Assistant Director – Adult Social Care

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Assistant Director - Adult Social Care
Interim Position

Gloucestershire 5250434

Posted: 11th June 2024 15:54
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £548.85 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4 months


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Interim Assistant Director - Adult Social Care  

Reference no: Gloucestershire 5250434 

Pay Rate: up to £548.85 per day PAYE depending on experience

37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 4 months


Hybrid working - required to be onsite 2-3 days per week

This role has overall leadership responsibility for Adult Social Care (ASC) Operations and strategic responsibility for short term services. This includes inhouse services and integrated hospital and out of hospital pathway teams. Responsibilities include the operational delivery of short term ASC assessment and support planning functions as well as the delivery of short term provision. Alongside this, the role has operational strategic oversight of delegated Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Social Work functions which are delivered by the Health & Care Foundation Trust.

The Assistant Director for Operations is responsible for the health and wellbeing, morale and resilience of the staff working across the services they lead. The role is required to develop, embed and strengthen a culture of learning and performance. They must have a good understanding of the pressures and stressors impacting upon the services they lead and in finding ways of mitigating those pressures. The role includes engagement in positive communications (externally and internally), engagement and consultation about challenges, especially when change is proposed, as well as celebrating achievements and successes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a learning and performance culture in which all staff at all levels are expected and enabled to develop their experience, knowledge and skills, and fully accept accountability for the quality and impact of their practice.
  • Work strategically with statutory agencies, key partners, voluntary and community groups to achieve the shared aims of improving the experience and outcomes for people in Gloucestershire.
  • Model a commitment to continuous professional development and continuously explore opportunities to improve the quality of practice and effectiveness of services.
  • Build the resilience and morale of staff through good communications, engagement and involvement in key decisions and proposed changes.
  • At all times, show a tangible commitment to fairness and quality, and positive action to overcome prejudice and discrimination.
  • Provide sound analysis of quality assurance and performance data reports for the Service as required, addressing evidence of shortfalls and challenges with a willingness to learn and to change.
  • Control spend and provide services within the budget allocated to the Service, contributing to annual budget setting, forecasting and demonstrating value for money. Ensure services respond and contribute to improved outcomes for people and deliver the council’s plans, priorities and strategies that achieve value for money, consistent with good practice.
  • Prepare regulated ASC Services for, and contribute to successful inspection and review, achieving improved grades in all aspects of practice and service delivery.
  • Act at all times in a way that enhances the reputation of the Service and the Council.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Management qualification or on the job experience supplemented with relevant training
  • Educated to degree standard, post graduate qualification, MBA or equivalent or relevant experience
  • Registered professional (Social Work England or equivalent)


  • Specific knowledge and experience of strategic and operational working in the area of accountability for the role.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy framework in relation to adult social care and wide knowledge of other relevant legislation.


  • Experience of providing supervision and coaching or mentoring.
  • Experience of leading effective inter-agency and partnership working for the planning, commissioning and delivery of services which have led to positive outcomes.
  • Leadership of high performance management teams which has secured excellent day to day operational practice.
  • Successful financial management at strategic and /or operational level.
  • Proven operational and strategic leadership and management experience in sectors which have led to positive and improved outcomes.
  • Leading and managing strategic or operational developments which have led to change and performance improvement.
  • Demonstrable track record of motivational leadership and management.
  • Successful financial management at strategic and operational level

Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to provide clear direction and get ownership of service aims. 
  • Ability to interpret legislation and national policy and translate these into effective local strategies and protocols.
  • Ability to prepare, collate and interpret briefings, reports and presentations.
  • Ability to make complex and critical decisions.
  • Ability to communicate, influence and negotiate at all levels of an organisation.
  • Ability to work in the senior leadership context of the organisation and understanding of how this influences own role and accountabilities.
  • Able to respond to a changing pattern of demand at work which can be unpredictable and unplanned requiring constant shifts of priority providing direction to staff and partners.
  • Able to cope and function effectively when working in a pressurised and rapidly changing environment, demonstrating emotional resilience.


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Assistant Director - Adult Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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