Senior Project Officer, Open to flexible working

Islington, London (Greater)
£42,651 - £48,234 p.a.
30 Aug 2017
17 Sep 2017

Senior Project Officer, Open to flexible working

Islington Council has received phase II funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to improve the way we deliver help to children and families, through Motivational Social Work, our Innovation Project. Islington is also one of a small number of ‘Partners in Practice’ local authorities in the country. This status recognises us as a national leader in practice and leadership, and through it we are funded to support other local authorities to improve their practice systems. Islington’s recently published Ofsted inspection confirms our status and rates our leadership as ‘outstanding’ and our overall practice as ‘good’.

To help us embed our practice model, we are looking for a Senior Project Officer to support staff to navigate a programme of organisational change that will influence practice, supervision, leadership, and creating the conditions to practice. Reporting to the Innovation & Sector Improvement Manager, you will be part of the project team and will work across the Children in Need, Children Looked After and Leaving Care services. In your role, you will provide expertise to ensure that work is delivered to a high standard and within budget throughout all the stages of the project lifecycle. 

As a successful candidate you will have significant experience in Children’s Services and managing projects. This should include responsibility for leading the design and management from small, discrete projects to larger cross-institution change initiatives. Experience and expertise of relationship-based approaches in your professional practice is essential. Understanding of Motivational Interviewing and trauma informed approaches is desirable. Experience of organisational change management is an advantage. 

You will also be able to manage and deliver work packages to meet project objectives. You will oversee the quality of the coaching programme through the line management of the Social Work Practice Coaches. You will work in a cross-functional way and have excellent interpersonal, communication, organisational and analytical skills. A professional qualification in Project Management is desirable but not essential. 

This is a key post within a significant transformation programme where you will play an instrumental role in helping to shape the way we work to safeguard and support children and families in Islington. 

In return we offer:

  • Access to training and development opportunities
  • Regular high-quality supervision
  • Good pension scheme and generous holidays 
  • Flexible working arrangements