Senior Electoral Services Officer – Publica Group

Employer: Publica Group

Salary: £36,067 - £36,084

Closing Date: 26 May 2024

Job advertisement

Publica is seeking an experienced Senior Electoral Services Officer to join our team and assist West Oxfordshire District Council in ensuring the smooth running of elections, election registration, and associated activities. The successful candidate will have the technical skills and abilities necessary to implement the requirements of the Elections Act 2022.


– Provide technical expertise, advice, and direction in all types of elections, referendums, and electoral registration.

– Apply a high level of expert knowledge within the area of elections, referendums, and electoral registration to manage sensitive, open-ended, and complex case or project-based work.

– Stay up to date with the latest developments, regulations, and legislation related to elections and electoral registration.

– Assist with the management and coordinate elections, election registration, and associated activities.

– Utilise election management software and systems effectively to ensure accurate and efficient processes.

– Analyse and interpret complex data and information related to elections and voting patterns.

– Liaise with stakeholders including council members, candidates, and the public, ensuring effective communication and collaboration.

– Assist with the recruitment and training for all election staff appointment by the Returning Officer

– Have a can-do attitude, and to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, during peak election periods.

If you are an experienced Senior Electoral Services Officer with a passion for democracy and the technical skills to ensure the smooth running of elections, we would love to hear from you. Apply now to join our dedicated team at Publica and make a positive impact on the electoral process in West Oxfordshire District Council.

 You will need…

  • Experience of working flexibly as part of a team and collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Experience of being involved in continuously improving services and developing products to meet customer need
  • Ability to remain calm and confident when dealing with challenging customers and environments
  • Ability to resolve complex issues by negotiation
  • Deliver commitments and take ownership of own caseload, reshaping of plans to deliver required outcomes

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel
  • BPSS
  • This post designated as politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Politically restricted post holders are restricted from canvassing on behalf of a political party or for a person who is, or seeks to be, a candidate for election to a local authority, the House of Commons, or the European Parliament

Who are we… 

Publica is a unique place to work – we’re a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer focused organisation driven by real user needs.

What can we do for you…

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 27 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!

To apply for this position please click on “apply now” within this page to complete an application form and supporting statement together with your CV. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd.  Your CV will not be available to the hiring manager unless you are shortlisted for interview to assist with our non-biased screening process so please ensure you complete the application form in full.

It is important that our staff reflect the diversity of our community, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders and sexual orientation, those from Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies – Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children.  Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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