Job Opportunity – Pastoral Care Director

6 Jan



Job Title:                                Pastoral Care Director

Responsible to:                   Artistic Director, Deborah Stevenson

Location:                               Nottingham based

Hours:                                    One year, one day a week contract –

Generally Fridays 12-8pm with some flexibility around events and other special activities, meetings and training, Aug – Oct this time will be re-arranged around your availability and Mouthy activity.

Pay:                              £3,600 (freelance, invoice basis)                      


“Often, hardship and isolation from the ‘norm’ gives young people a story and a need for catharsis: there isn’t vocabulary for their experiences, so they must develop their own.” The Mouthy Poets believe that young people deserve support and education in developing and expressing this vocabulary. Furthermore, by performing these stories to large live and digital audiences, others are inspired to articulate their own differences and listen to those of others.

The Mouthy Poets are an open community collective of approximately fifty 15-30 year olds, meeting on a weekly basis where they learn writing, editing, performance and event- coordination skills. Mouthy is a young and growing organisation, which, up until this point, has been fuelled by the passion of a small and largely voluntary team.

Newly awarded Grants for the Arts funding means that Mouthy can grow their organisational infrastructure and sustainability. The Pastoral Care Director Role, outlined below, will enable the successful candidate to play vital hand in an growing organisation supporting the 50+ young people within the collective. You will be joining Mouthy at an exciting time in its growth as it continues to reach young people through workshops, performances and research in Nottingham Playhouse, schools, Germany, America and soon, beyond.

You can find out more about Mouthy here:



The Pastoral Care Director will be managed by Mouthy Poets Artistic Director, Deborah Stevenson on a day-to-day basis. However, this post has additional reporting responsibilities to other members of the Mouthy Management Team.

Job Purpose

The Pastoral Care Director (PCD) will be based one day a week in Nottingham where they will work with Mouthy Participants:

  • Meeting each participant upon enrolment to the group, to gain a general understanding of their needs and to identify any potential support that might be needed or to signpost to other sources of support.  
  • Meeting with specific participants more regularly when referred by fellow participants, workshop leaders, staff or themselves.  
  • Attending the weekly 3 hour sessions (Fridays 5-8pm), participating and observing to suggest any further support, considerations, training or policy that might need to be implemented to provide pastoral care for participants and optimise the artistic purpose of the sessions.
  • Providing a clear personal and digital communication for the young people before Mouthy sessions on Fridays.

The emphasis is participant-centred rather than problem centred.  The Pastoral Care Director will be an:

  • Excellent role-model
  • Active listener
  • Acute observer
  • Encourager
  • Professional friend
  • Challenger of assumptions
  • Guide
  • Sign Poster
  • Trainer  
  • Policy Maker  
  • Reliable
  • Approachable
  • Non-judgmental
  • Perceptive
  • Empathetic


1.   Principal Duties and Responsibilities


1.1      Being available as a ‘non-authority’ adult to any young person in need of support.  In the first instance, all Pastoral Care Workers are responsible       for developing relationships of trust with young people.

1.2      Be available to offer one-off or continued one to one support to staff           referred or self-referred young people in need of support.

1.3      Communicate information/feedback when necessary with a young            person’s parent, carer, or Mouthy staff.

1.4      Develop and implement specific strategies and training in consultation with Artistic Director and other relevant Mouthy Staff to combat areas of need within the collective e.g. relationship issues, anger management, digital safeguarding usage etc. To work alongside the Lead Producer, to produce a Safeguarding Policy, E-Safeguarding Policy and any other relevant documentation, that is tailored to Mouthy’s requirements and train the relevant staff and participants on how to adhere to these documents. 

1.5      Lead sessions/exercises looking at various operational and best practice models, drawing on expertise of outside agencies when necessary.

1.6      Keep records of ongoing work and achievement, produce termly reports including statistical analysis of the work.

1.7      Assist in applications for funding by producing relevant information and data when requested.

1.8      Work with Mouthy to determine target groups/individuals and issues to work on.

1.9      Lead sessions/workshops on issues that promote self-esteem, self-worth etc. looking at topics that are barriers to young people reaching their potential.

1.10    Spend time in sessions as support to build relationships with        young people. 

1.11    Liaise and build a relationship with other support agencies e.g.     Connexions, Women’s Centre, Let’s Talk Nottingham etc.

1.12    Undergo training that is of benefit to the collective.

1.13    Seek the ongoing development of the project and continue strategic          planning with the line manager on the development of the project.

1.14    Research and gain awareness of issues that young people are facing and         best practice of how to effectively give support.

1.15    To attain targets and objectives as set out in Mouthy and as agreed with the line manager.


1.16    To take reasonable care and operate all relevant requirements of he        Health and Safety legislation, The Childrens’ Act and any other relevant           legislation in the performance of your duties.

2.      General Responsibilities

2.1      Other Duties

To undertake any other specific duties and responsibilities within capabilities as may be assigned by the Artistic Director, as necessary.

2.2      Discretion to Act:

To exercise discretion in the performance of the duties of the post and to use best practice commensurate with the safety of clients and colleagues, and the effective and efficient use of resources. 

To work within the guidelines of Mouthy policies and procedures.


2.3      Relationships:

To establish, maintain and enhance team-working with colleagues and staff of Mouthy and to keep confidential all information about individuals and the business of Mouthy. This will include attending Mouthy’s biannual key performances (7th-8th March & 18th July 2014).

2.4      Personal Development

To play an active role in the development and implementation of your individual development plan.


2.5      Association Ethos

To positively promote the aims, objectives, ethos and core values of the Association.



Please ensure that you address all the requirements marked with an “A”

in the final column as we will be looking for this information when Shortlisting


Job Title:            Pastoral Care Director




How Assessed*


1.1 Experience of working with 15-30 year olds


1.2 Experience and working knowledge of developing and implementing child protection procedures and practices


1.3 Experience and working knowledge of the issues affecting young people to-day


1.4 Experience in developing and implementing safeguarding and training policies.



2.1 Teaching or Youth Work qualification (desirable)


2.2 Knowledge of the local areas (desirable)


2.3 An understanding of how to store and treat confidential information.


Education/ Training / Qualifications

3.2 E-Safeguarding or Digital Safeguarding training


3.3 Counselling qualification.


3.4 Coaching qualification.


4.1 Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills both verbal and written


Skills & Abilities

4.2 Ability to train others


4.3 Ability to demonstrate good level of IT skills


4.4. Ability to relate to young people


4.5 Ability to be self-sufficient and emotionally resilient.



5.1 Able to support the core values of the Association


Other work related requirements

5.2 Willingness to undergo a satisfactory enhanced CRB or DBS check



*When Assessed – (A) on Application form, (I) At Interview, (T) During Test,

(D) From Documentary evidence EG References, Qualifications, driving license etc


Application Process

Please send the following to by 5pm January 27th 2014:

1. Your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4).

2. A covering letter that explains how your skills and experience meets the essential criteria of the job (1-2 sides of A4).

3. (Voluntary) A completed copy of the Mouthy Poets Equality Monitoring Form, attached.

We also advise you prepare two signed references of approx. 150 words including contact telephone and email details. If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be requested to bring these with you.

Interviews will be in Nottingham on January 30th/31st, please ensure you can be available on these dates if shortlisted. All candidates should also ideally be available to start in the role on February 17th 2014.

Please ensure all documents are in Word or Pdf. format, electronic applications only.



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