Martin James Foundation

The Martin James Foundation (MJF) is a global network of charitable and not-for-profit organisations working in alternative care for children and includes independent fostering agencies in Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand (Key Assets), support to foster carers in the UK (FosterTalk), and projects that contribute to the global efforts in deinstitutionalization.

MJF is seeking a subject matter expert in foster care to maintain, expand and disseminate use of practice resources across the Foundation. The Practice Development Coordinator will have an important role in liaising with representatives from the affiliate organisations of the Foundation in order to strengthen the specialist, technical resources for teams working in foster care around the world.

Job Description

The Practice Development Coordinator will be responsible for the following key tasks:

  • Update and ongoing management of MJF’s learning resource library
  • Facilitate international Community of Practice sessions, encourage active participation and contributions from affiliates and partners and ensure appropriate follow ups
  • Collaborate with teams in affiliated organisations to secure and engage in research projects related to specialist areas of expertise
  • Collate and disseminate examples of best practice and new initiatives (both internal and external) within the Foundation and across affiliated organisations  
  • Commit to learning from affiliated teams across the Foundation to contribute to the ongoing development of practice resources
  • Contribute to affiliate-led initiatives in developing specialist areas of practice
  • In collaboration with the International Programme Manager, support the work of partner organisations on global projects
  • Maintain appropriate contact recording when engaging with project partners
  • Contribute to monthly practice development reports to the CEO
  • Contribute to the quarterly reporting to the Board of Trustees
  • Collaborate with Head of Communications and Campaigns on external communications and reports and seek guidance and sign off where necessary
  • Maintain regular communications with partners to build professional relationships and support their work
  • All MJF staff must abide by all relevant policies including safeguarding, information governance, confidentiality and data protection and undertake mandatory training

This is a hybrid role with an expected 1 or 2 days per week in our Birmingham office, and other days working from home. Your hours will generally be 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday, however as many of the colleagues you will be working with are in different time zones, some early/late meetings may sometimes be required. We are keen to support flexible working patterns and are open to discussing alternative arrangements. Some travel may be expected as part of this role.

Knowledge and Experience

A degree (or DipSW) in Social Work or other relevant subjectE
Minimum of 5 years experience of fostering servicesE
Knowledge of international laws and guidelines related to the care of childrenD
Experience of designing and delivering training materialsD
Working knowledge of safeguarding practiceE
An understanding of the needs of children and young people living in alternative careE
Demonstrable understanding and awareness of cultural and contextual diversityE
Experience of working in a multi-agency settingE
Lived experience of alternative care would be highly welcomedD

Skills and Abilities

To work in the best interests of children and young people at all timesE
Excellent stakeholder and internal communication skillsE
Utilise research and evidence-based learning to inform best practice across the FoundationE
Strong verbal and written communication skillsE
Able to problem solve independentlyE
Able to work at pace, and adapt to different situations and when neededE
Strong organisational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skillsE
Able to evidence practical application of the use of ITE

Other requirements

An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificateD
Commitment to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practiceE
Commitment to child participationE
Commitment to learning and developmentE
Job Categories: Coordinator
Job Types: Full Time
Job Locations: Birmingham
Companies: Martin James Foundation

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