Assistant Director Education & Early Years

Birmingham City Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £73,513 - £90,864 (pay award pending)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    04 March 2019

  • Client

    Birmingham City Council

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Ensure every child has a bright future, starting with education.

This is a defining moment. For the people of Birmingham, for the Council - and you. Join us now and you’ll build a real legacy, helping us to shape a better city for all. 

The opportunity

We’re on a journey of real change, growth and confidence in the future. We’re hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, so we’re set to take our place on the international stage and make the most of the opportunities this will bring to our wonderfully diverse communities. This influential new senior role is for collaborative people, motivated by doing what’s right for our city and residents. Together, we’ll make Birmingham an even better place to live and thrive in. 

The role

Education and skills are at the heart of our plans or the future of Birmingham, and that means improving the performance of schools and early years provision. Joining us as part of a new streamlined leadership team, you’ll analyse and act on data to implement initiatives, plans and policies across a broad portfolio that includes Schools Safeguarding, Improvement and Resilience, School Admissions and Education Infrastructure. Your goal will be to provide safe, high-quality services while achieving value for money. You will translate strategic priorities into operational plans to ensure we provide educational services that deliver on the needs of a 21st century city.

The person

You’ll bring senior-level experience of managing early years and education at a strategic level. This will include experience of improving performance across complex, multi-faceted, multi-sited staffing groups. With a relevant professional qualification in education or social care, you’ll have a good grasp of the statutory and regulatory responsibilities of local government, combined with a strong customer and community focus. You’ll have ability to deliver services within challenging budgets, including a track-record of creating new sources of income and securing major funding. Experience of developing effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders and negotiating with outside agencies is essential. The pace will be rapid so you’ll need to be focused on delivery, but as priorities may change, flexibility and adaptability are also important. 

Closing Date for Applications Tuesday 5 March 2019 @ 5pm
Preliminary Interview at our Birmingham OfficeTBC
Final Panel InterviewTBC
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Dawn Faulkner: 0121 644 5703

Rachel Salvia: 07594 250062