New Vacancy: Children and Family Services Manager

Applications are now closed.

About us

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity, which means children and young people, from serving personnel and veteran families across Scotland, are at the heart of everything we do.

We deliver services to better understand and respond effectively to unique challenges experienced by Armed Forces children and young people, with regard to mental health and wellbeing, education and the pursuit of positive futures. We nurture confidence and provide a platform to speak up for what matters most at a local, regional and national level. We bring Armed Forces young people from across Scotland together for life-changing experiences to develop skills and confidence as well as forge new friendships through shared experience, solidarity and support. We provide financial support to Armed Forces families experiencing considerable financial hardship throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as young carers, families affected by life-changing mental health and physical conditions and young people beginning their further/higher education journey towards positive futures.

About the role 

Children and Family Services Manager is a newly created, two-year fixed contract role, and is an exciting opportunity to bring your passion, commitment and drive to lead and develop services to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Armed Forces young people and families across Scotland. You will be responsible for the operational management of our existing mental health and wellbeing services and contribute your knowledge, skills and experience to proactively develop, establish funding for and mobilise new services to respond effectively to the needs of Armed Forces young people and their families, via individual, group and peer-to-peer support models. You will be responsible for the supervision and support of our Your Minds Matter Digital Participation Officer, as well as work with the wider team to monitor, evaluate and report to funding partners. In the absence of our Grants Manager, you will also be responsible for the administration of our grant-award programmes.

The person joining our team

To apply for the role you will need to hold a professional qualification within a relevant field and possess a minimum of five years experience working within children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services. Have experience co-producing and mobilising new services with children and young people, as well as experience delivering trauma-informed services and working within a child protection framework. Strong interpersonal and organisational skills are needed to work effectively within our small team. Experience working with external partners and being able to use your own initiative to manage workload commitments and achieve outcomes. A strong breadth of knowledge within the field of mental health is essential and a track record of staff supervision and support.

Application notes

If this sounds like you and you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact our CEO Laura Falconer on 07554 154012.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter (1,000 words max) to by 5pm on Friday, 9 April 2021. Interviews will be held, via Zoom, on Thursday 22 April 2021 and an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process.