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Oldham MBC is looking for a service director for community wellbeing, says Adrian O'Dowd...
Oldham MBC is looking for a service director for community wellbeing, says Adrian O'Dowd

Oldham MBC wants a service director to help it focus on the wide elements of wellbeing and build the area's reputation as a place of rapid improvement.

The post is a new one based within the authority's adult and community services directorate which covers adult social care, culture, leisure and housing.

The job entails working with a range of internal and external partners to increase capacity within the community and make sure systems are in place to deliver early intervention services that will help improve people's lives.

Sean Harriss, Oldham's executive director for strategy and resources, says: 'This is a really exciting time to be joining Oldham, and there are a number of roles available across the council.'

Responsibilities include managing the operational delivery of community development services and implementing new ways of working with the voluntary and community sector. Other tasks include developing co-ordinated partnerships to deliver early intervention or low-level preventative services within adult social care, leading on protection of vulnerable adults work, acting as carers champion and implementing a carers strategy.

The successful candidate will report to the executive director for adult and community services, and will be part of a team of around 2,000 people in the directorate but work closely with a management team of five.

The kind of person being sought will have either local authority experience or have worked closely with a related sector. Mr Harriss says: 'We have an open mind about the background. Obviously, if somebody comes with lots of local authority experience, that's an advantage, but we have got a partnership type agenda. We would expect someone to have had recent experience at a senior level.

'Oldham is a place where there's been rapid improvement and has real potential for the future. The council had a number of difficulties, but there's been a turnaround in performance,' Mr Harriss says.

The council is also looking for an assistant director in strategy and performance, a service director for housing, and a service director for supporting and extending learning.

Oldham has a two-star comprehensive performance assessment rating and is improving well.

Facts and figures



Males 105,036

Females 112,237

Aged 0 to 15 23%

Aged 16 to 74 70.2%

Aged 75 and over6.8%

Born in the UK 91.8%


Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 52.3%

Self-employed 6.8%

Unemployed 3.7%

Student 6.1%

Retired 13.0%

Looking after family 6.6%

Sick/disabled 7.7%

Other 3.8%

Ethnic groups

White British86.1%

Mixed race1.1%

Asian or Asian British11.9%

Black or black British 0.6%

Other ethnic group0.3%

Average house price (£)

Detached 242,700

Semi detached 135,028

Terraced 85,874

Flat/maisonette 132,128

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