In Wandsworth, we are on a successful journey of improvement. At the heart of our vision is a commitment to give all our children and young people the very best life chances through empowering them and their families. As Head of Performance and Improvement, you will ensure outstanding services are provided both to the department and to our partners that help us improve performance and secure quality and value for money in service delivery. Working as a key member of the Children’s Services senior team, you will be instrumental in the design and delivery of new policy and strategy that achieves the ambition that Wandsworth is an outstanding borough for children to go to school and grow up.
Reporting directly to the Director of Children’s Services, you will shape and lead a cross-departmental team of research, information and policy staff and analysts. You will be the first point of contact for children’s services policy, strategic planning and performance management, providing advice to the Director, Assistant Directors and Heads of Service.
- 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 departmental strategies, policies and procedures
- Ensure that service users’ voices are heard across all our policies, strategies and emerging initiatives
- Work with the Director and Assistant Directors to develop a new Children’s Plan as well as leading on service planning, needs analyses and innovative research
- 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’s services and a track record in leading performance, policy and strategy teams, working closely with senior managers, stakeholders, partners and Elected Members. You will possess excellent analytical skills as well as the ability to lead successful projects and change programmes.
Your track record will include demonstrable improvement in outcomes based on delivering effective quality assurance and performance management. You will be able to evidence 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 the department and to children and their families.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), part time working, annualised hours, term time only and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as Performance Related Pay, membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.
How to Apply:
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.
Shortlisting Date: W/C 24th March 2019
Interview Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.
We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment