Job Description

Purpose

Maximise the independence of vulnerable adults, families and children within Bracknell Forest.

Plan, develop and deliver a portfolio of commercial, early help, family intervention, housing needs and benefits to make the best use of community assets and resources for the benefit of citizens of Bracknell Forest.

Demonstrate, role model and facilitate the development of staff in the service in relation to the Council’s values and behaviours.

Providing advice and support to the Executive Director and Members on issues within the responsibility of this role.

Key responsibilities/accountabilities and core behaviours
  • Work with the senior leadership team to achieve savings through the development and delivery of efficiency plans and income generation opportunities
  • Bring together and coordinate children, young people and adult early help and intervention activity through a joint work programme
  • Plan and deliver high quality early help services and build strong and collaborative multi-agency partnerships to deliver local priorities for early intervention and prevention including targeted youth support and services to schools
  • To develop and manage the pathways from early intervention services into, and out of, social care ensuring the best possible outcomes for vulnerable people and their families
  • To be responsible for Children’s Centres, seeking to widen their reach as far as possible, and to work with the Assistant Director: Education to maximise the early years’ expertise.
  • Ensuring support, training, advice and funding to providers of early education and childcare to ensure Bracknell continues to improve the quality and availability of provision for children and their families.
  • Develop the Council’s Housing Strategy, build collaborative partnerships with registered providers and private housing management providers to ensure strategic and statutory functions are delivered
  • Deliver high quality housing management services that support the development of cohesive and resilient communities
  • Develop housing policy that contributes towards the delivery of prevention and early intervention priorities
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of housing options for vulnerable people
  • Plan and manage the delivery of benefits services, fraud prevention and recovery activities
  • Plan and deliver the Forestcare telecare and responder service and maximise income generation and growth opportunities
  • To lead on the development, implementation and evaluation of key projects agreed by the Executive Director.
  • Develop the people, structures and management systems to facilitate effective service provision.
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with other departments and external partners to achieve all relevant aspects of work in the Early Help and Communities Department.
  • The Assistant Director: Early Help and Communities will:
    • Lead the development and maintenance of effective management in the Early Help and Communities Department;
    • keep abreast of major plans and service issues across the full range of the service area under their management;
    • pursue corporate policy and strategic objectives through departmental management;
    • act as “champion” of any corporate initiatives assigned as a personal responsibility;
    • represent the Council in public, when appropriate.
Relationships

The post holder is expected to be a positive spokesperson and advocate for the Council and demonstrate clear commitment to the work and ambitions of the organisation.  S/he will be required to establish close and effective working relationships with the Chief Executive, Executive Directors, other Directors, Executive Members, other Members of the Council as well as other key stakeholders including customers, contractors and outside regulatory bodies.

It should be noted that the above list of key accountabilities is not a complete statement of the final duties of the post.  It is intended to give an overall view of the position and should be taken as guidance only.

Scale and Scope of Role including budget responsibilities and staff numbers
  • Accountable to Director of People
  • Staff: 146 FTE
  • Budgets: £10.3 million
  • Other relevant resources: Children’s Centres (4)
Person Profile
  • Demonstrate and role model the Council’s values and behaviours.
  • Able to understand and lead change and transformation in a large complex organisation.
  • Be outcome focused and have a proven track record of achievements in the field of Transformation and Organisational Development.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Relevant professional qualifications.
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous personal development.
  • A strong commitment to improving outcomes for children, families and vulnerable adults.
  • Significant experience of senior leadership in a complex organisation
  • Experience of planning, delivering and evaluating early intervention programmes.
  • Experience of planning and delivering housing strategies to meet the needs of vulnerable adults, families and children
  • Able to coach and develop senior managers and professionals, set clear and ambitious performance targets and monitor progress across a range of professional disciplines.
  • Experience of highlighting and implementing income generation opportunities.
  • Track record of planning and managing complex budgets.
  • Able to operate with political sensitivity and maintain effective relationships with elected members, external bodies, external providers and partner organisations
  • Able to analyse complex information, be agile and react to changing situations quickly and facilitate solutions for the organisation.
  • The ability to deal with controversial and sensitive issues.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the requirements of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults