Strategic Director Social Care and Education

City Hall

Job Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 8th January 2020

Salary: £126279 - £135302

Total salary package*: £180877

Job Reference: LCC00929


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The opportunity

This is an outstanding opportunity to influence, support and lead our adult and children’s social care and education strategy and make a positive contribution to the lives of individuals, families and communities in one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities.

Your role

Working closely with the city mayor, senior council officers and councillors, you’ll develop and deliver a strategic vision for social care and education services. You’ll oversee both children’s and adult social care as we support the most vulnerable people in Leicester. This includes providing expert advice on all relevant policy areas and best practice to ensure we continue to improve our services and how we deliver them.

At the same time, you’ll have overall operational, financial, managerial and professional accountability for providing and commissioning front-line services to protect and develop children, young people and adults in Leicester. That means giving clear leadership to your teams and inspiring them to continuously look for ways to improve and deliver high quality services, while making the most of available resources. It means developing strong working relationships with a wide range of partners. Most of all, it means ensuring that our services improve the quality of life for people across the city, from enhancing their knowledge and skills to protecting and safeguarding the most vulnerable.

What you need

You’ll be an experienced senior manager with a proven record of successfully leading a highly complex, service critical organisation and developing successful working partnerships. A motivational leader with the ability to engage and inspire people at all levels, you’ll have the drive and energy to ensure we design, develop and deliver innovative solutions that make Leicester the best UK city to live, learn and thrive in.

With a background in leading major strategic change, you’ll have the confidence to operate effectively in a political environment and to achieve goals successfully, while meeting budgetary targets. Most of all, you’ll be committed to developing social care and education services that transform people’s lives in a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city.

Further information

Please complete our online application form referring to the person specification in the attached recruitment pack. Please ensure you tell us about your experience and knowledge, where this is being measured by application form.

Should you wish to attach your CV, please also ensure that this is tailored to reflect the job requirements which will give you the best possible chance of being shortlisted.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Jo Allen on 07840571105 or email

For additional information relating to this job please see the attached recruitment pack.

What we can offer you

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between you work life and your personal life. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave entitlement, membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities and career pathways. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including our fantastic salary sacrifice car scheme, big discounts at high-street outlets, childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains, we may also be able help with relocation expenses if you are moving to the City, or need help with commuting costs.


* Please note that the total package number includes pension contribution and full holiday entitlement, including bank holidays.

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