Salary: £41,591 to £44,624
Working Pattern: Full Time (37 hours)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: Countywide (opportunity for Hybrid)
Closing Date: 05/07/22
As House Project Lead, you will lead and implement the development of a local House Project. You will also be responsible for appointing and developing the team of staff who will work with young people in a cooperative and co-productive manner.
In this role you will be required to work collaboratively and build effective relationships with a range of internal and external partners, and as an effective communicator, you will have the confidence and ability to challenge and have difficult conversations.
The project will work intensively with approximately 12 young people we care for who are over the age of 16, to enable them to develop their own House Project, prepare them for independence, achieve their aspirations and support them to secure their own long-term tenancy and maintain an EET pathway. Ongoing support will also be provided to young people who graduate from the House Project.
Forming positive relationships with young people that facilitate personal development and motivational support is avital aspect of this role.
Experience and Skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to articulate clearly in person and in writing, and the confidence and ability to challenge and hold difficult conversations
- Ability to work collaboratively and to build effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including young people, in order to progress ideas, proposals and solutions
- Ability to negotiate with external stakeholders and advocate for young people in order to achieve the best outcomes
- Ability to lead and manage a team, taking responsibility for their performance and setting clear goals and expectations, providing feedback and addressing performance issues promptly, and providing coaching and mentoring
- Good problem solving and analytical skills, with the ability to interpret complex information and plan accordingly
- Demonstrable organisational skills including the ability to manage time and to plan work effectively
- Professional qualification in Social Work
- Advanced theoretical knowledge of systems, procedures, and policies in specialist areas, evidence-based practice of what works within youth emotional support, etc
- Understanding of child development, the impact of trauma and experience of working with vulnerable young people
- Significant evidence of providing focused, timely, sound, and accurate management of a team working with complex young people through support and casework
- Experience of managing significant levels of risk within a caseload of complex young people
- Experience of effectively managing, supervising, and coaching others
- Valid, full driving licence
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to working within a great team and a brilliant opportunity you will receive:
- Competitive salary
- 29 days annual leave + bank holidays
- Generous pension scheme
- Training and development opportunities
- Flexible working
- A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000
- Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03785
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Shelly Dichello at
For any issues applying please contact
To apply, please follow the links below to upload your CV and Cover Letter. In your cover letter please clearly outline your motivations for applying and explaining in full how you meet the key skills and experience you can bring to the role (please refer to the key skills as you will be shortlisted on this) ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.