Richmondshire District Council

Title: Housing Options Team Leader

Salary: Grade 10, (SCP 32-34) £30,451 - £32,234

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time

Hours: 37

Job Reference: HOUS OPT 01

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of building Richmondshire District Council’s approach to Housing Options. To help us to deliver the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, we are recruiting for a Team Leader within the Housing Options team.

The role of the Housing Options Team Leader is to interview, assess and identify prevention options for people threatened with homelessness, while working collaboratively with housing and homelessness services, prisons, drug treatment agencies and other relevant partners.

This role can be demanding but rewarding, providing a real opportunity to help people in need access the services they require. As well as frontline interviewing you will be required to participate in the out of hours emergency service. This involves being on-call on a rota basis to work outside of normal working hours, including evenings and weekends.

A key part of this role is to:

1.To assist the Environmental Health and Housing Options Manager in the management and direction of the Housing Options Team.

2.To manage and oversee the provision of an efficient and effective housing options service.

3.To monitor and manage the provision of services provided to the council by partners.

4.To work with partners to commission and develop homeless prevention services with particular reference to the Homeless Reduction Act 2017.

5.To assess and analyse local housing need as required.

6.To oversee and implement the Discretionary Housing Payment Policy.

You will need to have a good understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and its prevention, along with IT and case recording skills. As important is the ability to solve problems within the context of the Council’s policies and legal duties, manage a caseload and meet deadlines as well as being able to work on your own initiative and as part of the team. As well as this the successful candidate will need to be able to negotiate and communicate empathetically with people whilst being sensitive to different life experiences.



  • Closing date: 10 am, Monday 19 April 2021       
  • Interview date: Tuesday 27 April 2021

An application form must be completed. CVs alone will not be accepted.

You can also obtain/return application forms by:

  • Email:
  • By post: Human Resources, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX

We value diversity in our workforce and are committed to equal opportunities. Disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview. Applications invited from all sectors of society, as covered by the Equality Act 2010.

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