Director of Communities

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Cambridge City Council
£101,790 - £113,161
Closing date:
11th June
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
11th June
Long Listing
15th June
Preliminary Interviews
19th June or the 21st June
Short Listing
21st June
w/c 26th June
26th, 28th or 30th June
Final Panel
13th or 14th July


Cambridge is a diverse and welcoming city, with residents from many different backgrounds and cultures. We want to be an organisation that reflects the modernity of our city, reaches all sections of our communities, and protects its most vulnerable.

This is an exciting time to join us as we have recently undertaken the first phase of Our Cambridge – the council transformation programme. We are reshaping our services and integrating activities around the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors, following the creation of a new leadership structure and new operational groups.

You will be leading a new group which brings together existing teams focused on communities, on housing, and on environmental health.

We are looking for a leader that is outcome-driven, an empathetic collaborator who can influence and inspire others, manage complex stakeholder engagement, and make difficult decisions. You will create high-performing teams, promote a flexible and creative work culture, and work closely with our partners to develop new ways of working and more effective support systems in Cambridge. The role also includes providing professional guidance, promoting good governance and modelling our leadership behaviours.

As our Director of Communities, you will lead the transformation of the Communities Group, building new ways of operating, fostering and promoting an organisational culture where employees are engaged, feel valued, empowered to challenge, and have the autonomy to work flexibly, be creative and take managed risks.

If you have the experience and skills we are looking for, we encourage you to apply.

For more information on this role, or a confidential discussion about your suitability please speak to  speak to our search partners, Ben Parsonage  07530 578921 or Rachel Salvia on 07393013067  

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How to Apply

​As part of the application process, candidates are required to answer the three questions below in your supporting statement. For each question there is a 250-word limit for your response and 750 overall.

Question 1:

Why Cambridge?

(Why do you want to come and work for Cambridge City?  What is it about the organisation and the role that makes you want to apply?)

Question 2:

What key partnerships?

(Please describe your experience and how you will lead a range of strategic relationships and partnerships with community organisations, the police and County Council.)

Question 3:

Tell us how you match our leadership qualities.

(As set out in the role profile.)


  • Please submit your CV, including key responsibilities and achievements, along with a Supporting Statement that covers the above questions your motivation for applying, your approach to inclusive leadership, how your values are aligned with the organisational values, and how your experience and skills are relevant. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our consultant Ben Parsonage who can help,
  • Be ready to provide two referees' names, positions, organisations and contact details; one should be your current or most recent employer. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees. Referees may be contacted for those proceeding to the final stages. 
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Ben Parsonage
07530 578921
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