Heads of Service - £93,932

We are seeking four new Heads of Service to join our Council Management Team.


Reporting to an Executive Director, each Head of Service is responsible for leading on the integration of service provision, service planning and performance management, ensuring their effective delivery.

They lead an efficient and effective group of services, at all times promoting a culture of continuous improvement.

They contribute to the development of the organisation in order to deliver the Council’s agreed objectives, plans and targets.

Each Executive Director and our Heads of Service support colleagues to deliver work across the Directorate and to contribute to the overall delivery of the Council’s corporate plans, priorities and objectives.

There is also an expectation that our Heads of Service identify opportunities to transform services, and to support transformation across the Council.

In doing so our Heads of Service should identify opportunities to work collaboratively with partners, community representatives, and external organisations.

What are the roles?

We are seeking a Head of Education who will play a vital leadership role in supporting children and young people to realise their full potential. We are keen to hear from individuals who can foster successful relationships with school leaders and partners; who can encourage collaborative working through high quality support and challenge; and who can contribute to a culture where high expectations and aspirations for learners are rooted in consistent, practical and inclusive approaches to improvement.

We are looking for a Head of Development who has the drive and determination to lead on the oversight and the delivery of the Council’s, and wider regional growth agenda, ensuring that we have strategies in place to support East Lothian’s growing communities and a flourishing economy. The successful individual will be responsible for the delivery of our sustainable and inclusive economic ambitions and play a vital role in the economic recovery & renewal of our area post COVID.

We are seeking a Head of Corporate Support who will lead on the development of services which play an integral role in the smooth and efficient running of the Council, supporting and enabling our people across the Council in providing first-class customer service, including functions such as HR, Legal Services, IT, Communications and supporting Elected Members.

We are looking for a Head of Housing to lead on providing first-class community housing services to our tenants, with a focus on improvements to existing properties as well as the rollout of substantial investment in new council homes and the provision of other affordable housing homes with and through housing partners. The postholder will also have a sharp and innovative focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with Homelessness, Housing Management and Housing Strategy, strongly influencing our wider housing market, as well as Property Maintenance.