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Northern Ireland development manager

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Development Manager – Northern Ireland

Salary Scale:                    £38,396 FTE £29,056 pro rata.

Accountable to:              Executive Director of Support & Development

Hours:                                28 hours a week

Contract:                          Ends 31 March 2022

Location:                           Flexible with travel across Northern Ireland and occasional UK travel

Job Purpose

The Development Manager will be the representative and sole worker for Shared Lives Plus in Northern Ireland at an important time in the development of shared living.  This post will work closely with the Health and Social Care Board and Health Trusts to support the development of the sector working with existing and new schemes and providers to ensure that more people in Northern Ireland can access shared living options if they choose.

Main duties and responsibilities

You will have responsibility for:

Managing the strategic development of Shared Lives in Northern Ireland

  • Work with key stakeholders to produce a development strategy for Shared Lives in Northern Ireland
  • Implement systems for collating the work and outcomes of Shared Lives in Northern Ireland and provide regular reports, including reports to funders
  • To secure funding for and line manage a small team.

Supporting the growth, diversification and development in the shared living sector

  • Identify and develop national partnerships with external organisations
  • Support members to develop new local partnerships
  • Raise awareness of the value of shared living with a range of national and local stakeholders
  • Write articles for the press, our website and national media
  • Deliver presentations at relevant events to raise awareness and promote shared living models
  • Represent the organisation and membership at national and local events and in media interviews, with the support of the Communications team.

To influence policy makers and other key stakeholders and support our members to make local connections.

  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders to influence policy makers locally and nationally to develop shared living models
  • Support our members to influence key decision makers locally, including commissioners and Directors of Health and Social care Trusts
  • Develop evidence-based practice and outcome/ impact monitoring approaches for our work and our members’ work, compiling reports which illustrate the needs, value and potential of the shared living sector for a range of external audiences and for our funders
  • Develop links with Ministers, senior officials and politicians to promote and seek support for Shared Lives.

To offer support to our members in Northern Ireland

  • Support our members to share systems, process and learning to ensure consistency across the sector in Northern Ireland
  • Develop a community of practice to share best practice, quality and positive case studies across the sector and membership.

Raise funds for the continuation and expansion of our work and our members’ work

  • Identify opportunities to develop a range of income sources
  • Identify charitable trusts and government grant funding sources, complete funding applications.

Contribute to the effective administration of Shared Lives Plus

  • Report on the outcomes of the post and Development team in Northern Ireland
  • Contribute to the planning of conferences and events
  • Contribute to budgeting and financial planning, managing identified budgets, with the support of the Finance Director
  • Line manage Development Officers within the organisation as required.


  • Work in accordance with Shared Lives Plus’s aims, objectives, policies and procedures and promote a positive image of the organisation and its members
  • Undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required, commensurate with the level of the post. As Shared Lives Plus is a small organisation, all staff carry out ‘hands-on’ work at all levels, on occasion.


Application Process

Please send updated CV and supporting statement to

Your supporting statement should be kept to a minimum of two pages and should include:

  • Why you want to work for the shared living sector
  • How you meet the requirements of each area of the person specification (please use the job description/personal specification etc above) showing:
  • Relevant skills and experience
  • How your knowledge, values and attitude makes you a suitable candidate
  • How you would meet the practical requirements of the job.

Closing date: 9am, 19 February 2021.

Pre-interviews to be held via zoom on 24 February 2021.

Full Interviews to be held via zoom on 1 March 2021.

Person specification:

  • Educated to degree level or can evidence similar level of experience.
  • Successful project development and management of relevant services in the public or voluntary sector
  • Making presentations to a variety of audiences including professionals
  • Designing resources and learning materials; drafting guides; writing articles; working with the media
  • Line managing staff.
  • Budget planning and management.
  • Able to lead and motivate a staff team
  • Excellent presentation, communication and report writing skills
  • Able to engage confidently and constructively with members, stakeholders and policy makers
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Able to work flexibly and creatively using own initiative
  • Competent IT skills, including remote working technology.
  • An understanding of Shared Lives and the philosophy and values underpinning our work and the sector
  • In-depth understanding of Northern Ireland political and legal processes, public sector structures and future direction of travel
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant government policies
  • Understanding of quality assurance and safeguarding practice in social care in Northern Ireland
  • An understanding of the ways in which support can be funded, commissioned and delivered, including self-directed support and personalised approaches
  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Values and Behaviours
  • Ability to demonstrate behaviours that reflect the Shared Lives Plus Values –
    • Authenticity
    • Integrity
    • Sense of purpose
    • Zest and energy.
  • Commitment to empowering people who use services and their families
  • Demonstrable commitment to working in ways which promote equality of opportunity and diversity
  • Values the principles of co-production, empowering people who use services and partnership working
  • You will be an energetic, tenacious and friendly person who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships
  • Confident, positive, and innovative
  • A genuine team member – willing to help and support colleagues in a small team.
  • Ability to work the hours dictated by the needs and demands of the job (occasionally including evenings)
  • Able to travel as and when required by the job