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The RAF Benevolent Fund offers many opportunities to work, develop and thrive in a number of various specialisations with an overall aim to make the lives of both serving and former members of the RAF all the better in their time of need.

Head of Respite and Care

Term: 18-Month fixed term contract
Salary: Circa £52,000 per annum plus Benefits

This is a really exciting opportunity to join the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity and anyone who cares about delivering person-centred, holistic and effective support and has the right skill sets, should strongly consider applying. The Fund’s vision is that no member of the RAF Family will ever face adversity alone.

We look to support all ages within the RAF Family (c1.1 million people) with the retired veterans and their partners/widows/widowers comprising c75% of the whole Family. Enabling affordable support to this group is a key feature of this role.

Working alongside other Welfare colleagues, the occupant of this post will work in collaboration to develop plans for affordable respite services for those who need such help, including veterans and serving personnel.

In addition, the incumbent will lead the day to day management of all respite and care related cases; they will also manage two significant contracts and our advocacy service. This position plays a key role in the Welfare Directorate.

The role will appeal strongly to someone who has knowledge of supporting the elderly in diverse roles. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of respite care across the UK allied with strong experience or awareness of grant making principles, with some knowledge of CQC being helpful. Experience in the third sector is the most likely background but other areas such as housing, social services or care sectors might be equally appealing.

Candidates will need to be able to manage their team at Head Office and also be ready and able to network across the Cobseo sector and beyond. To do this, no matter their background, applicants will need to be engaging and credible and prepared to travel and give presentations as necessary.

The successful applicant will demonstrate their ability to work effectively with HoD level colleagues, individually and through the Welfare Management Board, as well as a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. They will also be versatile and imaginative, be able to think strategically but have a good eye for detail and have a clear focus on delivery; the post also requires a high level of individual work/output not just managing others.

See the job profile for this role. For an informal discussion before 18 December, please contact Paul Hughesdon, the Fund's Director Welfare and Policy via his EA Loretta on 020 7307 3306. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Fund's website and published research – Meeting the Needs of the RAF Family and the 2019 Annual Review.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 4 January 2021. For those longlisted, suitability assessments will be held on Friday 8 January 2021, hopefully with a chance to virtually meet the welfare senior team. Those shortlisted will be called back for interview on Friday 15 January 2021. The post, which is for 18 months, becomes available in February 2021.

To apply, please email a covering letter (2 pages max - in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile), your CV (three pages max) and provide details of your notice period, to Elizabeth Haigh, HR Advisor, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR or email Due to the high number of applications expected, only those longlisted will be notified.

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