Programme Manager (Registered Manager 2020 onwards)

£50,000 PA

You will be responsible for managing the delivery of a radical new approach to supporting looked after children. Lighthouse is an early stage venture, so you will have a great deal of responsibility from day one. From managing relationships with our local authority partners to designing the training for our staff, this role will be an exciting opportunity to spearhead systemic change in the residential care sector.

There will be many challenges that require an analytical yet creative mind, and you’ll be able to apply your knowledge of the residential care sector to the biggest innovation in residential care in recent years.

This role will be tailored to the right applicant and will involve diverse responsibilities including:

Navigating the process of starting our home

The residential children’s care sector is highly regulated and challenging to navigate. You will be responsible for ensuring that Lighthouse adheres to Ofsted regulations in the design of our building and the delivery of our services. There will also be opportunities to create policy change where you see fit. You will also take a leading role in negotiating our contract with our local authority partners.

Designing a bespoke training and development programme

The training currently offered to staff working in residential care is not fit for purpose, so you will take the lead on designing and developing a two-year bespoke training programme which will give our staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to support our young people.

Creating education and pathway plans for young people

We believe that education should be a priority for looked after children. That’s why you will work directly with the schools and alternative provision units that our young people will attend to co-design the support that they will receive and ensure that they receive a high quality and consistent education experience.

Defining our service design and statement of purpose

Lighthouse is based on over four years of research and development. We have a clear idea about what works and the principle upon which our homes should be based. Your role will be to turn those principles into methods and work practices. You will be responsible for designing our day to day provision as well as writing our statement of purpose – the document which communicates our model to local authorities and Ofsted.

ABOUT YOU 

You understand the residential care sector and the need for a new approach

You have at least five years’ experience of working in the residential care sector. You have worked with local authorities and Ofsted and so have a developed understanding of the policies and regulations in the sector. You have a track record of innovation and excellence and know how to run an outstanding children’s home.  

You’re a great communicator

You have strong written and verbal communication skills with proven experience writing in varied styles and for varied audiences. You have proven your ability to communicate with a wide range of different people.

You’re a team player

You have the ability to work flexibly in a team, small or large. You have knowledge and experience of effective project management to tight deadlines.

You’re purpose driven

Your work is guided and galvanised by your values and beliefs. You are driven by a desire to improve the lives of others.

You enjoy and challenge and love solving problems

You do not wait to act. You see a problem and are able to develop solutions to it. When faced with challenges, you remain tenacious and versatile and are able to maintain a positive mindset.

You’re humble

You are reflective. You are able to be challenged and to learn from experiences and interactions.

You’re entrepreneurial

You’re a self-starter and have the confidence to champion our mission to a variety of stakeholders as well as a proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced and sometimes ambiguous environment. You’re willing to do what is necessary to get the job done. 

You’re collaborative and a relationship builder

You build relationships into your work, give to others readily and use others’ strengths alongside your own, to have a greater impact in your work.

You are well organised

You are able to independently manage daily responsibilities and juggle competing priorities. You are able to work efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines and deliver successfully. You’re a great planner and have an eye for detail.

Please note that we hire for potential, so do not be put off if you feel that you do not meet every aspect of the person specification.  

BENEFITS 

Salary: £50,000

Location: London at our offices in Islington

A range of employee benefits such as discounted shopping and 27 days annual leave (pro-rata)

Contract: Full time

A 4% contribution to your pension

Workspace in our central London head office. Some travel to Wiltshire and Essex may be required.

Building Project Manager

£42,000 PA

ABOUT THE ROLE

Take responsibility for identifying potential buildings for our first home

You will take the lead of finding and securing the right building for Lighthouse. You will liaise with estate agents and other property locating organisations to find potential buildings for our first home.

Use technology to solve security challenges, ensure the safety of children and enhance the experiences of children who live in the home.

We want to use technology in subtle ways to keep children safe while are the same time keeping the feel of a family home. You will work with technology experts to design a system which will be integrated into the home.

Manage the design of the building by liaising with architects and designers

We want our homes to feel as homely as possible, and the right environment can have a huge impact on the well-being of children. You will be responsible for making design decisions on the interiors of the building. 

Understand planning and sector specific regulations and ensure that the building adherers to them

The children’s home sector is highly regulated. You will need to become familiar with these regulations and liaise with regulators to ensure that any building work meets these

Take responsibility for purchasing all furniture and interiors for the project in line with lighthouse philosophy and design specifications

The furniture in children’s homes needs to be durable, but not look alienating. You will take the lead on purchasing and equipping the home with the necessary furniture and resources.

Research and consultation

You will coordinate any necessary consultations with the local community. You will work on necessary planning applications.

 

ABOUT YOU 

You have project management experience

You have managed projects before and know how to plan and organise to make them successful.   

You have experience working in construction, architecture or design

You have a background in one of these areas, which gives you the knowledge needed to work with other professionals in the sector. 

You’re a great communicator

You have strong written and verbal communication skills with proven experience writing in varied styles and for varied audiences. You have proven your ability to communicate with a wide range of different people.

You’re a team player

You have the ability to work flexibly in a team, small or large. You have knowledge and experience of effective project management to tight deadlines.

You’re purpose driven

Your work is guided and galvanised by your values and beliefs. You are driven by a desire to improve the lives of others.

You enjoy a challenge and love solving problems

You do not wait to act. You see a problem and are able to develop solutions to it. When faced with challenges, you remain tenacious and versatile and are able to maintain a positive mindset.

You’re humble

You are reflective. You are able to be challenged and to learn from experiences and interactions.

You’re entrepreneurial

You’re a self-starter and have the confidence to champion our mission to a variety of stakeholders as well as a proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced and sometimes ambiguous environment. You’re willing to do what is necessary to get the job done.

You’re collaborative and a relationship builder

You build relationships into your work, give to others readily and use others’ strengths alongside your own, to have a greater impact in your work.

 You are well organised

You are able to independently manage daily responsibilities and juggle competing priorities. You are able to work efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines and deliver successfully. You’re a great planner and have an eye for detail.

Please note that we hire for potential, so do not be put off if you feel that you do not meet every aspect of the person specification.

BENEFITS

Salary: £42,000

Location: London at our offices in Islington

A range of employee benefits such as discounted shopping and 27 days annual leave (pro-rata)

Contract: Full time

A 4% contribution to your pension

Workspace in our central London head office. Some travel to the London commuter belt and Wiltshire may be required

TO APPLY FOR EITHER POSITION

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role prior to application, please contact Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang at emmanuel@thelight-house.org.uk.

A full application will require: 

·       A supporting letter (no more than one side) why you would like the role why you will be effective in it.

·       Your CV including references (maximum 2 sides)