Closes: 4th October 2018 at 5.00pm
Posted: 13/09/2018
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50,278 – £56,106
Children North East exists because growing up can be hard.
For 127 years we have been working with children and young people in their families, schools and communities to ensure they grow up healthy and happy. Our support services focus on those periods in growing up when a little help can make a big difference to a child’s life and future. They are also the periods where if things go wrong, they are likely to have a far-reaching detrimental effect on the child.

The Operations Director will lead on greater impact of Children North East for children and young people through service provision, campaigning and online advice for young people and parents. They will have deep and wide understanding of children, young people and parents and proven commitment to listening to and acting on their insights.

The post holder will have day to day responsibility for all operational activity and campaigning and be the safeguarding lead for the charity. We need an experienced leader who is professionally qualified in at least one of the following—social work, youth work, community health services, teaching, counselling, or psychotherapy and who also has experience of managing one or more of the following—early years, family work, emotional health and wellbeing, youth work, group work, one to one support, training programmes for young people or parents.

This new post will work closely with the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive to lead the charity. You must therefore be very familiar with the opportunities facing charities and be ready to step up to challenges of strategic leadership particularly continuous improvement to meet the changing needs of children, young people, parents and schools.

You will be accountable to the Chief Executive and have significant contact with trustees. You will line manage four experienced managers and a new post of Campaigner. You must be a team player and maintain effective collaborative relationships with managers for finance, HR, income generation, communications and marketing. You will also be expected to develop productive relationships with delivery partners, academics, funders, donors, commissioners and quality assurance bodies.

If you have the following values and behaviours, the relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities then you could be the person we are looking for.

Equality: Ensures people are treated with dignity and respect, values diversity, respects individual beliefs, is non-judgemental, and ensures people are treated fairly.

Empowerment: Encourages, motivates and supports others, encourages teamwork, avoids criticism and uses positive language, encourages initiative, engages early with problems.

Acceptance: Is committed to CNE, its purpose and beneficiaries, embraces change, accepts feedback, supports collective decisions, despite personal views, and celebrates success.

Partnership: Works collaboratively internally and externally, actively supports and helps to find solutions, seeks opportunities to work with others, supports all of CNE’s functions, builds trust with others.

Respect: Listens to others, recognises other people’s values, keeps promises and demonstrates integrity, invests in the development of others, makes timely clear decisions.

Openness: Is open honest and transparent, communicates openly and effectively builds trust with others, encourages open honest discussion, actively listens.

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: £50,278 – £56,106

Closing Date: 4th October 2018 at 5.00pm

Interview Date: To be confirmed

We are committed to safeguarding children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Children North East welcomes a diverse range of applications.

For an informal discussion please also contact Jeremy Cripps, Chief Executive on 0191 256 2444.

For an application pack and further information about Children North East please visit our website or alternately, email: or send an A4 SAE to HR Department. Children North East, 89 Denhill Park. Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 6QE, or telephone 0191 2562444 quoting reference: HO349.
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