Dorset Council

As a relatively new unitary authority, Dorset Council serves a population of 375,000. The authority is responsible for a wide range of council services across the area, including education, highways, transport planning, passenger transport, social care, housing, libraries, leisure and recreation, environmental health, planning applications, strategic planning and local taxation collection.

Adult Social Care and housing in Dorset is transforming. This once in a lifetime opportunity presents the chance for area-wide collaboration and working to build a better life for everyone in Dorset. We are transforming and redefining public services for residents in Dorset to make sure they are able to live as independently as possible. Focussing on people’s strengths, we want to make sure they have access to the right help and support, in the right place and at the right time. There is a huge opportunity to not only streamline costs but to realise benefits through greater coordination strategically and operationally across the areas of health and care, infrastructure, housing and education. The key is to make sure services are co-produced with those who use them and provide them. Our ambition in Dorset is to be focussed on lives, not services.

Much has been done over the past 18 months as part of our transition and improvement plans. We are now looking for a creative, inspirational and focused individual to drive further transformational change and take us on the next step of this exciting journey. We want to be an authority that’s in touch with our communities; and works together to deliver quality, effective and efficient outcomes for the people of Dorset. How that happens will be down to an extraordinary team of leaders, which could include you.

COVID-19 has taught us a lot and shown us that we can have a very different relationship with the community and voluntary sector. You will be at the heart of this work. As we continue to develop as a member-led unitary council and as a service, expert leadership will be absolutely critical. Working alongside the Executive Director and elected Members, you’ll be the catalyst for achieving our wider corporate goals and priorities. You will be part of a dynamic corporate leadership team. Dorset Council works to a one team ethos. Each and every one of us has a part to play in making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.

Our Council Plan sets out our priorities and focus for at least the next four years.