Salary: £75,000 – £90,000 per annum
Employer: The National House Project Hub* /Warwickshire County Council
Contract Type: 2 Year Fixed Term
Date Closes: 09:00 02/01/17
Empowering Young People, Innovation and Independence
The House Project builds sustainable homes and a community of support with young people leaving care that enables them to have a positive future.
The House Project has DfE Innovation funding for the set-up of five new House Projects and the establishment of the National House Project Hub
The National House Project Hub, franchises the House Project model, and provides a full package of support for each new House Project business.
Our vision is to build sustainable homes with young people leaving care and create a centre of excellence for co-operative, innovative work with young people.
The post offers a new, exciting opportunity to develop a collaborative business in which adults and young people in and leaving care work together to enable young people to refurbish void properties, manage their own homes and achieve successful independence.
The House Project Hub is looking for a Director who can:
- Bring experience, passion and ambition for working with and for vulnerable young people;
- Demonstrate Social Entrepreneurship;
- Accelerate national implementation of the House Project Hub and support for Local House Projects;
- Manage the demands of rapid scale-up;
- Create and lead one of the most innovative social projects in the UK to ensure it is sustainable beyond the life of the supporting DfE Innovation in Children’s Social Care Programme funding; and
- Manage a high level of local and national accountability
*Subject to Charitable status being approved
Closing Date: 09:00 02/01/17
Shortlist Meeting: 02/01/18 (candidates not expected to attend)
Initial Meeting: 08/01/18
Interviews and Young People Panel: 11/01/18
To view a video about The House Project, click here.
Phase 2 of the Department for Education (DfE) funding is facilitating the development of five new House Projects (which originated in Stoke with Phase 1 DfE funding) with a group of Local Authorities and the building of a National House Project Hub to support any organisation wanting to implement our innovative solution.
Each House Project is based on co-operative principles and run with and for ten care leavers aged 16+. Each House Project will function as a separate business but with support from the National House Project Hub. Each Project will lease homes owned by a Council or other provider and support young people to refurbish and manage the properties.
The House Project takes a sustainable, invest to save approach, which enables Local Authorities to improve outcomes. For landlords it supports better tenants; reducing costs of tenancy breakdown and other poor outcomes. For Local Authorities it is a long term holistic approach, which uses resources more effectively, because commissioning is closer to the young person.
For young people the benefits are far reaching: a long term housing solution linked to long term support to become independent; an enhanced education, training and employment pathway; the confidence that comes from our core values of ownership, independence and responsibility.
Wider benefits include: better entry to employment (ETE), housing and well-being outcomes for young people; a model for other groups and Local Authorities with a central hub to support implementation.
How to Apply
To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a supporting statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.
Also include a one page statement of a) what excites you about the prospect of leading the House Project Hub and (b) what you see as being the biggest challenges you would face.
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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification.
Contact: Peter Hatcher
Telephone: 07771 552202
Contact: Amy Danahay
Telephone: 07739 706783