The roles

Lancashire is a wonderful place to live and work and it's also one of the fastest growing locations in the UK. As the fourth largest local authority in the country and the largest in the North, we serve 1.2 million residents and deliver a wide range of innovative, successful services that really make a difference.

We’re looking for two outstanding leaders to join Lancashire County Council and drive forward new ways of working that will improve the lives of people across our flourishing county.

Salary and benefits package circa. £137k

We are on a journey that will transform the way Lancashire County Council serves its 1.2 million residents. As one of the biggest councils in the country, we're talking about change on a vast scale.

The Role

This is a pivotal role for the organisation and our new Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services will take up an important seat around the strategic leadership team table. You will help us to develop a vision and strategy that delivers effective and safe children's services along with supporting and achieving ambitious outcomes for children and young people.

You will hold the statutory role 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.

You'll be empowered to secure the improvements needed to ensure that our vulnerable children consistently receive a high standard of care and support. You will work in partnership with schools to support the drive for high standards so that our children and young people can access the quality education they deserve.

The successful candidate will be joining an organisation with real ambition, in a county that's a great place to live and work.

About you

This is a challenging role and we’re seeking a dynamic leader who has detailed knowledge of how to deliver high calibre services within a large and complex organisation. You will have significant experience working within children's services, and preferably with a social work qualification.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and Director of Resources (s151), you will lead the way in making long-term changes to ensure that our services are fit for our growing population. You will help us to drive forward new ways of working that will improve the lives of people across our flourishing county.

Developing strategy

You will have extensive experience and demonstrable success in leading major organisational and cultural change programmes to deliver service objectives across large and complex multi-disciplinary delivery teams.

Strategy will be at the heart of your thinking and you will lead the way in making long-term changes that ensure that our children's services and local educational establishments can meet the ongoing and emerging needs of our children, young people and families so that they can thrive.

Inspiring leader for our employees

Last but not least, you will be a visionary, inspiring leader for our employees. As Executive Director of Education and Children's Services you will be responsible for a large team with a varied portfolio. You'll need to demonstrate that you can influence, develop, motivate and change behaviour to achieve results through the effective leadership and management of people, financial resources and systems.

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Salary and benefits package circa. £137k

We are on a journey that will transform the way Lancashire County Council serves its 1.2 million residents. As one of the biggest councils in the country, we're talking about change on a vast scale.

The Role

It's an exciting time for Lancashire and this new role requires an exceptional candidate who can manage a broad and varied portfolio. Our new Executive Director of Growth, Environment, Transport and Community Services will be responsible for delivering a range of high profile and ground-breaking programmes that will change the landscape of our county and improve the lives of millions of our residents and visitors.

Taking up an important seat around the strategic leadership team table, you will help us to develop a vision and strategy that will improve the performance of the Lancashire economy and services to residents. You will align the strategy with wider council objectives and optimise resources to ensure effective delivery within a shifting political and economic context.

You'll be empowered to secure the improvements needed to ensure efficient and cost effective provision of a wide range of services through many programmes and initiatives. Your portfolio will include responsibility for economic development, environment, planning, household waste, highways and transportation networks across Lancashire as well as our library, registration and archive services.

The successful candidate will be joining an organisation with real ambition, in a county that's a great place to live and work.

About you

It’s an exciting time for Lancashire and we are looking for a visionary and energetic leader to deliver a range of ambitious and major projects across our economic development, highways, transport, environment and community services that will change the landscape of our county and improve the lives of millions of our residents and visitors.

This is a challenging role and we’re looking for an exceptional candidate with substantial experience, a detailed knowledge of how to deliver high calibre services, and the leadership qualities to match. Supported closely by our senior leadership team, council leader and cabinet, the successful candidate will be empowered to drive forward new ways of working that will improve the lives of people across our flourishing county.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and Director of Resources (s151), you will lead the way in making long-term changes to ensure that our services are fit for our growing population. As well as managing the county's economic development and jobs growth, you will also be the strategic lead for our most universal services including our roads, libraries, museums or registration services. These play a huge part in the daily lives of Lancashire residents and are important for the council’s reputation.

Developing strategy

You will have extensive experience and demonstrable success in leading major organisational and cultural change programmes to deliver service objectives across large and complex multi-disciplinary delivery teams.

Strategy will be at the heart of your thinking and you will lead the way in making long-term changes that ensure that our services are fit for our growing population as we work to improve our county's environment and infrastructure.

A crucial part of your role will be to provide strategic leadership, working with a range of external partners and stakeholders to enable economic development and jobs growth that will unlock our county's economic potential.

Inspiring leader for our employees

Last but not least, you will be a visionary, inspiring leader for our employees. As Executive Director of Growth, Environment, Transport and Community Services here you will be responsible for a large team with a varied portfolio. You'll need to demonstrate that you can influence, develop, motivate and change behaviour to achieve results through the effective leadership and management of people, financial resources and systems.

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Our county

Lancashire is a place with some of the most picturesque countryside you'll find, from hills to coast, alongside cities and towns with lots of creativity, history and potential.

Our neighbours are the Lake District, Manchester and Liverpool, and we are connected by a first rate road network to the rest of the UK. We are home to the birthplace of the industrial revolution and can boast a range of heritage and cultural assets across the county. In recent times we have also developed a reputation as one of England’s best 'foodie' locations, inspiring a new generation of restaurateurs, while our housing market offers good value and diversity with something to suit every taste and budget.

Lancashire is a place with space to live and play; somewhere you can have an excellent quality of life. Join us and you'll find you're gaining much more than just a job.

Our organisation

Lancashire is a wonderful place to live and work and it's also one of the fastest growing locations in the UK. As the fourth largest local authority in the country and the largest in the North, we serve 1.2 million residents and deliver a wide range of innovative, successful services that really make a difference to people's lives.

Our reputation

We have a reputation for making things happen and our successes are plentiful. For example, the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal agreed with the Government and partners in autumn 2013 was the first outside the original core cities' bids to gain approval. We are now at the heart of delivering a £350m infrastructure programme as the catalyst for 17,000 new homes and 20,000+ new jobs in this part of the county alone.

Our employees

Our employees are the key to our success and deliver some exceptional services both at the frontline and behind the scenes. The county council frequently gains national recognition thanks to their exceptional efforts and we see effective employee engagement as a central part of how we do things now and in the future.

A need for change

But there's always room for improvement and, as across local government, the county council has a real need for change. As part of the senior leadership team, you'll build on our past successes and turn us into a council that's fit for the future – one that remains financially stable and excels at supporting economic growth, improving wellbeing and protecting the most vulnerable.

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About the council

Our corporate governance structure consists of a leader, a cabinet and an overview and scrutiny function.

The county council has all-out elections every four years and when we last went to the polls, earlier this year, the result took the council into a Conservative controlled authority. The new administration has been in place since May 2017 and we are currently in the middle of an organisational transformation that must allow the council to continue serving the public effectively despite huge reductions in funding.

We're ready for a big change. Are you?

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