Administrative Assistant – Full Time

  • Full time
  • Taunton, Somerset
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • June 19, 2022
  • £18,887 - £19,264

Administrative Assistant

You don’t have to be a Social Worker to make a difference. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to support our mainstream staff in Children’s Social Care. That’s why we are looking for an administrator to join us.

You’ll work as part of a small and dedicated team within Children’s Social Care, supporting operational colleagues who work with children, their parents and carers in Somerset.

So why come and work with us? This is what some of our current business support colleagues had to say about their role;

“I thoroughly enjoy working with the amazing colleagues that are part of Children’s Social Care. Our team is always supportive of each other, and nothing is ever too much trouble when you need help.”

“Being part of Business Support within Children’s Social Care is a really rewarding job, it’s different to any other administrative role I’ve held. You can really feel and see the difference you make each day assisting our Social Worker colleagues and helping facilitate the support they offer to our clients. No two working days are the same, there is so much variety and depth to the role!”

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

You will really be helping to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children and their families in Somerset by providing the admin support that allows our Children with Disability Service to work directly with children and families.

You’ll help the team to create the Short Breaks activity calendar that is available to over 3500 families in Somerset, offering opportunities for children, their parents and carers, access to activities and events across Somerset.

There will also be opportunities to join the team on some of the calendar events and away days.

The nature of the work is sensitive and highly confidential.

The work is varied and always busy, and you will undertake a variety of tasks including;

  • Booking children and families on to short break activities
  • Supporting with grant funding requests and financial commitment activities
  • Collaborative working with providers, both internal and external
  • Database monitoring and updating
  • Taking telephone calls
  • Monitoring and responding to email requests

Your dedicated line manager and team colleagues will support you with a comprehensive training and induction programme.

There are lots of opportunities for development and career progression within our Children’s Services Business Support teams. All of our current Business Support Officers and Business Support Managers joined us as Business Support Assistants. We also have many former Business Support colleagues who have been inspired to take an operational career path into Social Care and have been supported by us to do this.

A few things about you

It’s really important that you are passionate about helping to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people living in Somerset.

You’ll need to be a real team player with a ‘can do’ attitude. willing to learn new skills in a reactive and rewarding admin role.

As long as you have the aptitude to learn and develop your admin skills, and are familiar with Microsoft Office software, we’ll give you the tools and knowledge to do the job! We can also offer further training and development opportunities as part of the SCC Apprenticeship Programme. This training can be undertaken alongside your admin role.

Additional information

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

The salary for this role is £18,887 – £19,264 per annum.

This is a permanent vacancy and we’re looking for someone who can work 30 – 37  hours per week. Our working hours are Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am – 4.30am.

In line with Somerset County Council’s policies on home working, our team have implemented a successful hybrid working pattern and enjoy a mixture of home and office working.

You can read more about this role in the Candidate Information Pack, but for an informal discussion or further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Amanda Helliker ahelliker@somerset.gov.uk (07887 858925) or Emma Bettridge ebettridge@somerset.gov.uk (07970 108415).

We recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a car or bicycle for work
• Staff benefit scheme offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits, holidays, gym membership and more.

DBS information

This role requires a basic check via the Disclosure procedure.

Job Overview
  • Hours Per Week
    37
  • Salary
    £18,887 - £19,264
  • Job Category
    Admin / Clerical / Reception
  • Disability Confident
    Yes
Job Location