Assistant Director, Social Care (Children and Young People's Services)

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Rotherham, South Yorkshire

  • Location

    Rotherham, South Yorkshire

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government, Social Care

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £96,000 per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    17 August 2019

  • Client

    Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Ref: GSe56209

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 who will bring a track record of delivering and transforming a range of services and who will help us to make further progress.

We are seeking a leader who can meet the challenge through sustainable, innovative and creative ways of working, 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 be able to build and maintain relationships that can provide support and challenge and bring negotiating and influencing skills working with stakeholders to explain proposals and gain consensus for change.

As Assistant Director for children’s social care, you will build on the impressive progress made in recent years and on our ‘good’ Ofsted status. You will manage a range of discrete services, contributing to the strategic direction, impact and overall performance of the Children and Young People’s Services as a member of the Directorate Leadership Team, whilst providing strategic advice within statutory frameworks. 

You will initiate and oversee the implementation of major change programmes within the service and we will also ask you to drive forward excellence across a broad range of vital services such as Looked after Children, First Response, Localities, Disabilities and Safeguarding.  Under your leadership, your teams will help deliver effective relationships with external stakeholders, partners and agencies, representing and promoting the Council’s interests with these groups.

With experience of leading a diverse management team, a thorough working knowledge of children’s social care best practice (including Working Together, child protection, safeguarding issues and children’s health services), you will have also successfully controlled large budgets and be able to actively demonstrate delivery of high performing, efficient services. You will know how to apply risk management while setting strategies, and have 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.

Link to safeguarding Board:

Closing date16th August 2019
Longlist meeting27th August 2019
Assessment Centre5th September 2019
Final interviewsw/c 16th September 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.

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Contact details
Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068