Deputy Director (Training and Services), part time 21 hours per week

3 days left

Queen's Park, London
£50,000 pro rata
09 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021
Contract Type

Background and summary of the job

The Minster Centre is a registered charity based in Queens Park, NW6 providing psychotherapy and counselling training. Its courses are accredited/validated by UKCP, BACP and Middlesex University and the Centre is registered with the Office for Students (OfS).  The therapy service provides long term therapy (both online and in person) delivered by senior trainees. The Centre has more than 300 students and 60 plus staff including around 50 trainers.

The Centre is led by a Senior management team (SMT) of a Director and currently two part-time Deputy Directors.  One Deputy Director is retiring this summer and we are seeking to recruit to the post.

The new Deputy Director (Training and Services) will work alongside the existing Deputy Director (Training) to support all aspects of training and therapy service delivery and development at the Minster Centre. The Deputy Directors will need to work together closely and will be required to work as a team dividing duties flexibly to support and cover each other and the Director as necessary.

Main purpose of role

Work with the Director and other Deputy Directors to provide leadership for the delivery and development of psychotherapy and counselling training and services at the Minster Centre. 

Main areas of responsibility

  • Oversee effective delivery, management and development of the post-qualification Supervision and Advanced Clinical Practice Courses and act as Link Tutor with Middlesex University for these courses.
  • Oversee effective delivery, management, and development of at least one other year or aspect of training delivery.
  • Oversee effective delivery, management, and development of research.
  • Oversee effective delivery, management and development of the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service (MCPCS).
  • Oversee effective delivery, management, and development of placement provision for students.
  • Oversee effective delivery, management, and development of Minster Centre Membership Services.
  • Lead on ethics.
  • Lead the relationship with one key partner (UKCP, BACP, Middlesex University, Office for Students).

The exact division of responsibilities between the Director and Deputy Directors is open to review.

Specific responsibilities

  1. Working with the Training Committee and the relevant course leaders maintain oversight and development of the training curriculum (content and standards) for the post qualification courses. 
  2. Support identified Heads of Course/Year in handling any novel or difficult student, staff or curriculum issues that arise from courses and year groups (usually for the course for which the post holder has lead responsibility, but you may be required to support other Heads of Year with particular issues). 
  3. Lead on the relationship with one or more key partners (UKCP, BACP, Middlesex, OfS).This will include keeping abreast of developments and the implications for the Minster Centre, identifying opportunities, building collaborative relationships with key contacts, attending meetings, preparing or overseeing reports and reviews.
  4. To give oversight and support to the Head of Research or the Head of Supervision and assist in the development of those areas at The Minster Centre.
  5. To give oversight and support to the Minster Centre Counselling & Psychotherapy Service (MCPCS) coordinator and to take the lead in developing the service.
  6. Be the Safeguarding lead for the Centre.
  7. To oversee Minster Centre membership, UKCP registrations, annual CPD returns and five-year peer reviews. To be directly responsible for signing off UKCP registrations and five-year peer reviews and for providing any such information to the UKCP for their five-yearly reviews of the Centre.
  8. To support and guide Minster members who are facing complaints that are being dealt with by the BACP or UKCP central complaints mechanisms.
  9. To oversee the organising of student placements, considering their suitability and dealing with any difficulties that arise between the Minster Centre, a Minster student and the placement.
  10. To take the lead in dealing with complaints (unless not appropriate) including chairing the Minster Centre Fitness to Practice Panel and The Minster Centre Ethics Committee and to be a member of ethics subcommittees (such as the research ethics committee, as appropriate).
  11. Oversee and participate in staff recruitment, as necessary.
  12. Undertake shorter-term development projects (working alone or in teams with other staff) as agreed with the Director and Training Committee.
  13. Deputise for the Director and as required. Co-operate with the other Deputy Directors to support each other’s work, cover each other as necessary, and exchange ideas and approaches.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience, and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. Please ensure that your application demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria. You will be assessed by your completed application form, at interview if shortlisted, and, in some instances, through an exercise.


  • Proven ability to provide leadership and motivation to others to meet organisational objectives and achieve high standards. Demonstrable influencing, networking and collaborative working skills and the ability to win support from colleagues, wider staff groups and committees.
  • Previous experience of a leadership and management role at a senior level, ideally within a psychotherapy or counselling training or service, with evidence of the ability to adjust style and approach to maximise team and individual performance and foster good working relationships across diverse groups.
  • Practicing UKCP registered psychotherapist or other appropriate professional membership.
  • Previous safeguarding and clinical service experience.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in meetings, presentations, and committees and across a wide range of media including formal written reports, internal communications, and publicity materials.Experience of chairing meetings.
  • Demonstrable ability to manage own and others’ workloads when holding multiple responsibilities.
  • Previous experience of roles that require a strong student, client (or customer) focus. Capacity to consider feedback non-defensively and to support others to do so.
  • Good understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion issues as they relate to psychotherapy and counselling training. 
  • Good knowledge of best practice in equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives especially those that drive cultural change and how to build EDI into an organisation. Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and to appreciate and respect diversity and difference and a commitment to the Minster Centre’s ethos and values.
  • Proven capacity for ethical thinking and complaints handling.
  • Proven ability to recognise trends, changes in circumstances and stakeholder requirements promptly and adjust standards and services accordingly. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues and context within which psychotherapy, counselling and mental health professional training operates
  • Education to at least MA level or equivalent, substantial relevant experience that demonstrates high levels of literacy, numeracy, and analytical skills.
  • Able to use


  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the issues and context within which UK Higher Education operates.
  • Experience of teaching, facilitating and therapy using online platforms and of using Moodle.
  • Creative thinking, with the ability to identify opportunities, put forward ideas and turn them into workable plans for training development and income generation.

For more information on this role and details on how to apply please visit our site by clicking the apply button.

Closing date is noon on Thursday 29th July.

Interviews the week commencing 9th August


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