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Systems Leadership, Learning and Development Manager

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About the role

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Changing Futures is an ambitious new partnership programme, working to improve the experiences of people facing multiple disadvantage, by enabling them to guide professionals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in transforming local systems. 

We are looking to recruit a Systems Leadership, Learning and Development Manager to transform the new programme. The successful candidate will work in partnership to transform services and systems across the criminal justice, drug and alcohol, homelessness, mental health, and domestic abuse sectors. You will lead and oversee our systems change initiatives across all areas of our partnership. You will have experience of project or systems management, with excellent facilitation skills and the ability to work across complex systems to support the delivery of strategic change.

This is a role that will allow you to develop and stretch your skills and demands a highly motivated and talented individual. 

This role will be hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council on behalf of the Changing Futures Partnership, funded and supported by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Public Service Board (CPPSB). 

We are flexible about work location with the option to work from home. This is a full-time role (37 hours per week) that is fixed term for 18 months. This role is open to job sharing and will be subject to a standard DBS check.

You can find out more about the Changing Futures here:  

We welcome applications from people with experience of issues including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and/or contact with the criminal justice system. We are actively seeking to improve diversity and representation within the programme structure and encourage applications from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds and/or people with a disability.

We are particularly interested in secondments from across the homelessness, domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health problems and/or the criminal justice systems.

What will you be doing?

You will work with the Programme Team and experts by experience to identify barriers across the systems that Changing Futures operates in. You will create innovative solutions and lead systems change across the Partnership.  

You will work collaboratively with the Coproduction, Inclusion and Involvement Manager and the Project Manager to develop and implement the programme using our adopted ‘BEAL’ (Build / Explore / Act / Learn) model. You will support the team to demonstrate the impact of the programme.

The post holder will support a network of ‘systems agents’ to practice systems thinking through ‘enquiry groups’. You will report to the head of programme and make recommendations to the Changing Futures Strategic Board, which is formed of senior policy, delivery, and commissioning leads across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

About you

You will need to subscribe to the Changing Futures values, including the belief that deep and meaningful change can be brought about through building strong partnerships and working directly with experts through experience.

Creativity, curiosity and collaboration will be at the heart of the Systems Change Manager’s way of working This role will require the ability to operate flexibly across different strategic environments and contexts, while retaining a professional focus on specific areas of functional activity including strategic policy, strategic relationships and change and transformation.

You will have a background working within systems leadership and be familiar with using and supporting others to use systems thinking tools to explore complex issues. You will have demonstrated the ability to bring together and facilitate partnerships during these explorations.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to persuade senior leaders, and be a strong advocate for individuals facing multiple disadvantage. 

This is a demanding but very rewarding role in a fast-paced environment, suited to someone with experience of leading and developing systems transformation. 

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we believe benefits our employees, the organisation and our communities. 

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.

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