Assistant Director – Legal Services

£60-£65k pa + excellent benefits
Closing date
23 Sep 2020
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Assistant Director – Legal Services

£60-£65k pa + excellent benefits

Flexible location

Closing date: 23 September 2020 at 11.30pm.

Are you collaborative, flexible, diplomatic and assertive, with effective management and leadership skills, a current practising certificate and proven PQE as a Solicitor? Then join Shelter as Assistant Director – Legal Services and you could soon be playing a vital leadership role at the heart of our Legal Services team..

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

Shelter’s services provide the support that can be the difference between someone keeping or losing their home. Our Services directorate is the largest in Shelter, with some 700 staff plus volunteers, operating in 12 hubs, 21 courts, 19 prisons, and many other community locations. Our Legal Services teams not only help individuals to keep their homes, they also use the law to achieve social change through strategic litigation. As an Assistant Director, you’ll also be part of a Services Leadership Team that reports to the Director of Services and forms part of our Revolution group - a team of some 20 staff responsible for the stewardship of our strategic goals. This role could also be home-based or work out of  one of our hubs.

About the Role

This high profile role will see you provide leadership and direction on the part our legal services can play to enhance the objectives of our strategy, as well as Shelter’s fundamental aim - to defend the right to a safe home. Indeed, you’ll be a real agent for change in delivering Shelter’s strategic aims, with a particular focus on aligning the delivery of multi-channel and diversely-funded legal services with other Shelter services and ensuring alignment with those aims. Developing our strategic litigation team so it can influence changes in the law and its practice will be an important aspect of the role too, as will providing legal practice and compliance expertise to the Director of Services and Assistant Director cohort. And, when it comes to representing us in external forums related to the delivery of legal services, fulfilling compliance role requirements, managing risk or implementing organisation-wide initiatives, again, we’ll rely on you

About you

You’ll need experience of working in social welfare law, plus an extensive track record of conducting and supervising civil litigation in areas relevant to Shelter’s activities. Strong influencing and negotiation skills are essential too, as is the ability to motivate and develop others. We’re also looking for impressive project and change management skills gained at senior leadership level, including the ability to build business and benefit cases and work cooperatively to improve and sustain change outcomes. Used to working in a matrix management environment, identifying, managing and mitigating risk and ensuring compliance is promoted and fully considered at all stages of planning and delivery also comes naturally to you.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our Services Leadership team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them. In addition to this, we encourage an approach to involving people with personal insight of housing issues and homelessness in our recruitment processes.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

To apply please email your CV and a supporting statement that addresses the key criteria on the job description to

If your post qualification experience of housing law includes litigation and representing in court on behalf of homeless people or people in housing need, consider a move to Shelter. The ideal environment in which to use your expertise to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, you’ll be part of the national legal services team at one of the UK’s leading charities.

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