Head of Service - Children’s Strategy and Improvement

Salary: SLMG 3 (starting at £63,721 pa)

Could you bring your experience and passion for improving the lives of young people to work in Nottingham City?

Nottingham is a great city to live and work for many reasons… 

Nottingham is an innovative, vibrant and fast growing city. Citizens are at the heart of everything we do and it is the role of the council to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to lead healthy, independent, and enriched lives.

Our children and young people make us a youthful, energetic and exciting city, however Nottingham is not without its challenges: like many cities across England we have deprivation and disadvantage, and our workforce is at the forefront of keeping children and young people safe and improving their life chances. Nottingham City Council’s Integrated Children’s Services work to overcome challenges and deliver good and outstanding services which secure the best outcomes and keep children at the heart of our strategy and practice.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as part of a dynamic and committed team, providing strategic leadership for Nottingham City’s Children’s Integrated Services division. The Head of Children’s Strategy and Improvement is an exciting role, working with the whole Directorate, the wider Council and partnership, to lead transformation, change and improvement programme to make a difference for Nottingham’s children and families. You will lead and manage a range of services, working to ensure that there are strong learning, development, quality assurance and improvement arrangements in place to support the service through the next phase of its ongoing improvement.

Seizing opportunities to help Nottingham stand out on a national and international level, you will lead continual improvement in performance and practice in a significant, complex service area.

You will need experience of:

  • Building and developing positive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders and the ability to engender confidence with senior officers and Councillors
  • Leading the development of research based practice and incorporating it in into innovative and effective service delivery across a whole service area.
  • Leading change, transformation and improvement programmes in a Children’s Services arena, to bring about business improvement.
  • The implementation of quality assurance systems across a range of services, including detailed knowledge of statutory responsibilities, relevant inspection frameworks, child safeguarding procedures.

What we can offer you

As well as the satisfaction of helping to change lives across Nottingham, we can offer you our award-winning package of Employee Benefits (including salary sacrifice schemes), access to the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme, as well as flexible and remote working, and a commitment to wellbeing and a healthy work – life balance.

You’ll also be able to develop your skills and leadership expertise with ongoing packages of development, mentoring and support.

We pride ourselves for our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to have a workforce that reflects our city’s diversity and this is increasingly important in our decision-making senior leadership roles. To help us achieve our ambition for workforce diversity, we particularly want to hear from candidates who are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities or candidates that identify with having a disability.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Helen Watson via Helen.Watson@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or Sophie Russell via Sophie.Russell@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for, we are excited to hear from you.

Closing date for applications:        3rd January 2022 (Midnight)                                              

Assessment Centre & Interview:   TBA

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You are required to upload your personal details in the fields provided and upload your CV and Personal Statement, demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the Person Specification.

Check out the downloadable documents to find out more about this Head of Service opportunity and the context of the role.

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