Location: The post will be based at our Daisy Chain Superstore  

Salary: £22,000 per annum (pro rata)             

Hours: 26 hours per week (fixed-term contract for 1 year with a view to extend subject to funding) 

Closing Date: 21st June 12pm but if enough suitable applicants are received prior to the closing date, the closing date will be brought forward.  


Job Summary

The post holder will encourage, inspire and support the personal and professional development of autistic and neurodiverse adults. They will take a lead role in the coordination, planning and delivery of Daisy Chain’s internal employability offer, including a range of vocational courses, placements and 121 support. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring service user progress along appropriate employability pathways and empowering individuals to apply their progress in the wider community through external work placements, training, volunteering and paid work. 

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Key Tasks

Coordination 

  • To ensure the effective coordination and implementation of a range of vocational internal courses and placements within Daisy Chain.
  • To liaise regularly and effectively with appropriate staff within the Daisy Chain Superstore (and elsewhere as necessary) to ensure a variety of impactful, effective and progressive courses and placements are available, including the identification, development and implementation of new opportunities.
  • To ensure that all courses, placements and 121 sessions are accompanied by visuals and resources to support service users successful engagement, confidence and skill development within activities.
  • To ensure that all courses, placements and 121 sessions are accompanied by documentation and resources that effectively track and capture service user goals, progress, outcomes and personalised action plans.
  • To maintain up to date and detailed service user data reflecting numbers and outcomes across all internal employability services, which can be used to inform, service development and for statistical and impact reporting purposes.
  • To take a lead role in the planning of new courses and internal placement opportunities, as well as regularly reviewing existing planning and support materials to ensure that service delivery is of a consistently high quality, is autism friendly and meets the varying needs of service users. 
  •  To consider the safeguarding and wellbeing of service users throughout all internal service delivery, including the effective creation, review and implementation of detailed risk assessments.
  • To ensure appropriate staffing levels for all courses and placements, including covering for staff absence (e.g. sickness and annual leave).
  • To take a lead role with the enrolment and triage of employability service users, ensuring that all paperwork is completed in line with Daisy Chain’s policies and procedures and that service users are allocated to the most appropriate employability tier based on their entry level and goals. 
  • To maintain an up to date log of beneficiary activity within internal employability services, including waiting lists, active caseloads, capacity and availability. 

Operational 

  • To plan and deliver a range of vocational courses, placements and 121 employability support for autistic and neurodiverse adults.
  • To support a case load of service users to progress along appropriate employability pathways, liaising with team members as necessary and supporting service users with transition, ‘next steps’ and service exit planning. 
  • To support service users to achieve meaningful volunteering, training and paid work opportunities.
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of developments in autism and neurodevelopmental differences, including effective strategies, resources and techniques.
  • Provide cover for staff within the team when necessary.
  • To initiate, develop and maintain positive relationships with young people/adults affected by autism and their families.
  • To respond appropriately and carry out the correct procedures if service users make a disclosure that causes concern for their safety/wellbeing
  • To maintain an ‘empowerment’ focus when supporting service users, with the main goal being for them to move into real world opportunities such as meaningful training, independent volunteering and paid work. 
  • To meet agreed performance targets 

 

 Administration

  • Maintain accurate data for internal employability services for reporting to the Employability Manager and Head of Adult Services.
  • Undertake administrative tasks necessary, in line with Daisy Chain procedures, for the efficient and effective delivery of the key responsibilities in this role.

  

Additional responsibilities 

  • Comply with the Charities’ Health and Safety policy in all employment practices
  • Maintain the integrity of the Daisy Chain brand in all internal and external communications
  • Work in ways, which promote equality of opportunity, participation and responsibility
  • Maintain a proactive approach to your role and responsibilities along with a commitment to contribute and maintain the positive working ethos within the Charity
  • Ensure attendance at staff meetings.
  • Undertake any training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
  • Work in a way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the Charity’s services and embraces the organisations quality initiatives
  • Work in ways, which promote equality of opportunity, participation and responsibility
  • Any other duties from time to time, commensurate with the level of the post 

 

This job outline is intended to indicate the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but, while some variation can be expected in particular duties, the outline is considered to provide a reasonable general description of the post.

This post is deemed to require an Enhanced Disclosure Check with the Criminal Records Bureau due to the fact that there is access to children and vulnerable adults. Further information on the Disclosure Services is available at www.disclosure.gov.uk. 

 

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have a strong work ethic, and share our Company values of Passionate, Inclusive, Empowering, Ambitious, Open and Innovative . If you have worked in a similar setting before all the better, but most importantly we are looking for people who share our Ethos of improving the lives of families affected by Autism. The below details what we are looking for in an ideal candidate if it is Essential (E) Desirable (D) and how we will assess that skill, via your application (A) at Interview (I) or as part of a task during the interview process (T)

 

Experience

  • Experience of working with autistic/neurodiverse young people or adults. E&A
  • Experience of delivering effective employability based support. E&A
  • Experience of working flexibly and applying a range of bespoke support strategies to meet the needs of diverse individuals. E&A 
  • Experience of tracking progress and creating bespoke action plans to assist individuals in moving towards and achieving personalised employability goals. E&A
  • Experience of dealing with safeguarding issues relating to young people and/or adults. D&A
  • Experience of managing a case load of service users. E&A
  • Experience of coordinating and ensuring the effective implementation of a range of activities. E&A
  • Experience of line managing of staff or volunteers. D&A      


Qualifications

  • Level 3 qualification in education, social care (or other relevant field) OR equivalent experience. E&A 
  • Trained to the level of Designated Safeguarding Officer (or willing to work towards). D&A 
  • Good general education. E&A
  • Trained in understanding autism. D&A
  • Basic safeguarding training. D&A      


Knowledge and Skills

  • Passionate about empowering autistic adults to achieve their full potential. E,A&I
  • A thorough understanding of the full cycle of recruitment and employability, the associated skills, expectations and requirements and the ability to translate this into effective, empowering and autism friendly workshops, courses and support. E&I
  • A thorough understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by autistic adults in relation to employability. E,A&I
  • A thorough understanding of a broad range of strategies and reasonable adjustments that can be applied to varying work environments, tasks and recruitment processes to enhance inclusivity for autistic adults. E,A&I
  • Excellent organisational, time management and prioritisation skills. E,A&I
  • Ability to plan effective activities, support and resources for adults affected by autism and with varying needs. E&I
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and service users. E&I
  • Able to communicate clearly, professionally and effectively with service users, colleagues and stakeholders (both verbally and in writing). E&I
  • The ability to establish positive, supportive and empowering relationships with service users whilst also maintaining appropriate boundaries. E&I
  • IT literate and able to use all appropriate software packages, including Excel. E&A
  • Ability to problem solve, use initiative and work with a high level of proactivity both independently and within a team. E&A
  • An understanding of safeguarding and an ability to identify signs of concern and respond appropriately. E,A&I

Other

  • Understanding of and commitment to the aims, ethos and philosophy of Daisy Chain. E&A
  • Ability to travel to projects, events and meetings. D&A  
  • Clean full driving license with own transport. D&A 
  • Ability to work within agreed and often tight timescales. E, A&I 
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service. E&A      


Company Benefits

Our staff do amazing jobs and as such we want to reward our staff that is why we offer

  • Enhanced holiday leave of 33 days annual leave (pro rata for part time employees) rising to 35 after 5 years’ service.
  • A bespoke induction plan specific to you and your role which starts as soon as a job offer is accepted.
  • Alongside your induction plan new members of staff have a 6 month induction programme and planned meetings with their line manager to ensure the employee is settling in and offer any support needed to fulfil their role
  • Ongoing training and development. 
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers a full range of confidential services designed to ensure you receive professional support that may affect work and home life.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Staff discount.
  • Free on-site car parking and refreshments.
  • Social and charitable events.
  • Company sick Pay after successful completion of probationary period.
  • Savings Club
  • Give as you earn scheme for staff to make donation to a charity of their choice if they wish.
  • If your role requires membership of a professional Body we will pay your membership fees. 

 

To be considered for the role click on the apply button above and submit your CV and details alongside a covering letter detailing with examples how you meet the person specification for the role. If you have any questions or require further information please contact us on 01642 531248.


We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, to enable you to perform to the best of your ability, please let us know when submitting your CV.