Camphill Communities of Ireland is part of an international charitable trust working with people with intellectual disabilities and other kinds of special needs.
The Camphill philosophy is that no matter what an individual’s disability may appear to be, the spirit - the essential core that makes us all human - always remains whole.
Job Title: Home Coordinator
Reports to: Person in Charge
Application: in writing/ via email
Closing Date: 22.04.2019
Purpose of the Role
An excellent opportunity for a qualified and determined Social Care candidate to obtain a permanent role for this organisation providing care and support to a house community.
This position requires the management of one of the houses in the Community. The holder will be responsible for the welfare of all those living and working in the home, and for maintaining healthy relations with all other aspects of community endeavour. The Home Coordinator will carry the ethos and mission statement of Camphill Communities of Ireland.
This role requires the home co-ordinator to participate in life-sharing situations with residents who have intellectual disability - and sometimes complex emotional needs - in addition to other staff and volunteers some of whom may come from quite a different culture and background.
The Home Coordinator will be required to function as one of a team responsible for all the residents and day attendees in the community, and report to a member of the Management Group.
Less formal, though equally vital to this role, is the development and maintenance of professional working relations with the residents' families and friends, social workers, officials from government agencies, advocates, local trades’ people and members from other Camphill Communities.
Be involved with the preparation and celebrations of festivals in the community.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Home Coordinator will:
- Create a homelike environment; facilitate the development of the resident’s independence while placing emphasis on their social, educational and occupational needs
- Participate in meal times, and create a stable friendly environment for the residents.
- Oversee and support the induction of new staff/co-workers to the organisation.
- Support the management of staff and the staff rosters.
- Complete annual appraisal and develop a professional development plan for each staff.
- Facilitate education and training of staff/co-workers and attend and plan in service training as required.
- Motivate staff team members through agreeing goals and objectives.
- Attend staff team meetings and resident meetings as appropriate.
- Plan activities, holidays, events etc. with/for residents.
- Be part of the rostered “On-Call” support service within the organisation.
- Facilitate the upkeep of facilities, to include scheduling of general and planned maintenance.
- Liaising directly with family members and other stakeholders in relation to direct resident care and support issues.
- Ensuring local adherence to, and practice of; policies and procedures, Risk Management processes, quality and safety management systems, health & safety, national standards, legislation etc.
- Ensuring the resident’s personal plans are kept up to date, including that all residents are involved in establishing goals and are supported to meet these goals.
- Verifying that resident’s medications are available and appropriately managed
- Affirming that the rights of all residents are realized and that residents are treated with dignity and respect.
- Supporting the integration of staff team members from the local Employment Development Projects into services provided by the organisation.
- Flexible approach to working patterns and cover shifts as required.
The foregoing should not be considered exhaustive.
- Be able to work effectively with full time volunteers; both short term and long term volunteers.
- Keep accurate records of Reviews, and actively endeavour to implement Personal Plans.
Record significant incidents.
- Ensure the house is always adequately covered in your absence.
- Hold weekly all-inclusive House Meetings, and record the essential points.
- Manage the household finances.
- Responsible for all safety and hygiene standards in the community houses
- Maintain appropriate standards in compliance with HIQA standards
- Maintain high professional standards and confidentiality at all times
- Keep up to date with implementing good modern concepts of care
- Be required to carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the management group.
The Management Group reserve the right to alter, when necessary, the above job description.
- Social care degree or similar healthcare qualification
- Have a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience as a Social Care worker preferably working in an intellectual disability setting.
- Have a proven record of professional development.
- Demonstrate an ability to provide a high level of leadership and to work as part of the management team in Residential Services.
- Demonstrate an ability to manage and motivate staff in providing a comprehensive service in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, based on best practice.
- Possess excellent interpersonal and team building skills.
- Have excellent organisational, administrative and computer skills.
- Possess a full clean driver’s licence.
- Exhibit an excellent knowledge of developments in HSE Social Care Policy and national regulations, particularly HIQA’s National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities.
- Be a conscientious person, with a passion for excellence
- Candidates are subject to Garda Vetting.
- Be a team player, helping to promote great working conditions, colleague relations and care to clients
- Enthusiastic, proactive, self-motivator who can provide a holistic service of the highest quality.
- Candidate must be fully fit to undertake his/her duties; candidates will have to sign a medical declaration before commencing the post.
- Flexibility to work when needed.
- Willing to comply with Camphill Communities of Ireland Code of Conduct.
- Willing to work within the ethos and values of Camphill Communities of Ireland
- Previous experience in a similar role
- Proficiency in LÁMH would be an advantage but not essential, although learning LÁMH would be a requirement.
- The Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) Training is desirable but can be provided on appointment to post.
- In general, the ability to mix easily with others and a flexible approach to the changing working environment is an advantage, along with willingness for continuing professional development
- Possess cultural awareness
Post is subject to 12-month probationary period. (Maternity cover)
Hours of Work
The position is based in Camphill Ballybay and works 40 hours per week.
This post requires you to work flexibly, which include working evenings, weekends and nights. We offer a continuous care and welfare support, 365 days per year 24hrs a day to the people who live in Camphill Communities. Arrangements for working hours will be agreed with individual employees based on the care and welfare needs of residents.
Please forward CV and cover letter to:
Person in Charge
Shortlisting will apply
Camphill Communities of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.