- Built Environment
Role: Income Recovery Officer
What is the role?
The Income Recovery Officer role is based within the accommodation & lettings team and will be responsible for maximising rental income & minimising debt for approximately 140 temporary accommodation properties. A key element of this role is to provide advice & support when needed to enable people to solve problems and cope to stay in their homes. You will do this by engaging with customers to understand their circumstances and identity the barriers that prevent them meeting their responsibilities as a tenant.
This is a full time role based in Housing Needs & Advice in the Town Hall. There is a requirement to undertake home visits when the need arises to fully engage with customers.
Who is the person?
We are looking for somebody who:
1. Has excellent listening skills and can use knowledge gained to fully understand customers’ circumstances.
2. Has experience of dealing with people in a challenging front line service.
3. Has a general understanding of rental income collection and debt recovery.
4. Is a strong verbal communicator who can provide clear and effective advice to the customer to ensure that they understand their responsibilities and the consequences of their decisions. You will also be required to liaise with other departments within the council and externally.
5. Has clear written communication skills including the ability to record information accurately and write formal letters.
6. Is passionate and enthusiastic about providing effective help and advice for customers to achieve positive outcomes.
7. Can manage their time effectively and professionally, even when competing priorities and heavy workloads challenge them personally.
8. Is pro-active and highly motivated with the ability to work quickly, accurately and consistently when under pressure.
9. Is confident and assertive, able to ask the right questions in the right way to uncover the facts. They must be able to manage customers’ expectations and have the ability to challenge and say no when appropriate.
10. Is methodical, numerate and has good IT skills.
11. Ideally has an awareness of the reasons why people become homeless, and the issues facing vulnerable client groups.
12. Is committed to equal opportunities
13. Is happy to question current procedures and suggest improvements
There may also be an occasional need to work outside normal working hours. You will need access to a vehicle to conduct home visits in the community.