Team Leader – Cold Weather Response – COPE Galway

The Cold Weather Response (CWR) is a low threshold, short term winter time response with the aim of providing night time sleeping accommodation for adults who sleep rough in Galway City over the winter period between November and April. The overall objectives of this project is to try to minimise the risk of harm to people who are rough sleeping due to the cold and inclement weather conditions over the winter period and to work with people in identifying and progressing routes out of rough sleeping and homelessness. The service will operate on the site of the COPE Galway Day Centre for Homeless in Galway City.

This is a fixed term opportunity for 5 months and will involve working on weekdays from 8am each day.

The Cold Weather Response Project will operate from November 27th 2017 to April 9th 2018 providing night time accommodation for people who would otherwise sleep rough in Galway City. The Team Leader post holder will be responsible for co-ordinating the operation of the project including the recruitment, supervision and management of a team of workers who will be responsible for the evening and night time staffing cover of the project and co-ordinating the referral and follow on work and support to be provided to individual clients including closely liaising with other relevant services and agencies.

The ideal candidate will have a proven interest and experience in the area of homelessness, with a relevant qualification. They will also have experience of coordinating activities and the ability to lead and direct a team.

The ideal candidates will have:
A recognised third level degree in the Social Care, Community Development or related field.
A working knowledge of Housing Legislation in Ireland, current homelessness policy and an up to date knowledge of best practice in the area of homeless services
A minimum of two years’ experience of working in the area of homelessness, with a significant part of this experience being that of working with single homeless people
Experience of working with persons with mental health and addiction problems
Experience of working in a management role and a demonstrated ability to manage people and tasks in a comparable area of work
Experience of advocating with local services and supports
Successful Garda Clearance is a requirement for this position.

Applicants can download a copy of the application form and job description/person spec below.

Please forward completed application forms to by the closing date – 10am on October the 9th 2017 with interviews taking place on October 17th.

COPE Galway, 2-5 Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway

COPE Galway are an equal opportunities employer

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