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Job Description

Fixed Term for 18 months
£40,961 - £46,774 per annum

Do you have a passion for London and for improving the lives of the people who live, work and study here? 
Do you have a flair for bringing people together to make a positive difference?
Do you have unique experience or expertise on what works ‘on the ground’ and how best to enable this to grow?
Do you thrive on change and doing things differently?

London is the greatest city in the world, but for too many Londoners, violent crime is a part of their everyday reality. We’re determined to tackle this problem and make London a safer city for all.

The Violence Reduction Unit ?is recruiting a small team to work on a new, innovative public health approach to tackling violence for London – bringing together a range of partners from health to schools to the police, to tackle the root causes of violence. We believe violence is preventable. We want to you to join our team to transform violence in London, both right now, and for the long term. 

The Violence Reduction Unit will build on the success of this approach elsewhere such as Glasgow, as well as the Mayor’s existing work to tackle the causes of crime. It will also build on the ongoing hard work of London’s boroughs and community organisations to understand and address all forms of violence. 

Practically, the VRU will aim to better understand the risk factors in a person’s early life that can lead to serious violence by using data from health, criminal justice and other public services.  It will focus on improved and quicker interventions at a local level, with the aim of reducing violence at its core and protecting those vulnerable to exploitation. 

Change will not happen overnight. The VRU’s work will be long-term and will take several years to fully realise the benefits. 

We are recruiting to the following roles:
Senior Policy & Commissioning Manager
Community Engagement Officers x2
Programme Manager
Executive Assistant 

This is part one of our plans, there will be opportunities available when the Local Violence Reduction Units are created.

Executive Assistant
The Executive Assistant will act as the first point of contact for the Director of the VRU and provide a high quality, full service of executive support, which is responsive to their needs and contributes to making their role effective. You will work collaboratively and play a pivotal role in delivering the VRU’s approach to stakeholder management, co-ordinating internal and external information-sharing processes to underpin a responsive and helpful service to the Director. You will act as the point of contact between the Mayor’s office, Metropolitan Police/MOPAC/GLA, other Stakeholders and the VRU. 

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 32.5 days’ annual leave. If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process please contact a member of the HR team via email on

Want to find out what it’s really like to work at City Hall?
Read our interview with Jamilla Hinds Brough (Senior Coordinator, Senior Youth Violence) and Havana Wellings-Longmore (Community Engagement Officer) or come along to our Open Evening which will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at City Hall.

Email to book your place. Here you can meet existing staff and ask them questions, and to learn more about the Violence Reduction Unit and how you can get involved.

Political Restriction
Political Restriction; under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011) all members of staff of the MOPAC will be politically restricted without the right to apply for an exemption.

Security Vetting
You will be expected to undergo the necessary security vetting which may take up to 8 weeks to be completed. Applicants will also need to have resided in the UK continuously for at least the last three years.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate. If that sounds like you, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Application closing date: Sunday 17 March 2019 at 23:59 GMT.
Interview date: during April 2019.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer. Our roles are open to part-time and flexible working arrangements, including job-share (depending on the individual arrangement and business need). If you’re working in a community or grassroots organisations, or a partner organisation related to violence reduction you might want to consider working with us part-time and retaining your current role (except where there is a conflict of interest). London's diversity is its biggest asset. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and as such support and encourage applications from a range of backgrounds including age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

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