Assistant Director Education and SEND

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Salary Negotiable
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 10/08/2020 at 16:25 PM
Reference: CA/20/129645

This is a critical appointment for Medway and the new Assistant Director will play a pivotal role in ensuring our continued trajectory towards good and beyond. Working as a key member in a reinvigorated leadership team with the support of the whole organisation and wider system, this appointment will catalyse the sustained improvement which will enable all of our learners to achieve their full potential.

Breadth and depth of experience are important components to bring; as is the magic mix of diplomacy and determination. The appetite to strengthen, sustain and further develop relationships with Education leaders in Medway and the instinctive ability to move between the strategic and operational dimensions of the role will offer challenge and opportunity to shape a constructive approach. We are looking for a candidate with an excellent knowledge of statutory powers and requirements, as well as strong emotional intelligence as to the range of levers available to accomplish this, through influence and collaboration. Confidence and credibility with key partners and stakeholders within and beyond Medway and the ability to work effectively with politicians will similarly be areas of strength.

Whether in Local Government now, or in the wider system, you will be passionate and ambitious to be part of a team committed to improving attainment and life chances for children and young people. You will also need to be forward and outward looking and a full and participative member of the corporate leadership team. 

In return we offer you:  

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London. 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

To find out more about this exceptional role visit For an informal discussion about you and the role do speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Jonathan Clark via 07736 818185 or Ruth Hernandez Turner on 0121 654 5936. 

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.   

How to apply

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