Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

Charity registered in Scotland SC037882

Iriss is a charitable company that promotes positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services.

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Development Lead

  • Part time
  • £36,670 pro-rata
  • Glasgow (Hybrid)
  • Closing 24th May 2024

About the role

The Development Leads in Iriss design and deliver high quality and effective projects that have relevance to the social work and social care sector. Directed either by sector or policy priorities, and working with a range of partners, our work aims to make support work better for both workers and people.

Our Development Leads come from a wide range of backgrounds including research, systems thinking, social work/care practice, community development, and design. What they have in common is a drive to support positive change and an ability to take a project through from initial idea to completion and product development.

Main activities

  • Working with partners to develop and design projects and programmes using the broad parameters of our innovation approach.
  • Developing and delivering engaging workshops and facilitated discussions, both online and in person.
  • Delivering projects to overall time and budget, using the right project management approach for the task.
  • Developing and maintaining good relationships with key people and organisations relevant to the project.
  • Taking a flexible approach to managing projects, considering partner pressures and the changing context in which we work.
  • Identifying learning from projects, workshops, and programmes through effective capture during sessions, post-session reflection and wider discussion.
  • Synthesising a range of types of evidence and knowledge to draw practical conclusions and develop useful products for the sector.
  • Contributing to the development of Iriss’ positions on key social policy issues through knowledge synthesis and discussion with colleagues.
  • Working with communications and digital colleagues to produce a range of outputs from project work. These might be written, video, audio, an online course or something else.
  • Being part of the Iriss team through participating in monthly team sessions, 1:1 support meetings, project and organisational level planning.
  • Contributing to funder and other reporting as required.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who really wants to change the social work and social care system for the better. This role would suit someone with the following qualities:

  • Innovation and change: You are confident in supporting people, teams or groups to make change happen. You are confident using a range of methods and approaches to doing this, bespoke to the situation.
  • Curiosity and listening: You are curious about social work and social care and how it could be made better. You listen and attend to what workers and people tell you about their experience and use your expertise to help them solve the problems they face.
  • Analysis and synthesis: You enjoy using evidence, knowledge, data, and information and ideas to create practical resources and programmes that will make a difference.
  • Working in a team: We are a small, busy team that works hard to make best use of everyone’s skills.
  • Learning and development: You should be a confident problem solver and able to learn new skills, methods and approaches.
  • Diplomacy and customer focus: We want everyone who comes into contact with Iriss to have a good experience. You are the kind of person who takes pride in doing excellent work and supporting others.

You will have skills and experience in:

  • Working confidently with a range of types of knowledge including academic research; practice wisdom; lived experience; and policy literature.
  • Facilitating groups and designing workshops, including confident facilitation in online environments.
  • Writing clearly and persuasively.
  • Synthesising project activities and identifying learning into readable, usable resources for people working in social work and social care.
  • Project development in areas where ‘the right answer’ is unclear, contested or unknown.
  • Using the standard MS Office suite (or equivalent) in a work or study environment.

You will have knowledge of:

  • Research and evidence use.
  • Facilitation techniques and approaches.
  • The social work and social care sector.

A typical week in the role

In a typical week in the role, you might be doing the following:

  • Working with a colleague, analysing outputs from a series of discussions, and deciding on the range of product(s) needed from what you have learned.
  • Working with the Iriss CEO to develop an evidence-informed response to a social care consultation.
  • Meeting with the Scottish Government to help shape a piece of research related to social work in Scotland.
  • Spending time reading academic research and other literature in preparation for designing a new project.
  • Doing an in-person facilitation with a social work team to help them think through what they want to make better about their systems and processes.

What we can offer you

  • 42 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • 9% employer contribution to your pension
  • Flexible, results based work environment
  • A learning culture with dedicated individual CPD budget and commitment to skills and knowledge development
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) support for health and wellbeing
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Research Analysis Lead

  • Full time
  • £40,540
  • Glasgow (Hybrid)
  • Closing 24th May 2024

About Iriss

Iriss supports people, workers and organisations to make social work and social care support work better through evidence based innovation. Iriss is a charity that works across Scotland and our principal funder is the Scottish Government.

About the role

The Research Analysis Lead role is to provide high quality research and analysis support to the Iriss team. There are a number of specified key activities attached to the role.

Key activities

We have summarised below the three key activities that will be attached to this role:

CSWO ANNUAL REPORT SUMMARY

Iriss is funded by the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser in the Scottish Government to undertake the analysis, and produce an overview, of the Chief Social Work Officer (CSWO) Annual Reports.

These annual reports are a means for Councils to report on the delivery of social work services in their area, highlighting key activities, developments, and challenges. The summary report document that you will produce is intended to highlight key themes drawn from the reports received to improve understanding of the performance, improvement and challenges being experienced across the sector.

ADULT SUPPORT AND PROTECTION (ASP) BIENNIAL REPORT SUMMARY

This report provides a summary of the main themes emerging from the 32 ASP biennial reports from across Scotland, giving a general overview of the ASP landscape. Iriss is funded to analyse and report on behalf of the Scottish Government and the report you complete will be submitted to them.

ASP QUARTERLY DATASET ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION

Iriss has been involved with the ASP community in Scotland over the last three years to develop a new minimum dataset that ASP Committees can report against. That is now complete and the 32 Committees have started to submit quarterly against this new dataset. The type of data collected include demographic and referral route information, as well a number of other agreed on key areas. The role for you here will be to collate, analyse and visually present this quarterly data back to ASP practitioners and the Scottish Government.

Who we are looking for

This role would suit someone with the following qualities and experience:

  • Desk/literature research and analysis skills: We are looking for someone with experience of theming and coding large amounts of material as this role involves the secondary analysis of research and reports.
  • Clear and accessible writing style: Key delivery areas of the role are synthesising large amounts of narrative and written material from reports and succinctly summarising that material.
  • Qualitative data analysis, interpretation and presentation: Ability and familiarity with the production of graphical representations and data visualisations and an ability to carry out data quality control, validation and collation for large data sets is required.
  • Spreadsheets: An advanced level of using MS Excel/Google sheets to analyse and present data is essential.
  • Good communication and diplomacy: This role will involve working closely with colleagues from Iriss and the Scottish Government to consider, draft and communicate these findings.

Specific experience in the third (charity) sector and/or social care/work areas are desirable but not a requirement.

A typical week in the role

In a typical week in the role, you might be doing the following:

  • Analysing Chief Social Worker Officer reports for key themes
  • Summarising literature and presenting it in a clear and accessible way
  • Meeting Scottish Government funders to talk through findings
  • Meeting with Iriss colleagues to decide how to best communicate the findings from a literature review

What we can offer you

  • 42 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • 9% employer contribution to your pension
  • Flexible, results based work environment
  • A learning culture with dedicated individual CPD budget and commitment to skills and knowledge development
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) support for health and wellbeing
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Finance Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,619 pro-rata
  • Hybrid working, our office base is in Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd January 2024

About Iriss

Iriss supports people, workers and organisations to make social work and social care support work better through evidence based innovation. Iriss is a charity that works across Scotland and our principal funder is the Scottish Government.

About the role

The Finance Officer ensures the smooth running of Iriss’s finances, including bookkeeping, invoicing, purchasing, budgeting, grant claims and audit.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who can help keep Iriss running smoothly and efficiently:

  • Analysis: You can analyse financials to explain why budgets have over or underspent and what the forecast going forward is.
  • Organisation: You will be able to work within structures and deadlines.
  • Working in a team: We are a small, busy team that works hard to make best use of everyone’s skills.
  • Diplomacy and customer focus: We want everyone who comes into contact with Iriss to have a good experience. You are the kind of person who takes pride in doing excellent work and supporting others.

You will have skills and experience in:

  • Bookkeeping: This should include keeping financial records and software (preferably XERO) up to date including invoicing and purchasing.
  • Reporting and forecasting: You will have experience producing quarterly/yearly reports for senior management that include a year end forecast and producing draft budgets for the coming year.
  • Working with Auditors: You will have experience working with external auditors to produce annual accounts.

You will have knowledge of:

  • Financial procedures and systems including XERO, setting and reporting on budgets, payroll and pensions.
  • Charity financial reporting.

A typical week in the role

In a typical week in the role, you might be doing the following:

  • Updating XERO with the purchase invoices.
  • Chasing a client for payment on an overdue invoice.
  • Working with the Head of Resources to ensure a planned event is running on budget.
  • Taking part in a project retrospective to understand more about Iriss’ work and ensure Iriss is financially stable.
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Administrator (NASPC)

  • Part time
  • £27,131 pro-rata
  • Hybrid
  • Closing 8th August 2023

About Iriss

Iriss is a charity that works with people, workers and organisations in social work and social care support to make positive change happen.

About the role

The Administrator provides administrative support to the National Adult Support and Protection Coordinator (Brenda Walker).

Key Activities

  • Diary management and support.
  • Taking clear minutes/ notes of meetings.
  • Venue, room and call booking.
  • Any other administrative tasks as required.

Who we are looking for

This role would suit someone with the following qualities and experience:

  • Organisation: you are organised, task focussed and can work autonomously, prioritising as required.
  • Writing: you write clearly and accurately.
  • Effective: you are detail orientated and enjoy using your time efficiently for maximum impact.
  • Support: you have experience of providing support to senior staff.
  • Diplomacy: you communicate effectively and courteously with others both verbally and in writing.
  • Digital: you are confident and skilled in standard office software for scheduling, communication and filing. (G- suite, MS Office etc.)
  • Video conferencing: you are confident and skilled in using standard video conferencing software (MS Teams, Zoom, Google Meet etc.).
  • Commitment: you are committed to ensuring that everyone who comes into contact with Iriss has a positive experience.

Specific experience in the third (charity) sector is not a requirement; however experience of providing administrative support, and a drive to provide high quality work is.

What we can offer you

We offer:

  • 42 days annual leave (pro rata).
  • 9% employer contribution to your pension.
  • Flexible, results based work environment.
  • A learning culture with dedicated individual CPD budget and commitment to skills and knowledge development.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) support for health and wellbeing.

A typical week in the role

In a typical week in the role, you might be doing the following:

  • Organising an online meeting on behalf of the National Adult Support and Protection Coordinator (NASPC).
  • Putting together a MailChimp newsletter to send to people interested in Adult Support and Protection.
  • Using WordPress to update the NASPC website.
  • Attending an Iriss team meeting to discuss what we’re learning from our work.
  • Working with the NASPC to finalise minutes of a Scottish Government meeting.

Core Iriss competencies

Everyone who works for Iriss is expected to achieve the following competencies. You might find this helpful when writing your covering letter.

Teamwork: Uses the right relational approach to work with others to deliver activities.

Planning and organising: Plans and organises work effectively to meet deadlines and manage time well.

Motivation: Focuses effort to achieve positive results, including the ability to work autonomously.

Flexibility: Understands and responds to change in the organisation and is solution orientated.

Initiative: Generates ideas and takes action to solve problems.

Judgement: Makes decisions with the information available and determines priorities.

Creativity: Uses creative thinking and practices to solve problems.

Communication: Is articulate and engaging with a keen attention to detail.

Diplomacy: Ensures everyone that comes into contact with Iriss has a good experience and presents themselves professionally.

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Communications Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,619 pro-rata
  • Hybrid working, our office base is in Glasgow
  • Closing 19th June 2023

Iriss supports people, workers and organisations to make social work and social care support work better through evidence based innovation. Iriss is a charity that works across Scotland and our principal funder is the Scottish Government

The Communications Officer creates and produces digital content to be used on our website and across our social media platforms.

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Admin & Events Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,131
  • Hybrid/able to travel in central Scotland
  • Closing 1st March 2023

Reports to: Head of Resources

Iriss is a charity that works with people, workers and organisations in social work and social care support to make positive change happen.

About the role

The Admin & Events Manager is responsible for coordinating events at Iriss including a high-profile sector event and, with the Head of Resources, ensuring Iriss is well run and a good place to work.

Key Activities

  • Coordinate and run a high-profile sector event working effectively with partners, suppliers and external event companies. (40% of your time)
  • Provide administrative and diary support to the National Adult Support and Protection coordinator. (40% of your time)
  • Provide general events, administrative and compliance support to the CEO/ team as required. (20% of your time)
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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 17th December 2021

This is an important time to work in social work and social care as we navigate one of the biggest changes to the way we work - The National Care Service.

Iriss is seeking Board Members to help us make that change happen.

We are a charity that works with social work and social care to create positive change in Scotland. To do that we provide expert knowledge, facilitation, evidence and practice guidance.

We have a new strategy in place to support significant reform in social work and social care in Scotland, so it’s an exciting time for our organisation, and for you to be part of shaping its future.

If you share our ambition and vision for better lives for people. workers and communities in Scotland, and have an interest in ensuring good governance, we would love to hear from you.

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Iriss Resources Manager

  • Full time
  • £25,217
  • Work from home (due to current restrictions)
  • Closing 19th April 2021

Iriss works with people, workers and organisations in social work and social care to help them use knowledge and innovation to make positive change happen.

The Iriss Resources Manager makes sure that Iriss runs smoothly and efficiently and is a good place to work. The postholder assists the CEO and the team to manage our finances; organise our HR; and help make sure that we meet all the requirements of being a company and a charity.

This post will suit an organised person who likes a varied workload and working flexibly within a small team.

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