Democratic and Scrutiny Services Support Officer

University of Exeter

A graduate is required to support the democratic process of Devon County Council (DCC). This role will assist in ensuring those processes are carried out in accordance with statutory requirements and the Council’s Constitution and procedures. This paid internship, which is seconded from the University of Exeter to DCC, is available immediately for 12 months, and is part of the Graduate Business Partnership scheme

The University of Exeter manages paid internships for graduates, placing them with small, medium and large organisations or companies. For more information on the scheme please visit

Main duties and responsibilities will be to support the work carried out within the Council’s democratic processes and scrutiny functions, so that Committee servicing is managed efficiently within defined time scales and that the scrutiny functions are understood throughout the Council and beyond, contributing to meeting the Council’s objectives and improve performance and service delivery. This will include working actively with the Head of Scrutiny in developing and supporting the Council’s scrutiny function and process by developing work programmes, managing projects, researching and analysis and preparing briefing papers and monitoring progress and outcomes.  Duties will also include project managing individual reviews undertaken by a Committee or Task Group and helping to promote and encourage public involvement and participation through, for example, the use of webcasting and social media, in both Scrutiny and Democratic processes. The appointee will also have the opportunity to work with the Democratic Services & Scrutiny Manager to identify smarter working in Committee administration and the use of technology to achieve this, both in terms of a bespoke committee management system (Modern.Gov) and other ICT provision.

We are looking for a highly organised graduate with excellent literacy, and written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to manage their own workload well, whilst setting priorities and working to strict deadlines. The ideal candidate will be able to use their own initiative, learning well through experience and being able to work unsupervised, as well as part of a team. The appointee will also need to be able to carry out effective research and subsequent analysis, with excellent IT skills and a comprehensive understanding of all Microsoft office applications. We are looking for someone who is an excellent communicator, able to converse with others well, and able to exemplify patience and diplomacy in difficult situations. The interview date is set for 26 September 2017.

For further information and details of how to apply click here or email

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive About Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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