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Estates Accessibility Officer

University of Birmingham

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 with potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th February 2019
Closes: 26th February 2019
Job Ref: 59990

Full Time

Grade 8

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677. With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year.

Closing date – 26th February 2019

Job Purpose

The main purpose of the role is to design and manage numerous University building and special projects to deliver the University’s programme of internal and external adaptations to ensure a more accessible and diverse estate for students, staff and visitors. 

Day-to-day duties will include carrying out surveys of University premises to determine appropriate adaptation solutions, preparing specifications for the work involved including the technical aspects of the design, liaising with occupants, building users and other stakeholders, getting estimates, carrying out inspections, preparing schedule of works, obtaining any necessary Local Authority approvals, project managing and handover. 

There will also be a need to manage the annual process of budget setting, prioritisation and management of expenditure within agreed parameters including regular reporting of cash flows to central Finance.

The post holder will also coordinate closely with the Project Team in carrying out technical reviews of emerging designs for major developments and be expected to be part of the design development process for all major projects to ensure that accessibility and diversity are embedded into the project delivery process. 

Person Specification:

  • Must have a developed authoritative knowledge of accessibility and diversity in the built environment, including a clear and precise understanding of disability legislation and the Equality Act 2010, thorough knowledge about developments across the sector and/or statutory changes. 
  • Proven ability to make relevant innovative technical solutions and the ability to assess the needs for reasonable adjustments within the context of priority based budgeting. 
  • Must have PC experience in Windows environments, working knowledge, word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, Web-enabled applications, database software and web based collaboration tools. An awareness of Autodesk design and construction software including Revit and the 360 suite, would be an advantage. 
  • Must be degree qualified in a relevant Built Environment subject and ideally working towards being professionally qualified. 
  • Demonstrable professional development through involvement in a series of progressively more demanding and influential work roles. 
  • Have proven experience in the management and development of diverse groups including interest groups, highly technical internal and external consultant teams. 
  • Requires the skills and experience to manage budgets, resources and funding, and make sustainable long-term improvements across area.

Please see job advert on the University of Birmingham web site for full details including Person Specification and Communication, Decision Making/Problem Solving and Organisational Skills required.

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