About the job
Salary: £40,876 - £43,857 per annum
Working Pattern: 37 hours per week (full time)
Contract: 6 months Fixed Term Contract
Location: Arun or Chichester; please state your preference
Interview Date: TBC (interviews to take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)
As a Team Manager, you will lead our Family Support workforce to develop and sustain high quality early support to children and families, aiming to improve outcomes for all service users. The team you will manage is family facing, carrying out critical front-line support to vulnerable children, young people, and their families with multiple needs.
You will ensure there is effective management oversight of staff and partners, with safeguarding risks assessed and appropriate action taken.
In addition to managing a team, you will embed a culture of family centred, needs driven, accountability across the Early Help Service and you will be responsible for on-going development and delivery of high-quality practice and outcomes.
We are looking for someone who has a passion for working with young children and their families with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. You will have experience of being placed under significant emotional demand by the children and families you work with and able to confidently work with young people, children, parents, and carers.
You will need to regularly travel independently to various meeting venues and other locations across the County.
Experience and skills
- Advanced theoretical knowledge of systems, procedures, and policies in specialist areas e.g. child protection issues, relevant law, national guidance, risk management, health, and safety, safeguarding, evidence-based practice of what works within family support, etc.
- Thorough understanding of the range of needs presented by children and families.
- Understanding of the issues of data protection and the requirements of relevant legislation.
- Ability to organise/prioritise work, co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way and meet agreed deadlines and outcomes without supervision.
- Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to anticipate problems and resolve issues independently, planning solutions and make sound pragmatic decisions which will have a direct impact on the service.
- Analytically minded with the ability to judge, analyse and interpret varied and highly complex situations to produce strategies over the long term e.g. interpret and solve issues by coordinating with multiple agencies across the county, such as schools, CAMHS, Adult Services, Social Care, Police, etc. Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence the actions of others and communicate wide ranging information which may be complex and contentious. Ability to collaborate with others from different disciplines and levels of seniority and bring consensus.
- Demonstrable ability to chair and manage meetings and/or conferences. Excellent literacy and numeracy skills in order to analyse and interpret written material. Ability to analyse complex information, including data, and produce reports for presentation at all levels and monitor programme delivery against objective targets.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Post graduate professional qualification relevant either to management or to a professional service specialism (e.g. Social Work, Health, Early Education and Childcare, Community Development, Family Support); or equivalent level of significant experience demonstrating comprehensive application of the above levels of knowledge in a relevant setting.
- Relevant chartered status of a professional body or equivalent high-level experience of involved practices.
- A valid full driving licence.
Reward and benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
How to Apply
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application form explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and an occupational health check.
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