Location: Primary work location Colchester, expected to work across both Norfolk and Essex

Salary: on application

Permanent, full time

Job ref: E275 

We are seeking a strong, experienced leader that will work collaboratively and cohesively with the various teams within Autism Anglia and the agencies we work alongside externally to the organisation.  This role will head up our Adult Services across Essex and Norfolk; lead on transformation, development and the delivery of services that promote choice.  At Autism Anglia our focus is about genuinely putting the person at the centre of what we do, ensuring we provide specialist high quality support and care within a challenging budgetary framework. 

Autism Anglia is in a period of change, with increasing demographic pressures and tighter financial constraints placed on our Organisation, it means we are actively changing the way we operate to ensure we are as efficient and effective as possible. 

You will act as our subject expert, providing specialist knowledge and direction.  As part of the Organisation’s management team the successful applicant will have operational and strategic responsibility for all Autism Anglia’s Adult Services in Essex and Norfolk.  This will include our Residential and Supported Living provision, Outreach and Opportunity Centres.  The successful candidate will also be registered with CQC and act in the capacity of the Responsible Individual for Adult Services.

Leading with value based behaviours, you will create a workforce that is committed to our organisational values and cultural aspirations.  

Your main duties will include:

  • Assume full responsibility and accountability for the strategic direction, daily operation and overall performance of Adult Services in line with Autism Anglia’s five key values.
  • To ensure all of Adult Services staff successfully work in accordance with the 5 key CQC principles, Safe, Caring, Effective, Responsive and Well-led.
  • To lead on driving efficiency savings across Adult Services ensuring we offer an efficient, safe and specialised service provision.
  • Identify and drive through the necessary changes to culture and practice to successfully embed change and new ways of working.
  • Provide strong, visible and motivational leadership across the Organisation, working in close partnership with the other members of the Leadership Team.
  • Take lead responsibility for developing and implementing the service development plan for Adult Services and associated financial projections to ensure that it supports the overall strategic plan.
  • Take a strategic role in ensuring that new and developing support strategies are imbedded effectively.
  • Develop and drive excellent partnership and other working relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure the social care needs of local communities are given equal emphasis and managed in a co-ordinated way through joint strategic needs planning/assessments, delivery of shared priorities, services and governance arrangements.
  • Identify opportunities ad take the lead for service realignment, development and growth. Produce feasibility studies for such changes and if approved, execute effectively. Assume responsibility for any extended services as required.
  • To act as Adult Services Safeguarding Lead.
  • To meet the requirements of CQC Regulation 5 – fit and proper persons criteria.

The successful candidate will have considerable experience of autism and managing at a high level as well as meeting the essential and desirable criteria as detailed on the job description which includes:

  • Experience working in a similar role and at a similar level in order to demonstrate relevant competence required for the role.
  • Proven ability of strong leadership, managing change and developing and leading on strategy for the future.
  • Experience of managing at a senior level in Adult Services settings.
  • Proven leadership and people development skills.

In order for the role to succeed, the post holder will need to demonstrate a large degree of flexibility and will be required to work at sites both in Norfolk, Essex and surrounding areas. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity.  Autism Anglia provides ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment. 

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

It is essential that the successful applicant holds a full driving license and has access to their own vehicle. 

To express an initial interest please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] or for further information or an informal conversation, please contact Alan Bicknell, Director of Operations or Kate Hancock, Director of Human Resources on tel. 01206 577678. 

Closing date for receipt of full application forms is Sunday 22 July 2018.

Interviews will be held on 7 August 2018 in Colchester, Essex. 

If no response is received within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions. 

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