At Merton, we are working to be London’s best Council. At the heart of this vision is a commitment to give all our children and young people the very best life chances and choices. As Head of Policy, Performance & Partnerships you will ensure outstanding services are provided both to the department and to our partners, services that help us improve our performance and secure the quality and value for money of our delivery. Working as a key member of the children schools and families’ senior team, you will be instrumental in the design and delivery of new policy and strategy that means Merton remains a good place for children to go to school and grow up.
About the role
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Education and shaping and leading a team of c15 research, information, policy and business support staff, you will be the first point of contact for children’s services policy, strategic planning and performance management advice to the Director, Assistant Directors and Heads of Service. You will:
- Lead on the development and delivery of a robust children’s services performance management framework
- Develop and champion our approach to continuous improvement
- Lead on the development and maintenance of partnership and departmental strategies, policies and procedures
- Provide leadership to the Safeguarding Children’s Board and its successor body
- Ensure the User’s Voice is heard across all our policies, strategies and emerging initiatives
- Work with the Director and Assistant Directors on the development of our target operating model, as well as leading on service planning, risk and information governance
- Help ensure the most appropriate configuration of data and performance functions across the department.
You will bring in depth knowledge of the legislative and policy context for children and young people’s services and a track record in leading performance, policy and strategy teams, working closely with senior managers, stakeholder and partners. You will possess excellent statistical and analytical skills as well as the ability to lead successful projects and programmes.
Your track record will include verifiable evidence of improvement in outcomes based on the delivery of effective quality and performance management. You will be able to demonstrate leadership, negotiation and relationship management skills appropriate to delivering high profile, complex services that have a profound impact on the effectiveness, availability and value for money of services to children and young people.
How to apply
For further information and to apply please contact Mark Bearn of HAYS Executive or visit hays.co.uk/jobs/londonboroughofmerton. Application is by CV with a covering letter. Your covering letter, which should be no longer than four pages, should explain both your interest in the post and how you meet the requirements of the person specification. The closing date for applications is Monday 17th December.