Strategic Director - Social Services

Newport is a great place to work and a great place to live.  We are a leading council with a great deal to offer our next Director of Social Services.

With a relatively new senior management structure, we have a fantastic team who will support you to shape and develop this key role within our organisation, to ensure we are fit for the future and ready to meet our challenges and vision as a council. 

With our transformation journey well underway, it is truly an exciting time to be leading the social services directorate.

The role

Reporting to the Chief Executive and to the council, you work alongside two other directors and will be accountable for a Social Services department which delivers all the council's Social Services functions to our residents and hold the statutory responsibility as Director of Social Services.  You will have three direct reports to support you which includes a Head of Childrens’ Services, Head of Adult Services and Head of Prevention & Inclusion. 

You will be a values based leader and have a key role in advising elected members and the senior management team on service provision and practice, transformation and change and ensure a talented, resourced and capable workforce is in place. You will be at the centre of partner relationships both locally and regionally. You will ensure statutory responsibilities are maintained and lead large and complex budgets, and ensure that services are financially sustainable.

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Salary: £114,391 - £124,492


We are looking for an ambitious and truly transformational leader to deliver modernised and sustainable services to our communities.  If you can evidence your ability to transform services and improve outcomes, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for someone with a proven track record who wants to develop their strategic leadership skills in a challenging but exciting environment. You should be a visionary who can impact culture in the workforce with the ability to build engaged, enabled and high performing teams.

For an informal discussion please contact Donna Abraham, the Chief Executive’s PA on [email protected] or 01633 656656.


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Advert closes: 14 April 2024 at 11:59pm

Assessment – Formal assessment with the member panel will be held on 13 May 2024.

Any pre-assessment dates in advance of this will be notified to shortlisted applicants. Applicants should keep this date free and should be available to attend any pre-sessions.

After the interview – You will be informed during the interview of how candidates will receive the panel's decision regarding your application or any progression to next stages.

Start date – Once the offer of appointment is accepted you will be sent all the necessary onboarding information in readiness to start your employment. Arrangements will also be made between you and the Chief Executive to discuss your commencement of employment with the council.