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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Support Hub Deputy Leader -INTERNAL ONLY

Band 8b

Main area
Policy and International Health, WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health & Well-being
Band 8b
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Cardiff or North Wales
Cardiff or North Wales
£56,164 - £65,262 per annum
Salary period
Today at 23:59
Interview date


Welcome to Public Health Wales, the National Public Health Institute in Wales

Our vision is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales

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Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English. To support our all Wales service, we particularly welcome applications from Welsh speakers.



Job overview


The Adverse Childhood Experiences Support Hub aims to support organisations and professionals across Wales to become ACE informed, through testing interventions, learning about what works, and does not work, developing resources and key principles which can be adopted.  Equally, the Hub will look to create an ACE aware society, informing communities, families, parents and young people about ACEs and building protective factors.  The long term success of the Hub will depend on buy in from organisations and communities to recognise ACEs, embed changes and continue new ways of working, and so effective leadership and engagement will be vital to the Hub to achieve systems change across multiple organisations in Wales.

Main duties of the job

The ACE Hub Deputy will be responsible for supporting the strategic work of the Hub, particularly engagement and cultural change and overseeing the day to day running of the Hub. Additionally, the post-holder will have oversight of specific sector engagement activity and the implementation of the National Trauma Framework for Wales.  The post holder will need to be able to work closely with the Hub Director and with the expert Sector Relationship leads from each sector.  This is a complex task, the Deputy will be able to be comfortable working across a wide knowledge base, working with ambiguity or areas which they may not be familiar with.  The demands are often greater than capacity available so the post holder must be resilient and able to remain focused on the aims and objectives whilst being adaptable and open to opportunities which may arise.  The post holder must be highly politically sensitive and aware of the complex issues which will affect stakeholders of the Hub.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Working for our organisation

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Our vision is 'Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales' where we play a pivotal role in driving improvements in population health and well-being, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare outcomes, protecting the public and supporting the development of health in all policies across Wales.

Our organisation is guided by our Values, 'Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference'. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications which represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve and from those wishing to work part time or on a job share basis.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information about the vacancy please see the job description and personal specification attached.

Our Health and Well-Being Directorate and our World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Investment in Health and Well-being (WHO CC) Directorates will soon be working as one. The combining of these two directorates is our next phase as an organisation to ensure that we are best designed to meet the population health needs in Wales by bringing together the skills and staff in these directorates into one powerful population health directorate. This does mean there will be changes to our team structures and we are advising candidates that some roles may be subject to change in the coming 12 months. Changes for staff could include a change in line manager; variations to job descriptions or changes to roles and responsibilities. If changes are required, these will be discussed fully with those affected, in accordance with our Organisational Change Policy.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to relevant Masters level or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of project management disciplines


Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of developing effective working relationships with multiagency partners at a strategic level within the public and/or third sector and building networks to support delivery of organisational objectives
  • Strong experience of delivering system and cultural change and system improvement across organisations, including at a national or regional level
  • Strong evidence of influencing and negotiating with others to achieve organisational objectives within a complex and sensitive environment
  • Experience of managing a team of subject matter experts
  • Experience of working effectively with a variety of subject matter experts
  • Managing budgets effectively and efficiently
  • Knowledge of public sector governance procedures in Wales
  • Ability to organise time and resources to meet challenging deadlines, making and communicating tough decisions sensitively
  • Experience of public speaking
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of public sector finance and procurement policies

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates skilful leadership, highly politically sensitive and attune to issues affecting sectors across Wales
  • Significant experience of managing and leading through cultural change
  • Ability to overcome barriers associated with conveying highly complex technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise a complex strategic programme to meet appropriate deadlines typically involving other disciplines/organisations
  • Good IT literacy and keyboard skills, comfortable with using web technology and social media
  • Supervision and team management
  • Strong experience of organisational system and process development
  • Excellent team worker with the ability to establish relationships quickly
  • To present and showcase achievements and progress
  • Ability to communicate effectively across different levels of an organisation
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with team members and other staff
  • Can demonstrate initiative, creativity, flexibility and a personal ethos of continuous improvement
  • Show an ability to gain an understanding of other professionals ‘problem solving’ requirements
  • Ability to focus, concentrate and accurately complete tasks within given timeframes whilst dealing with unscheduled interruptions e.g., changing priorities
  • Ability to manage an improvement programme across organisations
  • Ability to translate strategy into action
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to work through the medium of Welsh

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

Welsh language skills are desirable

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jo Hopkins
Job title
Programme Director (ACEs, Criminal Justice & VPU)
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