Working as part of Children’s Services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea. We have formed a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Our services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there. By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.
Westminster City Council and Kensington & Chelsea Council have arrangements to share Children’s, Adults and Public Health services. As part of this ‘Bi-Borough’ arrangement, we have the highest ambitions to deliver the very best for our children and young people. The Operations and Programmes Service, sitting within Children’s Services, works to help ensure that we excel in our work with children and their families.
Within this new Directorate sits the Business Intelligence and Strategy Team.
The Strategy, Partnership and Policy Manager is looking to permanently recruit to an exciting Strategy, Partnership and Policy Officer post. This is a great opportunity for you to take a significant role in supporting two of the most diverse and densely populated boroughs in London, helping us in our work to provide every child and young person the opportunity to realise their potential.
In this role you will work as part of a high quality policy and strategy function within Bi-Borough Children’s Services. You will support the design, articulation and implementation of Children’s Services strategic outcomes and priorities. The role will ensure appropriate support and information regarding national, regional and local policy developments are available to senior leadership, elected members and service managers to inform decision making, planning and development. The role will also support both councils’ response to external inspection frameworks involving planning and preparation of logistics.
We are looking for a flexible solution-orientated professional with policy experience preferably in children’s services or a related field to be part of our core strategy and policy team.
Your experience in local government and of children’s services will have given you a good grounding in working successfully in a political environment and familiarity with governance processes. You will be able to work to a high standard both in preparing and writing strategies and policies and in briefing and presenting to Councillors and senior officers in both councils.
You will be able to think creatively to come up with new ideas to provide solutions to complex problems and to work across different disciplines. Owning and leading work on your own or as part of a team will be one of your strengths. You will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive working relationships with people at all levels including service users, internal and external colleagues and senior leaders.
You will be able to show that you take your own learning and development seriously to improve the work of the team and service. You receive feedback on your performance positively.
- Developing plans, policies and strategies.
- Providing bespoke briefing to Councillors and Directors.
- Shaping the Councils response to national agendas.
- Preparing for external inspections of services.
- Supporting Cabinet Members with the scrutiny process.
- Working with other teams including commissioning, transformation and innovation to improve services.
- Supporting and occasionally leading bids for external funding.
- Making contacts and building networks across local and central government.
We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.
We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.
We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.