RAF Benevolent Fund – General Manager


Location: Princess Marina House, Rustington, West Sussex

Salary: C£55k, good pension contribution & benefits

Other: Contribution to relocation costs for exceptional candidate

Are you enthusiastic, hardworking, innovative and adaptable with excellent leadership and communication skills? Are you passionate about the support that you provide and want to lead an excellent team? Due to retirement, the RAFBF has a rare vacancy for the General Manager of Princess Marina House (PMH), the Fund’s short break centre. This popular facility caters for RAF veterans and their spouses (and their widows/widowers) and provides short breaks for younger RAF families, either self-catering or full board.

PMH offers residential accommodation in a hotel style, providing short breaks for adult members of the RAF. The House has 30 beds registered with CQC for Personal Care and early dementia care, plus a further 20 beds offering social breaks as part of the Fund’s wellbeing programme. In addition, the Care Services team offers a Respite at Home domiciliary service and a 7-day per week Lunch Club to local RAF veterans. It is rated by the CQC as “Outstanding”. We also operate four adjacent properties that are offered to the RAF Family as self-catering holiday respite accommodation. Full details are available on our website www.rafbf.org.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional person to join the Fund. A successful and experienced registered manager, the successful candidate will have experience of managing a large estate and leading a large team of c100 personnel working in Administration, Care, Hospitality, Facilities and Entertainment departments. They should have a social care, nursing or military background and a working knowledge of CQC regulation. Most applicants will hold the Registered Manager Award, but we recognise that ex-military applicants in particular might not, in which case, they will have to commit to and achieve the RMA within 6 months of appointment; the General Manager will be expected to register with the CQC as the Home’s registered manager. Applications from RGNs are especially welcome.

The General Manager is a member of the RAFBF Welfare Management Team and will be expected to attend the London Headquarters on a monthly basis. They will also be a figure head for the RAFBF in the South East region and will be required to network with other charities, organisations and care groups to promote the work of the home and the Fund.

The RAF Family is a diverse group of all ages and the postholder will need to be ambitious, innovative and responsive to their changing needs and be prepared to work hard as part of the strategic welfare planning group. Experience of working for a charity or not for profit organisation would be an advantage; applications are also invited from those with RAF experience.

For an informal discussion, potential applicants are welcome to call the current post holder Shirley Steeples on 01903 788972 or Paul Hughesdon, Director Welfare & Policy (020 7307 3306).

The closing date for applications is Noon on Thursday 4 April 2019.

For those longlisted, suitability assessments and a chance to meet the team will be held at PMH on Thursday 11 April, and those shortlisted called back for interview in our London Offices on 17 April 2019.

To apply, please email a covering letter (2 pages max – in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile and provide details of your notice period/availability and current salary) and your CV (3 pages max), to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund at  HRservices@rafbf.org.uk.

Due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates longlisted for interview will be notified.

Details of PMH, annual reviews and reports and our research can be found on the Fund’s website at www.rafbf.org. PMH is located on Seafield Road, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 2JG. The RAF Benevolent Fund’s offices are at 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity (No. 1081009) which encourages applications from all sections of the community.

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