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NESWA Project Manager

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Contract Type:
Fixed Term
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 15/10/2021 23:59
Grade K, £37,890 - £40,876 - Fixed Term 2 Years
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Closing date:
15 Oct

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The North East Social Work Alliance (NESWA) is a Social Work Teaching Partnership made up of 12 North East Local Authorities and 6 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). The Alliance is one of several Teaching Partnerships across the country which were created to improve the quality of practice, learning and continuous professional development amongst trainee and practicing social workers. NESWA works on a regional platform and has close working relationships with the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and regional workforce leads.

NESWA receives funding through the Department for Education and we have been successful in securing funding which will support us to ensure the work of the alliance becomes part of mainstream funding across all partners agencies. NESWA are therefore seeking to appoint a Project Manager on a 2-year fixed term contract. Although the post will be hosted by Gateshead Council there is an expectation that the post holder will work on a regional basis and work closely with representatives from ADCS and ADASS. With this in mind the successful candidate will need access to a car or mobility support.

The post will require a great deal of flexibility and an ability to work with people of all levels from a variety of public and private sector organisations. There is a requirement that the post holder will be flexible around their working hours to ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient service.

You must have experience of social work practice in an adult or children’s setting, effectively influencing strategic and operational leads in social work practice and education, developing strategies to improve multi-agency working and improving the practice of others.

An awareness of the work of the Teaching Partnerships and social work training & development and social work practice in a statutory setting, or social work education frameworks are also essential.

A recognised social work qualification and experience of supporting students is required; a practice education certificate would also be desirable.

You will need the ability to lead on manage and report on a variety of multi-agency projects, manage the governance arrangements for a large partnership and be proactive in influencing, supporting and engaging with a variety of stakeholders involved with the partnership, on a regional and national footprint. You will be required to develop a clear strategy for the partnership to not only support current work streams but to ensure sustainability of the partnership for the future, considering local, regional and national social work reform policies.

You must be an effective communicator with the skills to carry out consultation and to engage with partners and other stakeholders and have the ability to work with senior leaders and engage them in the work of the partnership.

You will be required to design, develop, deliver and/or commission training programmes to support the work of the partnership, as well as the co-ordination of large scale events such as conferences and seminars for the partnership.

You will be expected to effectively monitor the partnership budget and funding streams and you will be required to be provide regular reports, and statistical and analytical data on the performance of the partnership in order to draw down funding from the DfE and other agencies.

Promoting the work of the partnership regionally will require you to have some knowledge of advertising and marketing and the ability to use social media platforms to maximise the reach of the partnership, raising its profile with current stakeholders and promoting the work and impact of the partnership.

You will be working in a small team, so the ability to work independently but also as an effective team member is essential. Good collaboration, communication, presentation and organisational skills are an important part of the role and should be demonstrated by the successful candidate.

Location: – home based working, with infrequent (2/3 times per month on average) requirement to attend offices within the Partnership locality

Full time post however, part time hours could be considered up to 30 hours

If applying on a secondment basis, you must have permission from your organisation prior to applying.

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk

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