Prospectus is delighted to be partnering with Kinship, the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales.
Kinship works to inform, support and empower all kinship carers, providing tailored support (both in home and community settings), and connecting carers via their national community and local support groups. They also support professionals to understand kinship families and improve support for them, and research and campaign for continued systemic change.
At an exciting time of growth, Kinship is now looking to appoint an exceptional Associate Director, to lead on their new transformational Peer-to-Peer Support Service in England.
Funded by the Department for Education, the Peer-to-Peer Support Service is a brand new £1 million initiative, delivering peer support groups for kinship carers through face to face and digital channels.
This is a game changing service for kinship carers and builds on Kinship's 10 years' experience of developing peer support groups, as well as a successful pilot of a regional support group network model in the North East.
Reporting to the Director of Service Design and Impact, as Associate Director you will lead on the setting up and delivery of this exciting new service, comprising of nine regional volunteer-led networks, as well as an accessible peer support digital microsite, e-Learning platform and online peer support chat.
You will build, manage and inspire a national team of 17, acting as key liaison for the service. A skilled communicator, you will champion the service and oversee plans to engage with kinship carers, local authorities and sector partners, ensuring that the service is well understood and reaches the diversity of kinship carers. With an eye on detail, you will ensure that reporting requirements for the Department for Education are met.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic, collaborative individual to drive the delivery of a new, transformational support service. To apply for this role, you will be a senior service development professional, with extensive experience of setting up and scaling national support services or programmes. You'll thrive in a fast-paced environment.
You will have demonstrable experience of working in partnership with professionals from a variety of backgrounds (including local authorities and voluntary sector partners) to deliver complex projects, and will have significant experience of monitoring services for evaluative purposes and driving continuous improvement. You will have managed complex service budgets.
You will have significant experience of building multi-disciplinary teams, and supporting them in the set up of high quality and impact driven services. Overall, you will be an outstanding leader, passionate about providing high quality innovative services for a variety of vulnerable beneficiaries.
As a specialist Recruitment Practice, Prospectus is committed to building inclusive and diverse organisations, and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please initially submit your CV (in Word format). Suitable candidates will then be contacted and will be asked to complete a tailored supporting statement (cover letters are not required at this stage).
Please note, this role is initially offered as a 12 month fixed term contract (likelihood of extension, dependent on funding). Please, only apply if you are available asap, or have no more than a one month notice period.
First stage interviews to take place - Friday 17th December.
Second stage interviews to take place - Tuesday 21st December.