Executive Director - Communities

Blaby Permanent £84,452 - £95,764 per year
  • Career enhancing opportunity to lead partnership programs
  • A highly varied and stimulating role, in a council with good finances

About Our Client

Blaby is a Council committed to continually improving the Blaby District making it a great place to live, work and visit.

Blaby District Council are committed to building a Council that is not only in tune with the rapidly changing times but also possesses the creative adaptability necessary to overcome the challenges the Council will face.

Blaby's future holds immense promise.

Blaby is focused on bringing about meaningful change that improves the lives of real people in practical ways. Whether it's addressing climate change, improving digital accessibility to our services, promoting health and well-being, fostering economic development, or nurturing both our rural and urban treasures, they will tackle these challenges simultaneously, making Blaby District a thriving and harmonious community.

In the coming years, Blaby District is set to undergo significant change. Its population will grow, commuting patterns will shift, and businesses will evolve. To ensure that these changes are positive and that our communities continue to flourish, proactive and effective planning is crucial. The Council acknowledge that due to the financial challenges ahead they will need to make some difficult decisions, but each decision they make will be aligned with the vision outlined in their new Corporate Plan.

Their Plan lays the foundation for the Council to shape a prosperous and sustainable future, preserving the character of Blaby District and maximising opportunities for everyone. Together, they will create a better tomorrow for Blaby District, building on the shared vision and commitment of our community.

Job Description

The Executive Director - Communities, will have responsibility for a directorate that includes Environmental Health, Housing, community services, Lightbulb, Legal and democratic, communications, building control and performance services.

Key roles, tasks and responsibilities that the Executive Director of Communities will have include:

  • To lead a group of services and group managers - setting direction, establishing priorities, building capacity, maintaining focus, and delivering value for money and continuous improvement.
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team to demonstrate and promote a culture of ambition, excellence, responsibility and high standards across the council.
  • To act as an external champion for the Council to partners, businesses and the community so that the district thrives and grows sustainably.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies to develop and deliver efficiencies and service improvements and attract inward investment.
  • To lead on the delivery of our major projects.
  • To work closely with the Chief Executive, the Executive Directors and Group Managers to deliver a single team approach to leading staff, governance and delivering priorities.
  • To hold such appointments on outside bodies as specified by the Council/Cabinet Executive/Chief Executive and carry out work for or on behalf of outside bodies as required.
  • To support and advise members of the Council, Cabinet, Planning, Scrutiny and other meetings on relevant matters.
  • To deputise for the Chief Executive as required.
  • To drive a system of performance management and improvement across the council.
  • Identify and lead, alongside all Directors, the Council's transformational priorities including commercial opportunities to make the Council more financially resilient.
  • Ensure that all statutory duties and roles within the remit of the Directorate are fulfilled including those that relate to housing safety, environmental and regulatory services.
  • Ensure the Council continues to 'punch above its weight' nationally, regionally and locally through its economic, regeneration and strategic priorities.
  • Take on a full and active, cross-cutting role in the leadership of the Council acting to maintain the corporate wellbeing of the organisation.
  • Work closely with Elected Members to drive forward opportunities and developments and actively engage Elected Members in shaping excellent services.
  • To engage in Strategic Partnerships and associated forums in order to ensure the District Council's commitment to the Blaby District Council's Corporate Plan is delivered.
  • Appraising and advising on commercial opportunities and financial targets, whilst safeguarding public money.
  • Challenging and supporting decision makers by ensuring policy and operational proposals with financial and procurement implications are affordable and provide value for money.

The Successful Applicant

We are looking for a positive, motivated and passionate leader to drive the Communities directorate forward. We don't have strong views around your professional background but you will already be operating at a senior level and be able to demonstrate your ability to lead teams, build relationships through collaboration and have a strong community focus.

You would need to possess not only a in depth understanding of local government and the challenges ahead, but also have a significant level of understanding of the public sector operating environment and the challenges ahead.

Blaby District Council is going through an exciting period of change and transformation and therefore the Executive Director - Communities would need to have proven delivery of leading and managing major change in a complex service delivery environment. The successful applicant would also need to evidence that they have experience of effectively managing significant resources, successfully delivered transformational change and improvement through partnership working and have a proven track record of excellent customer service.

Blaby are looking for a highly political astute leader, who is an effective communicator, influencer and negotiator. We are seeking someone who completes tasks, has the proven ability to develop and implement strategy, plans and systems that build organisational and individual confidence and the proven ability to deliver effective long term corporate strategies in a complex organisation. Whilst at the same time promoting the highest standards of corporate governance and ethical behaviour.

The ability to form effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders, is of critical importance to this role. It will enable the council to form successful partnerships that benefit the community of the Blaby district.

What's on Offer

The Executive Director - Communities opportunity offers an individual the opportunity to join an organisation that is truly making a difference to the entire community of Blaby, but particularly the most vulnerable.

It is a council that champions innovation, a positive can do attitude and best practise.

The role has a hybrid working policy. Every Tuesday the Senior Leadership team meet in person and then it is a 2/3 days a week in the office and the remainder at home.

This role is a salary brand 13-14, £84,452 to £95,764.

The package includes:

  • Essential Car User Allowance = up to £1,239 per annum
  • Mobile
  • One professional subscription
  • Annual leave = 26 days rising to 31 days after 5 years continuous service
  • Benefits package including, Employee Assistance Programme/Local Government Pension Scheme. Further details available on our Blaby website.
  • Hybrid working available
  • Flexitime
  • Local Government Pension Scheme

If you feel that you have the skills to make a difference and lead this incredible service area, please apply today.

Blaby District Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all, and we welcome applications from all diversities. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and those in the Armed Forces, and therefore as a Disability Confident Employer and to show that we commit to the Armed Forces Covenant, we offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. Further information can be found on our jobs page.

The closing date for this role is the 4th December.

Assessment centre's will be held on the 18th & 19th December in person at the Blaby District Council Head Office.

Applicants are required to also submit a cover letter with their CV to address the following "Why are you interested in working for Blaby, why are you interested in this role and what will you bring to this role?"

Cover letters can be submitted with your CV as a single document or emailed to [email protected] at the point of application.

If this role is of interest, please reach out on the details provided below.

Contact: Joe Glendon - 07467000056

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