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#DOVER #KENT Dover District Council Vacancy: Development Manager

Company : Dover District Council
Location : Dover, Kent
Salary : £37,185 - £42,084
Sector : Environmental Management
Application URL : Further Details / Application

We're proud of Dover's history and its rich legacy of heritage assets, from iconic castles to grand country houses and estates. We're committed to protecting and enhancing these assets so that the past can help shape our future.

Main Duties:This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to two of Dover's most historic parks: Grade II listed Russell Gardens, a rare example of Thomas Mawson's work in the south east, and Kearsney Abbey, one of the most popular public parks in East Kent.

Dover District Council (DDC) has secured a Stage One pass to develop a £3.3 million project for the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Parks for People programme. The purpose of this post is to develop and coordinate the Stage Two submission to the HLF. This will include the production of a Conservation Management Plan, Activity Plan, and Management & Maintenance Plan to HLF requirements, along with supporting documents and plans; as well as commissioning and managing consultants to develop the project's ambitious capital works proposals.

We are looking for someone with:
  • A strong background in project management in the parks and open spaces, heritage or environmental sectors 
  • A good understanding of the issues facing local authority run parks now and in the future
  • Significant experience of developing large scale grant funded programmes, such as HLF
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to work in an integrated way beyond immediate delivery responsibilities.
You will work across the council, and with consultants, local communities, and other stakeholders to ensure that the project meets the outcomes for HLF funding. You will be required to provide regular monitoring reports to HLF and the Project Steering Group. This will include responsibility for managing a £306,100 development budget.

You will need to complete an enhanced DBS check in order to take up this post.

You will need a driving licence and use of your own vehicle.

Essential Requirements:

You will have a degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, along with a proven track record in developing projects for grant funding bodies in the heritage and/or parks sectors. Given the high level of capital works involved, you should have a thorough knowledge of processes for listed building and planning consents.

Some work outside of normal office hours will be required. For successful candidates, there will be the possibility for progression to manage the delivery stage of the project.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Brinley Hill, Head of Communication and Engagement on 01304 872246 or Email

Closing Date: Tuesday 30 September 2014

Interview Date: Thursday 23 October 2014

Contact :Brinley Hill 01304 872246