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Community Housing Officer – Independent Living

Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
South Manchester
£12,455 - £17,792 per annum (£24,910 FTE)
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

Job Details

Are you working in the Social Housing Sector, perhaps as a Support Worker, or Caretaker, or maybe you are working in the Care Sector, or as an Estate Agent and are intrigued by the work of a Community Housing Officer?

Or you may just want a complete change in career, and are keen to make a real difference and join an organisation that strives to deliver their values?

If so, we’d be delighted to hear from you!

We are a not-for-profit housing association dedicated to offering quality and affordable homes in the North of England. With a portfolio of 5,000+ homes, we currently house 7,000+ customers across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

We have two exciting positions available for Community Housing Officers – Independent Living to join us;

  • 1 x Covering Gatley (Permanent, Part Time - 25 hours per week)
  • 1 x Covering Northenden & Wythenshawe (Permanent, Part Time – 17.5 hours per week over 2.5 days – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday morning)

The role covering Gatley, is a stand-alone role covering one scheme and the role covering Northenden and Wythenshawe is a job share over two schemes.

We’re looking for someone who will be able to:

  • Engage with residents on a day-to-day basis, gaining a deep understanding of their needs and priorities to develop outcome focused action plans.
  • Support the development of sustainable communities so that residents can live, grow and thrive together through the delivery of community engagement and health and wellbeing activities.
  • Use your knowledge of voids, lettings, income collection, anti-social behaviour, and tenancy management to deliver a responsive and sensitive service to those who are at risk, making referrals where appropriate to relevant agencies.

So now you’ve heard a bit about what you’ll do, let us tell you a bit about the team - it’s important to know who you might be working with, right?

Our Team

You’ll join our team of Community Housing Officers, who are all passionate about delivering outstanding services to customers. We’re led by Rachel our Regional Neighbourhood Manager and as well as providing support to the organisation and our customers, we support each other too. We work hard but we also like to have fun!

About You

Ideally, we’re looking for someone who has previous experience in a similar role, however this is not essential, it’s more important that you are a great communicator, have great customer service experience and puts customers at the heart of everything you do. You’ll enjoy a challenge, be adaptable and embrace change and have the ability to develop partnerships to support vulnerable residents.

You’ll be comfortable working on your own, as well as with colleagues across the business in an environment focused on continuous improvement and digital innovation. You’ll also need access to a car as there is frequent travel required between our independent living schemes.

If you think you’ve got most of what we are looking for, but not everything, we’d still love to hear from you.

And the benefits of working for us?

We work in a hybrid, agile way, you work where you need to as long as our residents and customers are put first. You’ll also have a degree of flexibility, so you can attend the important things in life. Whether that’s a gym class you’d love to attend, your child’s school play or maybe it’s just that you’ve got a new fridge being delivered, we will work with you to be flexible.

We offer a fantastic holiday allowance of 33 days per annum (including statutory holidays) which rises to 38 days after 5 years’ service. We can offer you a 35-hour working week, an enhanced 5% employer contribution pension scheme and a recognition scheme with both financial and non-financial rewards such as gift vouchers, early finishes or even a later start.

We understand how important having a safe, affordable and comfortable home is, and the difference it can make. We pride ourselves on ensuring our properties support and help people live well and independently for longer. Our mission is to help all our customers to live longer and live better, in a place that they are proud to call home.

Why don’t you visit our careers site to find out more about us, the role and what we can offer you.

We reserve the right to bring the closing date forward should we get enough quality applications.

You may have seen or heard of the exciting news that we are in partnership discussions with Sanctuary. Sanctuary are one of the largest housing associations in the country. Sanctuary like Johnnie Johnson has been in operation for over 50 years and have over 120,000 homes. We believe joining Sanctuary will allow us to fulfil our ambitions and invest more in our residents’ homes than we could, on our own. We’ve always believed solid partnerships are a brilliant way to help us achieve the very best for our residents, and we believe this is no different. It’s an exciting time for both colleagues and residents and we’d love for you to be part of it.

We have recently completed a successful pilot of altered opening hours. We have introduced a condensed 4.5 day working week for colleagues, which means our offices close, and we finish working at 1pm on a Friday. We believe this is a great extension to our already flexible ‘My Lifestyle’ approach.

This way of working has been endorsed by Sanctuary and will continue until we are fully integrated into their organisation, at which point Sanctuary will review this, taking on board all feedback.


Blue Octopus partners with employers from a multitude of different sectors and industries, using our next generation technology and recruitment expertise to help attract, engage and hire the best talent for their unique career opportunities. We know that having the right people in place is crucial to every business’ current and future successes, regardless of the area they operate in.

Over the last decade, our experience has allowed us to specialise in several sectors, including social housing.

Blue Octopus has a strong history of working with social housing providers to help them hire the best talent and improve their talent management processes. This experience, coupled with knowledge developed over time, has allowed us to fully understand both the market itself and the skills required within the sector. We understand that operating at a high standard, efficiently and cost-effectively, is vital for our clients in the Social Housing sector, who provide a much-needed service for their tenants.

Company info
Octo House, 2 Station Road
West Yorkshire
LS21 3HX
United Kingdom

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