JRS UK recruiting: Destitution Services Manager

Destitution Services Manager

The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK is recruiting for a new senior post of Destitution Service Manager.

JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Our work is founded on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and imbued with an Ignatian charism. In the UK, JRS’ work is focused on supporting destitute asylum seekers and those who are held in immigration detention.

Our East London office is home to a variety of activities welcoming asylum seekers during the week as well as coordination of our work in detention. We also run a hosting scheme with religious communities and hope soon to begin a legal advice service. We place a high value on hospitality and relationship. Our tightly knit team includes paid staff and volunteers of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds, including members of religious orders and refugees.

The Destitution Services Manager is a new full-time post (on a fixed-term contract of 3 years), reporting to the Director, joining a small tightly knit and diverse team at the JRS UK offices in Wapping. JRS UK has been working with destitute asylum seekers for many years and would now like to expand the services and activities we provide and increase the capacity of our team to provide support and assistance.

We are looking for an experienced manager who will combine people and project management with real commitment to our mission of accompaniment of refugees, which is a unique ethos which radically alters the beneficiary-service provider relationship. We place a high value on coming to know refugees as people with gifts and personalities not only defined by their situation in immigration law. We also have an active group of refugee volunteers, who, working alongside vowed religious, other volunteers and paid staff, widen the perspective of our team.

The Destitution Services Manager will be responsible for overseeing our weekly Day Centre, Day Centre Plus and projects (a range of activities such as drama and choir, largely focused on boosting resilience and peer support), and hosting scheme, At Home, which works with religious and lay communities to provide short term hosting placements for those who find themselves street homeless. There may be opportunities to expand our services in response to need. We are keen also to increase the range of activities we provide and the potential for refugees to participate and lead, and give better focus to our support for volunteers from a range of backgrounds. The Destitution Services Manager will also work closely with our Detention Outreach team to develop post-release support services for those refugees JRS UK accompanied during their detention.

This role would suit someone with deep knowledge of the situation facing asylum seekers in the UK, experience of working in a highly relational way with those who have complex chronic needs, experience of managing services, staff and volunteers, and enthusiasm for working in a small faith-based organisation.

Salary £32-37Kpa, full time; fixed term contract 3 years, potentially renewable.

To apply for the job, send a cover letter and CV by email, addressed to the Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather, at sarah.teather@jrs.net, detailing your relevant experience and demonstrating clearly how you meet the person specification listed in the job description. CVs without cover letters will not be considered.

Deadline: midnight 30 May 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.