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National Co-ordinator, Homicide Service

35 hours per week with some flexible working required. Salary circa £38,000 plus contributory pension. The post is funded by Scottish Government, on a fixed term basis until March 2021 and reviewed on an annual basis.  

Applications on a secondment basis will be considered from people currently working in the Criminal Justice sector. You must have the approval of your line manager prior to applying.

Regular travel across Scotland will be necessary to carry out the main responsibilities of the role.

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) is the leading national charity providing free, confidential help and support to people affected by crime in Scotland.  VSS is leading the development of a new Homicide Service for Scotland, which aims to be a nationally consistent, needs led service to support people bereaved by homicide, integrating and improving the existing solutions.

We are currently seeking an exceptional candidate who has the drive and determination to succeed in developing a new Homicide Service. You should be an experienced Manager who can bring value and leadership to the Homicide Team. You should have extensive experience of service delivery in a complex customer or multi-site environment, knowledge and understanding of the needs of bereaved people, victims of violent crime and other vulnerable people, leading and managing a team across multi-locations, knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, experience of project and change management, as well as budget management, financial control with an understanding of funding/grant applications.

You will be responsible for implementing and managing on-going effective delivery of Victim Support Scotland’s national Homicide Service through a dedicated team of case workers and support staff. You will be a team player who shows leadership and decision making skills, customer focus, planning and quality management, as well as being an excellent communicator. You will ensure that delivery and development of the Homicide Service, against agreed quality standards, meets the changing needs of victims, utilising innovation and problem solving skills. You will also build and develop effective relationships with a range of key external agencies and organisations.

Duties will include:-

  • Ensure the delivery of services, keeping the complex needs of primary bereaved people central to all processes
  • Ensure appropriate and effective delivery and management of services to bereaved people, such as needs assessment, case management, emotional support, advocacy, referrals to commissioned services and trauma assessments.
  • Promote the Homicide Service and develop effective relationships with a range of key external agencies and organisations.
  • Contribute to wider service development in line with VSS’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure all aspects of the Homicide Service meet required standards as per the service delivery model and any shared protocols ensuring monitoring processes are in place.
  • In conjunction with the Service Delivery Management Team and Learning and Development Department input to the process, conduct a training needs analysis of Service Delivery staff and volunteers who will support delivery of the homicide service.
  • Manage Homicide Service budget within agreed parameters
  • Ensure the Homicide Service is delivered in a way which recognises VSS’s commitment to promoting equality and diversity for all service users and staff.
  • Lead on other key strategic national programmes and projects as required.
  • Ensure that all information relating to the Homicide Service is maintained in accordance with GDPR regulations and VSS’s Confidentiality policy.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to help shape Scotland’s new Homicide Service.

Full details on the requirements and responsibilities for this role can be found in the job description within the application pack.

You can download a full Job Description, Summary Terms & ConditionsApplication FormApplication Guidance Notes and Equal Opportunities Form

Closing date for applications is noon Monday, 22 October 2018. Completed applications should be returned to

Interviews will follow a two stage process with first interviews to be held on Monday, 5 November 2018.

The post will be subject to a PVG check.

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