St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, Amlets Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7DH

Employer: St Joseph’s Specialist Trust

Salary: £60,825 - £69,999

Closing: 31st July 2024

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is a registered charitable trust comprising a special needs school, college, registered children’s home and adult supported living houses. We are located in Cranleigh, south of Guildford on the edge of the Surrey Hills on a 23 acre site. Our school and college students are age 5-19 with severe and complex social communication and learning disabilities, many with autism. We are seeking a Deputy Director of Therapies to join our Therapy department. Under the lead of our Director of Therapies and Executive Principal, the Deputy Director of Therapies will provide professional leadership in the therapy department and help to improve standards of learning and achievement for all our students. They will assist with strategic and operational management of the department and contribute to the management of all aspects of the school that impact on therapeutic provision.

This is a term time only role and we are open to flexibility. If you wish to work part time, we are open to discussion and will be prepared to seriously consider part time requests. The salary range for this role is based on 37 hours per week, 52 weeks a year. In practice, full time hours for this role are compressed into term time only working (plus 5 in-service training days each academic year).

Working with the Director of Therapies the successful candidate will help to create and deliver a shared, corporate strategic vision, which motivates and inspires students, staff, governors, trustees and all members of the school community. This vision should drive the strategic plan and subsequent actions to secure continuous improvement and quality outcomes for all students. They will support in the self-evaluation of the school therapy service and take leadership and management responsibility for the therapy department in the absence of the Director of Therapy. They will also play a central role in raising standards of learning and teaching and leading and managing therapy observations, analysis and feedback. Amongst other tasks they will support in managing and evolving the therapy budget, including monitoring spending (see Job Profile for full details).

Candidates will have an appropriate qualification approved by a professional body, be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and have experience of providing therapies in a variety of settings. They will have the ability to work flexibly and co-operatively in a trans-disciplinary team with experience of managing a team and all that brings.

If you are recruited, you will be required to complete Team Teach positive behaviour support training and Safeguarding training as part of your induction at start. Physical and mental resilience are essential qualities for all our employees.

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St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure and take up of references.