Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£50,000 - £60,000 per year pro rata
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

DIRECTOR:  An exciting opportunity to lead the Brazelton Centre UK, a national charity dedicated to supporting healthy parent-baby relationships though promoting an understanding of newborn babies’ communication.


The Brazelton Centre UK aims to support the transition and adjustment to parenthood, focusing on the development and mental health needs of both babies and parents. Holding the baby in mind, the Centre, which is research and practice based, enables health professionals to facilitate early relationship building between parents and their newborn at a time that is experienced as a major life event. The philosophy of the organisation is one of enabling effective service development, appropriate clinical intervention and sharing of expertise.

The Centre, established in Cambridge in 1997, is a training organisation for health professionals and researchers who work with babies and parents.  We offer training courses in the Newborn Behavioural Observations System (NBO) and Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS). Brazelton Centre UK is one of four Centres in the world, teaching the NBO and NBAS, and the most active.  Brazelton UK works in partnership with other organisations on training, surveys and research, including third sector organisations, universities, NHS trusts and organisations providing support for the under-fives. Almost 6,000 practitioners have undertaken the UK training courses in both the NBO and NBAS.

The Centre currently has a staff of 6 from different professional groups, in a range of roles, and 17 Trainers (including 2 Master Trainers and 6 Senior Trainers) countrywide able to teach specific courses as required. 

The charity has a Board of Trustees to whom the Director reports and is responsible.

This is a part-time post and entails some travelling in the UK and abroad for meetings. Flexible working can be considered.

Key Responsibilities and accountabilities:            

Strategic leadership and planning

  • Plan, lead and further develop the Brazelton Centre UK, working continually to extend the reach of our existing NBO and NBAS courses.  There may be an opportunity to develop and deliver a menu of additional options to support health professionals and others working with parents and families

  • Form strategic partnerships and networks within the public, voluntary and private sector nationally and internationally, maintaining and developing positive relationships with all stakeholders. These include, but are not limited to, health services, local councils, universities, community health services and service users

  • Actively lead, with the support of Trustees, refresh and implement the  Brazelton Centre UK’s business plan and long term strategy

Development of services and growth

  • Promote the activities of the Brazelton Centre UK in enabling the highest standards of service delivery, supervising marketing and communication

  • In line with our strategy, where relevant seek new projects, research and funding opportunities related to the aims of the Centre

  • Represent Brazelton Centre UK and its work within the UK and where appropriate, abroad

  • Promote and support effective working relationships with local and national partners

  • Direct and engage with the appropriate resources and media to promote and develop services offered by the Brazelton Centre UK

Governance and Trustee Board

  • Organise, attend and report to Brazelton Centre UK meetings of Trustees

  • Supported by the Operational Manager, monitor and ensure compliance with all local, national and professional health and safety, security and confidentiality policies and advise on governance matters as appropriate.


  • Be accountable for the budget and provide oversight to the Operational Manager who will manage the budget for the Centre and provide regular reports to the Trustees in accordance with the Centre’s financial procedures.

  • With the Trustees and Operational Manager oversee the development and implementation of a financial strategy for the achievement of the Centre’s objectives

Operational management

  • Be directly accountable for ensuring the effective and efficient day-to-day functioning of the Centre

  • Work with the Board of Trustees, Operational Manager, fundraising colleagues and partner organisations to increase voluntary income to the Centre to fund and trial innovative new services and research opportunities in line with our strategy

Recruit, manage, support and develop all staff, ensuring effective policies and procedures are in place and in compliance with legal requirements. 

  • Oversee the Brazelton Centre UK staff including the development of objectives, work plans and monitoring ongoing performance. 

  • Oversee the Trainers, including the development and implementation of work plans, recruitment, training and associated initiatives

  • Performance manage, monitor and supervise audit of the delivery of courses and training programmes on an ongoing basis, providing clear analysis and evaluation evidence for users with a view to continuous improvement and development

  • Ensure that Brazelton Centre UK Trainers maintain high professional standards in providing effective training in NBO and NBAS.


This job description describes the major responsibilities and accountabilities associated with the post of Director.  It is not intended to be exhaustive and it should not be assumed that other duties of a similar level/nature appropriate to the role of Director are excluded simply because they are not itemised.  Similarly, it should be recognised that the duties of the post may alter due to changes in legislation or policy or the business needs of the charity.  Where such changes occur, training may be given where reasonable to enable the post-holder to undertake the new or varied work.

The Director is a key advocate for The Brazelton Centre and is expected to display the highest levels of personal and professional integrity at all times and always to act in a way which reflects positively on the organisation. 

Further details about the Centre can be found at Brazelton Centre UK.

For more information about the post, please contact Laura Hawksley, Clerk to the Trustees, Brazelton Centre UK.

Please apply by sending your CV with an accompanying cover letter saying why you are interested in the post to Laura Hawksley.

Closing date for applications: Friday 6th November 2020

More about Brazelton Centre UK
Brazelton Centre UK

Our charity’s work was inspired by the work of the outstanding paediatrician, Dr T Berry Brazelton. 

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Posted on: 10 October 2020
Closed date: 06 November 2020
Job ref: Director
Tags: Policy/Research, Senior Management

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