Role and Responsibilities
The Lead Practitioner role will contribute to the organisation’s vision of a Scotland in which single parents and
their children are valued and treated equally and fairly by coordinating the various components which contribute
to the Glasgow Helps Single Parents Project. The role holder will be responsible for day to day management of
Financial Inclusion and Family Support staff to enable them to offer a consistent level of support to single
parents and their children and to meeting funding obligations. All roles at OPFS contribute to our mission of
working with and for single parent families, providing support that enables them to achieve their potential and
help create lasting solutions to the poverty and barriers facing many single parents and their children.
- To provide day to day management to OPFS Glasgow Financial Inclusion and Family Support staff
closely with the manager to support the delivery of OPFS holistic service model across Glasgow through a range
of funding streams.
- Be responsible for staff development through regular supervision and annual
appraisals in line with organisational procedures
- To work within annual budget set for the Glasgow Helps
Single Parents Project and funders’ grant conditions and liaising with project Manager on preparation of
- To work closely with the Project Manager to submit monitoring and evaluation information to
funders in a timely and accurate manner.
- To work in a pro-active, non-discriminatory and culturally
sensitive manner that encourages single parents to access services.
- To positively promote the work of
OPFS Glasgow services and strengthening existing links with external stakeholders.
- To provide positive
role modelling for staff supporting single parents while promoting and supporting good practice and compliance
to OPFS’ ethos, policies and procedures.
- To adhere to confidentiality and information sharing protocols
and legislation with regard to sensitive data between service users, staff and relevant agencies.
support the development of a marketing/ promotion strategy for the service.
- To take part in service
evaluation, monitoring and consultations with service users.
- Establishing and maintaining effective
liaison with relevant statutory and voluntary agencies including developing partnership
- Identifying any new needs that service users may have and developing new services to meet
such needs, including working to secure additional funding.
- Any other relevant duties as requested by
the Project Manager.
- Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent experience in a related field
- Experience of staff and
financial management and monitoring of family support services
- Experience of partnership and
multi-agency working Experience of supporting the development of new services
- Experience of submitting
successful funding applications
- Understanding of the roles of key statutory and voluntary agencies
- Ability to present to a range of audiences using a variety of communication
- Ability to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Competent use of
standard IT packages in word processing, spreadsheets, use of databases, and Microsoft Office
- Knowledge of issues affecting single parents in Scotland
- Knowledge and understanding of
current legislation whilst supporting the work with children and families
- Commitment to professional
- Ability to plan, record and evaluate through written reports.
- Flexible to meet the
needs of the service
- Clean driving license and access to a car
Terms & Conditions
- Confirmation of Appointment: Contract until March 2022 with the possibility of extending (dependent on funding). Confirmation of appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a 3- month probationary period.
- Salary: Point 19 – 23 (£27,795 - £33,972)
- Hours of work: Hours of work will be 35 hours per week, worked flexibly to meet the demands of the job
- Holidays: Annual leave entitlement is 25 days and 12 Public holidays.
- Pension: You will be auto enrolled in our pension scheme with a 2% contribution from you and 3% from OPFS. Once the appointment has been confirmed you are eligible to join the Employer's Full Pension scheme with the Pensions Trust. OPFS pays 7% of your salary and you pay a minimum of 3%.
- Training and support and supervision: You will receive induction training and frequent support in the first three months. Thereafter you will receive monthly individual support and supervision and annual appraisals. Regular team meetings will be held and staff have access to internal and external training.
- Equal Opportunities and Family Friendly Employment: OPFS aims to be an equal opportunity and family friendly employer. OPFS has Investors In People status.
Recruitment Timetable: Closing date: The closing date is Friday 20th August 2021.
Please download an application from our website opfs.org.uk and email your completed application form to
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 556 3899 if you require a paper application form. The job description is a broad
picture of the post at the time of preparation. It is not an exhaustive list of all possible duties, and it is
recognised that jobs change and evolve over time.