£170,000 to £174,999. This salary was set
following external advice from NEREO – The North East Regional
Employers Organisation and is the market rate for a post of this
size and responsibility.
The salary reflects the need for
Northumberland to attract talented, experienced and innovative
senior mangers who can deliver first class services to
The chief executive is the most senior member
of staff at Northumberland County Council. Ultimately they have the
overall responsibility for a budget of more than £754m and the
management of around 16,000 staff.
This role provides the council with a lead
adviser on all policy and management including strategic planning,
budgeting and overall performance. Through the leadership of the
senior management team the chief executive shapes the direction of
more than 700 services to the public.
The chief executive plays a vital role in the
effective running of the elected part of the administration, by
providing advice to the leader of the council, the executive and
all other elected councillors on the authority’s functions.
They must provide accurate advice and relevant
political management on the development of new policies, corporate
priorities, council strategies and service delivery issues.
The role also includes serious
responsibilities on issues including the care of vulnerable
children and adults, education and maintaining highways which often
have serious personal legal liabilities for failure.
Further core responsibilities
of the chief executive include:
- Running all elections in Northumberland and providing services
– including around 300 polling stations – for more than 245,000
electors to vote.
- Ensuring that all resources of the council are used
- Managing a county-wide emergency plan to ensure the council can
provide an effective and timely response to any emergency
- Leading the management team to ensure the council meets its
overall objectives and maintains a corporate approach.
- Developing general policy, forward planning and corporate
- Advising the chair of the council on all matters within the
duties of that office.
- Representing the council in public and on external bodies.
- Ensuring the effective management of the Northumberland Fire
and Rescue Service.
- Developing and introducing systems that monitor the standard of
all the corporate services of the council.
- Establishing a corporate approach to communications that
ensures the council is able to engage and raise awareness of
council services, policies and priorities with local
- Promote and maintain a positive relationship with all employees
and the respective trade unions.
- Actively promote the council at a local, regional and national
- Work effectively in partnership with a range of other public
bodies including the NHS, the police, various government agencies
and representatives from the voluntary and charity sector.
- Promoting good relations between all departments of the council
to ensure a coordinated approach to delivering services.