Policy Officer

(12 months contract based in Manchester City centre: full or part time contract considered. Secondment or direct employment; mixture of remote & office working. Salary based on experience and knowledge – call Esther Kavanagh Dixon, Acting Chief Officer for a conversation about remuneration on (m) 07784 167970).

We are seeking cover for up to 12-months for the role of Policy Officer at the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS). We believe this presents an unrivalled development opportunity for an experienced policy officer to operate at a national level or could offer someone working in a related role within children’s services with a keen interest in this field, an insight into the world of policy.

The successful candidate will support two of the Association’s national policy committees Health, Care & Additional Needs and Resources & Sustainability. This will involve working closely with ADCS members across the country and partners e.g. the Local Government Association and government officials. It is worth noting some travel to London for meetings will be required, although during the pandemic this has been limited.

The role is currently full time and hybrid- working out of our office in central Manchester and from home. Part-time options can be explored for the right candidate. A degree of flexibility would also be helpful to ensure attendance around key dates in the ADCS annual calendar, including the Association’s annual conference in summer 2022 (6-8 July) and the National Children and Adult Services Conference (2 – 4 November).

We hope this role and the opportunities it presents to gain new experiences and influence the development of national policies and guidance will be appealing. Ideally, we’re looking for someone to start as soon as possible.

A job description and a person specification are available in the application pack. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a cover letter which clearly outlines how you meet the person specification, your current remuneration package and whether you are interested in full or part time working.

Applications should be received no later than 10.00am on Monday 24 January 2022 although prospective applicants should note that applications will be considered throughout the period and interviews can be arranged iteratively based on availability. The final date for interviews, however, will be Tuesday 8 February 2022.

Email honorary.secretary@adcs.org.uk

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Business Support Assistant

ADCS is looking to recruit an experienced administrator to join our small but busy team. This is a part time position, 21 hours per week. A level of flexibility in the working pattern will be considered. All members of the ADCS staff team undertake some home working.

For the right candidate, this role offers the chance to get involved in supporting the entire business of the Association. Working closelywith the Business Support Manager and the policy team in our central Manchester office, the post-holder will have a particular focus on membership including: the processing of membership applications; maintaining membership records; maximising membership, and, recording and developing Management Information to support the Association’s policy development functions.

The post-holder will be expected to develop good working relationships with the Association’s members, and regional support officers.

This opportunity is well suited to a highly motivated candidate with excellent organisational skills, a close attention to detail, a good working understanding of Microsoft Office packages and a commitment to providing excellent member support services.

Email honorary.secretary@adcs.org.uk

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