Assistant Director, Education and SEND
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC
  • Published: Tue 08/06/2021, 14:10 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 27/06/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Up to £106,790 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Assistant Director, Education and SEND

Closing Date: 27 June 2021 at 11:59pm

Technical Interviews - Wednesday 7 July 2021 (AM Only) & Thursday 8 July 2021 (AM Only)

Member Panel Shortlisting - Monday 26th July 2021 

Assessment Centre - Monday 2 August 2021

Member Interview Panel - Wednesday 4 August 2021                              

Medway is home to ambitious and far-reaching regeneration activity and is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting places to live, work, learn and visit in the south east.  Excellent transport links, affordable living, a thriving business sector, excellent primary, secondary and further education facilities, a vibrant annual cultural and festival programme and stunning heritage and green spaces are just some of the reasons why more people are moving to Medway.

We are committed to providing the best quality education and support for children and families, securing good outcomes and effective transition to adulthood.  We want to ensure that the potential of our children and young people can flourish – equipping them with the skills and knowledge that they need to achieve their very best.

We are looking for someone with an excellent track record of delivery in an education and children’s services environment with the ability to lead large scale projects and provide challenge and support to senior leaders across Medway.

Working closely with school leaders across all phases, you’ll help to strengthen partnerships that encourage greater consistency and collaboration to raise attainment.  You’ll have a key role to play in promoting inclusion and integrated working across education, health and social care, supporting better outcomes for all children.  Building trust and rapport with school leaders will be vital to bringing about change, so a proven professional track record in school improvement and a detailed knowledge of the current and emerging agenda in the sector is essential.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact Claire Poynter, Head of Recruitment at Kyndi Recruitment on 01634 560800.

For further information please refer to the attached recruitment brochure. A copy of the Medway SEND strategy and Medway Education Partnership strategy are also attached for information.

To apply please send your CV together with a supporting statement to

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date

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