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Vacancy Details

Executive Director, Children's Social Care and Education

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Salary £116,742 per annum. A market supplement is payable, where applicable.
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36 hours per week. Some evening meetings.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
16/02/2020 at 23:55 PM
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Executive Director Children’s Social Care & Education

Your confident and connected borough

Sefton is the northern borough of Liverpool City Region with more than 273,000 residents.

Boasting 22 miles of stunning coastline, Sefton is a leading coastal tourist destination with a flourishing visitor economy. Spanning the busy Port of Liverpool, the famous Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation, attractive beaches and dunes, to the resort town of Southport, the diversity of the borough provides a unique mix of urban and natural setting.

Sefton is a diverse and exciting borough where people can enjoy a great work-life balance. With excellent transport links Sefton is well placed for accessing cities across the North West, including Liverpool and Manchester.

Your new place of work

Sefton is a vibrant local authority that is already on a journey of aspiration and ambition as it works towards delivering its exciting Vision 2030. This journey is shared with our partners and communities as we strive to ensure Sefton is a confident and connected Borough.

Recently praised by the Local Government Association’s (LGA) peer review team for demonstrating real ambition for Sefton, having a strong track record of partnership working and place leadership, and for having a motivated and dedicated workforce that is resilient and adaptable, it puts the Council in the best possible place to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Your new opportunity

In this new role, you will have an outstanding opportunity to influence, manage and lead our Children’s Social Care Services by providing universal and targeted services for children, young people and their families ensuring children are safeguarded and welfare is promoted.

In this statutory role of Director of Children’s Services (including Education), you will provide expert strategic advice on statutory functions and professional practice in relation to vulnerable children requiring collaborative working across the Council and beyond.

You will act in the capacity of the Authority’s lead officer for Children’s Social Care (including Education) to ensure the strategic planning, design and delivery of these service areas and provision of the best possible services for the people of Sefton. You will also oversee the provision of the Schools functions ensuring education excellence for the Borough.

You will be an experienced senior manager with a proven record of successfully leading a highly complex, critical service and co-ordinating and developing successful working partnerships. A motivational leader with the ability to engage and inspire people at all levels.

You will support the Council, Cabinet and the Chief Executive in the development and achievement of the Councils vision and priority outcomes. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will have the confidence to operate effectively in a political environment and to achieve goals successfully, while achieving synergy that meets the needs of the Council.

You will support the Chief Executive by creating and sustaining consistent culture and behaviours conducive with a high performing Council, lead collectively and collaboratively within and outside the Council as a key driver of change supporting the Council to innovatively, proactively and confidently adapt to the dynamic resource and policy agenda.

In the role, you will have a very high level of accountability spanning organisational and system leadership, along with the freedom to act in support of the Chief Executive. You will also lead on key thematic matters and be responsible for the delivery of key corporate and Borough projects.

Your role will drive a high-performance culture within the Council.

Further Information can be found:

Chief Executive Video: Click here

Sefton's Borough Of Culture video: Click here

Sefton Vision and Core Purpose: Click here

For latest news about Sefton: Click here

Sefton’s “One Council” values:Click here

What you need to do now

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Mark Dale on 0151 934 3949 (e-mail: mark.dale@sefton.gov.uk) or Paul Cunningham on 0151 934 3209 (e-mail: paul.cunningham@sefton.gov.uk)

Closing Date for applications: 16 February 2020    

Technical Interviews (telephone/face to face): 25 and 26 February 2020   

Assessment Centre: 12 March 2020                        

Final Interview: 13 March 2020        

Please note that a merit based shortlist will be utilised.

Equal Opportunities

Please note that all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for these jobs (as given in the Person Specification) and who want to apply under the Disability Confident Scheme will be invited to interview.

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CV’s (unless specified on the advert).

Please fully complete the online application form.

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