Introduction from Tanya Miles, Executive Director of People
Thank you for your interest in the Assistant Director for Learning and Achievement at Shropshire Council.
Shropshire is a fantastic place in which to live and work, with a clean and beautiful natural environment, communities who look out for each other, whether in our rural areas or within one of our historic market towns, excellent schools, low crime and opportunity for everyone. The quality of life rightly brings people here, and makes people want to stay. We are ambitious and have the potential to grow, with development and investment opportunities. Shropshire has a feel of quality and excellence and we want to build on this as we move forwards. The post of Assistant Director Learning and Achievement is key to making this happen.
Shropshire Council has interlinked high level outcomes:
- Prosperous Economy
- Commercial Council
- Healthy People
- Resilient Communities
This is a newly created role, and is part of a Council wider programme of transformation that is designed to achieve cultural change both within the organisation and in the way that we engage with our partners, our residents and our stakeholders. As part of the new leadership team for the People Directorate, you will have the remit to challenge, inspire and lead.
We are looking for someone who can bring creativity and innovation to these roles together with a strong corporate approach with the passion to develop a new vision for the service with our partners and stakeholders.
We need you to demonstrate considerable partnership and relationship management skills in implementing agreed priorities to deliver against our desired outcomes, and in bringing our range of partners and our diverse communities with us on the journey.
You will be innovative and creative in your approaches to realising the external opportunities that also present themselves in working with our partners.
If you have ambition, drive and energy, coupled with experience and creativity, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.
Shropshire is a Conservative run authority with 49 of the 74 Elected Members being Conservative. There are 8 Labour councillors, 12 Liberal Democrats, and 5 Independents.
Shropshire Council was established following the abolition of five former District Councils and a County Council in 2009. Shropshire also has 153 Town and Parish Councils. Shrewsbury Town Council is one of the largest Town Council’s in the UK, however, there are many Parish Councils covering just a few hundred households. Consequently, there is a vast difference in the ambition and capability of Town and Parish Councils due to the disparity in population, geographic scale and resources each Council serves. This is considered to be a virtue and we recognise that ‘one size does not fit all’.