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Service Director - Community Development

South Gloucestershire Council
From:£77,499 To:£84,437
Closing date
24 Jul 2022
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How you'll make a difference

We see our communities as being key to unlocking the potential of South Gloucestershire.  As Service Director for Community Development, you will be instrumental in enabling transformational change in the Council’s approach to prevention, reducing the demands placed on council services through promoting a prevention first approach and enabling independence which impact on the quality of life for residents. 

What will you be doing?


  • As a change leader, both within and beyond the council you will work to build on our community engagement, conversation and insight capacity and capability. This will enable the societal and behavioural change needed to improve service provision and self-help within our children, young people, and adult populations. 
  • To do this, you will be building and shaping a new division in the Council, initially having a small team, who will transfer from other areas of the council. While the direct line management of staff is small, your team will have impact and influence both within and beyond the council. 
  • Your aim will be to provide strategic capacity as a catalyst to better enable the council to build on the work started in our communities, recognising the need to support the most vulnerable through early help and prevention and then support people to have a good life.
  • You will ensure equality, inclusion and diversity is embedded in the council’s service offerings to residents and that the voice and needs of residents drives future development of service provision. To achieve this, you will embed community conversation strategies and principles in all teams across the council and within external partners. 
  • Working outwardly, you will lead engagement with partner organisation, working in a joined, co-produced approach to embed prevention principles, such as population heath and inequalities. You will also work to strengthen links and productive relationships with key partners in local place, such as Town and Parish Councils. 

What we need from you

You don’t necessarily have to have worked for Local Government before to be the right person for this role. You might be working at a senior level in a voluntary sector organisation, the NHS or in community development for example. 

  • We are looking for you to be a strategic thinker, who is able to drive change and can face challenges with creative solutions. 
  • You will have the impact and influencing skills to be comfortable working in a new division with few precedents to follow and where there is significant freedom to transform community relationships through strategic development. 
  • You will also have authoritative knowledge and technical expertise in community development with an overall functional and business understanding needed to position the function across the organisation. As well as proven experience of strategic development, with an understanding of the influences and interconnectivities of a division such as this.  
  • You must also have proven experience of delivering strategic policy direction and leadership, operational management, and financial control. As well as substantial level of strategic leadership experience, providing depth and breadth of knowledge to act with credibility at this level both internally and externally. 

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance. 

As part of our benefits package, you will receive generous annual leave (pro rata), employee wellbeing support and you will have access to a range of staff discounts, including eye tests, travel, shopping and leisure activities  

We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.   

Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.    

  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of   
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life   
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.     

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.   


We’re making a difference, be part of it!    

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