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Assistant Director - Early Help and Communities

Bracknell Forest Council
£83,000 to £103,000 plus relocation package
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
18/06/2018 at 12:00 PM
Bracknell Forest Council

Bracknell Forest is changing.  Whilst a major regeneration project re-energises Bracknell town centre, Bracknell Forest Council is also undertaking a major transformation programme to change how our services are delivered.

We are an ambitious Council with a firm grasp on the journey ahead.  Within Children’s/Adult Social Care we are one year into the transformation journey towards an integrated People Directorate.  We acknowledge our success in budget savings and meeting increased demands on services but we recognize that there is still much to do.

In this pivotal role, you will help to maximise opportunities as we drive forward our transformation agenda. You will report directly to the new role of Director of People and work closely with the Senior Leadership Team.

You will have a portfolio of services: housing needs and benefits services, early help, family intervention and commercial and you will make the very best use of community assets and resources for the benefit of people in Bracknell Forest.

About You

Whilst we are reaching out for a skilled professional with experience in early help services who will help us maximise the independence of vulnerable people, we recognize we may not get the finished article and are willing to offer a mentor/coach in some areas.  However, of importance to us just at this moment in time, is your knowledge of Housing and Benefits Services.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, you will bring with you a strong track record of influencing at the most senior level.  Your blend of skills will evidence that you are commercially astute and able to seize opportunities when they are presented.  You will be surrounded by people who “get it” so you will be politically aware and be able to easily achieve personal credibility to a range of audiences.

Your profile will allow you to lead with confidence, think strategically and develop meaningful, respected relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

You will join the team at an early enough stage to create and develop the Early Help Service that will leave a legacy to Bracknell residents.  If the breadth of this role attracts you, we would be delighted to hear from you.


About us

As an area, Bracknell Forest has much to offer.  Bracknell itself is a  modern town that is currently benefitting from a major programme of regeneration. This has revitalised the town centre brought  an abundance of new retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and leisure opportunities. Bracknell Forest also has a strong historic background. Once part of the Windsor Great Forest, one fifth of the borough is woodlands, with another fifth protected for its high wildlife value including ten sites of specific scientific interest.

Located in the heart of the Thames Valley, Bracknell Forest has excellent road and rail links to all areas of the UK, with the council office situated within two minutes walk of the railway station.  There is also onsite parking, making it extremely accessible.

Bracknell Forest Council prides itself on being an employer of choice. We offer a fantastic range of benefits including flexible and agile working arrangements, as well as learning and development opportunities which will offer the chance to develop and progress your career. 


Application process

We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible and we just ask that you complete our online application form providing furtherinformation against just a couple of specific questions.  You are also welcome to attach your CV to further support your application.

For informal enquiries in the first instance, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait at Jobsgopublic SmartSearch, our retained consultants, on 020 7427 8255 or email eleanor.clarke@jobsgopublic.com.
Please note that we only accept applications via the Jobsgopublic SmartSearch application form.  If you haven't completed your application through the official SmartSearch channel your application will not be processed. 

Closing date: 18 June 2018.

Initial longlisting will be completed by Jobsgopublic SmartSearch w/c 18 June 2018.

An interview panel consisting of Members and Senior Officers will be established – this is likely to be arranged for the end of June. 

Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

How to Apply

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