Project Coordinator

TESSA (Therapeutic, Education & Support Services for Adoption)


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Job Description

Job Title: Project Coordinator – TESSA (Therapeutic, Education & Support Services for Adoption)
Responsible to: CEO, Family Routes
Hours of Work: 22.5 hours (Flexible working pattern) on a fixed term basis until 31st April 2021 (with the possibility of extension pending future funding)
Salary: £30,781 (pro rata)
Location: Belfast base with travel throughout Northern Ireland
Main Purpose of the Job:

To coordinate the delivery of the TESSA project: project co-ordination, delivery, monitoring & evaluation in line with funder and requirements.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To co-ordinate the implementation of project plans to ensure the effective delivery of project objectives.
  • To coordinate and deliver a programme of therapeutic supports to adopted children and their families.
  • To coordinate education and support within schools relating to attachment and developmental trauma experienced by adopted children.
  • To engage beneficiaries of the project and contribute to the allocation of appropriate referral support.
  • To signpost families to relevant support agencies e.g. SENAC (Special Educational Needs Advice Centre); RELATE; CAMHS and Children’s Law Centre.
  • To develop and maintain links with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies in order to ensure up to date knowledge of services and resources, and maximise uptake of services.
  • To engage a team of self-employed, sessional staff including therapists, counsellors, and trainers to deliver high quality therapeutic and education services to adopted children and young people, their parents and extended network.
  • To ensure robust processes are in place for planning and delivering services, allocating resources, monitoring activity and ensuring objectives are delivered on time, within budget and to agreed specifications.
  • To line manage the Project Admin Assistant to assist effective accountability in the areas of finance, data collection and service delivery. (under review)
  • To provide all necessary information relating to project progress and operational activities to project management meetings and the Project Advisory group.
  • To engage with the Family Routes team and participate in team meetings and other service development processes as appropriate.
  • To represent the TESSA project in a range of settings as appropriate.
  • To comply with all Family Routes policies particularly Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults, GDPR, Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities and confidentiality.
  • To carry out such other duties as may be deemed necessary for the effective delivery of the project.

Person Specification
Qualifications and training
Essential Criteria

  • Relevant Professional Qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • A valid driving licence and regular access to vehicle for work


Training Qualification
Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of delivering high quality services on time and within budget
  • Project Management – planning, reporting & evaluation
  • Experience of coordinating projects and delivering measurable outcomes in line with project targets
  • Understanding of support needs of adoptive families


  • Personal or professional experience of adoption
  • Experience of working in a support capacity with individuals or parents/families
  • Experience of training provision
  • Experience of group work

Skills and Abilities

  • The capacity to work in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and within a small, multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good IT/computer skills
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Work to tight deadlines, competing priorities and under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Highly organised working practices
  • Good telephone/listening skills

Character and other requirements

  • A proven commitment to understanding and representing Project aims and objectives and to working collaboratively with the wider voluntary sector and others
  • A flexible and adaptable approach to work, a high level of professionalism and the ability to prioritise and manage their workload
  • A willingness to travel and work weekends and evenings as required
  • A proven commitment to equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices
  • A demonstrable commitment to continuous personal and professional development.

Interested applicants please complete the attached application form, accessible VIA CLICKING DOWNLOAD APPLICATION PACK

Closing date for applications: 4 p.m., 21st June 2019

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Childcare & Social Work, Charity and Voluntary
Job Roles
Project Co-ordinator, Project Officer
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TESSA (Therapeutic, Education & Support Services for Adoption)

18 Heron Rd,
Belfast ,

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