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Criminal Justice System Project Manager

The Care Leavers Association
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£27,741 - £30,451 SO1 23 to SO2 26 depending on experience
Closing date
22 Jul 2021
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Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people who were in care as children?

Were you in care yourself as a child?

Do you have direct experience of the criminal justice system?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, please read on…

We are seeking a Project Manager who can take forward this work and achieve long-lasting policy and practice change at local, regional and national levels.

Working within a small, but highly effective and dynamic, charity that is care leaver led, you will be supported to shape the role in the most effective way possible, consistent with our overall goals. 

Overall Purpose:

To develop, manage and deliver The Care Leavers’ Association’s projects aimed at achieving key policy and practice change in relation to care leavers in the criminal justice system. To undertake activities contributing to the overall aim of The Care Leavers Association.

CJS Projects

  • Strategic lead on the development of CJS projects within The CLA strategic and business plan framework
  • CLA lead on publicity and external communications in relation to CJS information
  • Lead on the development of CLA policy and CLA contributions to external policy debates in the CJS within The CLA strategic and business plan framework
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key national, regional and local policy makers and stakeholders in the CJS
  • Lead on achieving key policy and practice change at national, regional and local levels
  • Produce policy briefings on a variety of issues related to care leavers in the CJS
  • Develop and deliver a range of support interventions to all sections of the CJS
  • Develop and support regional working groups made up of key stakeholders
  • Lead on the development and delivery of campaigns on CJS issues
  • Undertake CJS project delivery where required
  • Undertake research in relation to the CJS
  • Undertake consultations with care leavers and host care leaver peer events
  • Management of support worker and volunteers
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Ensure all projects achieve objectives and are delivered effectively
  • Manage budgets within the CLA financial framework
  • Contribute to the planning and delivery of all CLA projects and activities
  • To speak publicly on behalf of The CLA on a range of issues
  • To respond to general enquiries through the CLA office and web site
  • Raise awareness and the profile of the CLA through attending meetings, networks, fora and conferences
  • Timely preparation of project reports
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the organisation
  • Updating and maintaining information
  • Attend regular supervision and appraisal
  • To identify and attend training as required
  • To work in accordance with all relevant legislation
  • Attendance at CLA Board of Trustee meetings, as and when requested
  • To work within agreed CLA vision, values and ethos
  • To work within all policies and procedures of the CLA including Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Any other activities commensurate with the post as requested by the National Director
  • Occasional evening and weekend work
  • At times significant travel throughout the UK


The Care Leavers Association operates a flexible working policy supporting staff members to divide working between the office and home. Our office base is in Manchester and the post holder would be expected to be in the office at least 2 or 3 days per week.

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