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Head of Children & Young People (CYP)

Vacancy Details

Salary: £43,283 to £45,828 per annum
Location: Home Based (Geographical Area)
Region: Homebased
Job Type: Grade 6
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 03/17/2019
Date Posted: 03/08/2019
Reference: 0000029344


Please note: we reserve the right to close any of our vacancies early.

Vacancy Details

Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Home based – National coverage
Hours: 35 per week
Working pattern: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Interview dates: 3rd April
Salary: £43,283 to £45,828 per annum.
We cannot provide sponsorship for the role.

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check.

Decisions to enable GDMI/GDT applications for transfers will be based on the business need.

We are looking for our next Head of Children’s skills and support services to lead the delivery of a best value service for all customers using children and parent services to meet their needs, maintain a national overview of service provision at all Guide Dogs locations. In this role you will represent Guide Dogs nationally and internationally to advocate the benefits of children’s services for people with sight loss and where relevant other disabilities or additional needs.  

In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification, within the Job Description below.

Requirements include;

•    Must have in depth experience in leading and managing service delivery with successful outcomes.
•    Substantial track record of effective leadership at  senior management level in an organisation of comparable size and complexity.
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of having positively inspired, motivated, managed and influenced a range of stakeholders in a changing environment.
•    Proven track record in achieving results within a cross functional management role.
•    Extensive current theoretical and practical knowledge of CYP service delivery and management.

For more information on this role, the requirements and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below.

How to apply:
Applications can be made using the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

Working at Guide Dogs

Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives.

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs. As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of all our staff.

As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan.


Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.


Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


Salary: £43,283 to £45,828 per annum
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