"Chief Executive Job Description"
Essex County Council Job Profile Job Title Chief Executive Reports to The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Job Purpose To ensure the provision of well evidenced, co-ordinated policy advice directly to Cabinet and other Members of the Council across the whole range of the County Council’s work focusing on the delivery of the Corporate Plan To lead the strategic and corporate management of the Council through the Corporate Leadership Team To develop in consultation with others corporate and cross service strategies and activities across the organisation To ensure in conjunction with others, effective service delivery in line with the Corporate Plan To provide leadership for the staff of the Council and to ensure the delivery of quality services to the citizens of Essex To represent the Council in discussions with partner organisations and other stakeholders To lead the Council’s corporate agenda To ensure in conjunction with others the development of overall policies for the County Council Principal Accountabilities 1. To ensure the achievement of the Council’s priorities and to ensure implementation within the County Council 2. To promote equal access to opportunity in service delivery and employment 3. To ensure that a co-ordinated approach is taken to policy development within the County Council 4. To ensure that consistent standards, frameworks and procedures are in place for the County Council and to ensure effective implementation 1 5. To ensure that communication and implementation of all corporate policies and processes within the County Council take place in a timely and effective manner 6. To ensure services are planned and delivered in a customer focused way to promote continuous improvement 7. To work towards step improvements in performance through Best Value reviews, high quality procurement and other means 8. To ensure that service planning and delivery takes account of national performance standards and is within statutory planning requirements 9. Ensure the County Council’s processes for performance management (personal and organisational) are reviewed and applied effectively 10. To monitor and assess business and service plan trends and to identify necessary responses to performance issues 11. To manage the Council’s resources effectively so that service standards can be met and improved 12. To ensure that staff are able to access available development opportunities in order to help them reach their full potential 13. To lead the County Council’s strategy and processes on communications and to ensure its services have excellent relationships with partners, the public and the media 14. To communicate the County Council’s vision, strategy and processes effectively both internally and externally 15. To manage and develop the wider networks and partnerships that the Council needs to enhance services to the community 16. To work closely with all senior managers to ensure integrated provision of services where appropriate Functional Responsibilities To act as Head of Paid Service with authority over all other officers (except where officers are exercising responsibilities imposed upon them by statute) To act as the principal adviser to the Cabinet and the Council on matters of corporate and general policy To undertake such other responsibilities consistent with acting as Chief Executive of the County Council 2 Dimensions Cross revenue expenditure Capital expenditure Income Staff Salary budgets Significant impact on County Council budget with significant freedom to act in terms of overall policy and decisions 3