West Berkshire Council

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Service Director – Community Services

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
From £97,571 to £104,088 per annum, (Grade O)
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
18/07/2024 at 23:59
Vacancy Description

Are you an experienced leader with a passion for community protection, leisure, and culture? Do you thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment? If so, West Berkshire Council has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Service Director - Community Services.

As the Service Director, you will play a crucial role in shaping and delivering high-quality services that enhance the lives of our residents. You will be responsible for leading and managing a diverse portfolio, including community safety, environmental health, licensing, leisure services, arts and culture, and more.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Extensive experience in a senior leadership role, preferably within a local government or public sector environment
  • A strong understanding of community protection, leisure, and culture services
  • Excellent strategic thinking and the ability to translate vision into action
  • Proven track record of driving innovation and delivering positive outcomes
  • Exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 30 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

This post is a Sensitive Post for the purpose of the Local Government Housing Act 1989 and the post-holder is therefore restricted from engaging in any prescribed political activities. In summary, this means that you are prohibited from holding political office and from involvement in any political activity within or outside the workplace. Full details of the restrictions can be found in the Council’s Policy and Guidance on Politically Restricted Posts.

Interview dates:

  • First stage technical interviews expected to take place on 26th July.
  • Final interview expected to take place on 6th August

To learn more about the role, please contact Clare Lawrence on 07584385363 or email: clare.lawrence1@westberks.gov.uk for an informal discussion.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to apply

Please now complete a short online application form. You will then be able to upload your CV, if you do not have a CV please download our full application form below, complete and upload that instead.

Where possible please use Google Chrome as your preferred internet browser to complete your online application form. This system no longer supports the use of Internet Explorer as a browser which will cause issues when trying to submit your application. 

This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

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