Are you looking for a dynamic and rewarding role working for an organisation with the feminist agenda at the core of its ethos?
Do you believe in our values; to listen and support, to empower and respect, collaborate, innovate, and take accountability?
Then Advance could be the career choice for you!
We are looking for an EXPERIENCED MANAGER TO JOIN OUR MINERVA TEAM AND LEAD ON DELIVERING ESSENTIAL SERVICES to women engaged with the criminal justice system ACROSS WEST LONDON
Hours: 35 hours per week
Contract: Permanent – funding currently runs until March 2022
What we do:
Advance is an award-winning and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women and girls who are survivors of domestic abuse and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending. We believe in empowering women and girls to lead safe, non-violent, equal lives so that they can flourish and contribute to the community.
Over nine years ago we expanded our services to include supporting women who have committed crime with short-term offences, many of whom are also experiencing domestic abuse, to reduce or end offending, pan-London. Our goal is to divert women from the Criminal Justice System at the earliest opportunity and prevent families breaking down as a result. We believe that the criminal justice service is built for men, so it is important that a safe, woman-only service is available. This service is now being expanded to include borough-based keyworker support and regional women’s centres across 15 North, East and West London boroughs, providing one-to-one advocacy and specialist work, including delivering tailored workshops and group activities by Advance and its 10 voluntary organisations, in partnership.
As an experienced manager with a proven track record of leadership in providing services to women in the criminal justice system or similar, the post holder will lead and manage the pan-London Minerva service across 6- 8 boroughs in her region. She will be responsible for the operation of the service; ensuring outcomes and impact are delivered in line with the funder requirements, and manage the relationship with partners and funders in delivery of this service at the required standard within her region. She will also ensure delivery of quality systems, ensuring high quality of service and safeguarding standards.
In short, the Regional Manager will: -
- Take responsibility for developing and managing partnerships to deliver the services in line with women’s needs, developing, establishing and managing partnership relationships as required to ensure this is achieved.
- Monitor and evaluate data, identify learnings and issues, and implement action plans where necessary, to ensure that the delivery of the service requirements, targets and outcomes, as well as any internal and funder monitoring requirements are achieved.
- Recruit, train and develop a team of competent and highly skilled keyworkers to provide a consistently high-quality service to women involved with the Criminal Justice System.
- Support and line-manage keyworkers and those that are co-located keyworkers, ensuring that Advance’s values, policies and procedures are embedded into service delivery.
- Oversee the referral and allocation system and ensure a high standard of case management.
- Oversee rota systems and ensure all aspects of the service are adequately covered.
What you will bring:
- Significant experience of working in the criminal justice system, for example within or in partnership with Probation services or similar offender services
- An in-depth knowledge of issues facing women offenders and those at risk of offending; both in and out of the criminal justice system interwoven with a thorough understanding of violence against women and girls and its links to women in the criminal justice system
- Strong experience of supervision of staff and volunteers, including managing performance and achieving targets with a focus on building a strong and dynamic team culture through periods of change.
- Thorough knowledge of safeguarding practice, procedures, and legislation
- Experience of working directly with women presenting complex needs related to offending (e.g. substance misuse, homelessness, poor mental health)
Our ideal candidate will have:
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to engage a broad range of stakeholders
- The innate ability to network, influence, problem solve, overcome barriers, and apply solution focused approaches
- A flexible, proactive approach and the ability to remain calm and objective in stressful situations.
- Good project and time management skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure, partnered with the ability to manage conflicting priorities whilst maintaining service delivery and adhering to deadlines
- A firm commitment to women, children’s and young people’s rights and to work within Advance’s framework and its core values.
What we offer:
- 30 days holiday plus public holidays, and a day off for International Women’s Day
- Pension scheme
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
- Various forms of wellbeing support ranging from meditation to self-journaling
- Organisation wide away days
- The opportunity to work in a flexible, supportive environment with a team of committed, inspiring women and we will support you as you to continue to build your skills and experience and grow your career
Please see the attached job description.
The closing date for applications is Friday 18th December
We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close this post earlier than advertsied if a suitbale candidate is found. We encourage applciations at your earliest convenience.
To apply: Please click on the 'Apply with CharityJob' button to submit our CV with a supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for the role and details of your notice period, salary expectations and where you first heard of this vacancy.
Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory enhanced DBS check
This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system.
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