Democratic and Electoral Services Officer (Development Control)
About us

Mole Valley lies at the heart of Surrey. The towns of Dorking and Leatherhead are the District’s main centres.

Our purpose built open-plan offices have recently been refurbished. We are located opposite the Sports Centre which offers a swimming pool, sports hall, gym, aerobics studio and café and Dorking Halls, which provides a range of facilities including a café, cinema, theatre and concerts.

About the team

We cover a variety of different functions within our team: we provide support to elected Members and the Council’s decision making processes, we run all types of elections and referenda as well as providing the Council’s electoral registration services and we oversee Mole Valley’s emergency planning and business continuity functions. Additionally, the team runs the council’s corporate print and postal services.

There will never be a dull moment working in our team and being flexible and supporting each other is vital to our successful way of working.

We are an energetic and dynamic team, sitting at the heart of the organisation and we all enjoy supporting our elected Councillors, local communities and colleagues.

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic self starter to join our high performing and busy Democratic & Electoral Services Team.

Whist the primary focus will be on the organisation of the Council’s monthly Development Control Committee, you will be required to support a number of the Council’s working groups, giving you a real insight into the decision making process.

To support our elected members, you will be responsible for providing a high level of administrative support, be this through processing expense claims or further developing the Member Online Support System.

You will be required to help deliver all elections and support the electoral registration processes and could also be required to support our busy Emergency Planning and Resilience Officer, in ensuring that we are prepared for any emergency situations we may face.

You will be provided with on the job training and there will also be the opportunity for further development.

This is a politically restricted role.

About you

We are looking for a well organised and dynamic individual who will support the work of the team in a busy and interesting environment,

Educated to a degree standard or equivalent, ideally with a demonstrable knowledge of local government, the democratic decision making process and the UK electoral system. Past experience in Local Government or similar would be a great advantage.

So, do you like a varied job where no two days are the same?
Are you interested in further developing your knowledge and skills?
Can you think on your feet and work to your own initiative?

If yes, then this role is for you.

For you

We want you to be the best you can be. Therefore, we promise to support you with our annual Performance and Development Review and identify training and career development opportunities.

We offer

• 23 days holiday a year (from April 2019) plus a further allocated day at Christmas rising to 28 days after 5 years’

• Scheme to purchase additional annual leave and eligibility for potential additional days through the flexi-time scheme providing the ability to take additional days off when the business allows

• Substantial employers contribution into the local government pension scheme

• Free parking

• Remote and flexible working. Laptops will be provided for all employees enabling remote working by arrangement with the manager based on the needs of the service.

• Wellbeing package including:

o Cycle Scheme

o Free eye tests

o Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

o Yearly flu jab

o Discounts at local shops and businesses, films and shows at Dorking Halls and at the café

o Ability to participate in targeted activities during regular ‘Wellbeing Weeks’

• Located opposite Dorking Sports Centre which offers a 6 lane 25m swimming pool, sports hall, gym, aerobics studio and café

Further info

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Lucy O’Connell on 01306 879384. Alternatively you can contact HR at

Closing date for applicants: Midday Friday 22 February 2019

Interview dates: Monday 11 March 2019

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Position: Democratic and Electoral Services Officer (Development Control)

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Employment Type
Full Time - 37 hours
Job reference
Date posted
February 7, 2019
Closing Date
February 22, 2019
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