Service Manager - Fostering - North Essex

England, Essex, Colchester
24 Sep 2020
07 Oct 2020
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
North Essex Fostering are excited to be able to offer a Fixed Term Contract or secondment opportunity for a Service Manager post for the Fostering Teams and Contact Service, to cover maternity leave. This post will be for up to 12 months and Part time 18.5 hours per week .

The successful candidate will work across Colchester and Clacton with management and strategic responsibility for two fostering teams, a psychologist and the Contact Service in North quadrant.

Service Managers are accountable for performance and delivery of a service area. This leader will have extensive social care experience; an understanding of current issues and the ability to ensure the innovative use of resources to improve productivity and quality outcomes. Contributing to the development of policy and strategy, this leader will build strong, credible working relationships with internal and external services and partners, driving and shaping service improvements.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience of delivering services for children and young people and the passion, imagination and persistence to create innovative services that deliver excellent outcomes.

The postholder will deliver the objectives of the role within these specialist areas:
  • This role provides leadership across a service area which delivers the best possible outcomes, and builds resilience for children, young people and families.
  • Establish and develop effective local approaches to integrated working with delivery partners and external agencies to achieve successful operational delivery of targeted services.
  • Responsible for delivering change within complex environments to promote and deliver new ways of working.
  • Implement the Children & Families - Vision & Values which support the wider aims of helping people to get the best start in life.
  • Work with external operational stakeholders and partnerships to maximise potential opportunities through the development of innovative approaches.
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance with regulations, statutory guidance and governance bodies maintaining effective links with these bodies to monitor and improve standards.
  • Responsible for the delivery of services within the agreed budget, ensure highlights risks and contract issues.
  • To lead on matters of business continuity and health & safety for the service area, ensuring that relevant business continuity plans are updated, and that both corporate and function specific health & safety policy is followed, and all requirements met.
  • Working collaboratively with Commissioning, external partners and stakeholders to ensure quality solutions are cost effective.
  • Skills, Knowledge and Experience

    A recognised social work qualification (i.e. Diploma, degree or Masters in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent) with current registration with Social Work England.

    Evidence of continuing professional development, aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge & Skills Statements.

    Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners and stakeholders, demonstrating breadth of thinking across social care, partners, the wider council and the system as a whole.

    Significant experience within a social care setting, with a deep understanding of current social care issues and implications for delivery at local level.

    Strong leadership and behavioural skills with the ability to focus on results forging a highly performing and motivated team from diverse backgrounds to achieve objectives.

    Experience of successful delivery within a rapidly changing and ambiguous environment while managing conflicting priorities.

    Proven influencing skills with an ability to pro-actively lead and deliver cultural change to improve quality of service.

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    Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

    Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

    If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the in house Recruitment Team on 03330135888