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Deputy Director, Public Services (0.6 FTE)

Contract Type
Public Sector
Circa £82,115 FTE
Expiry Date
This role is advertised as 0.6 FTE (Wed-Fri), to join an existing EDS Deputy Director in a new job share partnership. This role is a great opportunity to support the Cabinet and Committees on a portfolio spanning a range of public service issues.

Job Description


The Deputy Director will be responsible for: 

  • Leading the teams responsible for health, education, housing and welfare and oversee the associated Social Reform Cabinet Committee, the Cabinet Secretary’s Social Reform Officials meetings, and relevant Implementation Taskforces. 
  • Ensuring collective agreement for all business led by DH, DfE, MHCLG and DWP. 
  • Providing policy and other advice to the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on these areas. 
  • Providing leadership on policy issues as requested by the Cabinet Secretary and senior leaders in EDS. 
  • Building strong relationships with seniors in departments and work closely with departments in a collaborative way, but challenging where necessary. 
  • Leading and managing the 7 strong public services team and the 6 person strong directorate support team, and playing a full part in the corporate leadership of EDS. 

Person Specification 

Applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet the following skills and experience requirements for this role: 

  • The ability to work at pace in a complex multi-stakeholder environment; 
  • Highly developed policy and strategic analysis skills; 
  • A proven track record in winning and retaining the trust of senior Ministers and officials; 
  • Excellent drafting skills; 
  • Highly developed communication, networking and negotiation skills; 
  • Strong leadership skills as outlined in the CS Leadership Statement, both of high performing teams and corporately; 
  • Strong experience of working collaboratively and achieving shared objectives. Familiarity with job share arrangements an advantage, and commitment to making it work well essential; and, 
  • Some experience of one of more or the policy agendas of the public services departments (DWP, DfE, DHSC, MHCLG) would be desirable.