South Tyneside Council search for new director paid up to £120,000 a year

A new boss is being sought to lead South Tyneside’s push for better education and health – and the price tag is up to £120,000 a year.

South Shields Town Hall.
South Shields Town Hall.

The successful applicant will reap the financial rewards of being the new corporate director of children, adults and health.

The high profile post is described as being ‘pivotal’ within the council’s chain of command.

They will become one of just three corporate heads within the local authority – the others being director of business and resources, and of regeneration and environment.

The advert for the role describes it as a ‘career defining opportunity’ to join ‘a high performing council’.

It adds that the postholder could ‘influence outcomes for residents for generations to come’.

The new postholder will be expected to work closely with Coun Malcolm, the chief executive and councillors, and provide strategic leadership.

The post is vacant following the departure of John Pearce in May last year and of his temporary replacement Mike Conlon, who retired in July.

Sue Ross has been interim head since, and it is not known if she has applied for the job, which was advertised nationally and closed to applicants on September 30.

The council would not confirm the level of interest in the role, but said the salary would be determined at the point the job was offered - to a maximum of £120,000 a year.

Key priorities include leading the council’s children's social care service from a 'good' to 'outstanding' rating from the Government’s Ofsted watchdog.

And the postholder must also sustain high attainment and inclusion across schools, and “work with partners to shape the borough’s future health and social care system”.

They are required to have “substantial experience of local authority care service management”, and of “commissioning and procuring services at a senior level within a social care or education environment or within the NHS”.

The advert states: “This is a career defining opportunity for a resilient, dynamic leader to join a high performing council.

“You will lead and shape a wide range of services with the ability to influence outcomes for residents for generations to come.”

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