White Trees Residential provide short and long-term residential services for young people aged from 11 - 18 with emotional and behavioural difficulties, in a therapeutic homely environment. White Trees has been established for over 12 years and we currently have 5 homes (Two in Braintree and one in each of Sawbridgeworth, Harlow and Saffron Walden) and an independent school, which are all consistently well rated with Ofsted. Our aim is to support our young people to grow self-esteem and build positive relationships. We focus on being able to re-engage young people in education and help them to achieve in building a brighter future.

We are currently recruiting for a registered manager to work along side us as we open our next home. Within this role you will be responsible for the day to day operational running of the home, you will achieve and sustain a high level of care provision to our young people and deliver effective management, coaching and guidance to our staff.

As the environment will be ever changing and challenging, we need a very robust & resilient individual who understands this client group of often complex children. Our young people require patience & understanding to build positive relationships. We are looking for the right manager who can lead, inspire and motivate a team of people to support, manage and develop the young people within this service.

The role requires a knowledgeable & dynamic individual who can use their previous experience, understanding of children’s residential service, and organisational skills to ensure the home continues to thrive. You will be required to demonstrate practical leadership skills, expert communication, and the ability to work under pressure in a demanding environment whilst following all current legislations and White Tree’s own policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have a solid career history in children’s residential social care, including at least 2 years management experience and previous registration with Ofsted. You will have a proven track record of managing a successful service.

Essential Requirements of Homes Manager:

  • At least 2 years’ experience managing a residential home for looked after children and young people (including previous registration with Ofsted)
  • Qualifications including RMA (Registered Managers Award)
  • QCF level 5 in Leadership & Management
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Ability to use initiative with effective decision making
  • Ability to deal with conflict/crisis situations effectively and in a therapeutic manner (managing both staff and young people)
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary consultative team with other internal and external professionals
  • Effective communication skills to disseminate information
  • Excellent and sound knowledge of residential guidelines including Quality Standards, Care Standards Act, Children’s home regulations, Children’s Act
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Assess and Manage referrals for both short notice and planned approach
  • An excellent role model and mentor to lead by example to develop staff

Homes Manager Incentives:

  • Employee Assistance Program 24-hour confidential helpline through Health Assured, offers staff support with any of life’s issues & problems
  • Competitive basic salary starting from £33,280pa - £44,000pa OTE £60K
  • Bonus Structure is offered to all managers relating to occupancy levels & Quality Assurance procedures being met, which offers a healthy enhancement to a basic salary

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £45,000.00-£60,000.00 per year

COVID-19 considerations:

We are taking every precaution possible whilst ensuring the young people remain in a supportive environment that feels homely rather than clinical. The homes are all cleaned/sanitized daily, PPE is available and traffic in/out is limited.

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