About the job role - assistant director children and young people's service

Are you an aspirational and visionary leader with a passionate commitment to achieving excellence for children and young people?

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North Yorkshire has a growing reputation for its children and young people’s service; successful Ofsted outcomes, award winning innovation programmes and sharing best practice nationally. Providing a new assistant director with the platform to further shape and lead some exciting, innovative approaches whilst making their mark, operating at scale and on a national platform.

We are pursuing ambitious plans for transformation; to face the challenge of balancing the need to make large-scale efficiencies with our plans for modernisation, whilst working through what is an ever changing landscape, and the delivery of service excellence. Great progress on that journey has been made; we have the ability to invest the resources necessary to ensure that our priorities are met now and into the future.

With this in mind, we are now looking for an assistant director with vision, leadership and the drive to meet challenges head on, as well as someone who can work successfully with key stakeholders and take key service managers with us; to realise our ambition. You will be an inspirational, progressive, supportive and visible leader steeped in innovative professional social work practice. You will understand and have the ability to navigate the challenging and ever changing children and young people’s landscape and above all you will have a passionate commitment to young people with a moral purpose at the core.

As assistant director you will be a true social care professional providing clear, assured direction and innovative leadership to the strategies, functions and operational delivery of our children’s and families service. A member of the children and young people’s service leadership team, you will also ensure continual improvement in performance across our entire children and young people’s service.

Given our lean senior management system you will play a key role in the corporate leadership of the council, working with the chief executive, corporate directors, elected members, and other senior colleagues across the council.

In return we can provide you with:

  • a strong foundation to progress some really interesting, innovative, high impact, ground-breaking work;
  • the opportunity to positively influence the entirety of our children’s service and the council as a whole;
  • a large organisation serving the largest county in the country providing the opportunity to work at scale;
  • an excellent reputation, allowing you to work with organisation’s on a national stage and trade services commercially;
  • strong political leadership and partnership arrangements providing catalysts for change not barriers to overcome;
  • an authority which is financially stable as a result of our grip on performance and resources, and our ability to spend the Yorkshire pound astutely allowing you to forge forward with innovative practice; and
  • career progression, with our grip, resilience and agility provides the platform for you to make your mark and enjoy personal and professional success.

We are looking for someone with a proven track record in delivering and leading complex children’s services and clear ability to do so in a large authority. If you are an excellent strategic manager, with a strong background in professional social care practice, performance management and partnership working, and you are interested in taking North Yorkshire forward then we would like to hear from you.

We provide comprehensive benefits and relocation packages, details of which are available below.

Perhaps more importantly, we believe that you will be welcomed by a truly inspirational team in an innovative, successful organisation; providing you with the robust and supportive platform to personally and professionally succeed.

New to North Yorkshire? It really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities and excellent education. It is rich in heritage and culture, in a back drop of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes. A simply stunning location to live and work, we really do have it all if you are considering relocating here and we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

Northallerton benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the East Coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London just 2 hours by train. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.

To hear from Stuart Carlton our director of children and young people's service make sure you read our welcome page here.

You can find out more information about our children and young people's service here.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the video clip below.

Contact us

For an informal discussion about this opportunity we encourage applicants to contact Stuart Carlton, corporate director of children and young people’s service on 01609 532234.

To find out more about the role and service from the current, retiring post holder please contact Judith Hay on 01609 533569.

For a discussion regarding the recruitment process please contact Sarah France-Gorton, principal adviser resourcing solutions on 01609 798106.

Apply now

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one word document to sarah.france-gorton@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on 22nd October 2017.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and name of place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current/most recent employer indicating whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification below.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

This is a politically restricted post and subject to a disclosure and barring criminal record check.

Key documents

Key dates

  • Closing date: 22 October 2017*
  • Shortlisting date: w/c 23 October 2017*
  • Interview dates: 15 & 16 November 2017*

*Please note these dates have been revised from the previous dates.