Vacancies – Case Worker and Trustees

As part of our expansion programme to open more centres across Kent and Medway, we are looking to recruit a Case Worker and up to three new Trustees to support this growth.

Case Worker

The Caseworker will work as part of a small team to deliver the experiential therapeutic programme for children and families. Initially based in West Farleigh, but including some work across Kent, this role is for a minimum of 30 hours per week over 4 to 5 days and with a salary of £24,765 per annum and pro rata to hours. For further detail, please click for a full job description, and person specification.  To apply, please complete and return an application form and monitoring form.  Please note that curriculum vitae will not be accepted. Deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 25th April 2019.

Trustees

Dandelion Time seeks three new trustees (or two with multiple skills) to fulfil the following skills gaps identified by the board review 2018.  All trustees are expected to support the development of the charity in terms of strategy, risk management and financial sustainability. However there are some particular skills and experience that would strengthen the board and assist with succession planning.

Financial strategy:   the skills and experience we require might come from a trustee with a background in the finance sector and some understanding of the charitable sector. Ideally this experience would be recent and include understanding of social capital funding mechanisms, knowledge of growth in SMEs as well as digital and tech awareness. In addition to the usual duties of a trustee regarding governance, risk and proper oversight it is hoped that this new trustee would help guide the charity towards a more sustainable business model.

User perspective: the board would like to ensure all its decisions are grounded in a strong understanding of the needs and perspectives of those that receive support from Dandelion Time. To this end a new post has been created to ensure that someone with relevant experience as a beneficiary or close to a beneficiary of Dandelion Time can help shape its future. This trustee would need to clearly understand the perspective of a user of the service so ideally they would have worked as a volunteer for the charity and /or been involved as a family member supported by Dandelion Time. However they would also need to support the strategic development of the charity and not see their role solely in terms of a conduit between the board and the beneficiaries.

Legal support: as a charity supporting vulnerable children and families it is particularly important that the charity has strong governance with respect to safeguarding and other risks around working with children. In addition the board will benefit from a trustee with links to the criminal justice system in terms of the preventative role the charity plays through early intervention and family support. In this regard a legal background, particularly in the family courts or youth bench, would be a significant asset to the charity.

A welcome pack will be provided and an opportunity to attend one of our open days. In preparation for each board meeting the chair will be available for discussion over coffee to ensure the new board members are fully briefed and understand their role.

Expressions of interest are invited by writing to the chair of trustees, Dr Caroline Jessel crjessel@btinternet.com by Wednesday 10th April 2019. 

Following the shortlisting process, applicants will be invited for a discussion with the chair and another board member and including a tour of the charity premises.

Interviews will be held in April 2019.

Trustee Role Description

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