Director of Economic Growth
Salary: circa £115k
Role Summary: The Director of Economic Growth (DEG) will have oversight of and responsibility for ensuring all NoTCA’s programmes deliver. This will mean accelerating momentum, shaping future bids for new funding, commissioning initiatives and working closely with partners and providers to keep everything on track. Given the 5-year gateway review is about 3.5 years away, the new DEG will need to ensure we’re making a tangible difference whilst also looking for new opportunities. Although NoTCA’s programme is defined in the devolution deal, the DEG will also work closely with the newly elected Mayor to deliver their commitments.
Priorities and Impact: The new DEG will inherit a mix of programmes at different stages of their lifecycle. They’ll need to get up to speed quickly, getting a grasp of the agenda whilst building relationships, understanding regional dynamics, judging priorities, reflecting the Mayoral agenda and navigating the constantly changing waters in Whitehall, Westminster and across the region.
Key priorities will focus on bringing the Education Improvement Challenge together, reflecting the Mayoral priorities in future bids and current programmes, continuing to oversee the impact of the devolution deal and building a highly effective and credible team within the Combined Authority.
The person: They’ll bring deep experience of economic development and will have an impressive understanding of the language, policy, national priorities and overall landscape that will impact on the region. Aligned to this will be a track record of credible delivery. They’ll be able to give real examples of where they’ve made a meaningful difference.
The new DEG will also bring excellent political awareness, extensive programme delivery experience, the ability to build excellent relationships, deep knowledge of the sector and the diverse funding programmes, how to intervene effectively in the market and how central and local government work. All of this is combined with excellent leadership capability, strategic understanding and high-level judgement.
Candidates are likely to be in local government, a relevant agency or working closely alongside one of these sectors in the private sector as an advising consultant. They’ll be used to operating at Board level and will have delivered at pace at a senior level. It could be someone on the way up, wanting to step into a CEO role in the future or someone looking to finish their career with a lasting regional impact. Whatever the background or ambition, they’ll be passionate about creating economically sustainable and successful communities in the North of Tyne region.
What makes this role so exciting? The chance to shape and deliver on regional priorities as a new organisation establishes its credibility, with a newly Elected Mayor, in a different democratic model, with a core city, a large urban area, diverse rural economy, a coastline, good funding and the chance to bid for more. People will be paying close attention. The chance to succeed in the spotlight can make careers and secure reputations. These are exciting times to be in the North of Tyne.
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|Closing date||Monday 24 June|
|Technical (First) Interview||24 or 25 July in Newcastle|
|Assessment centre and Final Panel interview||27 August or 2 September TBC.|