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Housing Manager

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2500 young people last  year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 12pm Monday 4 September 2017
Intervews: Monday 11 September 2017

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Pay: £28,485 to £30,785 (NJC 32-35) per year starting at the bottom of the scale.
  • Contract type: Permanent.
  • This is a full time post, 37.5 hours per week.
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays.
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare.
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summ of T&Cs below).
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work and participation in the managers’ on call rota. 
  • You will need to travel across Bristol so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments. 
The job is based at our Head Office on Old Market, Bristol.

You’ll be working in the Bristol Dispersed Housing Team and line managed by the Operations Director.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead our Bristol Dispersed Housing team who provide high quality supported accommodation for vulnerable young people across the City. 

In this role you will lead the operational delivery of support to 150 young people within our dispersed housing service and our innovative Future Builders project, which combines wrap around support with affordable supported housing and apprenticeships.

You will provide reflective supervision to your team and direct reports. You will robustly manage, monitor and report on service delivery and performance, encompassing support and housing management, reflecting psychologically informed approaches that promote positive outcomes for young people.
You will inspire our team of Supported Housing Officers, Allocations Workers, Maintenance Persons, Resident Adults and our Future Builders Workers. You will be well supported in this by the 2 Deputy Housing Managers and the Maintenance Team Leader.
A typical day might include:
  • Supporting, motivating and supervising staff in a range of roles, to deliver high quality housing and support services - ensuring the effective and timely allocation of support and maintaining a responsive service for young people with diverse and complex needs.
  • Leading partnership work with internal services and partner agencies to ensure that services meet young people’s needs in a co-ordinated way - including closely working with partners, such as Children and Young People’s Services, Registered Providers and  BCC’s Housing Advice Team - to ensure services are successfully joined up.
  • Enabling young people to be involved in and have a voice in service and organisational development.
  • Leading the team in the implementation of psychologically informed support, that enables young people to develop trusting relationships and develop belief in their ability to achieve. 

I love life

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You have significant experience of working with vulnerable people and an understanding of psychologically informed approaches in this area of work.

You have demonstrable experience of managing a supported housing scheme or a relevant management or leadership role. 

You enjoy and are successful at managing complex projects, able to work under pressure and achieve agreed goals.

You are skilled and experienced in managing and leading staff and a highly effective communicator.

You are confident in making effective decisions that safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and manage risk.
If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Dawn Taylor, Operations Director, on Dawn.Taylor@1625ip.co.uk.

Closing Date: 12pm Monday 4 September 2017

Interviews:  Monday 11 August 2017

Sometimes we get a lot of applications and we are unable to respond to everyone. So, if you have not heard from us by Thursday 7 September 2017 please assume that you have not been successful in your application. Alternatively, we will contact you by e-mail and/or telephone to invite you to an interview. Interviews will be held at our Head Office on Old Market Street.


Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk.

Job pack


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by email to jobs@1625ip.co.uk or by post to:

HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full Policies above for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk
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