Director of Criminal Justice Services (Maternity Cover)
She will represent the organisation externally on service and policy development groups and support the development of the organisation’s strategic plans to ensure the sustainability, development and delivery of Advance services.
The post-holder will work to adhere to quality systems, ensure quality of service, line manage team managers and develop policies with the Directors and the CEO to ensure strong systems and working practices across Advance.
The post holder will work closely with the Advance board and participate in relevant sub-committees ensuring effective governance and represent the organisation at events and meetings.
Strategy, Planning and Development
As part of the Senior Management team, be responsible for ensuring the strategic development and
implementation of the business plan for Advance services, with specific lead role in the criminal justice services and programmes.
Working closely with the CEO and senior managers to drive the strategic development of services,
including tendering for the services.
Be instrumental in raising the profile of Advance and in sustaining and developing a range of partnerships, in particular leading the Minerva WrapAround partnership to deliver the programme
objectives and impact.
The post holder will jointly hold responsibility with the Director of DVA Services for working within
and updating operational policies and operational annual plans which uphold the quality and implementation of the organisation’s programmes .
External and Interagency relations
Represent Advance and work with policy & research organisations, government and statutory agencies, and other community organisations. Develop, maintain and review protocols with partner agencies and participate in multi-agency working parties and focus groups in collaboration with the
CEO and Senior Management.
Play an active part in network and partnership meetings at strategic level, raising awareness of our
services and identifying gaps in services to support and influence new funding. Maintain and develop relations with appropriate authorities, agencies, organisations and individuals at local and national levels, in consultation with the CEO.
Ensure that the impact of Advance services is represented nationally at all levels, and that the design
and distribution of materials take into account the needs of all service users. Ensure that all publicity
meets the requirement of the organisation brand, in consultation with the CEO
Service Management, staff management and Leadership
Be a proactive and solution focussed member of Advance’s Management Team and Senior Management team.
Lead, contribute and participate in organisational strategic planning days and in events and fundraising events which help to raise the profile or funds for Advance.
Manage a complex workload working independently, within a team where appropriate and problem
solving proactively to find solutions to systems and issues which affect front line services.
Be responsible for line managing and performance managing Team Leaders and project staff with the
post holder’s responsibility, including annual appraisals and supervision, ensuring staff training and
development needs are regularly evaluated and that appropriate training, coaching and learning
opportunities are provided.
Instil a sense of unity and purpose into the work of the service through effective leadership, regular
team meetings and review of team performance.High quality services to women in the criminal justice system or at risk of offending.
The Director of CJS will be responsible for implementing and monitoring quality assurance systems
for Minerva and other CJ services including contract compliance for all CJ services and overseeing reaccreditation for the Minerva programme along with the senior management team.
Oversee the development of a consistent approach to programme training relevant to team and
individual development needs and make recommendations for cross programme and organisational
training to develop a strong culture of training and development at Advance.
Oversee the management of caseloads for Minerva team and the structure of the services to ensure
they are run to a high quality, the team remain motivated and workloads are manageable
Ensure that risk and needs assessment are well managed across Minerva services and contribute to
women’s appropriate progression through the services
Set up and ensure maintenance of systems which capture relevant information to prove the impact
of all CJ programmes’ work and any other subsequent funding streams, ensuring they are compliant
with funders’ requirements
Oversee the development of operational plans for existing and new work and managing effective
change within the services.
Partnerships’ and funders’ management
Develop and maintain strong relationships with partners in the delivery of services, influential policymakers, decision-makers and funders. At all times uphold the strong reputation of Advance and its programmes and remain professional in conduct.
Attend and communicate outcomes of regular strategic and operational meetings at London an national level in consultation with the CEO, as well as programme review meetings with funders and
Report Minerva outcomes and performance issues and challenges to funders at earliest opportunities and offer solutions/contingencies to solve problems.
Develop relationships with key potential funders working up innovative project and pilot programmes, to develop complimentary funding streams, in line with Advance’s strategy and in collaboration with the CEO, Directors and Fundraising team.
Propose, agree and manage programme budgets to a high standard, communicating funding streams
to the CEO, Finance and Fundraising teams, and ensuring regular budget reviews and delivery of agreed budgets, including agreeing and implementing solutions and action plans where variances
and issues are identified.
With the management team, set, advice on and vary programme and project/pilot budgets to ensure
high quality service delivery.
Ensure that funder’s requirements are met for all CJ services including Minerva and that Advance
comply with monitoring returns and statistics are available promptly for monitoring returns to funders and the board.
Work as part of the Management Team, liaise with staff at all levels, and collaborate with colleagues
to ensure delivery of organisational strategic objectives, plans, services and priorities.
Protect the safety and security of Advance, service users, staff, volunteers and buildings, and the
confidentiality of records and other information. Ensure compliance at all times to data protection,
confidentiality and relevant organisational policies and procedures.
Uphold the right of women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and
abuse, and women affected by the criminal justice system, and proactively assess the needs and
safety of children and women to ensure that any risks/needs identified are addressed.
Have full regard to Advance’s Safeguarding Children’s policy and Safeguarding Adults policy. Ensure
the effective implementation of Advance’s Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity and
other policies and procedures and uphold the core values of Advance.
Be responsible for your own personal learning development and keep up to date on research,
relevant legislation, policy and practice, and other literature relevant to the role.
Participate in supervision, training and meetings as required, and assist in the development of
services in line with agreed development plans. Work across teams and undertake such other duties,appropriate to the level and responsibility of the work, as may reasonably be expected.