School Commissioning Officer for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK

Employer: Surrey County Council

Location: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK


Salary: £57,494 per annum

Job Details

£57,494.00 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey (you will also be required to travel across the County when needed)This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception. 

Where possible, we offer flexible working, mobile phones and laptops. 24 days annual leave for full time staff or pro rata for part time staff. Local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

About the Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a School Commissioning Officer to join the School Commissioning Team. Our small team has the statutory responsibility for delivering sufficient school places in Surrey. In the last five years over 16,000 additional school places have been provided, which has been achieved by working in partnership with the Surrey family of schools.

There is now a rising need to provide additional SEND placements across the county. We are looking for an additional Officer to plan, commission and organise the SEND School and centre provision in Surrey. You will need to undertake detailed data analysis from a number of different sources to identify trends. You will be required to apply your specialist expertise and judgement that will lead you to formulate proposals for required changes that meet the emergent needs.

It is essential that you either have an interest or background in developments for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and knowledge and experience in SEND or school place planning. You will have excellent communication skills and professional credibility with front line staff and peers. You will be politically astute with excellent negotiating, influencing and leadership skills. You will need the ability to work collaboratively with Members of the Council, School Leaders and Senior Managers across the directorates.

The successful applicant with be expected to implement the current school organisation legislation with an awareness of the requirements of the SEN code of practice. You will be expected to work on your own initiative with minimal supervision, and be required to travel and work across the county and to join and contribute to networking opportunities.

For more information please find attached the full job description. Interviews will take place w/c 16th April at County Hall, Kingston.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 08.04.2018. Interviews will take place week commencing 16.04.2018

Please note, if access to the GCSX (PSN) network is required for this role, a Basic Disclosure (DBS check) will be required to meet the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focused - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.

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