Senior Centre Manager (x 2 positions)
Senior Centre Manager (x 2 positions)
PACE are now recruiting for 2x Senior Centre Managers to join a rapidly growing Charity based in the heart of Camden.
The Senior Centre Managers will take full responsibility for the operations at the site they are appointed to. They will ensure that all services are delivered in a safe way in accordance with all legal and regulatory requirements and support the delivery of the PACE boards policies. They will be responsible for all staff working at the centre. They will look at ways to improve the usage of the centre.
An introduction to PACE:
PACE is a user-led, grass-roots charity founded in 2011 by a group of parents and play work professionals in Camden to establish high quality inclusive play services in the borough. We now operate a range of services for children aged 2-18 years. We enjoy strong links within the local community and employ a highly experienced, expert staff team.
For more information or an informal discussion about the post call 020 7183 5120 (Ext. 1) Please note this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check and satisfactory references.
This is a full-time position in Camden, London
Job Description and Person Specification for Senior Centre Manager
Job title: Senior Centre Manager
Location: Fairfield Play Centre, Mary Terrace, London NW1 7LR
Fortune Green Play Centre Fortune Green Rd, London NW6 1DR
Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
Direct Reports: Play Manager, Early Years Manager, Project Managers based at the centre
Indirect Reports: Deputy/SENCo, Playworkers, sessional staff, volunteers, interns and placement workers
Annual Leave: 28 days per annum (including public holidays)
Hours: 35 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
- Develop and implement projects and services which contribute to the aims of PACE’s strategic plan, and are financially sustainable
- To ensure the effective planning, setting up and delivering of a range of services from the centre which meet the needs of all children and young people including disabled children
- To ensure services are planned, and delivered within PACE policies and procedures, contractual requirements of funders, statutory obligations and legal frameworks, and to act as the Ofsted nominated person for the setting.
- Working in partnership and liaising with the other PACE teams, parents/carers, and external agencies and individuals as appropriate
- Work actively to build, maintain and sustain partnerships with the community so as to foster understanding, access resources and create a wide spectrum of opportunities for the children and their families.
- To act as the safeguarding lead for services operating from the centre and to work with the overall PACE Safeguarding Lead to contribute to processes which ensure the safeguarding of children and young people, working within PACE’s policies and procedures
- To be responsible for the maintenance and security of the Building ensuring that work is carried out to an acceptable standard, as well as ensuring as well as ensuring functioning IT and communications infrastructure at the centre
- To encourage wider use of the playcentres in accordance with the leases and ensure effective coordination of all users to optimise community use and income generation, including corporate partnerships and local fundraising
- To co-ordinate a marketing, events and communications strategy promoting the importance of inclusive play within the community and liaise with representatives of Camden Council, local schools, community organisations, parents and carers to ensure a strong take-up of the service.
- To develop and ensure compliance with administrative and financial systems including; fee collection, referral processes, ensuring that staff, child and procedural records are kept in line with PACE’s policy and procedures and ensuring the effective and efficient management of information as the nominated Data Protection Officer for the centre.
- Oversee the recruitment of the staff teams, sessional staff interns and volunteers in accordance with safer recruitment procedures and ensure their collective and individual professional development through staff meetings, appraisals, supervision sessions and training.
- Lead the centre management team to plan and deliver effective programmes that are appropriately resourced and truly inclusive.
- Ensure that all centre staff and volunteers work respectfully with the children and their families and respond positively to diversity.
- Challenging poor practice and make recommendations for service improvement.
- Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure the delivery of high quality services
- To be a member of the PACE senior management team and contribute to cross organisation projects and development of policies and procedures
- To ensure effective management of the centre’s budgets, to ensure that fees and charges are collected and to be responsible for all delegated administration and finance matters.
Essential requirements of the post
- Experience and qualifications
An appropriate early years, childcare, education or playwork qualification at NVQ level 3 or above that meets the standards required by Ofsted registration and inspection processes.
Experience of managing staff and leading teams in delivering high quality, inclusive play or childcare services.
Experience of managing multi-use community facilities
Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and organisations.
Experience of developing, implementing and marketing new projects and services
Experience of financial management.
- Knowledge and Understanding
A thorough knowledge and understanding of the EYFS, Ofsted standards and relevant current legislation relating to the delivery of children’s services.
Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding best practice.
Knowledge and understanding of methods used for monitoring and evaluating services
- Skills and Abilities
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with people in a form and manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.
A team player with strong leadership skills and ability to work with others to achieve shared objectives.
Ability to maintain and develop mutually beneficial working relationships with key stakeholders.
Ability and skills to assist with fundraising and income generation.
Strong IT skills
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