Active Travel Programme Officer, Local Government (NJC): P02

Main area: Cycle Training
Grade: Local Government (NJC): P02
Contract: Fixed term: 1 year
Hours: Job share – 17.5 hours per week (5 x half days of 3.5 hours per week)
Job ref: EN/0722/051
Site: Waste Recycling Centre, 1 Cottage Road, London N7 8TP
Town: London
Salary: £38,148 – £40,155 per annum
Salary period: Yearly
Closing: 17/08/2022 23:59
Interview date: 25/08/2022

Our ambition

We’re determined to make Islington more equal. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

We also have an ambitious goal – to be the best council in the country – with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.

We want to build an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to help us achieve our goals and provide the best services possible to our residents.

Our values and behaviours

‘Be Islington’ is about setting a clear challenge about what it means to be an Islington employee and sets the standard for every new recruit.

We ask our employees to ‘Be Islington’ – playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, be ambitious, be resourceful, and be empowering (‘CARE’).

Interested in knowing more about our values, our vision and our priorities? Check out these videos from our Leader, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz and Chief Executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan:

Leader, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz

Chief Executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan

Job overview


We’re looking for someone to manage our cycle training programme as part of a job share for a period of 12 months. The work pattern is five half days per week (17.5 hrs in total per week).  You will be a fully qualified National Standards cycle trainer and the ability to manage a high performing team of instructors, oversee bookings from schools and the public, bid for funding and promote and manage the programme using a digital platform.


Main duties of the job


The successful candidate must have very good communication skills and be able to work creatively and constructively within a team, with other parts of the Council and partner organisations. A crucial part of these roles will be an ability to work positively with residents, schools and elected members to deliver this programme in line with the Council’s priorities.

You will be expected to have:

  • A National Standards Cycle Instructor Qualification (NSI or 1st4Sport Level 2) or teaching qualification
  • An understanding of the current legislation that governs Road Safety
  • An ability to work collaboratively on a range of projects
  • An ability to develop and maintain digital systems necessary for the delivery of cost effective, high quality services
  • An understanding of and commitment to good customer service management practices
  • An ability to use a range of approaches to change behaviour
  • An ability to draft funding bids and lobby for investment
  • An ability to provide expert advice to elected members, management and less experienced colleagues
  • An Enhance DBS check will be required

Closing date: Wednesday 17th August 2022 at 23:59

Interview dates: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August 2022

Applicants are encouraged to contact Bart Smith on 07977 267282 for a confidential discussion about this role prior to applying.


Working for our organisation


Why work here?

Islington is an exciting and dynamic part of London experiencing rapid growth and undergoing a significant transformation in its transport environment. Islington Council is committed to creating a greener, healthier borough by making our transport more inclusive and enjoyable for everyone. Many of our residents lack the skills and confidence to make regular trips by bike.

The Active Travel Programme Officer manages a team of freelance cycle trainers to deliver an ambitious programme of cycle training, bike maintenance and promotional events to improve the health and wellbeing our residents, as well as working toward our clean air and climate change targets. As part of the council’s Active Travel Team, you will play a key role in engaging and supporting our local communities to become more active. Our team has won several awards for our ground-breaking work and share best practice with the industry.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To manage the borough’s cycle training programme for children and adults
  • To be responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive adult training programme.
  • To be responsible for establishing and setting up a cycle maintenance programme to be offered to all schools in the borough.
  • To lead on the delivery of our child cycle training programme in line with national standards.
  • To consider, develop and implement a promotion and publicity strategy for all cycle training in the borough which will ensure that all stakeholders are aware of and know how to access relevant and appropriate information and guidance. To disseminate information about cycle training through presentations and existing publications and through the identification of other opportunities.
  • To develop and deliver parent and child cycle training sessions.
  • To be responsible for managing the relationships with dockless vehicle hire operators, manage any associated designated parking schemes for these operators and any access issues arising.
  • To be responsible for updating and maintaining existing procedure notes relating to child cycle training.
  • To produce procedure notes relating to adult cycle training.
  • To be responsible for undertaking risk assessments prior to any training taking place.

For the full job description, please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification below.

Person specification

Experience and Skills

Essential criteria
  • 2 Experience of the management of staff, the ability to motivate staff to a high level of performance, and to operate and use an appraisal system.
  • 3 Experience of teaching individual and groups of people.
  • 4 Experience in dealing with complex and difficult telephone and written enquiries.
  • 5 Experience in the use of computer systems for the preparation of correspondence, databases and compilation of statistics, standard Microsoft packages to an advanced level.
  • 6 An understanding of current legislation that governs Road Safety.
  • 7 Ability to prioritise own workload, under pressure and within tight schedules.
  • 8 Ability to develop and maintain systems, including financial, IT and performance review systems, necessary for the delivery of cost effective, high quality services
  • 9 Ability to develop programmes and plans for cycling training.
  • 10 Proven ability to produce high quality written communications, and to present information and advice clearly and concisely, to all levels of management and the public.
  • 11 Understanding of Quality and Customer Care issues including awareness of Quality Assurance and consultation processes.
  • 12 Ability to carry out duties in accordance with the Council’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • 13 The ability to work within and promote the environmental and sustainability policies and practices of the Council.


Essential criteria
  • 1 Minimum of one year’s experience as a fully accredited National Standards Cycle Instructor (NSI or 1st4Sport Level 2) and or a Teaching Qualification

Full details in this link: Job vacancy: Active Travel Programme Officer, Islington Council, London |

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