City of York Council - Appointments
Director of Safeguarding People | Director of Prevention and Commissioning | Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about City of York Council and these exciting new roles...

We are fortunate to have a fantastic city which provides a great place to live for many of our residents - our heritage is world renowned, our culture is unique and our economy is strong. We are proud of York’s status as one of the safest and best cities to live in the UK, protecting and engaging our 200,000 residents and 7 million visitors alike.

York has been nationally and internationally recognised as a Human Rights City and UNESCO City of Media Arts. The EU cultural and creative cities monitor reports that York is the “most culturally vibrant” city in the UK and it has a widely recognised status as one of the best places to live in the UK. We also have strengths as a science city, and our digital infrastructure recognises us as the UK’s first Gigabit City.

We have a highly skilled workforce, and York’s strong education system has two excellent colleges and two world-class universities. Ofsted recently judged 95% of primary and 78% of secondary schools to be good or outstanding. This enables most of our children and young people to reach levels of attainment above the national average, and the city’s residents have the highest levels of graduate skills in the North.

We are ambitious and aim to be a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive and residents have good quality jobs, housing, opportunities and access to quality public services. We celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and encourage everyone to play an active role in the city, so that our vibrant economy and rich communities can make York the acclaimed city it is.

Our thriving retail and visitor economy welcomes 7 million visitors every year. We have been recognised as the ‘foodie centre of the universe’ and our Christmas market is the best in the UK. Our many awards include Sunday Times best place to live, Conde Nast city of best architecture and in 2018 YouGov found that we are the nation’s favourite city.

It is an exciting time to join us; the prospects of a devolution deal with increased funding, our ambitious climate change agenda and our resolute focus on recovery post COVID make our work all the more challenging, interesting and vital in equal measure.

Finally, York has excellent connectivity by road and rail, and the neighbouring towns and cities of Leeds, Hull and Harrogate are in easy reach. National Parks and areas of areas outstanding natural beauty are on our doorstep, with their quaint villages and market towns, whilst the Yorkshire coast provides a retreat ideal for sunny days.

City of York Council exists for one purpose – and that is to support the best quality of life for our residents, now and in the future. The Council serves over 200,000 residents in and around the York area – they are our greatest assets and their prosperity, happiness, health and wellbeing is a top priority.

There is a huge amount to be proud of in our beautiful and historic city, including the fact that most residents are generally healthy and are living well. In addition, more than 75% of residents tell us they feel part of their local area. The majority of our children feel safe and supported, going to good or outstanding schools giving them the best life chances. However, we know this is not the case for everyone nor for every child, this is where you come in; to further our ambition for all residents in the York region. We are committed to inclusive growth, supporting all communities. Help us in making history and building communities.

We are making some significant investments to underpin our new plans, and as a result, having completed a leadership restructure we are proud to announce that we have created 3 brand new roles, with the intention of better serving the people and communities of York. In many ways we embarking on a new journey, building back better and providing you with the opportunity to shape, lead and influence service in this great City.

Making history, building communities...

As we look to the future, we will always remain true to our core values which are to:

  • Work together - share information and knowledge, care about and respect other views, support and encourage each other and our communities.
  • Improve - challenge what we do and how we can do it better, try new ways of doing things and learn from our experiences.
  • Make a difference - are honest about what we achieve, deliver our commitments, communicate openly and make our actions count.

Our Council Plan for 2019 to 2023 sets out our priorities over the coming years and details what steps we'll take to ensure York continues to make history and build communities.

We've focused our plan on eight key outcomes:

  • Well-paid jobs and an inclusive economy
  • A greener and cleaner city
  • Getting around sustainably
  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Safe communities and culture for all
  • Creating homes and world-class infrastructure
  • A better start for children and young people
  • An open and effective council

The Council is made up of passionate and determined problem solvers working together for the benefit of York. We invest heavily in our staff, providing them with an environment in which they can flourish. Are you ready to lead the next phase of our journey?

We are looking to appoint to three pivotal strategic leadership roles: Director of Safeguarding (Children & Adults), Director of Prevention and Commissioning (Children & Adults) and Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy.

We hope this gives you a good understanding of what we are aiming to achieve for all our residents across the City of York, and look forward to receiving your application.

Ian Floyd - Chief Operating Officer / Cllr Keith Aspden - Leader of the Council

Ian Floyd and Amanda Hatton talk about the roles, as well as York as a place and the major issues facing the council...

Director of Safeguarding People | Director of Prevention and Commissioning

About the roles

Director of Safeguarding People - £90,033 to £99,821 plus relocation support
Director of Prevention and Commissioning - £90,033 to £99,821 plus relocation support

As pivotal members of the Directorate management team, you will directly support Amanda Hatton, Corporate Director of People, to actively contribute to the strategic management of the Council and ensure the success of our corporate aims and objectives.

You will work collaboratively with directorate peers, other council officers, partners in the wider city and region, building strong external relationships to make the most of opportunities for our residents.

Find out more about these roles...

As a result of significant investment and an ambitious new restructure, I am now looking for two senior leaders to join us and work together to help shape our existing services to bring about better outcomes for people right across York.

Our restructure means that the Directorate of People will now cover both Adults and Children’s services (including education). We have created two new Director roles which will focus on safeguarding, education, prevention, integration and commissioning, with a commitment to achieve much greater integration with the health sector. Looking to the future, this will enable the Council to respond effectively to forthcoming changes within the NHS, and for the Council to play a key lead role in this.

These roles are crucial in helping to improve the future for both Adults and Children in our City region. I am looking for robust leaders who are just as ambitious for the people of York as they are for themselves, with a passion for driving change, forming collaborative partnerships and influencing key stakeholders.

In the People Directorate we are ambitious for residents of York; developing whole life and whole system services, an asset and strengths based approach supporting children and adults now and in the future. I am determined to help make sure we keep our most vulnerable residents safe at the same time as giving them the best life possible.

As Director for Prevention and Commissioning, you will work in partnership with others, especially within the health sector, to ensure our services are better integrated, good quality and value for money, so that we can improve the wellbeing, outcomes and life chances for York residents, a truly place shaping role. You will lead our strategic approach to commissioning, robustly analysing need, and provide well planned and executed commissioning that is constantly reviewed and fit for purpose. Your business acumen will shape markets as you develop partnerships, innovation and take those difficult yet essential decisions.

As Director of Safeguarding, you will be the most senior social worker in the council and will be the corporate champion for both vulnerable adults as well as children. You may have the opportunity to undertake the statutory responsibilities, with a focus on ensuring we drive continuous improvement to a standard which is recognised within regulatory frameworks, ensuring we are always inspection ready. You will be comfortable dealing with complex cases and managing risk, finding innovative solutions to social care, and a relentless drive on continuous performance improvement. You will champion strengths-based and whole system approaches, ensuring your teams are well supported, resourced and developed to improve service performance and maximise impact for the benefit of those vulnerable people we support.

To help bring the vision to life, I need robust, strategic leaders who understand the complex landscape within which we work and who have the ability to transform services whilst at the same time working in collaboration with our key partners and stakeholders.

You will find that the roles will provide you with the kind of professional challenge and complexity you will naturally aspire to as ambitious leaders and I truly believe our new model could serve as a best in practice template for years to come. In addition, here in York our size means that we are large enough to provide the rich mix of complexities facing local government, but at the same time we are small enough to enable you to get things done - we are not tied up by bureaucracy and red tape. So these roles will provide you with the opportunity to make a significant difference as well as a platform to enhance your career.

Finally, we are an ambitious council striving to deliver outstanding services and you will be welcomed by an experienced and hard-working team.

If you are interested in joining our team and are inspired to lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution I would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more.

Amanda Hatton - Corporate Director of People

Salary: £90,033 to £99,821 plus relocation allowance

This strategic leadership role is a joint role operating in both the council and the Vale of York CCG covering the commissioning of social care services, SEND and education and has the responsibility of meeting our statutory obligations in relation to quality and improvement in adults, children and education.

As a strategic commissioner, you will be place shaping through your approaches to procuring services, developing markets and partnerships that has a lasting impact on the residents of York. It is an entrepreneurial role, where your business acumen enables your success.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • To lead the ongoing integration of services, to ensure the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the public which is responsive to community needs.
  • Develop market shaping strategies to ensure the right services for care are available in York and commissioned at the right quality, quantity and price.
  • To ensure all services meet statutory requirements for quality and review and deliver effective outcomes.
  • To ensure the involvement of parents, carers, vulnerable adults, children and young people in the review and development of services.
  • To deliver the statutory functions and responsibilities in respect of standards and improvements in Schools, Early Years and SEND provision.
  • Develop strategic plans to set direction and deliver key organisational objectives.
  • Facilitate corporate working across services, encouraging innovation and creativity to help build integrated service delivery and improvements and ensure a corporate response to the development of services.
  • Represent the organisation at high levels with stakeholders across the Yorkshire Region and nationally, where applicable.
  • Identify and work with key stakeholders to align priorities and resources to deliver improved partnership working and services that achieve better outcomes for York’s citizens.
  • Develop and maintain a corporate performance management regime ensuring the monitoring and reporting of performance, early identification of potential issues in order to take decisive and effective corrective action.

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Salary: £90,033 to £99,821 plus relocation allowance

As our most senior social worker this strategic leadership role will be responsible for all of the social work services across the council, ensuring that the most vulnerable people in our community are supported to be safe and to live their best life. Whilst social work is a highly rewarding career it is also challenging as it manages risk and complexity and requires significant resilience in those delivering and leading the services.

The post holder may have the opportunity to hold either the statutory DCS or DASS role depending on their professional background, providing flexibility and progression for those considering this opportunity.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure that effective systems are in place for discharging these functions, including where a local authority has commissioned any services from another provider rather than delivering them itself.
  • Secure the provision of services which address the needs of all children and young people, and for all adult client groups, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, and their families and carers.
  • Ensure people accessing support are consulted and involved in the development and delivery of local services. (For children this should have regard to the General Principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
  • Develop strategic plans to set direction and deliver key organisational objectives.
  • Facilitate corporate working across services, encouraging innovation and creativity to help build integrated service delivery and improvements and ensure a corporate response to the development of services.
  • Is responsible for sponsoring and delivering complex programmes of work that improve performance of CYC and / OR delivers exceptional service to residents and partners.
  • Take lead responsibility for putting in place arrangements to meet the requirements of external inspectors in respect of annual and other performance assessments.
  • Represent the organisation at high levels with stakeholders across the Yorkshire Region and nationally, where applicable.
  • Identify and work with key stakeholders to align priorities and resources to deliver improved partnership working and services that achieve better outcomes for York’s citizens.
  • Develop and maintain a corporate performance management regime ensuring the monitoring and reporting of performance, early identification of potential issues in order to take decisive and effective corrective action.

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Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy

About the role

Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy - £73,488 to £81,644 plus relocation support

In this role you will provide strategic management of business intelligence, climate change, communications and executive support and play a key role in informing and shaping corporate policy and strategy.

You will ensure robust and effective performance monitoring, promote strong media and PR activity internally and externally, and provide effective policy and communications support to the Council, including the Chief Operating Officer, Leader of the Council, Executive Members and Corporate Management Team.

Find out more about this role...

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about City of York Council and the exciting role of Assistant Director of Strategy and Policy.

The business of local government is complex and multi-layered; requiring strategic leadership that retains resolute clarity of focus and operates with high levels of integrity.

Ensuring that all council services, members and partnerships unify to achieve our ambition for York is key to maximising the impact for our place and people.

It is an exciting time to join us; with the prospect of a devolution deal and related investment, our ambitious climate change agenda with a commitment of being a carbon neutral city by 2030 and building back better as we emerge in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategy you will work closely with the corporate leadership team, senior elected members, elected members and our key partners to develop and deliver a cohesive, transparent and unified strategy, underpinned by core integrated policies. Ensuring a coherent and consistent message and that linkages are made to unify resources is essential for effective working and forming deeply collaborative partnerships.

To be successful in this role, your experience of senior leadership within a complex organisation, working with and advising strategic leaders, senior elected members and elected members will provide you with the confidence and credibility to be a trusted partner. Your passion for local government, public service and making a difference drives you.

City of York Council exists for one purpose - and that is to support the best quality of life for our residents, now and in the future, maximising their life chances, providing a place for people, businesses and communities to thrive. The Council serves over 200,000 residents in and around the York area - they are our greatest assets and their happiness, prosperity, health and wellbeing is a top priority. Join us in making history and building communities.

As the Council’s senior policy adviser you will ensure that through robust performance and scrutiny we meet performance framework requirements, together with the use of research and business intelligence to inform our approach, so that we deliver on our ambitions. You will ensure that the Council has effective engagement in and shapes local strategic partnerships; fosters positive relationships with local public sector partners and communities; and has effective engagement with local communities. You will ensure that our strategies and policies reflect the needs of York’s residents and communities and ensure our role in meeting their needs is understood and underpins everything we do.

We are looking for someone who will ensure that the Council has relevant and appropriate corporate policies which set our strategic direction and priorities, meet the needs of communities, are mainstreamed and embedded appropriately within the work of all parts of the council, and protect the council from risk of legal and public challenge.

We are looking to appoint a trusted adviser who ensures the Council takes a strategic view of new and developing issues, responding appropriately to ever-changing developments. You will be constantly up to date with new and emerging issues regionally, nationally and internationally. Integrity is at your core.

You will proactively advise the Chief Operating Officer and wider corporate leadership team, senior elected members and elected members ensuring they are well briefed on key issues.

This is a pivotal role for us, are you ready to lead us strategically as our trusted advisor?

If you are interested in joining our team and are inspired to lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution we would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more.

Ian Floyd Chief Operating Officer and Janie Berry Director of Governance

Salary: £73,488 to £81,644 plus relocation allowance

In this role you will provide strategic management of business intelligence, climate change, communications and executive support and play a key role in informing and shaping corporate policy and strategy.

You will ensure robust and effective performance monitoring, promote strong media and PR activity internally and externally, and provide effective policy and communications support to the Council, including the Chief Operating Officer, Leader of the Council, Executive Members and Corporate Management Team.

It is a pivotal role; the remit covers areas of high profile projects and programmes such as supporting the delivery of the Council Plan, devolution, local government reorganisation and Brexit transition. You will enhance, promote and preserve the Council’s global reputation.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Proactive delivery of the council’s policy, strategy and partnerships function, working collaboratively with the Council’s Corporate Management Team and members of the Executive and key stakeholders to respond to local, regional and national drivers as appropriate.
  • To provide effective policy and communications support, to the Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Management Team and Executive in the decision making process and in developing Council policy.
  • Effective and efficient delivery of all projects and programmes linked with policy, strategy and partnership development.
  • Oversee and embed the development and implementation of a carbon reduction strategy for the council which aims to become a carbon neutral city by 2030.
  • Effective and efficient oversight of all aspects of the Council’s performance management framework including business, economic and demographic intelligence.
  • Robust, proactive and effective delivery of a professional and diverse communications. The post holder will also be responsible for PR and marketing function which delivers internal and external communications activity to improve the council’s reputation and ensure York’s residents, partners, elected members, staff and key stakeholders understand and fully engage with the council’s agenda and priorities.
  • To support and develop the Council’s public affairs programme, in order to ensure the Council is lobbying national and regional partners on behalf of the of residents, businesses and communities in the city.
  • Proactively contribute to the strategic management of the Governance Department.

To be successful in this role your senior leadership experience within a complex organisation, political astuteness and expert communication skills will enable you to be a trusted partner who builds strategic partnerships. Your robust decision-making skills will give the assurance of integrity and transparency.

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About City of York Council

'Making history, building communities'

We have recently undergone a consultation exercise where we asked residents and businesses for their views - in total, we received over 6,000 comments. The results of the Council Plan consultation in 2019 have been published here.

Following on from this, our Council Plan for 2019 to 2023 sets out our priorities over the coming years and details what steps we'll take to ensure York continues to make history and build communities. 

We've focused our plan on eight key outcomes:

  • Well-paid jobs and an inclusive economy
  • A greener and cleaner city
  • Getting around sustainably
  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Safe communities and culture for all
  • Creating homes and world-class infrastructure
  • A better start for children and young people
  • An open and effective council

The Council is made up of passionate and determined problem solvers working together for the benefit of York. We invest heavily in our staff, providing them with an environment in which they can flourish.

The way in which we do this comes in many forms. As an organisation we promote professional development, remote working, employer supported volunteering and healthy working environments. We also offer a generous benefits package which includes; flexi-time, term-time and part-time working options, 30 days annual leave increasing to 35 days upon completion of 5 years local government service, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme together with high street discounts and salary sacrifice schemes.

Being a people-centred organisation means investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and there are many different ways in which we make this happen, including:

  • Providing work which gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of residents and colleagues;
  • Supportive management, who enable you to thrive and fulfil your potential;
  • Recognition for your hard work, through talent management and staff awards;
  • Support through the changing environment we are all living in;
  • Flexible working practices; and
  • A reward package which recognises your contribution.

New to York? We offer a comprehensive relocation allowance for those moving to the region. The region is well connected; within easy reach of North East, Yorkshire and Humber and only 2 hours by train from London and Edinburgh. The region offers a high quality of life; safe communities, good education, thriving economy whilst being rich in culture and heritage providing you with the residence of choice.

Contact us and apply now

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, we encourage applicants to contact Penny Keatings (07811 411462 or Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk) or Sarah France-Gorton (01609 798106 or Sarah.France-Gorton@northyorks.gov.uk) our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution

Apply

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk by 12 April 2021.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

These are politically restricted posts as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Key dates

Director of Safeguarding People

  • Closing: 12 April
  • Shortlisting: 20 April
  • Assessment event: 29 April
  • Final interview: 7 May

Director of Prevention and Commissioning

  • Closing: 12 April
  • Shortlisting: 20 April
  • Assessment event: 30 April
  • Final interview: 14 May (to be confirmed)

Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy

  • Closing: 12 April
  • Shortlisting: 21 April
  • Assessment event: 28 April
  • One to one with leader: 30 April
  • Final interview: 4 May (to be confirmed)

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