Wipers Youth CIC is award winning youth justice social enterprise which specialises in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Our mission is to engage and empower young people, by supporting them to discover their own special contributions and realise their full potential. We require an experienced Senior Youth Engagement Deputy Manager who will lead, advance, and support the growth and development of Wipers Youth and actively contribute to developing new ways of working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and aspiring young people. This role is a 2-Year Fixed-Term Contract which involves flexible working across evenings and weekends and covers working in partnership with multiple boroughs across Greater London.
Key activities and responsibilities
- To undertake any duties as delegated by the Managing Director.
- To provide clear leadership and management to the team of 10 staff, including supervision, clear guidance and rigorous challenge, to ensure that practice is of a high quality, results in improved outcomes for children and young people, promotes safeguarding and strength-based approaches to working with our beneficiaries
- To be responsible for the day-to-day operational management of Wipers Youth ensuring all services are delivered to the highest professional standards, meet key measurable objectives and operate within clear Wipers operational policies.
- Maintain and develop positive partnership links with statutory partners, stakeholders and funders.
- Represent the organisation in professional spaces, forums, conferences and other relevant events.
- To attend, contribute to and lead Wipers team meetings, management meetings and review meetings, both internally and with external agencies.
- To prepare concise and accurate written reports, quarterly returns, annual reviews.
- To assist in the recruitment and induction of new staff and the training of team members to ensure that staff are competent in safeguarding, risk management and in producing of high-quality reports.
- Assist in leading the frontline delivery of all Wipers services and activities including our specialist mentoring service, group work programmes and general youth work initiatives.
- Maintain quality standards as per the Wipers ethos and adhere to Wipers policies and procedures including confidentiality, child protection & equal opportunities
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a management position, leading and managing staff in a fair and professional manner.
- Monitor performance, supervise and support staff, undertaking one to one regular high-quality, reflective supervision.
- Knowledge and experience of risk management when working with young people in the community.
- Experience of effective partnerships and multi-agency working, and ability to engage with partners, stakeholders and funders.
- Ability to prepare good quality written reports, quarterly returns and annual reviews with attention to detail.
- An accessible, approachable and participative management style.
- The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
- Willingness to adopt flexible working styles, including evening and weekend work, virtual working and working from home, and on-site work at various locations across London.
- Strong organisational and administration skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- Ability to prioritise effectively and enjoy multi-tasking in a busy environment.
- A commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
- A commitment to promoting equality of opportunity and the celebration of diversity as well as the ability to challenge discriminatory behaviour.
- Knowledge and understanding of the values and ethos of Wipers.
- A qualifications in social work, criminology, youth justice or probation.
- Knowledge and experience of the social care system or Children’s Services and youth justice system including understanding of youth disposals, interventions and compliance.
- Experience of attending courts, prisons, social care reviews in a professional or ‘lived experience’ capacity.
- Experience of frontline working directly with young people.
- Experience of working in the youth justice, social care, or voluntary / community sector.
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