Welfare Benefit Officer
17 Hours per week
Salary Range £29,442 to £31,207 per annum (pro rata to £14,300 - £15,158 per annum)
Essential Car Allowance
Flexible Location - Stockton or Barnard Castle
During the current, national restrictions, we will need you to deliver some of the services on site and some of them working from home. We will be following social distancing rules and providing PPE, where applicable, during this time. We will provide you with the equipment needed to carry out the role and you will remain connected with your co-workers and manager during this period. We will tailor an induction to enable you to join the organisation and settle into the role.
What is North Star?
North Star is a group of housing associations operating across the North East and North Yorkshire. We build and rent high quality affordable housing to meet a variety of needs, including 650 units of specialist supported housing. We are committed to creating homes and building futures as well as investing in people at every level.
Polaris, also called the "North Star" is a constant in the sky. It's more than just a single star; it's a natural beacon that's been used to navigate for centuries. It provides direction to those who are lost and without any other form of conventional navigation. Stars shine, and we look to them for guidance and inspiration. Our organisation is full of North Stars'. Bright people who sparkle, achieving great things, and rising stars who shatter expectations, raise the bar and are great to be around.
What is good about working at North Star?
We are growing, leading the way with new approaches and thriving as a business. We were voted No 1 landlord 2018 and No 2 in 2019 ( 24Housing), and were the first Housing Association in England to attain Investors in People Platinum standard. We only employ exceptional people, and invest significantly in the development of everyone. People are at the centre of the business, supported by a culture of relational leadership where everyone has a strong voice and influence.
What are we looking for?
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a passion for delivering excellent customer service. You will have an excellent knowledge of Welfare Reform and the State Benefit System. You will work with the Housing Team to effectively manage the roll-out of Universal Credit by providing advice, support and guidance to our customers for all Welfare Benefits. Experience of the income maximisation and the benefit appeals process would be advantageous.
You will be able to demonstrate your ability to contribute to a high performing team and have a good understanding of partnerships and will be able to develop strong working relationships.
In return we can offer you a supportive team culture, commitment to personal development and an organisation that values its staff.
How do I Apply?
Please submit your CV and supporting statement, which will need to be uploaded as one document, via the North Star website. All supporting documentation for this post can be found on our website.
We only want to hear from people who are ambitious, driven and enthusiastic.
We are keen to reflect the communities we serve and would welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experience.
Closing Date for Applications is 28 September 2020
Assessments/Interviews are scheduled to take place on 19 October 2020