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Bradford Children’s and Families Trust is taking the delivery of social care for children in our district in a positive new direction. Owned by the Council but operating at arm’s length, it will develop new ways of working and build a new future as it offers safe, transparent support to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our area.

The role of Chief Executive will be key to our success, and when you join us you’ll provide the strategic leadership, management, planning, and direction for all the services the Trust provides, in accordance with the decisions of the Board and the relevant legislation and statutory guidance.

Responsible for ensuring positive outcomes for the children and young people we support, and that improvements in our services are in line with the Trust’s business plan and key performance indicators, you’ll develop and implement the vision, values, aims, and objectives of the Trust, and shape the overall of the business plan.

You’ll also work to provide a quality service and realize this ambition by developing an organization that achieves financial and organizational viability while ensuring that all our safeguarding, governance, and good practice standards are met. Leading and inspiring your staff through a culture of engagement, collaboration, continuous improvement, and empowerment, your ultimate goal will be to foster innovative change that leads to successful outcomes for all the children, young people, and families we support.

Educated to a post-graduate degree level or with equivalent social care experience, you’ll be an inspirational leader and capable of working at a senior level in a multi-stakeholder and political environment. With a track record of successful leadership and management, and of delivering improvements to children’s services in a trust, local authority, or comparable organization, we’ll also expect you to have financial control and budgetary management expertise in a public sector setting.

Ready to provide effective and professional guidance to colleagues at all levels of the Trust, and with significant commercial or commissioning experience, you’ll have the ability to lead strategy and policy development and implementation for larger organizations. In addition, you should also be able to establish and communicate a compelling vision and strategy to a wide range of key stakeholders and have the ability to establish motivational and positive relationships with everyone you work with.

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When you join us as Director of Finance and Resources, you’ll provide the strategic leadership, management, planning, and direction for the finances and resources of the Trust. These will cover a wide range of support functions including organizational performance, commissioning and contracting, legal services, HR, IT, property, business support, and customer relations. Responsible for ensuring that resources are in place to deliver positive outcomes for the children and young people we support, we’ll also expect you to see that the required service improvements are in line with the Trust’s business plan and key performance indicators.

Collaborating with the Chief Executive, the Chair, and Board to develop and implement the vision, values, and objectives of the Trust, you’ll take a lead in shaping the detail of the business plan. You’ll also ensure the Trust maintains strong, effective performance in all its activities, with a particular focus on inspiring staff via a culture of engagement, continuous improvement, and empowerment to foster innovative change.

With a recognized accountancy qualification and proven leadership and people management skills, you’ll have worked at a senior level in a multi-stakeholder and political environment. A strong corporate player and capable of developing shared approaches with your colleagues, we’ll expect you to have a track record of managing finances and resources to deliver improvements in children’s services in a Trust, local authority, or comparable complex organization.

Politically sensitive and ready to establish positive relationships with everyone you work with, you’ll have the expertise to provide effective and professional advice and guidance to Board Members, Members, and key stakeholders. It’s essential that you possess significant commercial or commissioning experience, and knowledge of strategy and policy development and implementation for larger organizations.

We’ll look for evidence of delivering added value in financial strategy and innovative business models, and the expertise to translate corporate strategy into business plans, budgets and policies. Outstanding communication and influencing skills are also vital, as is the ability to provide clear, balanced advice on strategic issues that achieve corporate and service objectives.

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In order to be a success, Bradford Children’s and Families Trust is looking for a number of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs). If you choose to join us on our journey, you’ll make a vital contribution to the work of the Board based on your independence, past experience and knowledge, and your ability to stand back from day-to-day operational management.

Playing a full, active role in the governance of the Trust by providing independent judgments on issues of performance, forward planning, and accountability, you’ll contribute to and support corporate decisions to ensure a joined-up, robust, and transparent decision-making process by the Board. Representing the Trust locally, regionally, and nationally, and developing and maintaining excellent relationships with a range of key partners and stakeholders, you’ll attend committee and board meetings, and undertake a range of other tasks as required.

We’re looking for a blend of skills and experience to lead the delivery of statutory and preventative children’s and families services, and are particularly interested in people with backgrounds and experience in children’s social care, transformational service change, and improvement. We would also welcome anyone with expertise in governance and the law, finance, risk and assurance, HR and culture change, and applicants with experience working with the voluntary sector would also be warmly welcomed.

We want to create a Board with the widest range of diverse experiences. The most important quality is a genuine commitment to improving the life chances of children and young people in Bradford, and an understanding of diverse and complex communities and the disadvantages faced by vulnerable children and young people.

Key to your success as a NED will be your integrity, high ethical standards, sound judgment, and willingness to challenge constructively. And your interpersonal, listening, and communication skills will make you a valuable and inspirational colleague to everyone you work with.

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