Head of Adult Services

Rotherham, South Yorkshire
£61,468 to £65,770 (depending on experience) & excellent benefits
03 May 2017
21 May 2017
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

Relocation Allowance of up to £8,000

Now is the time to come and work for Rotherham Council Adult’s Service. Help us achieve our ambition that adults with disabilities and older people and their carers in Rotherham are supported to be independent and resilient so that they can live good quality lives and enjoy good health and wellbeing and make Rotherham a great place to live and work.

In order to achieve this vision it is fundamental that a network of support is created which includes Council services, health services, private and third party sector services and voluntary, community and faith groups - as well as friends, family and neighbours working in partnership together.

We are seeking a talented and inspirational professional who can:

  • Demonstrate positive leadership
  • Create and deliver cost effective and innovative solutions to meet customer needs
  • Add value and make the most of available resources

About the opportunity

You will be a qualified social worker with an up-to-date HCPC registration. Reporting to the Assistant Director, with responsibility for Operations Managers, Team Managers and social care practitioners, you will be responsible for the effective and efficient strategic and operational delivery of statutory social work services for adults and will provide a ‘critical friend’ role bringing high challenge and high support to promote reflective practice and a continual learning environment.

Developing a responsive and flexible customer–focused service; meeting and delivering high quality solutions to internal customer needs are key parts of the job – along with inspiring, motivating, leading and developing a range of specialist professionals.

Experience of change management is required in order to successfully manage and implement major change initiatives in service delivery.

The strategy which will enable our vision and ambitions to be delivered contains seven key elements: 

  • ensuring information, advice and guidance is readily available and there are a wide range of community assets which are accessible 
  • focusing on maintaining independence through prevention and early intervention and re-ablement and re-habilitation 
  • improving our approach to personalised services – always putting users and carers at the centre of everything we do 
  • developing integrated services with partners and where feasible single points of access 
  • ensuring we “make safeguarding personal” 
  • commissioning services effectively; working in partnership and co-producing with users and carers
  • using our resources effectively  

As a leader in operational services you will play a vital role in building on our performance culture - providing leadership, direction and support that is rewarding in every sense, for every individual.

About you

You will have experience of leading and managing staff.

You will be a strategic thinker but also a practical problem-solver.

You will think on your feet, and be agile enough to step in quickly when you need to.

You will be an approachable leader and mentor to your teams.

You will prioritise, set the pace and sometimes make tough decisions.

You will be passionate about supporting adults to live good quality lives and enjoy good health and wellbeing

You will be compassionate, with your staff and their customers.

You will be enlightened, flexible and open to new ways of doing things.

You will care.

If you’d like to speak to Sam Newton, Assistant Director, to learn more about the service and the role then please

e-mail: sam.newton@rotherham.gov.uk


Rotherham and the wider South Yorkshire region is a great place to live and a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s finest towns and cities, and is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Easy to reach from Sheffield or Leeds, there are plenty of places to see, things to do, great schools and property is excellent value for money – with very easy access to the M1 and all within a 2 hour train journey from London. http://childrenssocialcarejobs.org.uk/rotherham-the-place  

This post involves working with adults and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme and can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

In order to support the Council’s requirement to save a further £41 million from its budget, by collective agreement, from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020 there is a temporary 1.15% pay reduction from the advertised substantive salary quoted, which will be spread out by means of a weekly/monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure three additional days’ leave (pro rata for part time workers and new starters in year) will be granted.

Closing date: 21 May 2017

For more information about the above post, or to see our full range of job opportunities and apply online, take a look at our website www.rotherham.gov.uk/jobs.

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