Creating a City of Opportunity

If you think you know Stoke-on-Trent then think again. The city is undergoing a transformation. Just 90 minutes from London, the UK’s 13th largest city region has embarked on a journey with job creation and regeneration at its core with ambition to grow the local economy by 50% by 2043, moving from key city to core city status. The award of Enterprise Zone status for “The Ceramic Valley” is a key factor and first step in achieving this ambition

Stronger Together, the City Council’s Vision, has been developed by members to demonstrate how working together can create a stronger city we can all be proud of. This vision has led to a number of priorities and objectives to secure the best possible outcomes for our residents.

We now need to strengthen our senior team to balance effective governance with our social responsibilities. To do this we have to invest in people who show the ‘can do’ attitude that will bring about positive change in our city.

The new Assistant Director, Learning Services will be responsible for our all ages education and skills service including overseeing the further successful acadamisation of our schools and maintaining the excellent relationships we enjoy with them all. Our Ofsted outcomes have improved tremendously but there are still some gaps to close for vulnerable pupils - outcomes for children with SEND and Children in Care require some focus.  We are embarking on a huge SEND provision transformation programme which you will lead.  You will also be working with a range of Early Years providers and have responsibility for traded services with schools including catering, cleaning, music and careers. All this comes together as part of our Opportunity Area status, where you will represent the council on the local Area Board.

Our new Assistant Director, Governance – will be responsible for both Legal and Democratic Services but in a role that is far more than the traditional lawyer. This role has the Monitoring Officer responsibilities plus the leadership of a growing Human Resources team. Experience of working with members will be essential in addition to a track record of modernising and developing your services to ensure they are fit for a City of the future.

The new Assistant Director, Adult Social Care will transform the service to provide a clear vision, exceptional leadership and an innovative approach to integrate with health partners and other organisations at all levels, to deliver excellent service, and to achieve our overall vision, of enabling our residents to live their lives well and independently.

Stoke-on-Trent continues to transform itself, and the council’s vision means that there is a real opportunity for individuals seeking to significantly make a difference both to the city and to their careers.

Are you ready for a real opportunity? For a confidential discussion contact Anita Denton on 07725 554802 or David Slatter on 0121 788 6695.


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