Sheffield is a great city and our Corporate Plan focuses on what makes Sheffield a unique, ambitious and inspiring city with a clear vision for Sheffield children and young people to be safe and supported to achieve their full potential.
We are pursuing ambitious plans for transformation, facing the challenges of making efficiencies and modernising how we work, so that we deliver high performing, quality services to children and young people.
Great progress has already been made with our innovative improvement programme and we are committed to investing in our priorities so that the new Assistant Director has a strong platform to further shape and lead our Provider Services.
With this in mind, we are seeking to appoint an outstanding Assistant Director who possesses vision, leadership and experience to meet these challenges head on, empower service managers to deliver and drive service quality forward, so that together we make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Sheffield.
Reporting to the Director of Children and Families, as Assistant Director you will be a member of the senior leadership team, contributing to the strategic direction and ensuring continual improvement in performance across our entire Children, Young People and Families Service.
You will be an exceptional social care professional providing clear, assured direction and innovative leadership to the strategies, functions and operational delivery of our Provider Services. You will have substantial experience of managing children's social care and multi-agency services at Assistant Director/Head of Service level. You will have a deep knowledge and understanding of all safeguarding issues and legislation and have the desire and the ability to build strong and positive relationships with colleagues and partner agencies across the city.
You will know what best practice looks like and set high child focused standards for the whole service. You will be resilient, informed, experience and committed to making a difference to the lives of children and families in Sheffield.
Confident, committed and credible, you are likely to be in a similar role or looking to step up to a new challenge. Either way, it’s important that you are self-motivated, proactive and innovative and have exceptional influencing, partnership, communication and project management skills.
This is a great opportunity to join a high energy and ambitious team with the talent and determination to deliver the council’s Corporate Plan and our children’s services ambitious transformation agenda for the benefit of all the residents of Sheffield.
Please note that the interview process for this role will consist of an Assessment Centre and a formal interview. The Assessment Centre will take place on Monday 11th December and the formal interview on Tuesday 12th December.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.
We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.