Communities and Families
Head of Service - Children's Services
Edinburgh, Waverley Court
Closing Date: 2 March 2018Requirements
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity to drive sustainable organisational strategy, delivering person-centred outcomes which enable citizen choice. You will report to the Executive Director, as the Head of Children’s Services within the Communities and Families Directorate at the City of Edinburgh Council.
Responsible for developing the strategic direction, policy and practice for a number of key services including:children’s social work practice teams, including child protection children with disabilities – social work looked after children special schools additional support for learning.
As part of your responsibilities for these key services you will ensure:consistency of approach effective integration of services delivery of outcomes cost-efficient working communication is facilitated across sectors.
In this role, you will also fulfil the role of agency decision-maker and other statutory children’s social work functions.
We are the second largest council in Scotland and the ninth largest in the UK, with a gross revenue budget of over £1.5bn (net c. £968m) for the financial year 2017/18.
We provide a wide and far reaching variety of services making us unique as an employer, and our varied rewards cater to the needs and wants of our employees. People are the centre of everything we do – whether it’s our employees, residents or visitors.
We offer a competitive salary and pension and leadership development programmes.
You will have relevant senior leadership experience and be able to evidence a track record of success in a similar environment, particularly in statutory children’s services. In addition to the delivery of frontline and professional services, you’ll be able to manage complex change in a large organisation. Candidates will be powerful advocates of collaboration, inclusion and partnership working.
You will be a strong leader; capable of having the challenging conversations but also passionate about working with people and helping them be their best. You’ll strive to see opportunities for improvement but manage challenges pragmatically.
How to apply
If you feel you have the experience and energy to join our team, complete the application form online.
Closing date for applications: Friday 2 March 2018.
More informationCandidate information brochure: gov.uk/edinburgh The City of Edinburgh Council website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/
Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk
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