Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health (DASS) 

Location
Croydon (City/Town), London (Greater)
Salary
£141,965 - £150,547pa
Posted
11 Nov 2021
Closes
02 Dec 2021
Job role
Director
Contract Type
Full time

Inspire Excellence

Croydon is a council on a journey. By accepting and addressing the challenges of its past, the council is transforming itself into a modern, sustainable and resident-focused local authority.

This is an opportunity to be part of a new chapter for Croydon and help shape the future of the council. A council with a passion for driving positive change and delivering excellence; a community with a rich heritage, a diverse population and a distinct identity. It’s an environment in which you can find fresh inspiration and inspire others in equal measure.

Welcome to Croydon Council – and a role that will challenge you and fulfil you like never before. Join us as our Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health, and you’ll improve our preventative services as well as delivering earlier interventions. At the same time, you’ll deliver cultural change to our service delivery model that will give residents greater choice and control, tackle inequalities and improve service access, and increase support for those with the highest level of need. You’ll work collaboratively as part of the new corporate team of directors and with our Chief Executive to deliver the Croydon Renewal Improvement Plan, our priorities and ways of working, and a financially sustainable budget by March 2024. 

The impact you’ll have

You’ll lead and manage the directorate to deliver high quality, personalised adult social care that we can all be genuinely proud of. You’ll enable us to support vulnerable adults and those with disabilities by promoting personal control, self-direction, dignity, independence and quality of life. Your remit will be broad, encompassing adult social care operations, including the transition of post-18 services to young people with disabilities; adult social care improvement; the localities model of adult social care provision with health; and the integration of adult social care services within the One Croydon Alliance.

There will be difficult decisions to make and tough budgets to deliver. But you’ll relish the chance to apply your ideas and ingenuity to find the best ways forward.

Your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Being responsible for our significant adult social care budget, all of our services and a range of savings programme and transformation projects – you’ll also firmly establish adult safeguarding as a council-wide priority
  • Taking a ‘one Council’ approach to deliver the best possible outcomes by sharing ideas and working collaboratively across diverse departments
  • Making sure information on care and support is available to all residents and their families so they can make informed decisions regardless of who is paying for their care and support
  • Listening to and engaging with residents on the development of ideas, strategies and policies
  • Actively promoting our overarching priorities, our ways of working and our values, and celebrating the diversity of our communities by ensuring we have an equal and inclusive approach

The skills and experience you’ll bring

We’re looking for someone who’ll be passionate about and experienced in delivering outstanding Adult Social care and Health services and shaping the future of our organisation as a whole. An inspiring, engaging and motivational leader who’ll live and breathe our values, you’ll be adept at identifying and developing talent, driving high standards and value for money, and embedding a culture of trust and respect. You’ll empower people within your team to bring new ideas and try new approaches as well inspiring them through your own. You should also be a natural collaborator – someone who can work well with a range of stakeholders, establish productive relationships and see things from different perspectives.

Who we are – and where we’re going

We fully acknowledge the fact that we haven’t got things right in the past and have strengthened our resolve do them better. With a clear financial strategy in place together with an unwavering commitment to listening to our residents and putting them first, this is a reenergised Croydon. A determined Croydon, with a fantastic team of people who care about our community, and how we can support the many different people who live and work here.

We have a vision of what improvement success looks like for us – a future where we have a vibrant local economy, a great team of people, and delivering new ideas that will mean we can be at our best for the communities in Croydon.

How to apply

If you’d like to find out more, please click on the Apply Button below.

Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are happy to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role. We’re committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and we expect every member of our team to share this commitment.