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Leadership Development Advisor (North)

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£400 day rate

Posted Date

North East or North West

Closing Date

North West

13 July 2021

28 July 2021

We are recruiting talented Leadership Development Advisors to deliver 1-to-1 and group coaching sessions to Firstline Leaders (FLLs) and are seeking applicants with a background in senior management in children’s social care to offer expert insight to our programme participants.

We currently lack racial diversity in our LDA pool and want our organisation to better reflect the communities we serve. Therefore, we actively encourage applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds for these roles.

The purpose of your role:

Firstline is a tailored leadership development programme for social work managers based on Frontline’s leadership capability framework and a carefully cultivated curriculum.

First line managers are the primary engine for championing reflective leadership practice and systemic change in social work.

Two ten-month cohorts run each year, the first starting in the spring, the second in autumn. The participant journey on the Firstline programme includes a number of residential leadership modules, workshops and extensive coaching by our Leadership Development Advisors.

Job description:

Leadership Development Advisors (LDAs) work closely with Firstline Leaders to challenge thinking; stimulate creativity; and provide the tools and techniques they need to build awareness and confidence. We are looking for people who are driven and inspired by the opportunity to pay it forward and develop social work managers to achieve their full potential and provide the best possible leadership to the social workers in their teams and, in turn, the best service for children and families.

Each Leadership Development Advisor will be allocated to a number of Firstline Leaders in consultation around other commitments. While the exact number will depend on logistical factors and other considerations, we envisage each LDA to be responsible for between two and six participants. LDAs will be required to spend 12 hours on a 1-1 basis with each leader over six sessions, between September 2021 and July 2022 initially, with the potential to take further coachees on our Spring 2022 cohort. The sessions will take place in office hours, with half held at a Local Authority office and the other half held virtually at times to be agreed between both parties.

In addition, LDAs will be asked to host group Practice Sessions with typically four Firstline Leaders. Hosting is currently shared between LDA colleagues working within the same area. On average, each LDA will host 2-4 per cohort. You will be provided with video calling software but will need to provide your own laptop.

We are looking for experienced and talented individuals who are aligned with our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children, and who are energised by the prospect of developing this cohort of Firstline leaders. Firstline will support the Leadership Development Advisors to ensure they are clear on our vision for the programme and have the knowledge to help us achieve this.

You will join a network of Leadership Development Advisors from a variety of social work, systemic practice and coaching backgrounds. The network operates as a community of practice, enabling the sharing of insights between the LDAs and Firstline. LDAs will be asked to participate in 1 training day and catch up call each cohort. You will also receive supervision and support from the Firstline team during the year.

Frontline is due to pilot a new leadership programme aimed at Heads of Service in October 2021 which also contains executive coaching as a golden thread. Opportunities to work with senior managers will be offered to our pool of Firstline LDAs as this programme grows from prototype.

Requirements of the role:

We are looking people who
- Have extensive experience managing social workers from a position of senior management and an understanding of children’s social work and looking to develop middle managers through insight, challenge and support
- Are able to deliver sessions both face-to-face and online during the working day. The delivery of coaching sessions will be digital by default due to COVID19 and ongoing government guidelines on social distancing. We will be reviewing this decision the cohort cycle.
- Are committed to continuous professional development
- Have an understanding of the boundaries between coaching, mentoring and supervision in this specific context.

The following criteria would also be desirable but not required
- A coaching qualification and experience of coaching leaders of change
- A Systemic Practitioner qualification

- Interest in and commitment to the Frontline programmes, mission and values
- Right to work in the UK

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Freedom and Responsibility paper

Devloping our people

Freedom and Responsibility paper

Devloping our people

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