The Department for Communities & Local Government is recruiting a new director general to lead on devolution and economic growth.
The director general for decentralisation and growth is a newly created role which will command a salary of up to £130,000 a year.
It is a further sign of the new government’s commitment to devolution, following chancellor George Osborne’s announcement last week that he would bring forward a city devolution bill in the first Queen’s speech, expected on Wednesday. This will legislate to allow for the devolution of powers over transport, economic development and social care to large cities which agree to have elected mayors.
In a foreword to the job description, DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes says the post holder will be “pivotal” in delivering the government’s devolution agenda, including the creation of the Northern Powerhouse and “local deals” for towns and counties.
The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing the introduction of legislation to make devolution possible and agreeing “with DCLG, Treasury and other departmental ministers the overall framework for decentralisation”.
As a director general the individual will be a member of the DCLG’s executive and will sit on the department’s board alongside ministers.
The job description says suitable candidates must have a proven ability in managing complex relationships and negotiations and experience in setting strategic direction. It says experience working with central and local government is desirable.
Ms Dawes said: “DCLG is at the heart of the government’s agenda to boost and drive local growth… [The successful candidate] will lead the work for and across the whole of government, working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and HM Treasury, and will also engage actively with cities, local economic partnerships and local authorities to forge deals which enable local growth.”
The closing date for applications is 11 June. The DCLG is hoping to make an appointment by mid July.