About the roles

Following a recent restructure which created a number of new Head of Service posts, we are inviting external applications for these two exciting, visible and vital roles.

Head of Organisational Development and Performance • up to £65k

Reporting to the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources), you’ll be our in-house expert on OD, HR and Performance. Your focus will be to lead your portfolio areas, promoting strategies and processes which deliver business change, drive people-focused services, and support the achievement of the Corporate Plan. Working with colleagues including as our Head of ICT / Business Transformation, you’ll identify and implement strategies for improvement in areas such as:

• Sickness absence
• Engagement in professional development
• Embedding organisational values consistently across the council
• Communicating our high-performance culture across the council

Candidates are likely to hold membership of CIPD (though in exceptional circumstances we would consider a relevant post-graduate level degree if paired with extensive practical HR / OD experience). Local government experience would be an advantage.

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Head of Culture and Communities up to £65k

Reporting to the Strategic Director (Corporate Delivery), and with a relevant professional background, you’ll have two principal accountabilities. First, you’ll develop a new 5+ year strategy to develop the asset base available to local communities (both soft and hard assets). A critical success factor will be your plan to resource and implement it. Where additional resources are shown to be required, we’ll expect you to secure them and oversee any new-build. Second, you’ll draft and implement an overarching strategy to increase the level of external resources secured by the service.

It’s a rich and varied role, with a range of community touch-points: - from community safety, to voluntary sector support; cultural development and events planning, to sports development; youth engagement to health & wellbeing. You’ll oversee the management of a range of cultural and leisure amenities, including leisure centres, open spaces, and community facilities.

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For  both roles, we’re looking for people who will grasp the accountability of being an expert adviser across their portfolio. Leadership of your area is vital, but we are also looking for evidence that you can work across teams and collaborate effectively with other Heads of Service. You must demonstrate that you can manage risk, pay attention to detail and bring others with you. Political nous and a strong ability to work closely with Members are essential, and your personal ambition should be matched by ambition for your service.