Director of Policy, Planning and Delivery

Salary Range: £71,000 – £117,800

Hours: Full-time

Contract Type: Permanent

Purpose of the role:

The Children’s Commissioner for England sits at the heart of Government, delivering for children, and championing their voices and needs. This includes a particular responsibility towards children who rely on the state for their safety or protection.

The Children’s Commissioner is a unique statutory role with powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for children. Her messages to policy and decision makers, leaders of industry, charities and sometimes parents provide insight, evidence and challenge to us all to provide the best support possible for children as they grow up.

This is a key role leading and directing the Commissioner’s programme of work, co-ordinating and overseeing the implementation of projects and activities in accordance with the 3-year Strategy and Business Plan.

As a leader, the post-holder will significantly contribute, alongside other senior leadership team members, in achieving the organisation’s strategic priorities.

As a director you will be part of a small leadership team which forms the executive of the organisation. As such, from time to time, it will be necessary to assist in other key areas in accordance with the Commissioner’s requirements.


  • Leadership of the policy, planning and delivery functions, and wider leadership of the organisation as a member of the Senor Leadership Team (SLT).
  • Responsible for the leadership, development and coordination of a high performing team of policy, planning and delivery professionals and wider, with SLT colleagues, for ensuring that capacity is maintained across the organisation in support of the delivery of strategic objectives.
  • Lead and direct the Children’s Commissioner’s programme of work coordinating and overseeing the implementation of projects and activities ensuring consistency with the 3-year Strategy and Business Plan.
  • Lead the team to provide a dynamic platform of proactive and reactive policy knowledge and development in all aspects of children’s policy.  The team will be the recognised experts in the seven pillars of priority, demonstrating a keen ability to turn policy expertise into public policy.
  • Build and maintain key stakeholder relationships and ensure all policy priorities have established stakeholder networks in support of the 3-year Strategy.
  • Be a leading voice and advocate for children’s issues and Commissioner priorities.
  • Progress a programme of visits to obtain the views, and understand the experience of children living away from home, including the secure estate and children’s homes.
  • Manage the delivery of multiple strategic objectives that are time bound, resource intensive and high risk.
  • Implement a programme office function to improve efficiency and quality through the development of best practice in project management.
  • As a director the role will significantly contribute to achieving the Children’s Commissioner’s strategic priorities.

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How to apply

To apply please download the candidate recruitment pack (job specification) and send a copy of your CV, statement of suitability, candidate information form and the Equality and Diversity form to to our recruitment team by clicking the apply now link below by midnight Monday 04 July 2022.

Your statement of suitability should be no more than 1000 words and should set out how you meet the essential skills and any relevant experience to the key duties of the role.

Applications will be sifted against the requirements set out in the essential skills/experience listed in the candidate recruitment pack.

Interviews for short-listed candidates are expected to take place on Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Apply now

Submissions by midnight Monday 04 July 2022.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 19 July 2022.