The salary range for this role starts at £80,977 and goes up to £92,278 per annum based on working 36 hours per week.
Surrey Children Services are looking for innovative and highly committed senior professionals to join our leadership team to be part of the next stage of our continuous improvement. If you enjoy working in collaboration, building partnership networks, and developing innovative solutions to meet the needs of Children, Young People, and their families in the communities of Surrey then we are keen to hear from you.
Surrey Children Services work with families and communities with a practice approach of Family Resilience. This incorporates a community based Early Help delivery model, a Family Safeguarding Practice Model in our statutory social work services, and models of practice such as No Wrong Door and Mockingbird to support children looked after and our highly valued foster carers.
Reporting to the Director for Family Resilience and Safeguarding / Corporate Parenting, we are looking for leaders with substantial social care experience to join us as we build on the foundations and positive progress made over recent months as recognised in the latest ILAC Ofsted and HMIP Youth Services Reports.
As a key member of the wider Directorate Leadership Team, alongside the specific role profile requirements you will:
- Provide effective operational leadership for multidisciplinary social care teams to ensure casework is prioritised and managed effectively.
- Work collaboratively across the directorate, wider organisation and with partners and stakeholders to support safe inclusive practice that improves outcomes and ensures no one is left behind.
- Inspire those under your leadership through a constructive and coaching style that supports professional development.
- Have the ability to build and maintain purposeful strategic relationships with external organisations and partner agencies to deliver purposeful social work.
- Uphold and role model our organisational values and behaviours.
We are looking for an individual who can bring their skills, knowledge and experience from working within the children’s social care space and use this to work sensitively, authentically and with authority.
We are looking for leaders who understand the importance of relationship-based practice and can transmit this into every element of their work and interactions. We have a strong commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for both our employees and the communities we serve, therefore it will be imperative that you too share this commitment.
Your contributions will ensure that we sustain the positive progress we have made to date whilst building innovative and creative ways of working that support our Family Safeguarding model and draw upon best practice, rooting children at the centre of all we do.
This is a role with purpose, where you will support real people and real lives to ensure that no one is left behind. We are on a mission to be an excellent children’s service, highly valued by the Surrey residents we support and the partner organisations we work with. We are looking for our next Assistant Directors who share this commitment. If that’s you then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
For more information please view the full job description and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Job Details
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 12th June 2022.
Interviews will be held face to face at our Quadrant Court Office in Woking and are planned for W/C 27th June 2022. If this date needs to change then you will be advised with as much notice as possible.
An Enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
To arrange for an informal chat about the role please contact Helena Whittle via email at Helena.Whittle@surreycc.gov.uk who will be coordinating arrangement to discuss the opportunity with either Matt Ansell (Director of Family Resilience and Safeguarding) or Tina Benjamin (Director of Corporate Parenting).
Our Benefits - what we can offer you:
We offer many great benefits for staff depending on what is important to you. A selection of these include:
- Agile and flexible work options: We recognise the importance of striking a good work life balance and are open to considering work patterns shaped around the principles of trust, accountability and a strong team and work ethic
- Professional support from experienced and qualified members of the team to help you grow and develop your career
- A generous local government pension scheme to provide you with a secure and guaranteed future income. Tax relief on your contributions is available whilst we pay significant amounts into the Surrey Pension Fund
- Access to a range of health and wellbeing tools and information to support your mental and emotional wellbeing including our confidential Employee Assistance Programme, a range of mental health apps that have been assessed against NHS standards, support for staff in crisis and much more
- Lifestyle benefits: access to a huge range of discounted vouchers and memberships covering the gym, retail, cinema and holidays
- Travel and Transport benefits: including salary sacrifice, purchase of additional annual leave, cycle and car schemes as well as discounted travel on season tickets
Above all we are striving to be an inclusive and welcoming employer providing you with access to opportunities that support you professionally and fulfil you personally.