Centre Manager

Please find the job description below.  You should refer to this when completing your application to ensure you demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and experience to meet the needs of the job.  If you are interested in applying then please complete our online application, following the instructions carefully.

Recruitment Process:

Please note the following:

Closing Date: 5.00pm on Thursday 18th March 2021

Interviews: Between 25th – 30th March 2021



Title: Centre Manager

Contract:  Full Time (Subject to Funding)

Salary:  £26,822 pa (Starting Salary £22,000 with annual incremental increases over 3 years)



This is a permanent position subject to grant aid funding and will be employed and managed by Speke Children’s Environment Association. Speke Children’s Environment Association is a registered charitable organisation, which provides the only permanent free supervised play facility for this part of the city.

Speke Adventure Playground is an open access play facility for children aged 0 to 16 years. The hours worked will need to fit in with the requirements of the organisation and the post holder will be expected to undertake evening and weekend work on a regular basis. The successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check.


The primary purpose of this post will be:

  • To assist in providing a safe, caring and stimulating adventure play environment for school age children
  • To enable their social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development.
  • To work directly with children to assist them to avail themselves of the widest possible range of play opportunities.
  • To maintain the role of Senior Play Worker providing a front of house service.
  • To support the Management Committee in managing the centre, it’s finances and the wider administration of the Charity.

Responsible to:

  • The post holder will be responsible to Speke Children’s Environment Committee.
  • On a day-to-day basis the post holder will be responsible for managing play work staff and the facility.


Key Roles & Responsibilities:

Service Delivery and Management:

  1. To actively engage with all children who wish to use the playground facilities to aid their personal and collective development through the medium of play.
  2. To be responsible for the health and safety of all playground users and the equipment.
  3. To raise the children and young people awareness of safeguarding and personal safety.
  4. To lead and attend excursions and residential’s ensuring the health, safety and well being of all those attending.
  5. To coordinate and facilitate youth forum meetings to share and gather information from the young people on delivery, satisfaction and future planning and use this information to create innovative and exciting programmes that the young people want to do.
  6. To manage staff, volunteers, team meetings and rota’s to ensure adequate cover at all times and that we are operating legally.
  7. To promote public and institutional awareness, within the catchment area and beyond, of the importance of play in children’s development and the services we provide.

Policy and Strategic Management:

  1. To prepare papers, attend and service Management Committee meetings.
  2. To keep all policy documents updated and ensure they are actively applied to the work of the Centre and that all staff and Management Committee Members are appraised of all updates and receive regular training as required; i.e. Safeguarding policy and procedures.
  3. To produce annual delivery plans that help map out activities, funding and outcomes whilst demonstrating how it will address local needs and known social problems.
  4. To be responsible for Health & Safety, Risk Assessments, Care Plans, OfSted Assessments and any other similar requirements that maybe required from time to time.
  5. To undertake research and networking to identify new delivery opportunities, partnerships and shared working to enhance and add value to our delivery programmes that help support the physical and emotional well-being of the young people using the centre.

Financial and Data Management:

  1. To manage the day to day financial operations; including maintaining/updating current systems, cash handling, ordering, recording transactions, etc and ensuring all actions are compliant with our Financial Policy and Sustainability Plan.
  2. To liaise with partners, funders and wider agencies to further the work of the Charity and identify shared working and new funding/income opportunities.
  3. To both support and undertake bid writing as and when required maintaining the continued delivery of key services and special projects.
  4. To collect monitoring and evaluation data to inform future delivery and support funding bids including, maintaining the database of all registrations, ensuring data protection is adhered.

Facility Management:

  1. To be responsible for the opening and closing of the facility.
  2. To assist in the physical development of the playground, identification and procurement of new equipment and that the existing premises and equipment are up to standard, by ensuring regular and timely maintenance and repairs are completed.
  3. The post holder will be required to oversee the security of the facility has key responsibilities for the building and will be the first respondent for out of hours alarm calls for suspected trespassing, break-ins or criminal damage on site.

This job description is not prescriptive and the post holder will be required to undertake such other duties and training as required by the Management Committee, which are consistent with the nature of this post and the level of responsibility.



Regular supervision sessions will be provided by Management Committee together with support from the Programme Coordinator.


Regular staff and management committee meetings will be a feature of the support systems, which will be available to the post holder for advice and guidance.

Training and staff development:

It is expected that the post holder will participate fully in staff development as implemented by the Management Committee. In service training opportunities will be made available.

Style of approach:

It is expected that the post holder will adopt a style of approach to the work, which will reflect a commitment to participation and involvement of young people and also reflect Speke Children’s Environment Committee’s policies towards racism, sexism, drug abuse and equal opportunities.

Conditions of service:

The conditions of service applicable to this post will be in accordance with those of Speke Children’s Environment Committee which were previously closely aligned to the National Joint Council for Local Authority Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical services.

Not withstanding the above it is expected that the post holder will take annual leave outside school holiday periods and largely during shutdown periods. Leave will be granted subject to the needs of the services. In addition, the post holder will be expected to undertake evening and weekend work, as this is a key requirement of the job.

Post review:

This job description has been prepared with current needs in mind and will be subject to periodic review and development. This process will be undertaken by the management committee and post holder on annually basis or as and when needed. In common with all play posts; this job is subject to the recommendations of the play review.


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