Specialisterne NI is a specialist consultancy that recruits and supports talented autistic people with a diagnosis of Autism, Aspergers, or who have a communication difference in the workplace. We work with people who may have a diagnosis of Autism or Aspergers, or who can find communication in the workplace difficult. Our experience helps employers recruit and retain people with communication difference in the workplace, and grow diverse, effective teams.

As part of the Specialist People Foundation, we contribute to a global aim of one million jobs for autistic people.


Corporate Accounts Executive, Diversity and Inclusion

Corporate Accounts Executive (Diversity and Inclusion)

Specialisterne Northern Ireland is a not-for-private-profit community interest company which supports autistic people and people with other neurodivergent conditions to get ready for, secure, sustain and progress in careers. As part of the international Specialisterne network which pioneered the Autism at Work movement and which spans thirty-two cities in fifteen countries for seventeen years, we partner with leading employers internationally to work towards the goal of one million careers for autistic people and people with other neurodivergent conditions.

Established in 2014, Specialisterne NI took a co-design route to address unemployment and under-employment of autistic people. Together with autistic people we have developed a community model of employability for and by autistic people. We are now expanding the community model of employability to include neurodivergent people who are autistic and people who have dyslexia, ADHD, OCD, or Tourette’s Syndrome. Ongoing listening to neurodivergent people means that programmes continue to adapt to provide the additional supports that help neurodivergent people secure rewarding careers.

This is a unique opportunity to use client facing skills to support diversity and inclusion. At Specialisterne NI you will have the opportunity to work with a small team of autism and neurodiversity specialists as we develop new tools and techniques which support companies to recruit, retain, and develop the talents of neurodivergent people, and support the career development and well-being of neurodivergent people.

This post is funded by Dormant Accounts NI.

Job Description


The Corporate Accounts Executive (Diversity and Inclusion) will support the Specialisterne international mission of enabling 1 million jobs for autistic people and people with other neurodivergent conditions through development of services with employers, colleges and universities. The Corporate Accounts Executive will:

  • Increase awareness of the talents and value autistic and neurodivergent people bring to employers
  • Listen to employers to help employers overcome barriers autistic and neurodivergent people face
  • Identify and support corporate, college and university clients
  • Contribute to the design and development of the Specialisterne NI corporate, college/university service portfolio
  • Identify and support corporate clients who will engage in mentoring and fundraising with Specialisterne NI

Job Description

The Corporate Accounts Executive (Diversity and Inclusion) will carry out PR, sales and marketing activities to develop  the following services:

  • Corporate Training, including e-learning.
  • Corporate Recruitment
  • Assessment and corporate services
  • In-work support
  • In-company and in-campus neurodiversity initiatives with corporate, college and university clients
  • Fundraising for Specialisterne NI programmes for neurodivergent people
  • Mentoring on Specialisterne NI programmes for neurodivergent people

Working closely with the Specialisterne NI leadership team, the Corporate Accounts Executive (Diversity and Inclusion) will:

  • Carry out research related to neurodiversity, to identify employer perceptions of neurodiversity, and awareness of Specialisterne services which support diversity and inclusion.
  • Contact companies, colleges and universities and arrange to meet to discuss how Specialisterne NI may help in relation to neurodiversity and discuss the client’s experiences in relation to neurodiversity.
  • With the leadership team, develop proposals which are tailored to each client need.
  • Be the first point of contact for corporate clients, in relation to fundraising, mentoring, training, recruitment, in work support, assessment and other corporate services.
  • Together with the Specialisterne leadership team, develop and carry out PR and marketing plan and activities which support the above sales activities.

Person Specification


  • Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed). Examples of relevant study include Marketing, PR, Psychology, Business Studies, Human Resources, subject areas related to Diversity and Inclusion, Autism, ADHD/ADD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
  • Demonstrated interest in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Experience in sales, marketing and/or PR


  • Experience in supporting corporate clients
  • Demonstrated interest in Autism, ADHD/ADD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia.
  • Demonstrated commitment to client-led solutions
  • Experience in use of social media in sales, marketing and/or PR
  • Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and a commitment to developing new solutions for neurodivergent people.
  • A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations when required.

Terms and Conditions

  • 37.5 hours weekly. Hours typically between 9am-5pm, Monday -Friday.
  • Location: Currently working from home, moving to office based once the current restrictions are lifted. The Specialisterne NI offices are located at Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast.
  • The position is fixed term until 31 October 2024. Salary range: £20-30k, commensurate with experience.
  • This post is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund NI
  • Specialisterne NI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. Employment to this post is therefore subject to an Access NI Enhanced Check.
  • Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Process

  • Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to Sharon Didrichsen, Managing Director, Specialisterne NI by email: sharond@specialisterne.com
  • Closing date for applications: 8 December 2021 at 11:59pm
  • For additional information regarding Specialisterne NI, visit specialisterneni.com or contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191

Selection & Short listing

  • Applicants for the post of Corporate Accounts Executive (Diversity and Inclusion) will be assessed in accordance with the above criteria. The CV and covering letter, outlining how they meet the set criteria, submitted will form part of the assessment process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide evidence in this form and at assessment of how well they meet the criteria.
  • Applicants will be shortlisted for interview only on the basis of information provided. Specialisterne will shortlist only those candidates who, from the information supplied, best demonstrate that the candidate meets the essential and, if required, the desirable criteria.
  • Specialisterne reserves the right if required to apply the above desirable criteria for shortlisting purposes, in the order in which they appear.
  • Specialisterne may operate a reserve list for future vacancies (either at this level or lower levels) which may arise within Specialisterne. The reserve list is maintained for 6 months.

How can we help?

If you are a job seeker and experience communication challenges which may be related to Autism or Aspergers, we can:

  • assess your skills , and advise on what job roles may best suit your communication profile and skillset
  • job search and support you through the interview process
  • carry out a mock interview to help you perform at your best

If you are in a job role, and experience communication challenges which may be related to Autism or Aspergers we can provide Communication Coaching, that helps you understand Autism and how to Communicate Effectively.

If you are an employer and would like to recruit or develop the skills of employees with Autism, Aspergers, or related communication difference we can:

  • introduce CVs of candidates who match your job roles
  • run assessment days for your direct applicants with Autism, Aspergers or related communication difference
  • train staff in how to interview or develop the skills of people with Autism, Aspergers, or related communication difference
  • Provide communication coaching for existing employees or new starts so that they integrate well into a team

Lego Assessment

For the team at Specialisterne NI, ‘playing’ with Lego is all in a day’s work, a social enterprise recruitment consultancy that pairs people on the autistic spectrum with highly skilled jobs in the burgeoning IT sector.

At Specialisterne NI, we use Lego Mindstorms Robots to identify skills and any support needs of participants. By building Lego Robots in small teams, participants demonstrate skills in completing a systematic task, as well as self and team management. We then share what we see with participants and where appropriate use this information to match participants to job roles. When completing the assessment for a current employee, we use the information to help the employee perform at their best in the workplace.

Specialisterne opened in N. Ireland in April 2014 and as a first project supported participants on the Autistic Spectrum in the DEL2014/15 Software Test Academy, all of whom secured job roles.