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.

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Children and Young People’s Lead Consultant- Autism and Neurodiversity.

Established in 2014, Specialisterne NI has a team of 13 consultants who support autistic and neurodivergent people to get ready for, secure and develop rewarding careers, and employers to recruit and develop the talents of autistic and neurodivergent people.

This is a new Children and Young People’s Lead Consultant role which presents an excellent opportunity to join a unique, not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland, at a key stage of growth.

Initially leading on autistic community programmes across Primary and Secondary Schools, Dot-to-Dot and Connect4, this opportunity is aimed at an emerging leader.

The Role

The Children and Young Peoples’ Lead Consultant aim is to lead programmes which support participants, who are neurodivergent children or young people, to have fun and connect with others, feel listened to, and understood, feel more confident and develop skills for the future.

The Children and Young People’s Lead Consultant will facilitate workshops and programme activities in school and online and will mentor and lead a small team as they deliver programme activities in schools and online.

The Children and Young People’s Lead Consultant will engage and listen to autistic and neurodivergent children and young people, and people important to them, and tailor programme curriculum and delivery so that programmes have optimum benefit for the children and young people taking part. Working as part of the leadership team, the role will involve planning, social impact measurement, quality control, safeguarding, risk management, programme reporting and liaising with funders.

Children and Young People’s Programme Lead

 Contract:                   Full-time, fixed term contract currently funded until 31st March 2024

 

Hours of work:         Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm

 

Location:                   Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast (Hybrid working)

 Salary:                        £27,500-£32,500

 

Established in 2014, Specialisterne NI has a team of 13 consultants who support autistic and neurodivergent people to get ready for, secure and develop rewarding careers, and employers to recruit and develop the talents of autistic and neurodivergent people.

This is a new Children and Young People’s Programme Lead role which presents an excellent opportunity to join a unique, not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland, at a key stage of growth.  Initially leading on autistic community programmes across Primary and Secondary Schools, Dot-to-Dot and Connect4, this opportunity is aimed at an emerging leader.

The Role

The Children and Young Peoples’ Programme Lead aim is to lead programmes which support participants, who are neurodivergent children or young people, to have fun and connect with others, feel listened to, and understood, feel more confident and develop skills for the future.

The Children and Young People’s Programme Lead will facilitate workshops and programme activities in school and online and will mentor and lead a small team as they deliver programme activities in schools and online.

The Children and Young People’s Programme Lead will engage and listen to autistic and neurodivergent children and young people, and people important to them, and tailor programme curriculum and delivery so that programmes have optimum benefit for the children and young people taking part.  Working as part of the Leadership team, the role will involve planning, social impact measurement, quality control, safeguarding, risk management, programme reporting and liaising with funders.

Essential Criteria

  • GCSE Maths and English (C grade or higher).
  • Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed). Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Education, Sensory Integration, subject areas related to Autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia.
  • Previous experience in and knowledge of Autism.
  • Previous leadership experience.
  • Demonstrable interest in and knowledge one or more of the following: Autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia
  • General knowledge of quality standards and required procedures.
  • A driving licence and access to own vehicle OR access to a reliable means of transport to travel to various locations across Belfast when required.

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of Autism.
  • Experience of programme leadership
  • Previous experience in a leadership role in a service environment and/or in a VCSE sector
  • Study in a subject related to leadership or management
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of one or more of the following: ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia
  • Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the Autistic Spectrum or who have ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, or Dyslexia, to achieve the changes they want
  • Experience in supporting people in small groups.
  • Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
  • Experience in liaising with stakeholders
  • Experience in working with young people and children.

To apply for this position, please forward an up-to-date C.V. clearly outlining how you meet the above criteria, to Sharon Didrichsen, Managing Director, by email: sharond@specialisterne.com, before the closing date of: 15 July 2022

For additional information regarding Specialisterne NI and/or about the position, visit specialisterneni.com or contact Sharon Didrichsen for a confidential chat on 07565 936191.

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 reserve the right to enhance the criteria in the event of an unprecedented response.

Selection & Short listing

  • Applicants for the post of Children and Young People’s Lead Consultant will be assessed in accordance with the above criteria. The CV, 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.
  • Course subject areas will be examined further to determine relevance to the position being advertised. This will be used as an additional method of shortlisting.
  • 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.

Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

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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.