Drug Strategy Manager

Job Title: Drug Strategy Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Morpeth
Salary: Up to £34,000 dependent on experience
Start Date: 2019-02-05 00:00:00
Reference: SDX/TP/RF2331/KP
Contact Name: kathryn pendlebury
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 05, 2019 12:10

Job Description

HMP Northumberland are recruiting for a Drug Strategy Lead Manager on a 12 month fixed term contract.

You will aide and assist in the strategic oversight of the three key strands of the drug strategy at HMP Northumberland:

  • Restricting Supply
  • Reducing Demand
  • Building Recovery

You will support the Deputy Director linking in the work streams of individuals, partners and functions to ensure activities undertaken under each of the three headings is co-ordinated, collaborative and has the opportunity to maximise positive outcomes across the prison.

Working with the authority of the Deputy Director the drug strategy lead manager will have autonomy to access information, engage partners and make recommendations or business cases for new ways of working to achieve the overall objectives of our drug strategy.

The drug strategy lead manager will be required to facilitate sub-group meetings around the three drug strategy themes, as well as instigate “micro-battles” to achieve specific objectives within set timescales.

HMP Northumberland offers a variety of initiatives and programmes to help residents engage within the prison’s rehabilitative culture. This includes various educational and vocational qualifications, as well as a variety of opportunities for residents to learn new skills within our workshops and industries departments. We have textile, engineering and electrical workshops and can offer prisoners experience in horticulture, market gardens, cleaning, waste management and laundry services on site.

As a working prison, we work towards the resettlement of residents upon their release into the community and their integration into society through the skills acquired while in our care. We are committed to supporting people to change their lives for the better and lead law-abiding lives.

Being over 4 miles in circumference, the prison is a vast space with exceptionally kept plantation and currently houses over 1300 residents with a range of sentence terms.

For more information on working in Justice within Sodexo please see Careers in Justice

Package description

Up to £34,000 dependent on experience

Excellent benefits including free onsite parking, shopping discounts, pension and 28 days holiday

Main responsibilities

The drug strategy lead manager will:

  • Review / amend / publish the establishment’s drug strategy
  • Create a comprehensive position paper in response to the drug strategy and current issues
  • Devise a multi-disciplinary action plan for the activities for the forthcoming year
  • Establish a meeting schedule for the sub-group meetings

In conjunction with the Violence Reduction, Safer Custody and Communications managers the drug strategy lead manager will create and publish a monthly stability dashboard against which outcomes for drugs, violence and self-harm will be reported.

The drug strategy lead manager will provide weekly update reports to the Deputy Director covering work undertaken and to be taken forward.

In addition submissions will be provided to the monthly / bi-monthly meetings as follows:

  • Security Committee
  • Safer Custody
  • Substance Misuse Partnership
  • SMT

A report will be generated at the nine month in post stage detailing more fully the work undertaken and effectiveness of the role in reducing drug misuse within the prison.

**Full job description attached

Ideal candidate

The drug strategy lead manager must be a motivated and innovative individual who has the ability to influence and direct a broad range of colleagues and partners in order to achieve results.

Prior experience of working as part of a substance misuse service would be welcome but not essential, as would familiarity of working within a custodial or criminal justice environment.

About the company

Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 3 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.

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