Centre Manager

  • Full time
  • £24,000 – £26,000
  • Ayr
  • Closing 12th February 2021

  • Advertised from 4th December 2020
  • 35/40 hrs per week with some weekend work required.


The Centre Manager will play a key role in ensuring the management and smooth running of the ‘Skills and Play’ centre. An important aspect of the job is to develop the business, utilise the facilities available and identifying new opportunities by means of effective marketing, networking and innovative solutions.

The role will involve working closely with Social Services, parents/careers, children and young people, local 3rd sector originations and services as well as local council health and social care partnerships, to ensure that the Centre is a vibrant, well-managed facility that operates for the benefit of all centre users.

The Manager will be given a high degree of autonomy, will should be self-motivated to carry out the role of development manager in an initiative manner in line with the organisations wider plans for development and growth.

The main duties and responsibilities of the Manager are:

  • To manage the Centre and its staff in accordance with the parameters set by the organisation
  • To develop and implement procedures for the effective management of the Centre.
  • To promote the use of the Centre locally, regionally and nationally, maintaining the Centre’s website, maximise publicity opportunities via local and national media & social media.
  • To develop services and facilities in accordance with the vision of the organisation
  • To develop positive working relationships with families and link with strategic partners to seek compatibility of activities and delivery of innovative joint ventures.
  • To develop the services and facilities of the Centre in an entrepreneurial manner.
  • To set appropriate charges and terms and conditions of use of the centre and in line with any new initiative service developed.
  • To ensure the Centre has an up to date User Induction Pack and procedures for using the facilities.
  • To investigate and apply for external funding and grants.
  • To maintain an overview of the financial position of the Centre - including billing, premises maintenance payments and returns and reports to statutory bodies.
  • To liaise with all staff and users to ensure the smooth running of the Centre and its activities.
  • To ensure, in conjunction with the appropriate, that the building is suitably maintained through day-to-day repairs, maintenance programmes and external service contracts.
  • To be responsible for health and safety in the building and, in conjunction with all staff, to make sure the building is safe and secure at all times by ensuring that minor defects are rectified and major ones are repaired as soon as they were noticed.
  • To develop and implement constructive working relationships with the staff and volunteers so as to enhance the services provided and to deliver improvements to the Centre.
  • To ensure that the services provided in line with Care Inspectorate.
  • To prepare monthly reports on centre developments, targets, statistics, evaluations etc. to ensure a heathy annual report can be written.
  • To carry out any other duties as may be reasonably expected of the post holder.

For a full list of qualifications acceptable for this post, please visit sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02523/en-us

This post requires registration with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups PVG scheme please make sure you meet the criteria to gain full disclosure status.

About us:

KO-NEKT ‘skills & play’ Centre is a specially designed childcare centre aimed at children and young people aged 5-18yrs with Additional Support Needs (ASN). KO-NEKT has been created for children and young people who require extra support beyond that provided by existing community, education, family or health service providers. Its launch in 2017 sought to initiate a new future for families whose children have ASN. The centre challenges the traditional ways of supporting children with ASN. It is run by social champions whose values promote community wealth building and a belief that everyone should have access to opportunities to thrive and become confident in their own ability.

Application notes

Application will be assessed between the dates of 04/01/2021 and 12/02/2021. We may close the application process prior to the 12/02/20 if application number are high so we advise early application submission.

If you have any difficulties completing your application, please email me at the above address, application which do not have the relevant qualification will not be reach interview stage, due to Scottish Care Inspectorate and SSSC guidelines.

Please email your application to marianne@ayrshirechildrensservices.org