Assistant Director Education & Skills


Somerset County Council
Local Government
County Hall, Taunton
GBP Competitive Salary


We are looking for someone with a proven track record in educational leadership and raising education and skills performance. A person able to demonstrate innovative and visible leadership, deliver strategic vision, with a sharp focus on strong performance management. You would be joining a rapidly improving children's services at a very challenging but exciting time.

Somerset County Council is pursuing ambitious plans for the future growth of the County. This role is to lead our Education and Skills service which is evolving, to meet schools’ requirements and unite local and national stakeholders, with Hinkley Point and the West Somerset Opportunity Area, in the aim of raising education and skill attainment for every child. 

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Recruitment timetable

Timetable of the recruitment process
Closing Date Monday 27th November
Longlist Meeting (candidates not required to attend) Monday 4th December
Preliminary Interviews 12th, 13th OR 14th December (TBC)
Shortlist Meeting (candidates not required to attend) Wednesday 20th December
Final Panel Tuesday 16th January (TBC)

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

Dawn Faulkner
0121 644 5703
Marcia Williams
020 7426 3374

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