Corporate Director, Children & Education - City of York Council

City of York Council - Children's Services Opportunities / Corporate Director, Children & Education

Job description

Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
Salary: circa £113k plus relocation support
Location: West Offices, York (hybrid working also available)

Purpose of the job

Working with the Corporate Management Team, the Leader and elected Members, and other partners in a whole system approach, lead and direct the Children’s Services and Education functions to deliver effective and safe children’s services which achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.


Structure chart for the Corporate Director, Children & Education

Principal accountabilities

  • hold the statutory DCS and Lead Corporate Parent roles for Children’s Services; providing effective strategic leadership and professional guidance to the Council and Senior Leadership Team to ensure the discharge of all relevant statutory responsibilities, management of risk and assist the council to influence public policy
  • lead the development and transformation of children’s services through building a high performing senior team who provide credible leadership and maintain a motivated, professional and performance focused workforce that is committed to achieving successful outcomes for children and young people
  • support the Chief Operating Officer in the corporate and strategic management of the Council, to develop solutions to new and emerging issues and facilitate corporate working across the Council, to help build integrated service delivery
  • lead on the work with key stakeholders to align priorities and resources so the combined efforts of the parties are effectively co-ordinated to deliver quality educational outcomes and secure safe and promote quality of life and good care strategy for children and their families in the City
  • lead on the education and skills for young people by working in partnership with schools, colleges and employers to support the drive for high educational standards, achievement and opportunities for all children and young people and creating effective pathways into meaningful careers
  • develop and maintain a corporate performance management regime to monitor, measure and report performance ensuring any action necessary is taken to meet organisational targets and standards for positive outcomes for children and families
  • lead on external assessments, e.g. Ofsted, sector-led and peer reviews
  • develop effective working relationships with members and keep them properly advised and informed to support effective make decisions necessary to development of services deliver projects effectively and cost effectively on behalf of the Council
  • responsible for openness and transparency in the development and delivery of services and projects including extensive and genuine engagement with the residents and stakeholder proportionate to the scale of the matter at hand
  • represent the organisation at high levels with stakeholders across the Yorkshire region and nationally, where applicable
  • lead of developments that mitigate against significant risk on business and organisational strategies
  • contribute to the corporate leadership and management of the Council as a whole, leading, planning and delivering the Council’s corporate strategic priorities

Person specification


  • educated to degree level preferably in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience (essential)
  • management or professional qualification (essential)
  • social care qualification (desirable)

Essential knowledge and skills

  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of leading edge service delivery, the market(s) within which services are delivered and the ability to translate this into a commercial approach to business relationships and service transformation
  • extensive knowledge and understanding of local government and of the areas of responsibility, legislative frameworks and key practice developments
  • ability to set clear direction, motivate and influence, the workforce and other stakeholders to change behaviour to achieve service improvements and outstanding results
  • highly developed interpersonal and communication skills and ability to operate in a sensitive political environment where build effective working relationships with employees, Council Members, the general public and other stakeholders
  • strong options appraisal and cost benefit analytical skills to provide critical and decisive direction and management of large, complex public sector budgets with an emphasis on value for money and efficiencies
  • ability and the personal resilience to operate in a highly sensitive and political environment and where there is intense scrutiny of performance
  • understanding, developing and sustaining a culture that meets the needs of and engages with a range of diverse communities

Essential experience

  • significant experience at senior management level, working in a political, complex, multi-functional organisation
  • extensive experience and a proven track record in the leadership of services for education; children’s safeguarding and social care; quality, prevention and commissioning
  • experience of developing and delivering strategic solutions to meet statutory requirements, service standards and emerging priorities
  • successful leadership, management and motivation of people and financial resources to deliver service objectives across large and complex multi-disciplinary delivery teams
  • demonstrated evidence of significant service improvement through, capacity building, workforce modernisation and organisational reform
  • experience of leading successful major service change that delivers improved outcomes within more affordable models of service delivery
  • extensive experience of leading complex partnership development, and collaborative working on delivery
  • experience of operating within, and managing, an area of significant risk, exercising considerable judgement and identifying and mitigating corporate and project risks
  • experience of managing resources to achieve improvements and excellence within financial and budgetary constraints
  • a record of promoting and delivering positive solutions to achieve diversity, equality of opportunity and prevent of discrimination

Contact us and apply now

For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Penny Keatings at or on 07811 411462 from our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution


To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to as soon as possible.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also include details of your current salary.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

This is a politically restricted post as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Key dates

Corporate Director, Children & Education

  • Closing date: midnight on Sunday 6 March
  • Interview: Assessment Event 28 March and Final Interview 1 April

Note: We plan to appoint the Corporate Director Children & Education first, to enable the incumbent to join the recruitment exercise for the Director, Children’s Safeguarding on the dates below. It would be helpful if candidates applying could consider being available to take part in these interviews.

Director, Children’s Safeguarding

  • Closing date: midnight on Sunday 6 March
  • Interview: Assessment Event 11 April and Final Interview 13 April

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