The Smith Foundation
Full time permanent position
To start Summer 2021
[Salary NJC pt 42-50]
The Smith Foundation is a registered charity who run the William Henry Smith School which is a non-maintained residential special school for boys aged 5-19 experiencing complex Social, Emotional, and Mental Health challenges (SEMH). The Smith Foundation is a not for profit charitable organisation providing ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ education, therapy and care.
The Smith Foundation has recently purchased an additional property, with plans in place to open a 5 bed Ofsted registered childrens home. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly experienced and inspirational practitioner/manager to take the lead role in setting up and developing this childrens home, to be part of our vision and join us in making our vision a reality.
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated, experienced individual, who has the appropriate skills to set up and lead our new childrens home through to Ofsted registration and take on the role of Registered Manager. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience working as a Registered Manager, having achieved Ofsted judgements of ‘good’ and / or ‘outstanding’.
As this is a new home the successful candidate will be on board from the beginning and take a lead in shaping and developing the home; its systems, procedures and protocols. This would ideally suit someone looking for a challenge to succeed and an opportunity to progress their career and instill their own ideas, plans and visions whilst also promoting the ethos and vision of the William Henry Smith School.
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of the needs of young people in care. They should have extensive knowledge and understanding of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015, the Guide to the Quality Standards, Ofsted’s Social Care Common Inspection Framework (SCCIF) and other relevant statutory legislation, guidance and good practice. They will have experience in managing a team, at the same time maintaining a safe, happy working environment for all. They will have excellent communication skills and be able to deal with a range of professionals at all levels as well as the empathy to address concerns from the young people and their key representatives or families. They will be a highly motivated and effective person who can work with confidential data; organise and prioritise their own workload, working autonomously when required and be adaptable to work effectively as part of a team. Applicants should have a proven effective leadership style; excellent organisational and communication skills, discretion and a flexible approach.
The successful applicant will have:
- Level 5 in Leadership and Management for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Service or equivalent
- Extensive background in working in Childrens Residential settings
- 3 years experience as a Registered Manager, having achieved Ofsted judgements of ‘good’ and / or ‘outstanding’
- In depth knowledge of the Quality Standards and The Childrens Home Regulations 2015
- Good financial management
- Proven track record in supervising and managing people
- Excellent communication, organisational and record keeping skills
- Be able to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail
- A good understanding of SEMH children including effective strategies to manage challenging behaviour
- Ensure that Quality of Life underpins all work with children & young people/families and fellow colleagues
- Have the ability to develop positive and sustainable relationships with children & young people
- Highly motivated and able to contribute to collaborative working
- Be fully involved in the initial development stages and setting up of the registered Children’s Home
- Be able to demonstrate resilience, motivation and commitment
In return we offer you:
- An attractive salary (dependent on level of experience and qualification)
- A competitive defined contribution pension scheme
- An employee assistance healthcare cashback plan
- Mobile Phone
- Remote Working Technology
- Professional Membership Body
- Salary and Income
- A full induction programme, including an outstanding network of support
- A learning and development programme and CPD
- An opportunity to build and develop your own team
- The support from the School which has a care environment of the highest quality having been Ofsted Outstanding at fifteen consecutive inspections
- A staff wellbeing programme
- Assistance with childcare savings and cycle to work scheme
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service background check (you are applying for a position working in regulated activity). We are also committed to promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children, young people and staff and reflect life in Modern Britain.
For further information on this post please contact Caroline Booth, Deputy Principal, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To obtain an application pack please email email@example.com
Closing date for applications: Friday, 26th February 2021
Successful candidates selected for interview will be contacted on: w.c. 8 March 2021
(If you are not contacted from the school by Monday, 15th March you will not have been shortlisted for an interview)
Virtual interview date: To be confirmed