Job Title: Regional Leader
Reports to: Deputy National Leader
Accountable to: National Leader and National Board



MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

  • To guide the Communities within the region to live out fully the Mission and Identity of L’Arche, ensuring that the four key dimensions of L’Arche – service, community, spirituality and outreach – are integrated and held in balance.
  • To supervise Community Leaders and ensure they are providing high quality support and care in accordance with relevant national care standards.
  • To be an ex officio member of the Local Committee of each community.
  • To be a member of the UK National Leadership Team and contribute to national work streams.


RESPONSIBILITIES

COMMUNITIES

  • Ensure the Communities live out faithfully and creatively the Identity and Mission of L’Arche.
  • Manage, supervise and annually appraise the Community Leaders, coaching and developing them to enable them to lead all four dimensions of L’Arche with equal confidence.
  • Ensure the Communities are following relevant legislation and best practice in support and care, housing, health and safety and other relevant areas, and are working in partnership with their members with learning disabilities.
  • Ensure processes are in place within the Communities for formation - to support members to discover, experience and explore the identity and mission of L’Arche and their own personal life journey and values.
  • Support the communities to plan budgets and manage their finances in order to meet required standards of service provision and resource their community life.
  • Ensure local fundraising plans are in place, drawn up in collaboration with the National Fundraising Team.
  • Carry out audit functions and report to the Deputy National Leader and National Board, and provide feedback to the Communities which strengthens their motivation and commitment.
  • Collaborate closely with Local Committee and ensure the close partnership between Community Leaders, Regional Leader and Local Committees.
  • Lead collaborative processes with community members to develop Community plans, in partnership with Community Leaders and Local Committee Chairs.
  • Support the Communities to understand and take on the rights and responsibilities of membership of the International Federation of L’Arche, and to implement policy and directives from the Federation and L’Arche UK.
  • Encourage the development of strong relationships with local and national government authorities, faith groups and professional organisations.

REGION

  • Co-ordinate and lead Regional Councils and other meetings.
  • Foster and co-ordinate Regional life through gatherings, retreats and formation.
  • Encourage solidarity and sharing between communities in the Region, the Country and the Federation.
  • Accompany and guide new groups within the Region who are interested in forming new L’Arche communities.

UK

  • Take the lead for policy areas as agreed with the Deputy National Leader. For this role, there is an expectation that the Regional
  • Leader will lead on issues specific to Scotland, including care standards and regulations.
  • Contribute to the national team work plan on a range of strategies and projects
  • Participate in National Councils, and International meetings as required.
  • Attend National Board when requested by National Leader and National Chair.

To undertake any other appropriate task as from time to time agreed. The apportionment of Communities between Community Leaders is not fixed, and may, following consultation with the post- holders, be changed to meet the changing needs of L’Arche in the UK.


EXPECTED PROFILE FOR THIS ROLE

EXPERIENCE

  • Substantial experience of senior leadership and management, preferably in a geographically dispersed setting;
  • Experience of working within a highly regulated sector (e.g. disability, homelessness, adult social care, education etc.) is not required but would be a significant advantage, as would personal lived experience of friends and family who have a learning or other disability;
  • Experience of communication and networking across a broad spectrum of people and organisations, (eg statutory bodies, local authorities, church networks).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Coaching, supportive leadership style, which is adaptable to the needs of Communities;
  • Strong strategic and financial acumen, and an ability support leaders to operate within agreed budgets, to negotiate funding, and to develop fundraising strategies;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people with and without disabilities;
  • Ability to manage complexity, and conflict when it arises;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and listening skills.

VALUES

  • Committed to our values (see appendix), with the maturity and discipline to live out and model them; • Passion and care for people with disabilities and their gifts;
  • A person of faith and hope with the ability and confidence to articulate their spirituality and enable others to express theirs;
  • Personal qualities of patience, compassion, courage, integrity and humility; ability to acknowledge personal limits and a willingness to ask for help;
  • Personal commitment to the seven principles of authority in the International Constitution – see appendix;
  • Openness to L’Arche accompaniment.

WILLINGNESS / AVAILABILITY

  • Willing and able to sometimes work long hours including occasional weekend and evening work, for which time off in lieu will be given.
  • Willing and able to travel to the Communities in Scotland and Northern England.


KEY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Hours: 37.5 hours. There will be some evening and occasional weekend commitments which will require travel.
Salary: £45,000.
Term of service: This role is offered for a term of 6 years, renewable once. This means that the maximum period anyone could remain in this role is 12 years.
Overnight stays: In non-Covid times, a Regional Leader spends approx. 20 nights a year away from home (National Council 2 nights twice a year, National Team 1 night 4 times a year, visits to Communities further away than a day trip 12 times a year). In the first year there is also a 5 day international formation course, and there are periodic International Meetings of all National and Regional leaders.

A relocation package is available if taking up this role requires you to move home.

Application pack
Equal opportunities monitoring form
Supplementary application form