Assistant Director of Development

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Cambridge City Council
£81,556 - £86,618
Closing date:
18th June 2023
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
18th June 2023
Long Listing
27th June
Preliminary Interviews
10th July
Preliminary Interviews
10th July
Short Listing
10th July
w/c 10th July
Final Panel
19th July


Are you passionate about affordable and sustainable housing? Can you lead large and complex capital projects? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you here at Cambridge City Council.

We are seeking a talented individual to join our senior team as the lead for new development. You will be responsible for the delivery of new council, affordable, and sustainable homes, including the regeneration of neighbourhoods and supporting the Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency to adapt homes for elderly, disabled, and vulnerable people.

You will lead and champion the delivery of large and complex capital projects currently in our pipeline, initiating new opportunities, making deals, and due diligence arrangements. You will also work closely with the City Homes team to incentivise development from private and public sector partners to provide housing for Cambridge residents that is affordable, sustainable, and fit for the future.

Your responsibilities will also include building on the success of our 500 council homes program to deliver a further 1000 new affordable rented homes between 2022-2032, supporting the CHIA to deliver outcomes for residents in the Greater Cambridge and Huntingdonshire. You will have a corporate leadership role and work colleagues to explore new opportunities, define and deliver policies and plans, and align services to ensure these are achieved.

If you have a passion for creating affordable and sustainable housing solutions, and the experience to lead complex capital projects, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of Cambridge residents by delivering high-quality, affordable and sustainable housing solutions. 

For more information on this role, or a confidential discussion about your suitability please speak to  speak to our search partners, Ben Parsonage  07530 578921 or Duncan Collins on 07586 705475

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How to Apply

As part of the application process, candidates are required to answer the three questions below in your supporting statement. For each question there is a 250-word limit for your response and 750 overall.

Question 1: 

Why Cambridge?

(Why do you want to come and work for Cambridge City?  What is it about the organisation and the role that makes you want to apply?)

Question 2:

What have you done to regenerate neighbourhoods?

(Tell us about your experience in the delivery of new council, affordable and sustainable homes; including regenerating neighbourhoods or commercial sites.)

Question 3:

Tell us how you match our leadership qualities?

(As set out in the role profile.)


  • Please submit your CV, including key responsibilities and achievements, along with a Supporting Statement that covers the above questions, your motivation for applying, your approach to inclusive leadership, how your values are aligned with the organisational values, and how your experience and skills are relevant. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our consultant Ben Parsonage who can help,
  • Be ready to provide two referees' names, positions, organisations and contact details; one should be your current or most recent employer. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees. Referees may be contacted for those proceeding to the final stages. 
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Ben Parsonage
07530 578921
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