Essex Pedal Power Relationship Development Manager

Essex County Council

Essex Pedal Power Relationship Development Manager
Up to £46,271 per annum
Fixed Term, Full Time
Location: Essex
Ref: 7827

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note this role will be offered on a 3-year fixed-term contract.

Active Essex
Active Essex is positioned within Essex County Council’s Public Health service and is the strategic lead for physical activity and sport across Essex including Southend and Thurrock. In July 2021, Active Essex launched “Fit for the Future” a ground-breaking 10-year strategy for physical activity and community sport owned by the whole Essex eco-system.

Active Essex is one of the largest of the 43 Active Partnerships funded by Sport England, delivering significant programmes such as Essex Pedal Power, the Essex Holiday and Food (HAF) activity programme, the Essex Local Delivery Pilot, and major projects with our charity the Active Essex Foundation.

Essex Pedal Power is a flagship project for Active Essex and the Essex Local Delivery Pilot. The Essex Pedal Power project aims to level up the cycling landscape and to tackle cycling inequality, with an ambitious target to distribute over 10,000 new quality bikes to citizens living in the six levelling up areas across Essex.

At the heart of Essex Pedal Power is a desire to tackle the inequalities that mean only 3% of people in Essex cycle regularly. Essex Pedal Power is initially being tested in Clacton and Jaywick, with plans to scale up to Colchester, Basildon, Harwich, Canvey Island and Harlow. Essex Pedal Power will also champion cycling for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. A key feature of Essex Pedal Power is the gifting of a quality new bike, with guaranteed wrap around support which includes sessions in learning to ride a bike, led bike rides, free bike maintenance, and new community cycling groups.

In Clacton and Jaywick there will be over 1,000 bikes given away to local people who don’t currently own a bike, are less active but want to start cycling, and who live in the correct postcode. 200 bikes have already been given away, with another 500 by the end of August 2022. A new dedicated cycling route that will join Jaywick and Clacton, a distance of 3 miles, is a key part of Essex Pedal Power.

Essex Pedal Power is a partnership of Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot, Essex County Council, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), Sport England, Bikeability Trust, Cycling UK and local stakeholders and community groups including district local authorities.

We are recruiting for the position of Essex Pedal Power Relationship Manager to lead the growth and expansion of this ambitious multi-million pound project for the next three years.

About you
We are recruiting this exciting new post for the first time. Reporting to the Strategic Lead for Business Operations, you’ll join the senior team and will be responsible for delivering high quality programme and governance management to lead the development of the Essex Pedal Power project as it expands into key local authority areas across Essex.

You will have experience in working across multiple sectors in active travel and sustainable transport, especially cycling. You will be able to demonstrate that you can work effectively in a complex project environment, working with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, senior officers, elected members and external organisations.

You will understand the principles of growth and scaling up of complex projects, and be able to increase the profile, evidence base, and resources of Essex Pedal Power. You will have a good understanding of behaviour change, asset-based community development, place-based working and targeting specific audiences to develop active environments. You will work closely and collaboratively with the Active Essex senior management team, business intelligence team, hub teams, and communications team.

As the Essex Pedal Power Relationship Manager, you can expect an excellent rewards package, as well as flexible working and long-term career opportunities.

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Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward.

What you should do next
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Closing date: 26 June 2022.

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  • Location: Essex
  • Job Title: Essex Pedal Power Relationship Development Manager
  • Salary: £46,271
  • Closed: 26 Jun 2022 ** Last chance to apply **

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