Service Manager – School Strategy & Performance, Wakefield

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Wakefield CouncilWakefield

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Soulbury 23-26 (£62,158 – £65,457) | +3 SPA points
Contract term: Permanent

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader who wants to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people.

As our new Service Manager for School Strategy & Performance, you’ll take the lead in ensuring Wakefield continues to provide the very best support to our schools.

A key leader in our Education and Inclusion service, you’ll work closely with our school-facing teams to enable and empower schools to deliver the very best for youngsters across the district.

That means not only excelling in our delivery of statutory responsibilities, but also continuing to shape and deliver a traded service that responds effectively to the challenges our schools face.

Our goal is simple but ambitious – all schools in Wakefield achieving good and beyond. 

To do this, we need a leader who can motivate, inspire and energise our talented team.

You’ll engage with school and academy leaders at all levels – establishing credibility through your track record of delivering results as a school leader, school improvement professional or a senior leader within a multi academy trust or local authority.  

A natural networker, you’ll be comfortable with headteachers, senior and middle leaders, as well as governors, stakeholders and colleagues working across the children and young people’s agenda. 

You’ll need to bring a combination of technical knowledge and leadership ability. That will require both an understanding of the accountability frameworks schools operate in, as well as the people management and communication skills to inspire and unite our teams around a common mission.

Whatever your specific background in education, it’s crucial is that you share Wakefield’s values – at the core, our commitment to doing the very best for the communities we serve. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a committed team who are already delivering improved results. You’ll find experienced colleagues ready to support you every step of the way and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to shape and influence how we work together going forward.

To find out more and for a confidential conversation, call our recruitment team on 01904 567818. Or visit

Closing date for applications is Monday 16th September.

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