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Thank you for your interest in applying for the position of Operations Director Services for Young People at Hertfordshire County Council. This role is pivotal to the ongoing success of Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council and gives the post holder a unique opportunity to lead transformation supported by significant investment from the Council

This is a very exciting time to be joining the Council as we continue our relentless focus on our priorities for the young people and their families across Hertfordshire. As part of this programme for innovation we are embarking on a transformation of Hertfordshire’s SEND services. We are therefore recruiting to this senior management post before the current post holder retires in April next year in order to lead this transformation supported by a dedicated project team and strong partnership commitment including representation from parents, carers and young people.

We pride ourselves on working with a range of partners and stakeholders to develop and deliver high quality services that offer value for money but most importantly improve the lives of Hertfordshire citizens, thus delivering ‘the County of Opportunity’ mission.

We are very proud of our ‘good’ rating from our most recent Ofsted inspection into services for children in need of help and protection

The Operations Director, Services for Young People is responsible for the delivery and commissioning of services for young people including traded services. It is a great time to join us as we embark on a transformation programme which will allow you to play a leading role in the delivery of the SEND reforms and early help support services for young people and families working with partners in the public and voluntary sector and especially schools.

A key part to our continued success will be the continuing development and delivery of our workforce strategy. Recruiting, retaining, rewarding and developing our workforce are critical to the delivery of high quality services for young people.

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent pension, together with a challenging and rewarding role that provides scope to be innovative and make a significant contribution to the leadership of Children’s Services and the County Council as a whole. I hope that you see the great potential of this opportunity to lead innovation, shape future services and ensure succession planning within our senior management team.

If you have the proven ability to meet and deliver our aspirations alongside an experienced senior management team, a strong relationship with schools and well developed multi agency partnerships, we would be pleased to receive your application.

For a confidential and informal discussion about this opportunity please contact: Our advising consultants at Penna Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648 or Anita Denton 07725 554802.


Jenny Coles
Director of Children's Services

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