Maidstone, Kent
£37,464 - £45,492 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The CAS/SISS Operations Manager helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by leading and managing a cross functional operations team of staff and volunteers working with adults, children and young people and their families to provide the consistent delivery of person-centred services in accordance with their needs. 

This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. 

We recognise that the world looks a little bit different since the pandemic. Therefore, we’re committed to enabling our staff to work where best suits the needs of the individual, their team and the organisation. For this role, there may be opportunities to work from home as well as the office. We want our staff to flourish and work in environments which maximises their potential and best serves our stakeholders.

Diversity 
Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding 
Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

• Certified Management qualification such as ILM or equivalent relevant work experience in a management, supervisory or volunteer management role. 

• Demonstrable experience of working in a professional management, supervisory or teaching / training role related to vulnerable people.

• Able to demonstrate experience of managing a complex operations environment where exceptional, customer-focused service delivery is achieved. 

• Knowledge and experience of ensuring safeguarding compliance within a team. 

• Knowledge of current legislation, policy and research relating to people with sight loss and/or disability. Up to date with current policies, practice and thinking in the Education and/or Health and Social Care sector.   

Desirable 

• Project Management qualification (Prince-2 or equivalent)

• Professional qualification in a related field (e.g. CQSW/DipSW, post graduate, Dip/Cert, BEd/PGCE/QTS, Habilitation/Rehab/GDT/GDMS.)

• Experience of Rehabilitation practice / Habilitation Quality Standards / working dog practice as applicable (SISS role)

• Experience of professional supervision of staff working with children with complex needs.  (SISS role)

• Experience of working with dogs (CAS role)

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people. 

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

How to apply 
Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above. 

As part of your application ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description. 

The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised. 
If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.

Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.

Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

 

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Refreshed on: 25 September 2021
Closed date: 03 October 2021
Job ref: 000551
Tags: Management, Operations

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