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Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic

North Northamptonshire Council
£84,215 - £94,521
Closing date
28 Jan 2022
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A unique opportunity to shape a new authority for our communities.

We may be a new unitary authority, but we have bold ambitions. Formed in April 2021, we have a unique opportunity to do things differently and create an exciting future for our local communities. We are committed to tackling inequality in all its forms and levelling up our communities to ensure everyone, regardless of background, can thrive and reach their full potential.

We’ve made great progress on creating a modern, forward-thinking council, with a strong network of senior leaders and a “one team” approach to overcome our challenges and seize opportunities. We also have a brand-new Corporate Plan for 2021-2025 and are excited about the next chapter of our journey.

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Governance and HR, you will be the Deputy Monitoring Officer, responsible for the effective delivery of in house legal, democratic and information governance services, across the Council.  

This brand-new role has been created to add extra capacity to the service, which is undergoing a period of significant change. Working closely with the Director, you will play a key role in ensuring the service is proactive, enabling and works with people in a business partner approach. Whilst a challenging role, it is also a unique and exciting opportunity to define a new look service for the whole of North Northamptonshire. In democratic services, for example, we have created a modern and innovative governance structure from scratch and are leaders in the sector for progressive scrutiny.

From our members to our front-line workers, we are completely committed to transforming services and improving outcomes for our residents. As part of our “one team” approach, you will work across the whole Council, working closely with all directorates to ensure services are safe and working well. To achieve this, you will work closely with Members, Directors across the Council, Pathfinder (formerly LGSS Law Ltd) and a range of other key partners to create a modern, and enabling legal service. It’s a fantastic opportunity to join a Council at the start of its journey, make a significant impact, and help write the next chapter.

This role is all about making sure we are the best we can be and be and at the forefront of best practice. It’s an opportunity to be involved in some really innovative and cutting-edge work to do things differently. There’s no manual, or “we’ve always done it this way”; it’s a chance to truly shape something new, and those opportunities don’t come around very often.

About you

We are looking for an exceptional leader who will play a crucial role in leading and shaping our new Council to be outcome-focussed, break down silos and create an empowered culture and learning environment for our workforce. 

A qualified solicitor or barrister, you’ll have extensive post qualification experience of advising directors and senior managers on legal and governance issues, have experience as a Deputy Monitoring Officer as well as a track record of successfully leading organisational and transformational change. Resilient, politically astute, innovative, and outcome focussed, you’ll also be a collaborative and strategic leader who can work effectively across the Council. You will need to have a “can do” attitude and find solutions to issues. You’ll have the drive and creativity needed to shape legal and democratic services to make them truly innovative and sector leading.

If you possess the skills and experience, we seek, are excited by the unique blend of challenge and opportunity, and share our passion for improving services, we would love to hear from you. This is a unique opportunity to be part of something truly special.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Adele Wylie (Director of Governance and HR at North Northamptonshire Council) on 07423 810220.

Closing date: Friday 28th January 2022

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