We're looking for a permanent Group Manager to join our Family Support and Protection team in Worthing. This is an excellent opportunity to further your professional development as a strategic leader.
As a Group Manager, you will have management responsibility for between 3 and 5 practice teams and directly line-managing Practice Managers. You will lead on the service improvement and provide a supportive safe base for staff, focussing on the needs and aspirations of our children.
Our Family Support and Protection service plays a key role in child protection, court work, child in need cases and safety planning for children. We undertake meaningful and transparent direct work with children and their families ensuring the most positive outcomes, and our diverse practice teams work within a positive, nurturing environment where successes are celebrated and individuals within the team are supported to grow and develop. West Sussex Children's Social Care is on a journey of positive changed and you will be key in supporting staff to develop and implement an innovative strengths-based practice model being introduced.
As a Group Manager within Family Support and Protection you will contribute to the senior management strategic vision for both your service and Children's Social Care as a whole, with a clear focus on delivering an excellent service to the children and families in West Sussex.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to deliver change and continually improve practice and performance in a supportive, positive way. Post holder will be emotionally intelligent and can apply effective leadership, people management and performance management skills with the ability to provide direction, leadership and support to individuals and teams. Ability to manage self and others; be self-aware and understand the impact of work on self and others; respond constructively to situations and workload, appropriately keeping cases on target and balancing competing demands. Ability to set timescales and objectives and review effectiveness of service delivery.
- Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions, which will have a wider service impact. The ability to analyse and make judgements to tackle difficult problems of a technical, professional, resource or people related nature, including highly developed risk management skills and project management skills, with the ability to apply appropriate principles and practices to complex issues.
- Sound partnership working skills including the successful co-ordination of partners to deliver objectives.
- Ability to challenge existing practices and models of service delivery and identify innovative solutions that are outcome focused and co-constructed. Ability to effectively apply solution focused leadership, take a systems analysis approach and use systemic leadership techniques.
- Effective research, evaluation and interpretation skills to derive conclusions and plan over the short term. The post holder will consider changes in legislation and national policy. They will identify and influence practice improvements to meet the needs of the communities they are serving.
- Excellent communication skills with ability to influence the actions of others and communicate information which may be complex and contentious. Includes the ability to negotiate solutions across wide areas of the business and successfully convince others of the need to take a specific course of action.
Qualifications and experience:
- A recognised Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- A recognised post qualifying award in Social Work or demonstrable evidence of continuous professional development at a similar level.
- Registration with the relevant professional registration body and maintaining registration with that body.
- A recognised management qualification or demonstrable continuous professional development in this area.
- Expert relevant experience in specialist area, including sound relevant operational experience in social work, ideally working as a senior practitioner or small team leader/supervisor.
- Significant post qualification experience in dealing with significant and diverse issues, for example, management of complex child protection matters, staff under performance, allocation of limited resources.
- Experience of managing resources to deliver a service for example, leading staff, managing a budget or contributing to financial related decisions.
- Experience of shaping and supporting initiatives in a political environment.
- Valid full driving licence.
Rewards and Benefits
We provide regular peer learning in the wider service. You'll be entitled to 29 days annual leave with the option to buy up to 3 additional days, as well as being entitled to a minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year with access to excellent learning and development provisions such as Research in Practice and Community Care Inform.
This post is eligible for our Recruitment and Retention scheme. Relocation support may be available.
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.