Job Description

Interview date
17th May 2021

Location: Islington/Central London
Salary: £43,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent
Vacancy Reference: SWA3072

Closing Date: 10th May 2021 (12pm)
Interview Date: 17th May 2021

Solace Women’s Aid is an innovative, exciting, grassroots charity working across London. Our purpose is to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors, and in particular women and children. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has saved the lives of thousands of women, men and children in the capital. We are looking for friendly and diligent individuals to join our senior management team and help us make a difference. We are an Investors in People Employer, committed to attracting, retaining and developing excellent people.

About the Service
You will be working with a diverse team of dedicated Managers, within our community and accommodation services, working closely with staff teams and the senior managers across the organisation. We are responsive to the needs of our service users and continuously seeking ways to improve our services.

About the Role
The Head of Community and Accommodation Services has overall management responsibility for the allocated services, which comprise of independent domestic abuse advocates (IDVA’s), IRIS, Caseworkers, Specialist Mental Health Advocates, overseeing our perpetrator programme and Refuge Accommodation. You will need to have a solid background in safeguarding, health and safety in relation to supported accommodation and a thorough understanding of trauma informed practices, as well as being a strong leader who can manage a variety of complex services and budgets. A key function of the role is to develop and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally with our VAWG partners and commissioners.

About You
This is an excellent opportunity to develop and grow our community and accommodation services, and equip our teams to work effectively within an ever changing environment. You will have strong communication skills and the ability to build dynamic and effective working relationships with managers and staff. The ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic, be flexible and have an appetite to learn new skills in a fast-growing charity.

You will have experience of providing similar services within a domestic abuse setting and have excellent organisational and planning skills. Be able to drive our practices forward including introducing new ways of working in order to maximise service offer. You will be working with the senior management team to lead the strategic direction of solace across all services areas.

In return, we offer great employee benefits including a generous holiday entitlement and a genuine commitment to learning and development. We are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, recognising black and ethnic minority candidates are under-represented within our organisation at this level. As part of our commitment to improve this, we encourage applications from such groups.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs and request no contact from recruitment agencies.

How to apply

Please read the full Job Description & Person Specification. To apply, please send your CV and Supporting Statement outlining your interest in working for Solace and explaining how you meet the criteria set out in the Job Description & Person Specification. Along with this, please complete the Equality Monitoring form and send all three documents to by the closing date.

We will only accept CV’s and Supporting Statements with a maximum of 2 pages and Font size 12. Please ensure you send the correct documents by the closing date, as late CV’s and Supporting Statements will not be accepted.

Due to the number of CV’s and Supporting Statements we receive, Solace Women’s Aid cannot communicate further with candidates who are not shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from black minority and ethnic communities.

Solace is a Disability Confident employer. Please email us at [email protected] if you require any additional support to apply for this role.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to female applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

As part of safer recruitment we require all successful candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure.

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