Job Vacancy – Head of Care

Job Title:
Head of Care

St Joseph’s and St Mary’s Boarding Campuses


Contract duration:

The Head of Care will create, and lead implementation of,  an overall plan for the boarding campus which will include amalgamation of the boarding campus, implementing an appropriate model and standard of care. At all times the Head of Care will encourage recognition of each boarder as an individual; ensuring their rights and needs are given priority.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Below are the key areas of responsibility;

  • Overall strategic responsibility for the boarding as  one service
  • Be responsible for the Strategy, Vision, and Restructuring arrangements of the boarding service and communicate these arrangements to all members of staff and boarders and their families
  • Leading the service through amalgamation and  experience of change management
  • Preparation and implementation of merged teams and staff structures
  • Ensure Implementation of new rosters as required to meet service demands
  • Preparation for external audit following approach defined by Ofsted (UK) for boarding services
  • Responsibility for the implementation of the any audit recommendations
  • Work towards achieving centre of excellence status
  • Be responsible for the overall accountability for the delivery of boarding services for  Deaf children
  • Ensure that there are clear lines of accountability at individual, team and service level to ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities and who they are reporting to
  • Determine admissions criteria for boarding campus
  • Ensure the provision of high quality, effective and safe boarding service
  • Ensure the safety of the boarding service by monitoring compliance with legislation and acting on national policy, standards and recommendations
  • Identify specific projects to enhance the lives of boarders and ensure same are implemented
  • Oversee the implementation of comprehensive personal plans, and that they are developed in a manner that ensures the maximum participation of boarders and their parents in line with good practice
  • Oversee the management of nursing
  • Be accountable for and manage all budgets
  • Oversee the delivery of the service in collaboration with all members of the multi-disciplinary teams
  • Oversee the operations of the boarding and the management team
  • Oversee and co-ordinate the quality and safety system including all aspects of risk management
  • Endeavour to keep abreast of recent trends and developments
  • Be responsible for the development and supervision of staff
  • Facilitate the arrangements necessary and participate where appropriate, in education and training of other staff as the need arises
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Liaise with external organisations in order to promote and maintain good working relationships and high standards of care and support for residents
  • Undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the CEO
  • Designated Liaison Person for the boarding with experience of working with Tusla and other governing bodies


Key Requirements:

  • Social Care minimum level 8 or equivalent
  • Minimum level 4 ISL desirable
  • Experience at senior management level including administrative as well as social care management experience
  • Experience of service inspections and audits e.g. HSE/HIQA
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values of CIDP
  • Lead, by example, a professional, punctual and dedicated team
  • Create and promote open communications, healthy working relationships, and stimulate initiative amongst the team
  • Motivate team members, by agreeing goals and objectives, through performance review
  • Proven track record in leading diverse teams
  • Knowledge of delivering a change agenda
  • Have experience of defining and setting strategic goals and monitoring their implementation

Any interested applicants should forward their CV and a short covering letter stating their suitability for the role. Please email by Friday 19 July 2019.

If you require further details on this role, please contact me directly at

All offers of employment with CIDP may be subject to Garda Vetting/PSNI clearance.

Mary Stringer
HR and Governance Manager