Vacancy now closed -Director of Care

Updated: May 25

We are looking for somebody who wants the very best for children and young people to take the lead in the development of our homes, never shying away from a challenge and always having the young people we support at the forefront of their mind.

Salary: £60,000 - £70,000

Flexible Working

As our first home isn’t open yet, we can offer some flexibility in terms of FTE, starting at 0.6FTE. The role will be based around 9-5 working hours, but we know that that isn’t always realistic, both for 24-hour care services and also for people who have families and other responsibilities to work around. Therefore, we’ll encourage flexible working, as long as the hours are covered and the job is done well and safely. The nature of the Responsible Individual status means that you will have to be on call for emergencies, but we’ll develop back-up plans with you so that you don’t feel overloaded.

Great benefits:
  • Juno CIC has a staff ownership business model: you’ll play a central role in governance and decision making and drive the vision and values of the home in every aspect of its development

  • You’ll get plenty of holidays - 27 days+

  • We’ll give you world-class Social Pedagogy training, therapeutic coaching & mental health support and will be committed to your ongoing learning and development

  • You’ll have broader leadership development opportunities at Juno grows

  • You’ll get a good workplace pension; we offer a Salary Sacrifice Pension approved by the Pensions Regulator and we’ll match up to 4% of contributions

  • You’ll be supported by a core team committed to improving the quality of care in the UK with you.

If you’re right for this role, this should sound like you...

  • You believe in equality and that no one is better than anyone else - that children have the right to be treated respectfully as equals by the adults around them. You’re always showing this in your day job and beyond.

  • You truly understand that care is a ‘doing word’ and that the change we want to make at Juno relies on working with, not doing to, people.

  • You see and understand what’s not working within the current care system and you’re motivated to support every person in Juno (young person or adult) to thrive. You may have come across the concept of social pedagogy before, but even if you haven’t, you’ll want to learn more about it, practice it and constant checking in with these principles.

  • You have a strong track record leading impactful teams and projects in Children’s Social Care; you’ll understand the importance of working in line with standards and regulation, whilst pushing for meaningful change

  • You’re a great leader, with splendid planning, people and supervision skills. You use these to create a safe environment and a real learning culture.

  • You are reflective, you’re always learning, and you know that no-one is the ‘finished article’.

  • You’re a brilliant communicator, able to inspire people to change their behaviour and approach depending on the situation they are in and who they are speaking to.

  • You’re able to use this perspective to keep calm with things feel challenging.

  • You embrace a culture of innovation and are excited to be part of the team creating a new organisation at this challenging time.

  • You push for creativity and make ‘doing things differently and better’ the norm.

  • You’re a people person and want to work with others and build strong relationships with them. You’ll feel excited at working across-different sectors with lots of different people (with loads of different backgrounds) and organisations including Local Authorities, local VCSE organisations and national care partners

  • You’re very organised (‘a place for everything’ and all that), hard-working and flexible but you always know the needs of the children and young people come first. You’ll pay attention to those big and small things that tell young people we care about them.

  • You’re very good at (and motivated by) solving difficult problems; you won’t wait to be asked and remain strong and positive when things get tough.

  • You will also have these important qualifications, experience and knowledge: Senior Leadership role in Children’s Residential Care, Children’s Services or Education. Strong knowledge of Ofsted and relevant legislation, including the Children’s Act, the Care Standards Act 2000, Children’s Homes (England) Regulations (2015) and the Quality Standards 2015

We don’t need or want a lone soldier; you will be a key part of a brilliant, committed team (both internally and externally) who are driving this project forwards. Because you’ll be here before we open our first home, you’ll have a real opportunity to shape what we do and how we do it; we’re most likely going to need to help our team “unlearn” old, less effective ways of doing working in the sector. The way of the current system means this will be as (if not more) important as helping the team to learn new ways of doing things; you’ll walk the talk and have a deep, unrelenting commitment to show love, bring joy and encourage each young person to take the lead in their own life.

Leading on the thinking and doing:

Working closely with Capacity’s Director of Children and our team of partners, you will be responsible for delivering Juno’s strategy, building our organisational infrastructure and setting up the systems and processes that will allow us to establish and run effective, impactful children’s homes. You will create the systems and plans that work in harmony with the social pedagogical practices underpinning Juno’s approach and contribute towards the culture and ethos of the home. You’ll report to Juno’s Board of Directors and be supported by an operational Project Group, creating a caring culture that meets children’s needs and responding effectively when things don’t go to plan. You will refine key policies and practices that meet our goals and current care legislation. You’ll also work with our builders and care experienced young people to make thoughtful decisions about the home environment as we design and develop fit-for-purpose homes for young people.

Developing and looking after our relationships with partners:

Juno has been co-designed in collaboration with a range of partners and care-experienced young people. As Director of Care, you will continue to develop positive and productive relationships with a wide range of people and organisations to support young people to do the things they’re passionate about, have confidence and real purpose in life. This will include Local Authorities, the NHS, VCSE partners and the communities around our homes.

Getting the right team and building their skills:

Working with the team, you will design and lead recruitment processes at Juno and you’ll manage the Registered Managers of our homes. One of the most important parts of this project is having the right people on board and growing them to be the best they can be. You’ll ensure we always recruit a diverse team of people who are drive by values and able to ‘bounce back’ and remain positive on challenging days. You will think creatively about recruitment, how we advertise, the processes around it and help us to develop a second-to-none induction as we welcome people to the team. You’ll work closely with the Capacity team and key partners to design and implement a comprehensive learning and development programme that works with our team from day one and meets our vision and values.

Keeping the project moving forward and well managed:

Juno is a brand-new organisation, so like all start-ups, there is a lot to do and we’ll need all hands-on deck! In addition to having RI status with Ofsted, you’ll be overseeing the bigger stuff like budgets, high level and day to day planning and supporting your homes’ Registered Managers. At Juno, sometimes we all need to work on projects which don’t immediately seem to have a connection to the job description – that’s how we create change. You’ll have huge amounts of scope to shape the role and the way that Juno evolves over time, so lots of room to be creative and make decisions and plans for yourself in your way

Personal Attributes:

  • You have a real commitment to making the world a fairer place and improving the lives of children and teenagers

  • You have an ability to build trust and equal relationships with people from a whole range of backgrounds and life experiences

  • You’re excited by and able to lead positive change in both organisations and projects

  • You’re honest, genuine and open, and know where your weaknesses and sensitivities are (everyone has them).

  • You’re a grafter, you’re organised and happy to work under pressure

  • You love being part of a team and are great at leading people and keeping focus on their goals.

  • You’re committed to what we’re trying to achieve at Juno (the vision and values) and you’re fully bought into the principles of social pedagogy (even if you don’t know loads about it yet.

  • You’re always striving for the very best in care and support for children and young people

  • You’re calm, reflective and committed to ongoing learning (and un-learning!)

  • You’re patient: you’ll understand that as a new social enterprise setting up our homes from scratch, there’s lots we need to do in terms of recruitment and getting the properties

Skills & Abilities:
  • You’ve lots of experience managing teams that are making real differences to the lives of care-experienced children and young people

  • You’ve played a key role in achieving Good or Outstanding status with Ofsted

  • You’re experienced in solving difficult, organisational challenges (and enjoying it!)

  • You’re able to prepare and understand financial information

  • You’re a great communicator and love to collaborate with others

  • You’ve got lots of knowledge around the policies and procedures needed for children’s residential care and can help us bring them to life.

  • You’re know your way around a computer (in particular Microsoft Office software)

  • You can make decisions when you need to (even if they’re difficult ones).

Qualifications & Experience:

  • You’ve worked for at least 5 years in services for children in a senior leadership position You’ve got a good understanding of how to balance the legal bits of running of a children’s home against following values and doing what’s ‘right’ to meet the needs of young people.

  • You know how to push the boundaries and challenge the norms of this model of care and do things in safe, but better, more creative ways.

A great team around you:

As Director of Care, you will receive direct support from colleagues in Capacity, who are committed to supporting you and the care team so that we collectively achieve the very best for children and teenagers in our care. This team aims to take away some of the tasks that take time away from your direct work with young people, including

  • A Director overseeing Juno’s Strategy, Impact, Vision and Values

  • A Development Manager securing grants, social investment and property

  • A Recruitment and Communications Lead helping find great people and tell our story

  • A Financial Management and HR Support Team

  • A Clinical Psychologist who will work with the Juno Team and young people in our care

  • A Workforce Development Partner who will train and support the team

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