Executive Director Children's Services

Derbyshire County Council

Matlock, Derbyshire

  • Location

    Matlock, Derbyshire

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government, Social Care

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £117,869 to £129,655 per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    29 July 2021

  • Client

    Derbyshire County Council

Ref: GSe76443

At Derbyshire County Council, we’re truly ambitious about building on our success to date and continuing our journey to becoming a more modern and effective and Enterprising Council. We are focused on delivering best in class services that help create opportunities for our residents and community, as well as a great place to live and work. We’re also committed to improve and reform both our services and our culture to meet our communities’ changing needs.

As the Executive Director for Children’s Services, you’ll be a key member of the executive leadership team and corporate management team, have excellent strategic leadership skills and be able to lead, influence and motivate employees successfully through change, while maintaining a strong performance culture.

You will provide leadership, strategic direction and development of our Children's Services, at a time of unprecedented change, continuing financial pressure and greater demand on our services. As statutory Director of Children's Services, you will lead on all aspects of the delivery and promotion of services to children and families including Early Help, Safeguarding, Disability and Schools and Learning.

You will have strong partnership skills that will enhance our relationships and partnerships with external statutory and voluntary sector agencies, especially in the delivery of our recovery post-covid.

You’ll play a key role in our move to being recognised as an Enterprising Council, shaping the organisation to expand our range of delivery models, tackling any inefficiencies and being more commercial and proactive with our residents and communities. You’ll have a proven ability to ensure we deliver our key priorities aligned to our Council Plan. 

With a passion for public service, you will have senior strategic level experience of the challenges and opportunities facing Children's Services, partners, and the wider public sector.

Derbyshire is a wonderful place to live, visit and work.

When working from the office the post will be based at County Hall in Matlock in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
29th July 2021

Longlist meeting
30th July 2021

Preliminary interviews (to be completed virtually)
3rd and 4th August 2021

Shortlist meeting
11th August 2021

Online assessments
between 11th and 17th August 2021

Final interviews
Provisional dates 17th August (Officer Panel will be held virtually) and 18th August (Member panel will be held face to face)

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com


Philip Emms: 0113 205 6078
Gary Evans: 0113 205 6080
Delicia Coutinho: 07741 264 892