Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Closing date: Sunday 10th July 2022
Interview date: Friday 15th July 2022
For an informal discussion, please contact:
Principal Social Worker
About the role
East Sussex Children’s Services
East Sussex Children’s Services is Ofsted graded outstanding Local Authority. This is not an easy accomplishment and is the result of many factors including recruiting the right people who then commit to stay with us for the long term. Recruiting and retaining the right staff, whether that is social workers, residential keyworkers, or early help practitioners, is key to ensuring that we make a real difference to the most vulnerable children and families in our community. We have had a great track record in the past but as with most Local Authorities we are facing some recruitment challenges. In response to this challenge, we are establishing a new recruitment and retention team located in the heart of the service. This has created this new post of Recruitment Manager for social care and early help. As the new manager of this service, you will drive forward recruitment and retention strategic activity, building upon pre-existing strengths and developing new initiatives.
You will be a resourceful, passionate, and motivated individual who has experience in leading on recruitment and retention across a large workforce.
You will be a creative thinker, good problem solver and have excellent strategic skills. You will also have excellent management skills. Not only will you be able to innovate in the area of recruitment and retention, but you will also have outstanding relationship skills, being able to motivate and influence others and developing positive collaborations with the local universities and other stakeholders ensuring the profile of our workforce is significantly increased and developing multiple routes into children’s services.
Alongside your good working knowledge of developing strategy, you will also have the practical and creative abilities to work with communications professionals to develop recruitment campaign materials using a variety of channels including traditional media, social media and website advertising. You will also lead on the developing and updating the design and content of the recruitment website for early help, social care and residential services.
We welcome applications from all sections of our community and for this post we particularly encourage applications from people of Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds.
Our progressive development programme will enable you to further develop your expertise in children’s services and this will be supported through induction, supervision, mentoring, and bespoke training. We want to recruit those that are already motivated and have the skills and knowledge to make a difference for our workforce. But we don’t expect you to sit on your laurels, the kind of people attracted to this role will constantly be wanting to learn and develop and maximise the many opportunities working for ESCC provides.
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Benefits of a role with East Sussex
In addition to a highly-competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits including relocation costs, interest free loans for rental deposit and driving lessons and low interest car loans*. For all the details, take a look at the full range of benefits.
**All financial benefits are subject to terms and conditions.
An award winning team
- *Judged Outstanding by Ofsted July 2018
- Local Government Association Chronicle Awards for services to children and business transformation
- Teaching Partnership status.
So, join us, and start a fulfilling career in social work with East Sussex County Council.
For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialwork
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.