Assistant Director Skills and Employability

Birmingham City Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £74,984 - £92,681

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    15 June 2020

  • Client

    Birmingham City Council

Ref: GSe65068

Birmingham City Council is the perfect place for someone who wants a key role on a big stage. 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. Our vision is to be a modern council and provide an exciting and challenging view for the growth of Birmingham, focusing on our priorities of children, housing, health, jobs and skills, where every child, citizen and place matters.

Education and skills are at the heart of our plans for the future of Birmingham. Providing support to the Corporate Director for Education and Skills (DCS) and part of a passionate and committed Senior Leadership Team, you will lead and manage a portfolio of services to include Adult Education, Libraries, Youth Services, Skills Development and 14-19 Career Pathways and Participation working closely with the Corporate Director and making a significant contribution to the Directorate’s improvement and change management portfolio. Your goal will be to provide safe, high-quality services, a high-quality customer service 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

You’ll bring senior-level experience having operated at a high level in a corporate environment, at a strategic level. This will include experience of improving performance across complex, multi-faceted, multi-sited staffing groups and maintaining a working environment where employees can flourish. With a relevant professional qualification in one or more of the key service areas, you’ll have an understanding of the statutory and regulatory responsibilities of local government, combined with a strong customer and community focus. You’ll have ability to transform and deliver services within challenging budgets, including a track-record of creating new sources of income. Experience of developing effective working relationships with a diverse range of 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. 

This is a truly unique role with the scope to do something fantastic for the people of Birmingham. So, if you’ve got the impetus to make dynamic changes and push our amazing city to develop its full potential, we want to hear from you.

Closing date 16th June 2020 at 10am
Longlist meeting18th June 2020
Preliminary interviews22nd and 23rd June 2020
Shortlist meeting2nd July 2020
Final interviews16th July 2020
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.

Contact details
Dawn Faulkner: 0121 644 5703

Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068