Primary Purpose of the Job
* To work within the project team in developing an integrated Regional Adoption Agency Service providing high quality Adoption services and improving performance and outcomes across the RAA footprint.
* In conjunction with the project team, you will support strategic development of service delivery within the Regional Adoption Agency and to work closely with the RAA Board to agree priorities for strategic development, service objectives, service delivery and policy and process changes.
* To provide a clear sense of purpose and direction within the developing RAA and to lead the achievement of strategic and service objectives.
* To provide expert advice and guidance to the RAA project Board on the development, implementation and ongoing review of the Regional Adoption Agency.
* To work closely with the RAA Board to ensure the development of the RAA is sustainable and continually improving.
* To provide expert knowledge and practice in the design and implementation of the RAA and for the transition from separate Adoption services to a single RAA.
* To provide clear and visible leadership in the development of the RAA and to ensure delivery of high quality Adoption services.
* To ensure the RAA delivers improved services, including recruitment of Adopters, placement and matching activity, support for children, Adopters, birth families, and integration with care planning services across the partner agencies in order to drive improved outcomes.
* To be the principal advisor to the RAA project Board on issues relating to the RAA’s services and to ensure that the service is flexible and responsive to local, regional and national trends and to changes in priorities and to ensure RAA services meet the requirements of the legislation, regulation and guidance frameworks.
* To take the lead role in the development of innovative approaches to the delivery of RAA services, including ensuring effective collaboration with the RAA’s Voluntary Sector partners and the wider voluntary sector.
* To provide service expertise relating to potentially complex budget issues and to be responsible for effective deployment of resources to meet statutory and regulatory requirements, best practice standards and to develop opportunities for income streams and innovation.
* To ensure effective communication and liaison with key individuals in Local Authority Partners including Elected Members, Chief Executives and Directors.
* To ensure effective communication, liaison and collaboration with other RAA’s, in particular those in the North-West, with Joint Commissioning Boards, Health Providers, independent and voluntary sector providers in order to maximise opportunities for the RAA.
* To develop and model cultural change and promote communication that is clear, effective and transparent at all levels across RAA services.
* To embed a strong leadership culture focusing on performance, driving continuous improvement and playing a key role in enabling and encouraging creative and productive networks to form.
* To provide service expertise in the co-ordination and production of timely and accurate data reports, providing analysis of the performance of the RAA as a whole and of that of each constituent partner.
* To be responsible for ensuring that children, young people, Adoptive families and birth parents are enabled to fully participate in the planning and evaluation of services provided by the RAA.
* In conjunction with the project team, to be accountable for the allocated budget of the RAA and to negotiate across financial systems in each partner agency, ensuring compliance with Financial Regulations and to work closely with the RAA Board to deliver efficiencies as required
* Experience of leading successful placement services for looked after children
* Experience of service/business planning and of leading change/redesign programmes and financial/budgetary regimes
* Experience of developing and delivering innovation within challenging environments. Able to build a shared vision, develop partnerships, resolve complex problems and facilitate change sensitively.
* Experience of managing a large service with complex demands. Leading the Service to get the best from staff, developing where necessary and challenging performance when needed. Leading individuals, showing genuine concern, being accessible, enabling, encouraging and questioning.
* Experience of working with commissioners and supporting and influencing the effective commissioning of high quality services.
* To have experience in obtaining and analysing the information needed for decision making and the ability to advise and inform others in taking critical decisions.
* A social work qualification and registration with the HCPC.
* A detailed understanding of legislation, regulations and statutory guidance relating to Adoption and Children's Services.
* A sound knowledge of relevant child care research, evidence based practice in Adoption and children’s social care and the ability to implement best practice.
* A minimum of 3 years management experience in Children’s Social Care including experience of managing field social work or Adoption activity.
* A relevant managerial qualification, a commitment to gaining a managerial qualification within 2 years or evidence of systematic training in management
* Understanding of partner agencies’ functions and responsibilities