ABOUT

Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to improve the quality and equality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning. Read more about the organisation, and who we are.

About Us

Public Practice is a not-for-profit company founded in September 2017 by the Greater London Authority and seed funded by six founding Partners from across the public, third and private sectors.

WHAT WE DO

Our purpose is not just to increase the buit environment expertise within local government, it's to transform the status of public service, and support those working within it to lead the way. To do this we have created a unique professional placement programme specifically designed for built environment professionals and their public authority hosts. We offer professionals currently in the private sector an attractive route into working for the public sector whilst also celebrating and capturing leading industry knowledge and sharing it across the wider sector.

WHY WE DO IT

We believe good public planning is fundamental for creating a built environment that is spatially, socially and economically inclusive and sustainable. Being a public planner - by which we mean any built environment expert working in the public sector - can be an extraordinarily rewarding and worthwhile job. No role is more influential in shaping the world around us for the public good. But there is not enough recognition of the value of public planning or its potential to do more to tackle the grand challenges facing society.

HOW WE DO IT

We are a not-for-profit organisation. Local Authorities pay the salaries of Associates and pay Public Practice a placement fee of £5,000 - £7,000 per placement. In addition, we receive donations from Partners which help cover the core costs of running the organisation. This allows us to keep our fees charged to the public sector affordable and means we don't have to ask Associates to pay to take part, helping to ensure we can attract the most diverse candidates we can. In 2019/20 we anticipate that 55% of our income will be from placement fees, and 45% from Partners.

People

Public Practice currently has five Company Directors and two Board Observers. The Board delegate the day-to-day running of the organisation to a team of staff. In addition, as recognition of the work by two GLA employees integral to the set-up of Public Practice, they have been given the title 'co-founder'.

Board, Team
DANNA WALKER
DANNA WALKER

Director

DEBBIE JACKSON
DEBBIE JACKSON

Board Observer

JULES PIPE
JULES PIPE

Chair

LUCY MUSGRAVE
LUCY MUSGRAVE

Director

POOJA AGRAWAL
POOJA AGRAWAL

Co-founder & Board Observer

SARAH CARY
SARAH CARY

Director

VINCENT LACOVARA
VINCENT LACOVARA

Director

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Our Impact

ATTRACTING A NEW PIPELINE OF APPLICANTS

The first two Public Practice cohorts attracted over 430 applications from talented and experienced built environment practitioners across a wide range of disciplines. Two-thirds of our applicants have not applied to the public sector before.

IMPROVING THE DIVERSITY OF THE SECTOR

Our recruitment process is designed to be open, equal and remove bias at every stage. As a result, our Associates are diverse in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity. So far, over 60% of our Associates are women and over 20% are from BAME backgrounds.

RETAINING TALENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

16 of the 17 Associates in the first cohort have chosen to continue working within the public sector beyond the end of their year-long placements, helping to embed lasting capacity within Authorities.

CREATING ADDITIONALITY THROUGH PLACEMENTS

90 per cent of placements in our second cohort are brand new roles, enabling their Authorities to carry out work that would not have been done otherwise. Public Practice supports Authorities with designing job descriptions and benchmarking salaries.

JOBS

Programme Coordinator

JOB TITLE

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

HOURS

Ideally full time (5 days per week)

SALARY

£28,000 - £32,000 pro-rata (based on experience)

START DATE

12 September 2019 (subject to notice period)

LENGTH

Initial Fixed term 12 months with the opportunity to progress to a permanent role within the year

HOLIDAY ALLOWANCE

30 days holiday pro-rata (excl. public holidays)

LOCATION

Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0BE

THE ROLE

Public Practice’s placement programme is at the core of what we do, and we want it to be at the forefront of practice in recruitment and resourcing. As our Programme Coordinator, you will join our small team and play a vital role in helping to develop and deliver it. You will be responsible for coordinating the programme from end-to-end, including recruitment, onboarding, support in placements, and offboarding data collection. Your work will include managing all the back-end systems required to process the large amount of information that each placement campaign collects, as well as communicating and coordinating within our team, applicants, our expert assessors and other external suppliers. Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • LEAD OUR RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN

You will be responsible for the design and delivery of an industry-leading recruitment process - managing our marketing materials, systems for receiving applications and ensuring great communication with prospective candidates.

  • MANAGE APPLICATION DATA & ASSESSMENT

Coordinating between our expert assessors and our online applicant management software, you will ensure that the assessment of all applications is fair, transparent and timely, and placement data is appropriately captured and managed.

  • DELIVER OUR PLACEMENT WORKSHOPS

You will lead on the production of this complex event that sees applicants and assessors come together and undertake a number of exercises. You will ensure all materials are prepared, attendees confirmed and that the whole day runs smoothly.

  • COORDINATE THE ONBOARDING PROCESS

You will be responsible for ensuring the onboarding process works well for Authorities and Associates. You will help prepare materials to secure placements, issue agreements, help plan the induction days, and ensure everything is in place in time for the placement start date.

  • IN-PLACEMENT AND OFFBOARDING SUPPORT

During the placements, you will help to keep our systems up-to-date, support the team to deliver regular check-ins, and make sure that the overall experience of our Associates and Authority hosts remains high and constantly capturing feedback.

  • HELP SHAPE OUR PROCESSES & SYSTEMS

You’ll work collaboratively with the team to come up with ideas and strategies for ways to improve how we recruit, from finding efficiencies to regularly reviewing our diversity data to make sure we are leading the way in best practice in our recruitment processes.