Children's Social Workers - Locality
Salary details: Up to £39,890 (includes basic salary of £37,107 + an annual retention payment of £2,783) & excellent benefits
About the role
This newly established role will have responsibility for leading and managing the Council’s Legal Services under the direction of the Assistant Director for Legal Services and will deliver high-level guidance and support. Your specialist advice will significantly influence the trust and confidence of the community in the Council.
As Head of Legal Services you will also hold the role of Deputy Monitoring Officer and will be responsible for three Services (‘Child Care’, ‘Litigation & Adults’ as well as ‘Property & Commercial’). The aim of this new role is to strengthen the management structure and provide strategic leadership to develop the Service, whilst also innovating in the way legal support is provided to meet the future needs of the Council.
Our Legal Services is recognised as a key partner in our improvement journey and has received considerable investment and growth. In this role you will make your mark by helping to shape the service, demonstrating the value that a high quality legal service plays in improving the lives of the people of Rotherham. You will be supported throughout your work in an environment where you can thrive and develop your professional expertise.
You will be a Solicitor, or Barrister entitled to practise in England and Wales, with a current practising certificate; or a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, with considerable experience at a senior level.
It is important that you have significant management experience of practising law within a local authority environment in one or more of the following areas – governance, litigation, licensing, property, commercial, planning, adult care or childcare.
As a senior leader it is important that you are able to demonstrate the Rotherham MBC values and possess the interpersonal skills required to be able to build effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has made rapid and significant progress on its improvement journey, which is clearly demonstrated by the expedited return of our powers in September of this year. This is testament to the hard work and commitment of the council’s employees and new Senior Leadership Team, now in their third year. This announcement comes on the back of our “Good” Ofsted report for children’s services earlier in the year. That our Children’s Services have been transformed has been a critical indicator of the changes that we have made.
This is an excellent time to join Rotherham which has the fastest growing economy in Yorkshire. We are delivering major regeneration and housing as well as creating new jobs and opportunities for our residents. Rotherham is a real 'central UK' location with excellent road and rail links and is ideally placed near the scenic countryside of the Peak District, whilst also being conveniently located next to the vibrant city of Sheffield.
Our vision for Rotherham is that we come together as a community, where we seek to draw on our proud history to build a future we can all share. We respect decency, dignity and seek to build a town where opportunity is extended to everyone, where people can grow, flourish and prosper, and where no one is left behind.
We offer an excellent pay and benefits package which includes membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, as well as a range of health and wellbeing and other benefits. This makes working for us an attractive proposition. If you have the ambition to make a real difference and are committed to delivering an excellent legal service we would welcome your application.
For informal enquiries, please contact:
Judith Badger, Strategic Director (Finance & Customer Services) at email@example.com or on 01709 822046; or Dermot Pearson, Assistant Director (Legal Services) at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01709 255768.
Closing date: 18th November 2018
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.
This post is classed as 'politically restricted' under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended). The full details of the restrictions are set out in the Statutory Instrument, but broadly the restrictions prohibit candidature from public elected office; holding office in a political party; as well as involvement in political activities such as canvassing or public speaking/writing.
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 day’s leave (pro rata for part time workers and new starters in year) will be granted.
This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).