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