We are recruiting for an Area Services Manager for our supported housing and community services.
Covering: Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Life provides accommodation and support services to Mum’s with children under the age of 5 and Mum’s to be. We are passionate about providing strength-based services which meet the needs of the service users. Ensuring positive outcomes are achieved during their time with Life.
Requirements – Home Working with frequent travel.
Life is a UK pregnancy and maternal support charity that helps over 60,000 people a year to manage pregnancy and pregnancy loss with dignity and courage so they can flourish.
Our services include
· Supported housing and community support
· Counselling and skilled listening
· Free pregnancy tests and baby supplies
All our work is underpinned by the following universal human values:
· Humanity – All people are special and equal.
· Solidarity – We’re with you and for you.
· Community – We’re better together.
· Charity – Doing good for one another.
· Common good – Building a better world.
To be successful you need to be passionate about delivering high quality services that support women and children to thrive. You will be confident managing services and staff to work in line with Life’s Vision and Mission. You will be adept at dealing with a range of people at all levels to maintain a high quality service, promote services and seek new opportunities. You will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate both internally and externally when representing your area, your team and the organisation.
You will be able to demonstrate empathy and understanding of the needs and barriers for vulnerable service users dealing with pregnancy or bringing up a young child. Alongside recognising and responding to the impact on staff wellbeing when providing services at a range of levels. Including early help, child in need, child protection, leaving care and looked after children.
You will have demonstrable experience and a sound understanding of delivering strength-based services, ideally in a trauma informed way, to ensure independence, choice, and control for Life’s service users. (Training on Trauma Informed Practice will be provided). As well as having experience and knowledge of Safeguarding practices.
You will be committed to ensuring your team provide a high quality service in line with identified priorities and departmental budgets. Whilst inspiring and leading your team with enthusiasm, energy and a can do attitude.
IT skills, excellent interpersonal skills and understanding the importance of working within equal opportunities, safeguarding and confidentiality guidelines are essential.
At Life we are passionate about providing our employees with a supportive and engaging environment. As well as ongoing development and training, we offer:
Generous holiday allowance, starting at 25 days per year, plus 8 Bank Holidays, (for full-time positions, pro-rated for part-time positions)
Birthday leave (following a successful probationary period)
Extra annual leave for long term service
Paid Enhanced DBS check
Length of service awards
Company Pension Scheme
If this sounds like you and you want to work as part of a passionate team, please provide your CV and a supporting statement setting out how you meet the following criteria:
Experience in the delivery and management of support and/or care services.
Experience in delivering results in line with organisational aims
Understanding the needs of vulnerable people and Safeguarding Children and Adults
Ability to promote the charity to a wide range of individuals and external contacts
Ability to negotiate and influence others
Demonstrate Self-motivation and Resilience
Ability to motivate others and work as part of a team
Applications without a supporting statement will not be considered
Our Values and Commitment to Safeguarding and Equality
Life is committed to protecting all staff, volunteers and service users from harm of any kind. Life expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct.
We are committed to ensuring diversity and equality within our organisation by encouraging applications from all backgrounds.
All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks. Life takes its obligation to protect the rights of children and vulnerable people very seriously; therefore, the successful candidate for this post will be also subject to extensive background checking, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) which is paid for by the Charity.
Applications will not be considered without a supporting statement.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.