Vacancy Details

Specialist Advisor – Housing Needs and Standards

Lewes and Eastbourne Councils
Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
14/10/2019 at 12:00 PM
Lewes and Eastbourne Councils

Specialist Advisor - Housing Options


Salary: up to £31,371 depending on experience.


Homelessness is high on the national agenda and we are offering an exciting opportunity to join our Housing Needs and Standards team as a Specialist Advisor.


As a Specialist Advisor you will be a technical expert providing specialist advice on homeless applications and decisions.  You will be responsible for resolving cases of varying complexity, providing specialist advice and support and engaging with a range of different stakeholders, including MPs, Councillors and senior colleagues. You will also be working closely with managers, suggesting ways in which housing and customer services could be improved across a number of different work streams. 


Housing Needs and Standards has enhanced its commitment to personal development. You will be able to access Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils mentoring programme. As a Specialist Advisor will also have the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a specific field, such as Rough Sleeping.


To be successful you will be a good communicator and able to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You will also need an eye for detail, have good investigation, critical thinking and decision making skills and be able to adapt and manage a high fluctuating workload.


Knowledge and experience in Housing Needs and Homelessness are essential, as is a thorough working knowledge of the relevant Acts.


Working for Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council


Because we work across two councils our area is unique in its mix of environments, including the larger urban area of Eastbourne, the historic county town of Lewes, small towns and villages in and around the National Park and a large area of coastal strip. The work is varied and challenging.


As an employee of Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough councils, you will have access to a number of benefits. This includes:

  • Transport discounts, including a 15% discount on some Southern Rail Journeys and a 10% discount at Halfords on bikes, cycling accessories, servicing and parts
  • Minimum annual leave entitlement of 25 days increasing to 29 days after completing five years’ service
  • A flexible working environment, allowing you to work remotely and flexibly – helping you achieve a better work/life balance
  • Discounted use of gyms and sports centres


Although the Housing Needs and Standards team work predominantly from the Eastbourne office, you will be required to work from our Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven offices, subject to the needs of the service.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Noon on 14 October 2019.









How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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