City of York Council - Corporate Director of People
£101,661 to £112,067 plus relocation support

'Making history, building communities'

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about City of York Council and this exciting role.

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 seven 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 per cent of primary and 78 per cent 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 seven million visitors every year. We have been recognised as the ‘foodie centre of the universe’ and consider 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 implementation of a devolution deal with increased funding, our ambitious climate change agenda and our resolute focus on recovery post COVID-19 make our work all the more challenging, interesting and vital in equal measure.

We are committed to deliver the best possible services for our children and adults, including being ambitious in the medium term to achieve the very best Ofsted assessment, to work with our partners across children and adult services, and in particular to work closely with health sector colleagues.

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.

We have completed a leadership restructure during 2021 and recruited to new leadership positions with the intention of better serving the people and communities of York. We now need a new Corporate Director of People to complete our plans, to take forward and build upon recent improvements and to tackle some of the challenges facing local authorities.

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.
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 I look forward to receiving your application.

Ian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer

Ian Floyd - Chief Operating Officer

The opportunity

We are looking for a Corporate Director of People who can deliver outstanding results in relation to social care, and also work in a collaborative way across the whole Council.

The role covers both adults and children’s services (including education). It is supported by two director roles (Director of Safeguarding and Director of Prevention and Commissioning).

The Corporate Director of People supported by these new roles is crucial in helping to improve the future for both adults and children in our city. We are looking for a robust leader who has a passion for driving change, forming collaborative partnerships and influencing key stakeholders.

The Council is 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. We are determined to help make sure we keep our most vulnerable residents safe at the same time as giving them the best life possible.

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 be the corporate champion for both vulnerable adults as well as children, holding one of the statutory responsibilities (children's or adult's), 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.

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

We welcome applications from leaders who are experienced in adult's and / or children's social care, whether you are an experienced DCS / DASS leader looking to lead a whole lifecycle approach here in York, or someone looking to step up to their first director role.

To be successful you will be technically strong, well grounded, resilient; able to manage risk robustly to provide your service with calm, assured leadership.

Your positivity, ingenuity and motivation, inspires and unites your service, partners and stakeholders to bring about positive change and continuous improvement.

You will be a real ambassador for your service, the council, the city of York and its citizens.

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. We encourage you to explore your interest with our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution to learn a little more.

About the role

As a pivotal member of the corporate management team, you will be jointly responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Council and ensure the success of our corporate aims and objectives.

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

You will work closely with politicians of all parties, and undertake extensive public engagement to develop the strategic and delivery response to the service challenges, and public expectations within the legislative and statutory frameworks.

Principal accountabilities of the role include:

  • develop strategic plans to set direction and key organisational objectives in respect of the holistic concept of place on behalf of the city
  • 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
  • responsible for the oversight of safe, effective and efficient operation of all directorate services and functions, so that the Council can meet its statutory duties and contribute to the delivery of council strategic objectives and support the council budget
  • responsible for openness and transparency in the development and delivery of services and projects including extensive and genuine engagement with the residents and stakeholders
  • represent the organisation at high levels with stakeholders across the Yorkshire region and nationally
  • to develop and maintain effective working relationship with members of the Council and with other service teams within the authority to ensure a corporate response to the development of services
  • act as the Council's principal policy advisor in relation to adult social care so that the direction and culture of the sector is responsive to a rapidly changing external environment
  • on safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect:
    • by focussing efforts to reduce , prevent and delay the need for social care to increase capacity across the health and social care system
    • to enable strength and asset based approaches to the integration and personalisation of social care services
  • working with key partners in the NHS and community voluntary sector develop an integrated, whole system approach to meet the health and social care needs for the population of York. To ensure the sustainability of a health, housing and adult social care system through a "one team" approach to delivery
  • to be accountable for all statutory functions associated with the role of Director of Children’s Services as detailed in the Department for Education guidance, with specific responsibility for:
    • safeguarding
    • vulnerable children and young people
    • fair access to services
    • educational excellence
  • to be accountable for all statutory functions associated with the role of Director of Adult Social Care, these responsibilities include:
    • accountability for assessing local needs and ensuring availability and delivery of a full range of adult social services
    • professional leadership, including workforce planning
    • compliance with national standards
    • managing cultural change
    • promoting local access and ownership and driving partnership working
    • delivering an integrated whole systems approach to supporting communities
    • promoting social inclusion and wellbeing

Key documents

About the City of York

History isn’t what York is, history is what makes us who we are.

The people of York built and continue to shape this city. York is a place where people and their stories matter, where an individual’s everyday experiences are as important as our world-class achievements.

Our city is rich in 2,000 years of history with a strong social legacy. Home to the world’s largest railway museum, unique archaeology and historic common land known as “strays”. It is a distinct, exciting and beautiful northern city, forward-looking and progressive.

We are a vibrant, digital city at the heart of Yorkshire - the best of tradition and the modern. With excellent connectivity by road and rail, 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.

We are known for our considerable assets - our internationally important heritage, our strengths as a science city, our creative industries and cultural offer, our digital infrastructure, our young and highly skilled workforce, our world-leading universities and excellent schools and colleges.

Our thriving retail and visitor economy welcomes seven million unique visitors every year. We are ambitious and aim to be a city 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.

We are regularly recognised by Sunday Times as one of the best places to live, Conde Nast city of best architecture and YouGov found that we are Britain’s favourite city.

People are generous with their time in building on the strengths and assets in our community to help one another, particularly more vulnerable people in our local community. Residents live in safe neighbourhoods and benefit from first-class education, excellent frontline public services and community facilities.

If you are relocating to the area to take up the post we will provide relocation support, see further details below.

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. You can read the results of the Council Plan consultation 2019 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 five 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
  • 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 two 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 this opportunity, please contact Penny Keatings at Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk or on 07811 411462 from 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 midnight on 8 November 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.

This is a politically restricted post as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Key dates

  • Closing date: 8 November 2021
  • Interview dates: 30 November and 1 December 2021

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