a supporting statement or CV.

Closing date for applications: 26 January 2020

Interviews:  07 February 2020

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.