Transformation Lead: Children’s Services (CH08617)

Walsall Borough
Salary G15 £59,783 - £71,870 per annum
13 Mar 2018
29 Mar 2018
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Transformation Lead: Children’s Services (CH08617)
Salary G15 £59,783 - £71,870 per annum

*An exciting opportunity has arisen and is offered to current employees of Walsall Council only*

This is a new and pivotal role within Children’s services, integral to the delivery of strategic and operational change and improvement across Children’s Services, the Council and the wider partnership infrastructure.  

Reporting directly to the Executive Director for Children’s services, the successful post holder will be the system leader responsible for leading the Transformation Programme for Children’s Services aimed at ensuring the right children receive the right support at the right time for the right amount of time. 

Whilst the aim of the programme is relatively clear and straightforward, the mechanisms to achieve it are complex and the 6 identified work streams – Early Prevention, Governance & Structures, Internal Cultural Change, Relationships with partners, Communities and Commissioning are all interlinked. 

The key aspects of the role include:

  • Leading the planning, development and successful delivery of Children’s Services Transformation Programme and any related interagency plans
  • Owning, driving and embedding the identified outcomes and benefits of Children’s Services Transformation Programme
  • Establishing an effective programme management approach to transformation and applying evidence based approach to understanding problems, identifying solutions and championing new ways of working
  • Leading on all aspects of system and service redesign, engaging with senior leaders, senior managers, the wider workforce, service users to promote the programme of transformational change
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels and across organisational boundaries in the design and development of services and solutions 

To be successful you will need to clearly evidence:

  • Exceptional leadership skills and experience of implementing effective large scale service transformation and change
  • An understanding of the legislative framework for Children’s services and able to understand and apply legislative requirements to service delivery ship through periods of change during uncertain times
  • Ability to interpret complex ideas, different types of information, analyse data and communicate clear conclusions and necessary courses of action
  • The ability to challenge customary practice in a constructive manner and bring forward alternative ways of working that better meet Council priorities and, make better use of resources
  • Credibility with the work force, members and partners and the ability to build solid working relationships
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with the ability to influence and lead people across all levels in the organisation
  • Ability to write clear, concise and persuasive reports and communications to agreed timescales with clear outcomes and recommendations 

If this opportunity is of interest to you and you would like an informal chat, please contact  Andrea Potts on 01922 654599

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 27 March 2018
Interviews to take place: Monday 16 April 2018

This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.  The post holder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English. 

For this role the successful candidates must undergo a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check.  BPSS is the minimum standard to ensure the identity and integrity of an employee who has access to official information using secure networks linking central government and local authorities.  A BPSS check involves four main elements; Identity Check, National and Immigration Status, Employment History (last 3 years) and Verification of Criminal Record (unspent convictions only).

Walsall Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. We will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust recruitment processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people. 

Information for applicants 

  • Applications are invited using our online application form only.  If you have a disability and require information on submitting an application in another format then please contact us via email:
  • Important note: as you progress through the online application form you will be asked to upload a supporting statement. DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR CV. You should upload a statement detailing how your aptitudes meet the specific criteria included in the employee specification. CV’s will not be accepted
  • All correspondence with candidates will be via email, therefore candidates should check their email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting an application.
  • This vacancy may be closed earlier than the published closing date should we receive a large number of applications. Therefore, it is strongly advised that candidates submit applications at the earliest opportunity.
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