Positive Care has been entrusted to care for over 400 Young People who are looked after by the State. We work in partnership with TUSLA to ensure all Young People receive quality services. These include therapeutic residential care, access to education, access to psychological services, integration into local communities and preparation for aftercare. We acknowledge that each young person has their own individual needs. Coupled with our multi-faceted Care Framework, we best meet those needs with a four step plan beginning with assessment.
We are currently looking for an Acting Deputy Manager for the Ballincurrig area. The Acting Deputy Unit Manager will be responsible for assisting in the provision of a service aimed at meeting the needs of children and young people looked after by Positive Care. The Deputy Unit Manager is responsible for assisting the unit manager in all aspects of the running of the house, and managing the house in the manager’s absence.
The relationship between the Unit Manager and Deputy is vital to the long term success of Positive Care. The Deputy Manager reports directly to the Unit Manager on all matters relating to the house, and they collaborate on all issues arising in the house.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- To assist the Unit Manager in ensuring at all times that all children and young people living in or using the house in any capacity are looked after safely, professionally and in a way which ensures that they achieve their maximum potential, in line with PCI’s mission and vision.
- To undertake evening, weekend and overnight work as necessary to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the unit.
- To work directly with the young people as necessary.
- To participate in the on call system for the organisation, in co-operation with other Unit Managers, Deputy Managers and Child Care Leaders.
- Under the supervision of and at the request of the Unit Manager, to supervise and support a portion of the relief and/or permanently contracted staff team of the house.
- To manage the staff and the running of the house in the Unit Manager’s absence.
Ensuring an Appropriate Environment
- To assist the Unit Manager to create and maintain a homely, welcoming atmosphere in the house.
- Provide written and verbal reports, as required, to the Unit Manager.
- Notify the Unit Manager of anything in the house or concerned with the day to day life of the young people in the house which could constitute a risk to the safety of the young people, the staff, the company or the community.
- To monitor services provided by independent contractors and external suppliers, including those providing relief and ancillary services.
- To contribute to the further development and implementation of the quality system.
- To contribute to the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy.
- To undertake administrative duties as directed by Unit Manager, for example development and implementation of rotas, (inc. training & holidays), meeting scheduling, report writing, etc.
Whistle Blowing, Confidentiality, Company Welfare
- Encourage “whistleblowing” in all staff, according to the whistleblowing policy, and receive reports from staff as appropriate, acting upon them promptly and effectively.
- At all times maintain confidentiality in regard to the children in our care, staffing matters, financial matters and any other matters internal to the company.
Any Other Duties
- Any other duties, within the competence of the post holder that may be required reasonably, from time to time.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills
Degree in Youth and Community Work; Early Childhood Studies; Sports and Recreation; Recreation and Sports Management; Social Care; Applied Social Studies; Applied Social Science; Applied Social Studies in Social Care; Addiction Studies; Social Care Practice; Nursing; Psychiatric Nursing; Psychology; Physical and Health Education; Education; Counselling and Psychotherapy OR an MA or MSc: in any of the above; Social Work. OR a HDip Education along with a Bachelor’s degree.
- A full, clean, manual driving license, valid in Ireland
- Experience of working with teenagers with challenging behaviour
- Experience of working in a team
- Experience of working in services within which Therapeutic Crisis Intervention is used
- Minimum 4 years post qualification experience in social care which would preferably include at least two years supervisory experience
- Willingness to work with behaviour management strategies, e.g. developed from ABA background
- Ability to use creativity & experience within a solutions-focused team approach
- Aptitude for team work thereby creating a supportive & professional work environment
- Demonstrable commitment to quality in all aspects of work in unit, team, organization
- Attention to detail and accurate completion of documentation and records as required
- Knowledge of the Irish National Standards in Children’s Residential Centres
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal