Executive Recruitment

Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services

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Durham County Council
£148,583 (from April 2019)
Closing date:
22nd March
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
22nd March 2019
Longlist meeting
2nd April 2019
Preliminary interviews
4th and 5th April 2019
Shortlist meeting
16th April 2019
Final interviews
25th and 26th April 2019

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As one of the biggest councils in thecountry, with stable leadership and a proud tradition of delivering strong services, Durham County Council is facing the future with confidence. In our first 10 years as a unitary council we have achieved a great deal.  Our success has been delivered through our great people and strong leadership, as well as creative thinking, partnership working and a sheer passion for what we do.

A key priority for us is the safety, health, wellbeing and education of our children and young people. We are aware of the challenges we face, and we are making good progress on many fronts. We are now looking to recruit a new Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services to help us move to ‘good’ and then ‘outstanding’. You will be supported by three recently appointed heads of service, a dedicated group of staff, and Members and senior offi cers across the council who fully support the agenda for change.

To help us reach our goals, we are looking for candidates with a track record of success in children’s services who can continue our transformation through fresh ideas and determination. We also require an individual who can work corporately, as
you will play a major role in our improvement journey over the coming years. It is an exciting time to join Durham – so if you feel you have the drive, skills and experience to make a difference in one of the most dynamic, beautiful and ambitious counties in the country, we want to hear from you.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Luke Judd
0113 205 6077
Philip Emms
0113 205 6078
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