Assistant Director of Housing and Homelessness

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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
12th July
Short Listing
12th July
w/c 10th July
20th or 21st July
Final Panel
24th July


Are you passionate about empowering communities and driving positive change?

Then this may be the job for you. Here at Cambridge City Council, we are seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to join our team and champion our mission to create more resilient communities, especially in areas of highest need.

As our Assistant Director, Housing & Homelessness you will be the lead four key people facing teams, and work closely with other key providers and commissioners to deliver positive housing outcomes for all Cambridge residents and communities. With a strong emphasis on prevention, you will work closely with other Communities Group teams, the County, NHS and voluntary sector to ensure our services are joined-up, insights are shared, and collaboration is at the forefront of our efforts.

In this role, you will oversee and implement effective policies and strategies in relation to the Council's housing and community safety responsibilities to ensure compliance, prevention, and secure local environments. You will also be responsible for the delivery of our innovative Housing First programme and our modular homes for rough sleepers and homeless. As well as, developing new preventative approaches to homelessness and collaborations with internal teams and our partners to improve the social determinates of health.

As part of the leadership at Cambridge City Council, you will work collaboratively with elected Members to provide a clear Council vision, develop and deliver the Council's budget, explore new opportunities, define and deliver policies and plans, and align services to ensure these are achieved. You will also have a transformative effect on ways of operating, fostering and promoting an organisational culture where employees are engaged, feel valued, empowered to challenge, and have the autonomy to work in a flexible way, be creative, and take managed risks.

If you have the experience and skills we are looking for, we encourage you to apply.

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:

How do you ensure good outcomes?

(Tell us about your experience of providing good outcomes for social tenants and developing innovative programmes to reduce homelessness.)

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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