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As a district council, we have a very special role to play in the lives of citizens across Ryedale. We deliver the services that people rely on, day-to-day. We are responsible for housing, for leisure and recreation, for waste and recycling, planning and environmental health. But beyond that, we’re the people "on the ground". We really know and understand our communities, and we work to give everyone in Ryedale the best opportunities, and the best quality of life.

Taking up that challenge will need your commitment, creativity and skill. You’ll need to solve problems, work across boundaries and think up new ways to tackle difficult issues. Working for a district council is no soft option, but if you’re up to the task, you’ll find it one of the most rewarding jobs there is.

Working for us, you can have a positive impact on the lives of more than 50,000 people. So if you really want to make a difference, we’re where you need to be.

Doing what’s right for Ryedale.

It’s more than a slogan.

Employing fewer than 200 people, Ryedale District Council is one of the smallest district councils in England. Our team may be small in size, but we’ve got big ambitions for the Council and the people we serve.

Right now, our elected members and officers are working to create a new Council Plan that will direct our activities through to 2023. We’ll be driving the economic development of our district, creating inclusive spaces and places where people can thrive, and setting the pace on sustainability and tackling climate change.

We have a big agenda, and we’re looking for people with the technical skills, drive and enthusiasm to make it happen.

For more information about Ryedale District Council please visit

Small can be beautiful.

As a small council, Ryedale is a place where you really can get to know everyone, make links across departments, and feel part of a common enterprise. It’s a place where you’ll make friends as well as colleagues, and where you’ll soon feel at home.

Just lately we launched our People and Culture Plan, developed by our staff. Through the Plan we’re proactively supporting the performance, the engagement, and the health and wellbeing of everyone at Ryedale District Council.

We’re on track to achieve our first Wellbeing Award, and as a member of staff you’ll have access to our employee benefits scheme, cycle-to-work scheme and free onsite parking.

And with our new training plan about to launch, we can help you develop your talent and your skills.

If you’ve always thought of senior management as remote, get ready to think again. At our monthly all-staff briefings, you’ll find out about strategic developments and have the chance to ask questions of the CEO and other service leads. You’ll have a voice. We’re that kind of place.

Ryedale District Council people are strong, supportive and passionate. They challenge, and they communicate. If that sounds like you too, come and join us. You’ll fit right in.

For more information about Ryedale District Council please visit

We think Ryedale’s pretty special.

Covering more than 150,000 hectares, it is geographically the largest district in North Yorkshire, and includes some of the most beautiful countryside in England. We’re obviously not the only ones who think so, as there are around 5.5m tourist trips to our district each year.

A large part of the North York Moors National Park sits within Ryedale, along with the Howardian Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But our countryside isn’t just nice to look at. It’s practical too. Ryedale is a rich agricultural area, with a sprinkling of market leaders in bio-tech and advanced engineering adding diversity to the economy.

We’re noted for our market towns - Helmsley, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Malton. Eminently "instagrammable", these are also "real" Yorkshire places, with a true community life and spirit. With its independent shops, restaurants and monthly food market, Malton is known as Yorkshire’s food capital. And the home of Ryedale District Council’s headquarters, of course!

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See our current vacancies below and apply:

Role: Graduate Trainee – Executive, Policy & Research Officer
Salary: 1-6 months £19,698, rising to £20,493 after 6 months and then £22,627 for the final 12 months of the scheme.
Contract: 2 year fixed term
Location: Ryedale House

Directorate: Executive Support (Ryedale District Council)
Service: Chief Executive’s Office (Ryedale District Council)
Responsible to: Senior HR Business Partner

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Executive Support Team as an Executive, Policy & Research Officer Trainee.

The Executive, Policy and Research Officer will provide research and analysis support to the Chief Executive and the wider Strategic Management Board, to further the development and implementation of organisational policy and evidence based decision making.

The Strategic Management Board at Ryedale District Council comprises of: Chief Executive Officer; Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships; Chief Finance Officer (s151); Head of HR; Head of Communications, Technology and Business Transformation; Head of Communities, Customer Services and Waste and Environmental Services.

The purpose of the Strategic Management Board is to ensure appropriate corporate governance and decision-making is in place around key issues.  The Board considers anything with corporate implications, in addition to Committee related activity and all items of a corporate nature go through this route prior to committee to enable a strategic steer and the provision of the best advice and guidance to Elected Members to support strategic decisions.

Benefits of working and learning in the service:

  • Experience of working in a busy rural District Council
  • Opportunity for graduates from any discipline with a strong research and analysis background to apply and develop technical knowledge and skills working with senior managers
  • Learning from highly experienced senior managers and senior project managers
  • Opportunity to take responsibility and lead on projects
  • Developing confidence in your own judgment
  • Improving your communication and negotiation skills at a senior level and with elected members
  • Experience of working in partnership with other organisations

Graduates who join NYCC are expected to:

  • Achieve the objectives set for them;  ask for help/clarity where needed;
  • Develop their knowledge through self-directed study – further research, reading and questions;
  • Fully participate in all training opportunities through on the job experience, mentoring and coaching and formal training and learning;
  • Work toward becoming a member/associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate;
  • Make the most of the opportunities available within NYCC; and demonstrate NYCC’s expected behaviours of:
    • Focussing on customers and communities;
    • Taking responsibility;
    • Working together;
    • Acting with Integrity
    • Building a culture of continuous improvement and innovation; and leading by example

Working alongside colleagues in HR, Business Transformation and Communications, Corporate Governance, Finance and delivery services, the responsibilities of the Executive Policy and Research Officer include researching and advising on issues of importance to the Council, carrying out development work and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

The role will need to liaise with a number of specialist service areas across the Council to gain a holistic view and understanding of the organisation to inform robust policy development through:

  • Undertaking research projects from inception to presenting evidence based results in a meaningful and impactful way to senior managers and Elected Members as directed by the Chief Executive.
  • Research and developing policy solutions on behalf of the Chief Executive’s office
  • Drafting specific written material, based on research, for a wide range of audiences, including senior managers, Elected Members and other stakeholders.
  • Undertaking case management work and complex complaints investigations on behalf of the CX office to achieve satisfactory customer resolution.
  • Monitoring and contributing to social media to promote and enhance the reputation of Ryedale District Council
  • Supporting Head of Paid Service initiatives to promote employee health and well-being.
  • Analysing qualitative and quantitative data, identifying and presenting findings in a clear, concise and useable way
  • Being a confident communicator of detailed information with the ability to adapt to the needs of and present to different audiences, frequently at a senior level
  • Have excellent time management and organisation skills and have the ability to work independently once a brief had been agreed
  • Providing coordination and support to the Strategic Management Board and the Chief Executive’s office

Requirements for the role

  • Ability to apply creative and innovatory thinking in the resolution of routine and more complex problems and handling of issues.
  • Ability to form and build strong and collaborative relationships across the organisation and, where appropriate, partner organisations. Regularly dealing with a range of matters with an awareness of the organisation’s direction of travel.
  • Ability to conducting high quality research, and provide written and verbal reports with a high degree of accuracy and in compliance with deadlines as directed by the Chief Executive.
  • Ability to utilise statistical reporting tools for analysis of data and web based research methods for maintaining awareness of best practice and future developments.
  • Communication skills:  enhanced ability to communicate confidently and effectively with contacts at all levels using tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Time management skills: enhanced ability to be flexible as priorities change, and manage multiple tasks in a high pace environment.
  • Organisation skills:  enhanced ability to coordinate information and activities to achieve results, including under time pressure.
  • Decision-making skills:  to determine matters to be escalated/ prioritised and what can be dealt with personally.
  • Problem-solving skills: ability to think constructively and generate solutions to day-to-day problems.

Essential criteria for this Graduate opportunity: Educated to degree level. Strong research and analysis background

Desirable criteria for this role: Experience of the public sector

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate.

Contact us

If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Emma Lawer (Senior HR Business Partner) 07773 638 430 or by emailing an informal conversation.

Key dates

Closing date: 31st January 2021

Interview date: week commencing 8th February 2021 (Virtually)

Key documents

Job Description and Person Specification 


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