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Assistant Director of Children In Care

Social Care

Children's Services

Oldham Council

Assistant Director of Children In Care
Children’s Services


Ref:: AD2/OL-39671

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £71,030 - £79,550

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham OL1 1NL (Sat Nav)

Closing Date: Thursday 10th September 2020 (12pm) 

Shortlisting: Monday 14th September 2020

Final panel interviews including assessment centre: week commencing Monday 21st September 2020

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This is an exciting time to join Oldham Council and an opportunity to make a real difference to children in our borough as we are currently embarking upon a transformation programme which has included the creation of a new senior management team which has included this role to improve our services and deliver positive outcomes for our children and young people.


We are therefore looking for an outstanding Assistant Director who will bring a track record of delivering and supporting the transformation of Children’s Services with a significant emphasis on working with families and young people who are on the edge of care, in care and care leavers and responsible for the residential estate.


If you think, this could be you, please read on.


This post will lead the Children in Care and Young People’s Service and works with families and young people who are on the edge of care, in care and care leavers.


You will be responsible for ensuring that children and young people who are looked after and care leavers are provided with intervention and support to best meet their needs and to ensure they have the best opportunities to succeed in life.


The role will be responsible for and dedicated to working in partnership with others developing new ways of engaging with our children, young people and their families and communities to improve their outcomes by ensuring that we build resilience and work as one team.


As an Assistant Director you will manage a number of key services, contributing to the strategic direction, impact and overall performance of Children Services whilst providing strategic advice within statutory frameworks. These include the Looked after social work teams and after care service, residential and fostering service and supporting the regional adoption service


The role will initiate and oversee the implementation of major change programmes and also drive forward excellence. Under your leadership our teams will help deliver effective relationships with external stakeholders, partners and agencies, representing and promoting the Council’s interests with these groups. 


With a thorough working knowledge of Children’s Services best practice, you will successfully manage large budgets and be able to actively demonstrate delivery of high performing, efficient services.


Our leaders will know how to apply risk management while setting strategies, and have a thorough understanding of the legislation, issues and agendas facing local government and children’s services.


Our objective is that we want all children in Oldham to thrive and therefore if you feel you can support, develop and implement this ambition, we would love to hear from you.


For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Elaine Devaney, Director of Children’s Social Care at leaving contact details.



About Us:


Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.


The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham


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Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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application deadline

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14th Sep 2020

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