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The Lowdown

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Shropshire Council is looking for a director of community services and a director of development says Gill Lucas, director of Saxton Bampflyde.

Describe the responsibilities of this role?

Both roles will lead their directorates through a time of transition and then transformation, to deliver the priorities of the new council on behalf of Shropshire’s citizens to ensure effective value for money and excellent service provision.

The director of community services will be responsible for adult social care, housing delivery, culture and leisure and joint commissioning, with health. The director of development’s responsibilities includes public protection, environmental maintenance, planning policy and sustainability.

Who will the directors report to?

Both roles will report to the chief executive of the new unitary council.

Describe the appeal of these roles?

They offer a great opportunity for directors to take a leading role as a member of the corporate management team and participate fully from the beginning in a fantastic period for local government in Shropshire. Shropshire is a lovely county and a great place to live and work.

What career background might prospective candidates have?

The roles would suit an existing director or chief executive with a proven track record of delivering first-class performance.

What management responsibilities are attached to these roles?

Both roles each have five senior officers reporting to them.

What key attributes and skills are required for these roles?

The roles have a very broad remit, so the emphasis is less on professional background. We are looking for candidates with outstanding leadership and management qualities, a keen eye on outcomes and a passion for innovation and improvement. Both post holders will face the challenge of delivering services to a sparsely populated but very large rural area, and ensuring parity of locally focused service delivery.

What are the future prospects for officers moving into these roles?

The roles give the successful candidates the opportunity to add to their already extensive CV. An obvious career step would be a similar role in a larger organisation regional or national, or a chief executive post in the public sector.

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