Senior Social Worker, Professional Development Lead for Social Work
Are you ready for a new career challenge? This is a rare and exciting opportunity for two experienced Social Workers with Practice Education experience to join North Somerset Council’s Adult Social Services Learning and Development Team.
About the role
We are looking for two permanent, part-time, experienced Social Workers, able to practise at the Advanced Social Work Educator level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
You will jointly lead on Learning and Development activity in Adult Social Services with a focus on professional Social Work practice, directly line-managed by the Principal Social Worker.
You will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of all aspects of Social Work learning and development activity, including student placements, apprenticeships, organisational membership with Research in Practice, and post-qualifying learning and development pathways. You will work in close partnership with Higher Education Institutes, training providers, partner agencies, other professionals, and people with lived experience of adult social care to plan, deliver and evaluate learning and development activity for our Social Workers and other adult social care practitioners.
Our ambition is to maintain our green rating in all aspects of the Local Government Association’s Social Work Health Check, where North Somerset’s Adult Social Services Directorate ranked number 1 in the South West in recent years. You will support this ambition by ensuring our Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Adult Social Care Workers have access to a wide range of outstanding learning and development opportunities and career progression pathways.
You will be joining a small Learning and Development team, responsible for regulated professions, comprising of the Principal Social Worker, Principal Occupational Therapist, Professional Development Lead for Occupational Therapy and a Learning & Development Support Officer.
This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
You will have a significant level of autonomy and need to be self-motivated. You will receive monthly supervision and have access to a broad range of development opportunities to help you succeed in the role.
Please see the job description/person specification for more details.
Our council vision is ‘an open, fairer, greener North Somerset’ and we have three key priorities:
- A thriving and sustainable place
- A council which empowers and cares about people
- An open and enabling organisation.
Our organisational values are important. They help guide us in how we work and provide services for our residents. Our people produced our values in collaboration with elected members. They provide a strong ethos and help us to deliver our ambitious agenda, working in partnership across the council and beyond:
- We act with integrity
- We respect each other
- We innovate
- We care
- We collaborate.
- A competitive salary,
- Family leave options,
- A pension scheme, where we pay a significant contribution on top of your contribution. It provides life cover and ill-health protection,
- Opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and potential,
- Generous leave entitlement (27 days, rising to 32 days) and bank holidays, plus the option to buy up to an extra 10 days,
- Discounts on shopping, days out, travel and gym memberships,
- Agile and flexible working arrangements to help you enjoy a healthy work-life balance,
- 24/7 access to our Employee Assistance Programme.
Want to know more and apply?
For an informal discussion, please contact Ric Orson – Principal Social Worker on 07776170122
Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/jobs-training/council-jobs to download an application pack and apply online.
Anticipated interview date: Thursday 15 June 2023
North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
North Somerset Council – Open, Fairer, Greener.