Service Director Children’s Provider Services

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Are you ready to make a significant impact on the lives of children and families? We are seeking a dynamic and experienced leader for the role of Service Director - Children’s Provider Services. This new exciting pivotal position will drive transformational change across the county. Responsibilities will include spearheading the expansion of our Children’s Residential Home Programme, leading and championing our recently launched fostering retention and recruitment campaign and driving forward the work of our recently established Regional Adoption Agency.

This role offers an outstanding opportunity to be part of something bigger. We are seeking an individual who possesses a unique combination of experience in children’s services and proven expertise of delivering at pace within a large, complex local authority. This is more than a job; it’s a chance to make a difference and shape the future of our current and future generations in Buckinghamshire.

Salary of £125,000 per annum. 

About us

Buckinghamshire Council is a relatively new organisation that combines the strengths and expertise of the previous five councils in the county to create positive change for local people, communities, and businesses. We are firmly focused on the future and have made a clear commitment to serve residents better and to provide stronger representation for Buckinghamshire, both locally and nationally.

Please see our recruitment information pack here:

About the role

As the Service Director for Children’s Provider Services, you will be responsible for providing inspiring leadership of the direct service provision within Children’s Services, including children’s homes, fostering, and the Regional Adoption Agency. You will also be accountable for the development and delivery of the expansion of Buckinghamshire’s residential provision. Some of your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the expansion of children’s homes and the enhanced foster care recruitment and retention offer in Buckinghamshire.
  • Providing ongoing leadership and management oversight of 17 children’s homes.
  • Managing the Local Authority Designated Officer, coordinating responses to allegations of abuse by professionals on children.
  • Providing leadership management and continuous improvement of fostering recruitment and retention.
  • Contributing to the Children's Services leadership team's ambition to be good for children in Buckinghamshire.

For more information on the tasks and responsibilities, please refer to the job description.

About you

We are looking for a candidate with substantial experience of leading Children’s Services for Looked After Children, experience of working as a Senior Leader in a large local authority, and experience of managing a large budget and managing conflicting priorities. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to innovate in a complex and challenging context. You should also have extensive and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the national policy context, regulatory environment, financial legislation, and major issues facing the functional.

Other information

For further information and to arrange an informal discussion please contact

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This role expires 16/06/2024.
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