SEND and Transformation are two important words for us in Surrey - put them together and you will understand that we have a unique opportunity for an Assistant Director to lead and make a personal impact on the delivery of our high profile SEND Transformation Programme- a chance that doesn’t come along often.
Our SEND Strategy and Transformation programme is integral to Surrey achieving a desired step change in both culture and approach to SEND across our teams, partners and services. By improving and joining up the availability, accessibility and inclusion of support across the whole system we can ensure that our programme moves forward positively, providing an offer that enables our children, young people and families to achieve consistently better outcomes and is financially sustainable.
We are already making clear and sustained progress across services as a result of initiatives such as the Learners’ Single Point of Access (L-SPA), and a focus on early intervention, positive partnership working with our health colleagues and quality and consistent engagement with parents to provide support to name just a few.
In the words of our new Executive Director of Children’s Services, Rachael Wardell, the latest addition to our permanent leadership team here in Surrey, “We’re constantly pushing ourselves to do better for children, young people and their families.” This new role is critical to driving those improvements.
Reporting to Director for Education and Lifelong Learning, Liz Mills, you will join a capable and motivated leadership team who are committed to delivering the aims and priorities set out in our SEND Strategy.
This is a key leadership role with a big focus on stakeholder management to ensure that our transformation programme progresses positively. An ability to quickly develop strong working relationships with internal and external senior stakeholders is critical, particularly with those beyond our direct organisational boundaries such as school leaders, where you’ll advise and influence them on the details and development of the programme.
You will ensure there is accountability for plans across the programme and that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined with all key stakeholders. You will be adept at horizon scanning to pre-empt and mitigate risks associated with the programme, escalating these as required and feeding them into forward planning.
You will have a genuine interest and understanding of the SEND agenda and the education/health/social care sectors, recognising that each has its part to play in the overall transformation of the services we deliver. You will have the natural ability to present yourself positively with both confidence and conviction, inspiring respect and trust amongst colleagues, partners and peers, working as part of the directorate team but with a real outward focus on successful collaborative working.
If you can demonstrate a proven track record of successful co-delivery of complex projects of similar scale across partnership structures, dynamic leadership skills, clear strategic thinking and strong influencing and negotiating skills, we would love to hear from you. Your contribution to our transformation journey will build upon on the good progress we’ve already made in helping to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Please refer to the full job description attached at the bottom of the advert for more information.
Please note that this position is offered as a 2 year fixed term contract/ secondment opportunity.
To arrange an informal discussion with Liz Mills about this role please contact Lizzie Newton by e-mail at Elizabeth.Newton@surreycc.gov.uk
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 7th March 2021.
Interviews are planned to take place from mid March 2021 onwards.
If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview. Please note it is anticipated there will be a two-stage selection process for this role.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
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.
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