Trust Facilities Manager

HEARTS Academy Trust, Wickford

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Job Ref No. ECC0-35 Position Type: Caretaker/Site Managers Pay Range: HEARTS Band 4, pay range 18-24
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 02/06/2022 Midnight Date of Interviews: To be confirmed  

Job Description

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Trust Facilities Manager

Due to an internal move we are looking to recruit a new colleague to join our Central Team.

We are seeking applications from individuals who either have experience of Facilities / Building Management or a Maintenance expert who has in-depth health and safety knowledge. If you feel you fit this criteria and you are looking for a new challenge this may be the opportunity for you.

The successful applicant will play a pivotal role in ensuring each of our academies offer a safe environment to all stakeholders. The position will work across all six of our academies, therefore it is essential that applicants hold a full driving licence and have access to a motor vehicle.

The successful applicant will oversee the buildings functions of the Academy Trust by acting as Line Manager for a team of site staff, to include (but not limited too) maintenance, compliance, security and Health& Safety.

The post holder will have responsibility for assessment management plans, capital project refurbishments and the strategic direction and growth of all school sites and buildings.

The duties of the post are outlined within the job description and will be subject to the appropriate risk assessment, safe systems of work and appropriate equipment being available and the relevant competencies of the post holder.

The post holder will assess the skills of staff and facilitate the sharing of good practice across academies within the Trust and act as an advisor to Caretakers and Heads of School (HOS).

Working Hours 25 hours per week

Working Weeks 40 weeks per year (term time plus one week)

Payscale HEARTS Band 4, pay range 18-24 (Full Time Equivalent £25,419 - £29,174) depending on experience

The post holder will

  • Recommend the alignment of services across schools with a particular focus on cost effective, efficient shared contracts, in line with a defined programme of contract reviews
  • Review existing estates-related contracts, whether trust wide or local to individual schools, and assess their value for money, identifying areas where trust wide alignment would be beneficial
  • Recommend strategic Trust wide purchases of services/ contracts and equipment that can be shared to ensure best value
  • In conjunction with the HOS, to direct the work of Caretakers, to determine their regular schedules, to monitor their performance, to hold them accountable for delivery of their objectives, and to advise HOS on the performance of these staff
  • Day to day management of site staff , alongside HOS and School Business Managers, following financial regulations at all times
  • Play an important role in the management of Health and Safety, upkeep and site maintenance, site refurbishment, assessment management, compliance, security and training / upskilling site staff
  • Complete Premises Audits across all six schools and HEARTS House
  • Undertake PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) on all electrical equipment (training can be provided)

Interview Process

After the closing date, short listing will be conducted by a panel, who will match your skills/experience against the criteria in the person specification. You will be selected for interview entirely on the contents of your application form, so please read the Job Description carefully before you complete your form. Occasionally, when we receive sufficient applications to do so, the trust will shortlist before the closing date.

We will seek references on shortlisted candidates and may approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualifications before interview. Any relevant issues arising from references will be taken up at interview.

In addition to candidates' ability to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:

  • Motivation to work with children and young people
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
  • Attitudes to the use of authority and maintaining discipline

We can offer you:

  • an excellent CPD entitlement with purposeful training, including Trust-wide twilights throughout the year
  • a two-week October half term
  • supportive colleagues who want to provide the best possible opportunities for their pupils
  • a highly effective learning environment
  • a responsive and involved leadership team
  • a Trust with a highly positive culture that supports all staff; mental health, workload and wellbeing are at the forefront of our vision and values
  • access to our trust counsellor and network of Mental Health and Wellbeing champions
  • Flexible working including home working.
  • For further information about the HEARTS Academy Trust please visit our website at www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk. All of our schools are judged good or outstanding.

Conditional Offer: Pre-Employment Checks

Any offer to a successful candidate will be conditional upon:

  • Verification of right to work in the UK
  • Receipt of at least two satisfactory references (if these have not already been received)
  • Verification of identity checks and qualifications
  • Prohibition from teaching check
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS
  • Verification of professional status
  • Satisfactory completion of a health assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of the probationary period (where relevant)
  • Where the successful candidate has worked or been resident overseas in the previous five years, such checks and confirmations as may be required in accordance with statutory guidance

You should be aware that provision of false information is an offence and could result in your application being rejected or summary dismissal if you have been selected, as well as possible referral to the police and/or DBS and/or other relevant investigating bodies.

Information about the School

HEARTS is a small innovative Academy Trust of six primary schools and an alternative provision for pupils with SEMH challenges. All provisions are based in the south of Essex. Our values are central to all that we do. We work tirelessly to ensure that happiness and hope, self-esteem, achievement, respect and responsibility, truth, spirituality and service are embedded into the curriculum. Our pupils are well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the challenges offered to them. These values are at the heart of all we do and fundamental to our working relationships as well as our pupils' learning. We have high expectations of our employees and offer support and continued development opportunities for all. We expect our employees to live the HEARTS values in their work and relationships with other employees and the community.

The Trustees are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical check, prohibited from teaching check and references. References are taken up prior to interview.

We can offer you: an excellent CPD entitlement with purposeful training, including Trust-wide twilights throughout the year a two-week October half term supportive colleagues who want to provide the best possible opportunities for their pupils a highly effective learning environment a responsive and involved leadership team an 80/20% teaching model (all teachers receive an additional 10% non-contact (PPA) time each week as part of Trust policy) a school with a highly positive culture that supports all staff; mental health, workload and wellbeing are at the forefront of our vision and values access to our school counsellor and network of Mental Health and Wellbeing champions

For further information about the HEARTS Academy Trust please visit our website at www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk

All of our schools are judged good or outstanding.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

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Contact Information

Louise Allbury - Trust Business Manager
2 Mount Road, Wickford
Essex, SS11 8HE
Telephone: 01268 572672
Email: recruitment@heartsacademy.uk