Executive Director - Families & Communities

Job Description "Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of...

Job Description

"Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for".

Location:  Marischal College

Duration:  Permanent, Full Time


About the Role:

The Executive Director - Families & Communities is responsible for overseeing an executive portfolio of corporate functions in the alignment of the council's commissioning approach, through strategic planning with partners and the integration of services at a locality level. These include Education & 
Lifelong Learning, Housing, Social Work & Family Support, and Corporate Landlord.

Subject to delivery of the emerging model of Family Support, this function will change as more of our services are delivered through partnerships and community self-help, or negated through improved demand management, and/or are delivered by other parties within and outside of the ACC group. The role will have a key responsibility in leading the transformation required to ensure readiness for the changes 
associated with various reforms impacting families and communities and for delivery of The Promise by using the determinates of good health and improved data to prevent harm whenever possible to do so.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, the Executive Director - Families & Communities will perform at an executive level with responsibility for a range of functions and will be an intrinsic part of the Corporate Management Team. The success of this role will be interdependent on relationships with the Executive Director - City Regeneration & Environment and the Executive Director - Corporate Services.

Each Executive Director in the CMT acts as the formal Deputy for the Chief Executive, and as Head of the Paid Service in their absence, to provide strategic leadership as well as direction to deliver the policies and priorities of the Council in accordance with its Guiding Principles.


Minimum Qualification(s) / Certificates / Memberships etc. required:

Degree level qualification or equivalent and extensive leadership experience relating to
the role

Evidence of Continuous Professional Development


The postholder will be expected to demonstrate:

Skills & Experience in:

Strategic policy development and implementation

Developing/Managing strategic partnerships

Service transformation and improvement

Developing integrated services

Managing consultation forums and relationships with trades unions

Successful budgetary management and control

Delivering measurable outcomes

Performance Management

Managing and understanding a demanding client base

Risk analysis, risk awareness, monitoring and management of risk

Practical knowledge of negotiating and influencing in a complex environment

Practical knowledge of setting strategy in a complex organisation

Operational and strategic management of education, children’s and family

Reporting to Committees and engaging with Elected Members

Influencing and making recommendations based on sound risk management 
principles and contingency planning, within financial, legal and ethical 

Understanding of:

Key drivers in a business area and working in partnership with stakeholders
to measurably improve service delivery

Relevant legislation pertaining to the function portfolio

Major legislative and other issues facing local government with a particular 
focus on achieving effective delivery of services at a time of significant and 
financial challenge

Commitment to:

The Guiding Principles and aims of Aberdeen City Council

The Aberdeen City Council Target Operating Model

The Local Outcome Improvement Plan

The Individual

Please see Job Profile & Candidate Pack for further details


Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer.  If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact AskHR@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families: armedforces@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found at https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/jobs

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