Greater Manchester
England, United Kingdom
Home-based
West Midlands
£33,639 per year
Contract, Temporary, Full-time
Job description

Dynamic, solutions-focused and committed to supporting kinship carers in crisis.

We’re looking for an outstanding Regional Programmes Manager to lead a team changing families’ lives to work across the Midlands or the North West.

About the role: 

During this national COVID-19 crisis, we’re increasing our frontline support to be able to help more kinship carers across England and Wales. We’re looking for an exceptional Regional Programmes Manager to oversee the delivery of high quality programmes for special guardians and other kinship carers. 

You’ll be an integral part of the programmes management team, leading a team of remote-based project workers, supporting them to ensure key targets and outcomes are met. 

As part of our new Kinship Response membership service for local authorities and Regional Adoption Agencies, you’ll oversee the provision of crisis intervention support, including essential virtual 1:1 and peer group support. Your work may also cover the delivery of our other programmes and services, such as Kinship Connected and Kinship Ready. 

This role is offered on a fixed term, 12 month contract.

Who we’re looking for: 

Kinship carers are at the heart of what we do, so you’ll be absolutely committed to the work of Grandparents Plus and passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable families. 

An experienced and collaborative programmes manager, you’ll work in partnership with the rest of the Grandparents Plus team, our kinship carers and local authorities to manage the delivery of a sensitive and creative service. 

Driven, organised and solution-focused, you’ll strive to achieve the best impact for our kinship carers and the organisation. As it’s a new role, you’ll need to be confident working independently and be able to respond and adapt to change positively as we scale up. 

You’ll have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to perform the role sensitively and creatively and will be able to work collaboratively with the local authorities, who have commissioned our service to support special guardians and other kinship carers. Relationship development and networking skills are crucial to support the commissioning of new programmes and services. 

You’ll be committed to empowering carers through peer-to-peer support and social action, so will also have strong volunteer recruitment, motivation and management experience. 

This role will have a high-level of autonomy, so you’ll need to be detail orientated and professional, always thinking about how we can deliver services better and more creatively to suit the needs of our kinship carers. 

This can be a tough role as you’ll be hearing stories from carers in crisis. As a team, we make time to make sure your well-being is also looked after and that we support each other. 

Development is really important to us, so we’ll support you to have the tools that you need to do the job and to feel fulfilled. 

About Grandparents Plus – the kinship care charity 

Kinship care often begins in crisis. A child whose parents are unable to care for them, for whatever reason. It’s frightening, confusing and heart-breaking. 

Instinctively, a loved one steps in – a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or family friend. They are now a kinship carer, bringing up the children they love. There’s no chance to prepare. Plans are pushed aside. Relationships, jobs and savings are sacrificed. 

It’s life changing and challenging raising children who’ve lost their parents, but kinship carers do it without a thought for themselves because they put the children first. 

And it’s a fight to get support. Kinship families raising over 200,000 children are on the brink of going under because there’s no recognition or support. They feel invisible. They are desperate. 

At Grandparents Plus we know how hard life can be for kinship carers. But we’ve seen the amazing things they’re capable of with someone by their side. With the right support, children raised in kinship families flourish. 

That’s why we support, connect and campaign. To keep kinship families stronger by keeping them together. 

We use our experience and expertise to change lives. We are supporting kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward. 

We connect carers together in our national community and network of local support groups, to share experiences so they don’t have to face the fight alone. 

We help professionals understand kinship families and improve support for them. And our research and campaigns make sure kinship care is understood and government knows what changes are needed. 

We’ll not rest until the recognition and support is there for every kinship family. 

We’re a friendly team, passionate about doing good better. If that also sounds like you, why don’t you join us? 

To apply, please send a CV (no more than 2 pages) with a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) to show how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification, why you want the role and why you would like to work for Grandparents Plus.

We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis and will interview quickly before the dates stated for exceptional candidates. 

Closing date: Monday 29th June 2020 at noon 

Interview date: w/c 29th June 2020 

Refreshed on: 24 June 2020
Closed date: 29 June 2020
Tags: Volunteer Management, Operations