Assistant Director, Legal Services (Monitoring Officer)

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Rotherham, South Yorkshire

  • Location

    Rotherham, South Yorkshire

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    14 July 2019

  • Client

    Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Ref: GSe55117

This is an exciting time to join Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and an opportunity to make a real difference. We are looking for an outstanding Assistant Director for Legal Services who will bring a track record of transforming services and championing good governance, and who is keen to contribute to the Council’s continued improvement. 

You will act as the Council’s Monitoring Officer and work closely with Elected Members, the Chief Executive and Strategic Directors as part of the Council’s Strategic Leadership Team.  You will ensure that the Council, its officers and Elected Councillors maintain the highest standards of conduct in all they do.  You will also manage Legal and Electoral services as well as contribute to the strategic direction, impact and overall performance of the Finance and Customer Services Directorate.

We are seeking a leader who can work effectively within a large and complex organisation and who has a passion for providing excellent services to the people, businesses and communities of Rotherham. Effective partnership working both internally and externally is critical to the role; you will need to build and maintain relationships with Elected Members, colleagues and other key stakeholders, and provide the appropriate support and challenge. You will bring negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to explain proposals and gain consensus for change.

We are seeking a Solicitor or Barrister entitled to practise in England and Wales, or a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives with considerable experience at a senior level. It is important that you have significant management experience of practising law within a local authority environment in one or more of the following areas – governance, litigation, licensing, property, commercial, planning, adult care or childcare. You will have experience of leading and managing change to achieve improved outcomes, and proven experience of establishing effective performance measures and a culture that achieves corporate and service objectives.

You will also hold a positive personal and organisational profile, formulating, leading and implementing successful strategies and programmes that cross service or professional boundaries and provide integrated service outcomes, including providing strategic advice within a statutory framework.

You will have experience of applying risk management in setting strategy and in identifying and managing principal risks to the achievement of objectives whilst having a thorough understanding of the legislation, issues and agendas facing local government.  So, if you want to work in an innovative, honest and straight-forward culture, managing change to improve outcomes for the people of Rotherham, we would love to hear from you.

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under‐representation currently exists at this level within the organisation (Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies).


Closing date09:00am on 15th July 2019
Assessment Centre22nd July 2019
Final interviews26th July 2019
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
Luke Judd: 0113 205 6077

Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068