Job Vacancy – Head of Care

Job Title: Head of Care

Location: St Joseph’s and St Mary’s Boarding Campuses

Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, with a baseline in the range €55,000-€65,000

Contract duration: Permanent

Summary: 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 in line with Social Role Valorisation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Below are the key areas of responsibilities;

Strategic Management and Development

  • Overall responsibility for the Strategy, Vision, and Restructuring arrangements of the boarding campuses as one service
  • Leading the service through amalgamation and management of change
  • Work towards achieving Centre of Excellence status
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality, effective and safe boarding service
  • Be accountable for the overall delivery of boarding services for Deaf children

Staff & Residents Management

  • Oversee the delivery of the service in collaboration with all members of the multi-disciplinary teams
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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/guardians in line with good practice

Compliance & Reporting

  • Preparation for external audit following HIQA approach
  • Responsibility for the implementation of audits and recommendations
  • Ensure the safety of the boarding service by monitoring compliance with legislation and acting on national policy, standards and recommendations
  • Be accountable for and manage all budgets
  • Oversee and co-ordinate the quality and safety system including all aspects of risk management

Relationship Management

  • Be the Designated Liaison Person for the boarding campuses
  • Liaise and communicate the developments to all members of staff, boarders (residents) and their families.
  • Liaise with external organisations in order to promote and maintain good working relationships and high standards of care and support for Boarders
  • Undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the CEO

Key Requirements:

  • Social Care minimum level 8 or equivalent
  • Experience at senior management level including administrative as well as social care management experience
  • Experience of service inspections and audits e.g. HSE/HIQA, and of working with Tusla/other governing bodies
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values of CIDP
  • Create and promote open communications, healthy working relationships, and stimulate initiative amongst the team
  • Proven track record in leading diverse teams and lead, by example, a professional, punctual and dedicated team
  • Have experience of defining and setting strategic goals and monitoring their implementation

Other Requirements:

  • Fluency in Irish Sign Language (ISL), another signed language or a willingness to participate in ISL classes and achieve ISL level 4 within 18 months of taking up the position. (CIDP will support ISL level 3 and ISL level 4 classes)
  • Post holder will have, or will develop, an understanding of the Deaf community and Deaf culture
  • Post holder will ideally have a full clean Irish driving licence
  • Post will require the user to be competent in use of word, excel, power point and outlook

Any interested applicants should forward their CV and a short covering letter stating their suitability for the role. Please email by Friday 14 May 2021

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

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

Mary Stringer
HR and Governance Manager