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Assistant Director, Children’s Services (Permanent)

Job Details



Closing date:

30 - 03 - 2023 | 12pm


Northern Ireland


£53,917 - £69,322

Candidate Pack

Barnardo’s NI is the largest children’s charity in Northern Ireland. We are the UK’s largest children’s charity, with over 150 years of experience delivering services to children, young people, and their families across the UK.

We work with approximately 18,000 children and families annually across more than 44 different services and programmes.  We are also a leading provider of school-based support, reaching more than 25,000 children in schools across the UK and Ireland through our NI-managed social and emotional literacy programmes.

We work with children and families right across Northern Ireland, our goal is to ensure that we provide quality, accessible services to those who most need us – to promote better outcomes and build better futures. We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and our work through our services reflects that philosophy.

We can only achieve this goal by recruiting staff who not only share our vision and values but who demonstrate this in practice.  We are a large, diverse family with a variety of skills and knowledge, experience, and expertise, all working together to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children.

This is a great opportunity to be able to work across any of the residential areas and demonstrate agility to lead across multiple areas where required.


  • Specialist/professional knowledge of business management
  • Detailed working knowledge of the social care sector
  • A relevant qualification in social care work and a depth of experience in working within a child protection framework and a clear understanding of child protection statutory systems

Demonstrable experience of:

  • Undertaking a senior management role in a social care setting
  • Developing, winning, and implementation of new business (inc negotiation of contracts)
  • Developing and leading high performing teams
  • Ensuring robust systems of monitoring and quality assurance are in place and met

Are you passionate about making a difference to children’s lives? Then we want to hear from you. To download the candidate briefing pack please go to the Job Details section on the left of the page.

For a confidential conversation please contact Joanne McAuley during business hours at 07834 321139 or email  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 30 March 2023  .

Barnardo’s is an equal opportunity employer and Clarendon Executive is proud to be acting as an agent on their behalf


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