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Service Manager (Residential)

  • Full time
  • £42,251 – £48,505
  • Balerno
  • Closing 3rd December 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd November 2021
  • Salary depending on experience


Harmeny Education Trust is a sector-leading children’s charity providing therapeutic care and education for children and young people with complex additional support needs. We currently work with up to 32 children of primary up to early secondary stage, both on a day and all-year-round residential basis. From August 2022, we will offer continuing care and learning for young people already at Harmeny, up to the age of 18.

Harmeny is situated in a beautiful 35-acre woodland estate, which includes residential and education accommodation, community garden, orchard, wildlife habitats, children’s play areas and a mountain bike track. Harmeny is located in Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh, at the foot of the Pentland Hills - we are easily accessible by bus and transport links.

Due to expanding our services, we are seeking a Service Manager (Residential) to join our dedicated Care Management Team on a full-time basis. The normal hours for this post are 39 hours per week, which may include work during evenings and weekends (as part of an on-call system), but additional hours may be required.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the effective leadership, management and development of our care services, and play an active role in the strategic direction and growth of the organisation as part of Harmeny School Management Team.

The post-holder will lead on aspects relating to the therapeutic care and developmental needs of children who are resident in two cottages. This will take full account of policies and practices informed by Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), and encouraging the support and participation of families and carers, as we promote the recommendations of The Promise.

Applicants should be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) in line with the requirements for Manager of Residential Child Care Service, or they will need to register within the first six months of employment. A driving licence allowing the use of our vehicles is essential.

A fuller job description and person specification outlining the knowledge, skills and experience required can be found using the link below.

An excellent benefits package is offered including the following:

  • A salary of £42,251 to £48,505* depending on qualifications and experience (*please note that these figures may increase when the inflationary increase for 2021 has been agreed)
  • 35 days holiday per year
  • Pension scheme
  • Policies and practices that promote a healthy work-life balance and wellbeing, including massage therapy, access to fitness equipment and a wellbeing space

We are highly committed to the professional development of all our staff and the post-holder will have access to comprehensive training and development opportunities as well as other employee benefits.

To find out more, please contact Craig Paul, Head of Care, on 0131 449 3938.

Application notes

To apply, please complete the application form via our recruitment section at Please note that CVs will not be accepted or responded to. Alternatively, you can request an application pack by email at or by telephone on 0131 449 3938. We welcome applications from individuals wishing to job-share.

Closing date and time: 3 December at 12pm

Interview date: 16 December