Strategic Director of Communities

Ebley, Stroud
c £80,000
01 Aug 2019
06 Sep 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Imagine the possibilities

Here in Stroud district, we’re achieving more each day. We’re the best performing council for recycling in the South West and have just won a National Recycling Award for sending the least amount of waste to landfill of any local authority. We are adding to our council housing stock and delivering around 120 affordable homes every year. We were the first carbon neutral council in Europe and have committed to achieving a carbon neutral district by 2030. Our award winning canal restoration scheme is breaking new ground. Ambitious projects are enhancing a beautiful region with a rich heritage. Just imagine what we could do if we improved and built an even stronger team... We’ve got plenty of ambitions – and you can make them happen. Join us as a Strategic Director to shape the future of an amazing district.

We’ve set out clear priorities for the future in our Corporate Delivery Plan and are working on an action plan to respond to our recent LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, which identified the Council’s potential as an exemplar leader of place. You’ll help deliver our priorities and actions by working as part of a strong corporate team to lead the Council, working closely with the Chief Executive and elected Members.

You’ll also lead vital services. Your teams will include Tenants Services, Culture & Leisure, Revenues & Benefits and Community Services. Through well managed support, we’ll help all our residents, focusing on those who need us most. You’ll also ensure that everyone can connect with the Council by managing Customer Services. Efficiency is essential, so you may need to re-organise the way that our communities engage with us through our contact centres. You’ll keep residents and businesses at the heart of all we do, viewing life from their perspective. And of course, you’ll be just as insightful when it comes to understanding your peers and our Members.

There’s so much potential in our area and you’ll see all the possibilities. A skilled senior manager, you’ll have impressive strategic vision and motivation to match. You’ve built your expertise working in at least two of your service areas and developed good knowledge of budgets, programme delivery and local government housing. Now you’re ready to make your mark – and you’ll do it through collaboration and by championing a One Team culture.

We’ve got so much to be proud of. And so many exciting things to come. Help make Stroud district a better place to live, work and visit.

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Penna, Anthony Hopkin on 07500 042272 or Ed Harper on 07540 706307

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Closing date for receipt of applications: 9am, 6th September 2019.