Job opportunity: Democratic Services Team Leader


Grade 10 - £36,298 to £38,296 per annum. 


37 hours per week, however part time hours and job shares will be considered. 



About the job 

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is looking for its next Democratic Services Team Leader. You will either be leading a Democratic Services team already or will be an experienced Democratic Services Officer looking to take the next step in your career.

You will work closely with the Chief Executive, Head of Legal and Governance, Leader, Cabinet and Committee Chairs to ensure that Council, Cabinet and Committee meeting cycles operate smoothly, and in accordance with statutory obligations. You will also lead and develop our scrutiny function, and oversee the team that provides support to the mayoralty and civic functions as well as the team that provides clerical and administrative support to Cabinet and the Executive Management Team.

As well as a competitive remuneration and benefits package, you can expect a friendly, supportive and flexible working environment in a modern council that is committed to empowering and enabling our staff so that we can all work together to perform well and get things done.


  • A degree level or professional qualification (ICSA / DMS / Professional Diploma in Local Democracy or similar) relevant to this post or equivalent demonstrable vocational experience. 
  • Influencing and working effectively with senior officers, elected members from across the political spectrum and external partners and stakeholders to deliver outcomes. 
  • Experience of managing a team and delivering continuous service improvement and organisational change. 


If you would like to arrange an informal conversation to discuss the role, please email Daniel Dickinson, Head of Legal and Governance ( 

Why work for us? 

 Newcastle-under-Lyme is on the up!  We’ve already started our transformation, however, we still need to find better ways of doing things because we are determined to do the very best we can for our communities.   

If our vision is to be the best, then we need the best people working for us. Our people are at the heart of what we do and have the freedom to innovate, grow and develop.  We recruit people who share our vision and values; people who have the drive to deliver our ambitious Council plan.

Our historic Borough is a place of marked contrasts. We are the home of a world class University at Keele, a leading light known internationally for its research and sustainability record, which stands side by side with former mining communities including some which register amongst the most deprived areas in the country. Our Borough is also a mixture of urban centres, affected by some of the same social issues facing our neighbouring city, Stoke-on-Trent, but also outstanding rural landscapes in our less populated villages. Our plans and priorities aim to address the needs of all our communities.   

Our People Offer 

We reward our people with a competitive range of benefits including; access to the local government pension scheme, minimum 23 days annual leave and 5 extra days after 5 years' service, flexible working and family friendly policies, local and national high street discounts, green travel scheme including cycle to work scheme and electric car salary sacrifice, free employee 24 hour employee assistance and counselling services, flu vaccination service and health checks plus development and training opportunities.

View our full people offer and 'working for us' video here

Closing date

5pm on Friday 9 June 2023. 

(Should we receive a large number of applications, then this post could close sooner than the date stated). 

Download the job description and person specification

Newcastle Borough Council is committed to making our recruitment process as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions.  If you would like us to do anything differently during the interview or assessment process please contact ( 

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