Director, Growth & Communities

Location: Remote working - Maidstone, Kent
Salary: £98,000 - £117,000
Reference: 0116
Deadline: Closed


About the Role

Kent has experienced significant growth in recent years and, as the largest authority in the UK, it continues to adapt to the challenges it faces to ensure the services of the authority meet the needs of an expanding population.

During the course of the last year the Administration has refocused the Five year Plan in order to develop our Interim Strategic Plan “Setting the Course” outlining five key challenges to enable sustainable recovery and growth for our County. 

A strategic economic development role, the Director, Growth and Communities will represent the Council, enabling it to deliver its ambitions for their environment, physical community infrastructure and non-structural reform.

The role will increase partnering activity with Kent communities and with other private and public sector organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, Chamber and ALMOs; unlocking potential in the considerable assets and land that the county holds.

A newly created role, the Director will support the Corporate Director in leading sustainable business growth, strategic infrastructure planning and community initiatives including libraries, culture and the arts, improving the lives of all Kent residents and the economy of Kent.

As a progressive and ambitious County Council, Kent invites and encourages creative thinking and you will be surrounded my like-minded peers.


About You

A strategic thinker with operational understanding, your background will outline your successes and contributions to communities and local economies. This may have been within local government or perhaps as a partner to local authorities. You will have a track record of developing beneficial and commercial partnerships, with a broad range of organisations and have held responsibility for leading on a range of growth and community related strategies.


Indicative Timetable

A Preliminary/Technical interview will take place for shortlisted candidates on either 15th or 16th of February 2021 with Kent County Council.

As part of the interview process for this role you will be required to complete an occupational personality questionnaire and telephone feedback session which will take place week commencing 15th February 2021. 

After the Kent County Council preliminary interviews, you will be invited to attend a Stakeholder, Service User Panel(s) and a Member Panel week commencing 1st March 2021 if you are successful at the Kent County Council preliminary interview stage. 

In light of Covid-19 it is likely that all assessments will be held remotely rather than face-to-face.

We will keep you up to date with any changes.



Dawn Faulkner
T: 0121 312 3755

Sarah Longbottom
T: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Director, Growth & Communities, Reference: 0116’.

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Your Supporting Statement should set out how you think you meet the recruitment selection criteria outlined in the Job Description using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.