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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