Learning & Development Consultant

England, Essex, Chelmsford
03 Mar 2021
31 Mar 2021
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This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.

Job summary and responsibilities

At Essex County Council, what we do impacts the lives of over 1.4 million people. From the safety of children to the independent lives of older residents, and from boosting quality of life through public health to the lasting regeneration of proud towns and cities - everything we do takes a pioneering and agile approach. And our Organisation, Development & People and Service Transformation (ODP&ST) teams are working to ensure that innovation and learning take centre stage. Join them and you'll enable new ways of working and thinking to achieve our vision - for Essex to be a county where innovation brings prosperity.

We have initiated a very ambitious program to support the organisation to design its "next-normal", learning from the last year's changes in our ways of working. We are rethinking not only where work needs to happen, but also when and how, so working together with teams across the council (technology, property, HR, comms) to help service identify potential models of hybrid working.

We need to bring additional capacity to our team to be able to support this program of work at pace. We are looking for individuals that have strong experience in acting as internal consultants, providing expert advice supporting and challenging where needed. You will be a really strong and experienced facilitator (including facilitating in a virtual environment) at all levels in the organisation. You have experience designing and delivering targeted development programs maximising the use of technology and virtual tools ensuring engagement and impact with our learners.

We are looking for individuals that can bring strong experience and expert knowledge in the areas of leadership and management development and/or strengthening the adoption of new learning strategies in a complex organisation (through knowledge management, learning campaigns, designing bespoke learning or curating resources).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You'll need a strong understanding of leading-edge learning and development theories and methods, and the ability to apply them in a large, complex organisation. Educated to degree level or equivalent experience, you'll also need experience of planning, delivering and evaluating learning and development interventions in a virtual environment, with strong evidence of impactful facilitation. Whatever your professional background, we're looking for a proven track record of creating learning solutions for a variety of different audiences. This could include experiential learning, social learning, online content curation and creation, interaction design, learner user journeys, user experience and testing. Ideally, you will have experience of designing and building online content using different media (bite size videos, animations, infographics, eLearning authoring tools…).

On a personal level, we're also looking for the ability to work with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders, influence thinking and strong collaborative mindset, as well as strong organisational and planning skills when working in different projects at the same time.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.