The role

Director Children’s Service

Competitive Salary

Make a real difference for Children and Young People in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities

We are seeking a new Director of Children’s Services to lead the next stage of our journey. Our ambition is to be outstanding, with children and young people feeling safe, supported and able to thrive and reach their full potential.

You will be the statutory DCS and a key member of the corporate management team, contributing to the governance of the whole council, leading on cross cutting issues along with children’s social care, early help, education, SEND and skills. We are rightly proud of our partnership working both with the city and the DfE in establishing a new model of education partnership through place-based initiatives. We have an ambitious growth agenda and addressing the skills shortages for this is vital.

You will offer substantial leadership experience, an understanding of what outstanding looks like and the determination to take us there. In return we offer you a city with a strong sense of identity – one which prides itself on systems leadership and cooperation, with the added benefit of living and working in an outstanding coastal location in the South West of England.

Visit the how to apply section for further information or call our advising consultants at Penna, Andy Tromans 07805 226301, Carol Coyle 07500 887849 or Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 15 October 2021