Lead For Partnership Delivery

Employer
Essex County Council
Location
England, Essex, Basildon
Salary
£39350 - £46295 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

Closing Date: Monday 15th August 2022

Please note that this opportunity is being offered as a Fixed Term Contract or as a Secondment for a period of 12 months.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It's an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

The Opportunity

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The role provides dynamic and visionary leadership within a financially challenging environment, supporting the whole system transformation in a complex landscape to deliver better quality outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and complex families. The role reports to the Director and is responsible for the systemic implementation, alignment and management of strategic locality partnerships through high levels of influencing and relationship building skills.

Accountabilities

  • To be the conduit between operational and strategic priorities and work with commissioners, partners and statutory services to respond to current, emerging and future need across the ESCB windscreen of need.
  • To use and interpret data and understand the changing climate of local and national drivers, including demographic changes, and secure through collaboration with Health, District /Borough Councils, schools, voluntary sector organisations and the Police a whole system approach that support the better targeting of resources to deliver positive outcomes for children and families.
  • To provide subject matter expertise on issues relating to locality and community development, translating these ideas into practical and practice recommendations for operational and senior managers in ECC and the wider partnership.
  • To work collaboratively with external and internal partners, to lead local delivery of strategic plans and work flexibly across structural boundaries to facilitate consultation and involvement of service users, young people, families/carers and other stakeholders.
  • Support engagement with CCG's, Public Health, Education, and The Office of Police Fire and Crime Commissioner to ensure alignment of commissioning priorities across the system.
  • Develop/maintain relationships to create understanding of roles, practice and function across the partnerships and to ensure the effective co-ordination and performance management of the Children's Partnership, Early Help and Stay Safe Forums from which quadrant specific tasks, projects and work will arise.
  • Make informed, sound and professional judgements in the management of risk in terms of safeguarding and business continuity.
  • To lead the development of organisational capability through good collaborative working including to provide training, mentoring and coaching of ECC colleagues and the wider partnership workforce.
  • To ensure specific individual /shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.


Dimensions

Budgetary responsibility (direct or indirect impact):

  • Ensuring the effective management of resources and associated budgets, escalate service and contract issues and risks within area of responsibility including budget demand, customer service and quality assurance.
  • In response to a challenging financial environment through effective partnership working negotiate and secure resources in order to deliver actions or activities agreed across the wider partnership network.
  • Support partners to develop funding bids to secure inward investment for Essex.

People management (including direct reports):

  • Responsible for the coordination and management of in excess of 30 strategic partners across a wide variety of networks that make up local Strategic Partnership arrangements; recognise and respond to regional and national policy drivers.
  • Reporting directly to Director of Local Delivery and into ECC Senior Management Teams when required.
  • Thinking creatively and constructively challenging those around them (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement, commercial astuteness, and inspire the same in ECC employees and across the partnership workforce.
  • Through effective negotiation, brokerage and mediation skills manage complex local partnership structures, address emerging issues of tension and identify opportunities for promoting and securing positive collaboration.
  • Make arrangements to ensure that the County Council's functions are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable people/children, young people and families and ensure compliance with the ESCB/ESAB and adult/ child protection procedures. To include ensuring that that safeguarding practices are central to all activities within the Locality Partnership Arrangements.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject area, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current social care and health issues in the broader integration of health and social care and implications for delivery planning through using systemic leadership approaches and practices.
  • Evidence of successfully delivering customer centred outcomes in a complex multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of managing change in a complex service environment, demonstrating high levels of organisational ability through the use of systemic approaches.
  • Experience of working at a senior level in a political environment, proven skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational perspective.
  • Full driving licence and access to a car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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