County Council members will be asked to approve the appointment of a new director of the children and young people's service next month, following a recommendation to appoint Stuart Carlton to the post.
Mr Carlton is currently assistant director for children's services at Lincolnshire County Council.
The new director of children's services plans to join the council in the summer following the retirement of Pete Dwyer who has led the service for the past 4 years.
Mr Carlton joins a service which has gained national recognition for best practice at a time when children's services nationally are struggling under enormous pressure. The Department for Education has made North Yorkshire one of only seven councils nationally to be a Partner in Practice to share innovation in children's services with other authorities. According to MP Edward Timpson, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, North Yorkshire is a "leading light in the design of services for vulnerable children".
In addition, high and increasing numbers of children and young people attend good or outstanding schools, outperforming national comparators.
Richard Flinton, chief executive of the county council said: "Stuart is exactly the can-do sort of person we need to lead our children's services. Lincolnshire, like North Yorkshire, is a Partner in Practice for the Government and Stuart has an impressive track record in delivering excellence.
"He will build on the great work already delivered by Pete Dwyer and through strong innovative leadership ensure continued improvement despite the challenging budget climate and a more autonomous education system."
Mr Carlton began his career in social services in 1991 and is qualified in both social work and social care management.
He said: "I am delighted to be joining NYCC as its director for the children and young people's service. It is an ambitious and well regarded council. I am joining a great team and look forward to working with them to meet the challenges ahead".
The recommendation for appointment will be made at the meeting of the full council on 17 May where a final decision will be taken by councillors.