Assistant Director – Education

Service Children's
Contract Type Temporary
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week -
Rate Contact us

About the job:

We are seeking an Assistant Director- Education to be responsible for the leadership, development, and implementation of relevant strategies for the directorate and Council to deliver its corporate priorities.


  • Develop and embed a performance culture that delivers results through continual improvement and ensure that resources are targeted on business priorities and meeting customer needs.
  • Manage resources efficiently and effectively, ensuring there are sufficient financial, human and other resources available to deliver effective services.
  • Take a proactive approach to risk management and business continuity planning on areas of accountability.
  • Be responsible for leading and managing the smooth and effective transition and transformation of operational or support services from previous councils’ models into the new West Northants Council model.
  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining key internal and external relationships and partnerships to deliver both the Council’s and wider strategic area priorities.
  • Be responsible for embedding an outcome-based customer focused culture.


  • Accountable for the delivery of the Corporate Plan and Vision of the Authority as directed by ELT and elected members.
  • Accountable for the management of budgets, saving agendas  and delivery of the MTFP within area of responsibility including the effective use of Council resources.
  • Accountable for effectively managing and implementing significant change, transformation, and improvements to services as directed by ELT and elected members.
  • Accountable for the strategic leadership & management of all employees up to and including professional officers.
  • Accountable for any other corporate duties as reasonably required, including but not limited to: Briefing members, attending committee meetings; compliance with all statutory requirements and contributing to employee relation matters as defined by policy across the Authority.
  • Lead responsibility for all learning, pupil attainment and achievement and school improvement functions across the service and to deliver continuous improvement.
  • Take lead responsibility for securing effective data and information analysis to proactively monitor school performance, identify concerns early and deliver timely and targeted intervention to sustain standards and performance at levels of quality acceptable to regulatory bodies such as Ofsted.
  • Engaging with and building positive relations with key stakeholders to ensure that their requirements are at the heart of the design and delivery of services in accordance with the Council’s customer strategy.
  • Ensuring that the Local Area Agreement delivers long-term positive outcomes locally for people and communities.  Build and promote successful partnership working across all sectors and with service users to deliver more cost effective and valued services.  Commission effective and efficient services through a range of direct delivery, innovative partnerships and commercial arrangements which meet the goals and objectives of the Council Plan.
  • Engage with all stakeholders and take responsibility for driving forward and implementing corporate and service improvements.
  • Create innovation and empower teams.
  • Effectively negotiate and influence to achieve the corporate vision.
  • Maximise relationships across team, service, and organisational boundaries to achieve desired results.
  • Strong management & staff development skills and the ability to create a strong team ethos.
  • Keep up to date with new developments in their area of strategic leadership to enhance personal effectiveness.
  • Communicate effectively with both individuals and groups of all sizes at all levels, internal and external to the Authority.
  • Promote equal opportunities within all aspects of service delivery and employee relations.

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