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About Cumberland Council 

Cumberland Council was formed in April 2023.

We are excited by the opportunity we have. As a unitary authority we can join up services and deliver at a scale that has not been available to us before. We will use these opportunities to create a council that engages with and empowers residents whilst using our strengths, influence and willingness to do things differently to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Cumberland. 

Our Vision and Values

Our vision is:

Cumberland Council takes a fresh approach to the delivery of inclusive services that are shaped by our residents and communities.  By enabling positive outcomes for health and wellbeing, prosperity and the environment we will fulfil the potential of our people and our area.

Our values are that in everything we do we aim to:

  • be compassionate
  • be innovative
  • be empowering
  • be ambitious
  • be collaborative.

We believe passionately in the delivery of excellent public services. To do that we need to be clear about the values and behaviours that we need to drive change and achieve our high standards.

Join us and be part of our team.

Salary:  £93,072 to £103,422

Assistant Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development (HROD) job profile (PDF 119KB)

Cumberland Council is a new and innovative unitary authority with a 4000 plus strong workforce and an ambition to be a leading council that does things differently. Formed in April 2023 following a local government reorganisation, we are off to a great start and are looking for an aspirational leader in HR and OD to continue to drive us on our organisation's journey. 

Without question, this is one of the most exciting Local Government opportunities in Human Resources and Organisational Development practice. As a new leader in a new authority, you will have a unique opportunity to shape our culture, workforce development, reward, engagement, organisation design and operational HR delivery. 

Reporting to the Director of Business Transformation and Change, you will be a key member of Cumberland's leadership team and contribute to the direction of Cumberland Council; helping to shape and develop a high performing, efficient, entrepreneurial, compassionate and enabling organisation.

A key project will include embedding the new HR and OD service and delivering an inspirational HR and OD Strategy that sets out our approach and commitment to ensuring delivering innovative services, our values and wellbeing are at the heart at everything we do, and allows Cumberland to deliver leading services. 

Who we're looking for:

We're looking for a strong people professional, with an impressive operational and strategic background. You will have the confidence to play a full role in the Council's leadership team and bring experience of delivering a successful HR and OD service. The ideal candidate will lead with clarity, have an inclusive approach and be skilled at    driving change, inspiring, empowering and upskilling colleagues. You'll be confident at managing people-related risks, influencing and providing strategic advice to elected members, leading culture change, nurturing employee engagement, and working collaboratively and positively with Trade Unions.  

Closing date for applications: 26 November 2023.

Interviews: 6 December 2023.

Apply online for Assistant Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

For further information about this exciting opportunity please call our advising consultants at Penna: 

  • Nick Raper on 07715 690463
  • Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108 176.

Closing date: 26 November 2023

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