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.

 CYP Programme Lead – Job Description – Jun 22 (1)

Programme Leader-CYP- Person Specification – June 22 (1)

 

 

Autism and Neurodiversity Consultants

Specialisterne NI 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, we partner with leading employers internationally to work towards the goal of one million careers for autistic people and people with other neurodivergent conditions.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for two Autism and Neurodiversity Consultants to join our team in supporting neurodivergent people, as they connect and learn from each other, and start out on and progress in careers.

Autism and Neurodiversity Consultant

 Contract:                  Full-time, fixed term contract currently funded until 31st March 2023

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

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

Salary:                        £20-25k, depending on experience.

Positions:                  Two available

 

The Role

The aim of this is to support participants, who are neurodivergent young people or adults, to feel more confident, experience reduced attitudinal and communication barriers and help participants feel more ready to meet employers, education, and training providers.  You will connect with an exciting employer mentor network, many of whom are neurodivergent, who will inform the programme curriculum, ensuring participant’s learning pathways are relevant to their chosen career, and who will provide learning opportunities for participants.

Our successful candidates will also support our neurodivergent community to connect with and learn from each other through shared interests, so that participants feel more connected and confident, and improve wellbeing.  This role will provide ongoing learning opportunities on Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, OCD, or Tourette’s Syndrome and how to best support neurodivergent people.

Essential Criteria

  • Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed) e.g. Atypical Development, Psychology, Education, Sensory Integration, subject areas related to Autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
  • Previous experience in and knowledge of Autism
  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Ability to manage and organise your workload
  • A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations across Belfast when required.

 

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of Autism.
  • Previous experience in and knowledge of one or more of the following: ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia.
  • 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.

 

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 www.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 Autism and Neurodiversity 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.

 A & N Consultant – Job Description – Jun 22

A & N Consultant – Person Specification – June 22

 

Business Operations Executive

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.

We are delighted to recruit for a new Business Operations Executive role which presents an excellent opportunity to join a unique, not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland, at a key stage of growth. Funded until March 2025, by the Rank Foundation Start Here programme in partnership with the Department for Communities, this opportunity is aimed at an emerging leader.

Business Operations Executive

Contract:                   Full-time, fixed term contract currently funded until 31st March 2025

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 Business Operations Executive role which presents an excellent opportunity to join a unique, not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland, at a key stage of growth

Funded until March 2025, by the Rank Foundation Start Here programme in partnership with the Department for Communities, this opportunity is aimed at an emerging leader.

The Role

Working as part of the leadership team, the Business Operations Executive will support the effective running of Specialisterne NI through the delivery of business operations, such as Social Impact, Business Planning, Grants & Tenders, Quality Control, Purchasing and HR.  The successful applicant will work across these business functions, to ensure optimal delivery of programmes which are co-designed with autistic and neurodivergent people.

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 Business Studies, Human Resources, and Finance subjects.
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • General knowledge of quality standards and required procedures.
  • Strong business acumen with advanced numeracy and excel skills and skills in statistical analysis and data analytics.
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Ability to manage and organise your workload
  • 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

  • Experience in a service environment and or in a VCSE sector
  • Experience in liaising with business stakeholders
  • Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.

 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 www.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 Business Operations Executive 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.

 Business Operations Executive – Job Description – Jun 22

Business Operations Exec – Person Specification – June 22

Celebrating the Autistic Community at Specialisterne NI, now ages 8-60+ and launching a new summer programme!

With news today regarding the rate of autism in N Ireland, we celebrate the autistic community at Specialisterne, which highlights the contribution autistic people make to N Ireland. The autistic community at Specialisterne NI, from this week, includes autistic young people from the age of 8 to 60+!

Autistic young people at primary schools are now connecting to each other each week through play, autistic young people at secondary schools connect with each other at in-school and after-school groups, and our autistic and neurodivergent adult community meet up virtually and/or in-person, depending on preference!

Dot to Dot, the new primary school programme at Specialisterne NI, was inspired by members of our adult community, some of whom remember an adult following them around at school, and the next day being told they were autistic, and that was it. The idea is that if you are connected to other autistic people when you are diagnosed or realise you are autistic, you may not feel like you are the only person who is autistic, and working things out by yourself. You will also gain insight into the vibrant and diverse autistic community there is across N Ireland and the world, and learn from meeting older autistic young people at secondary schools, and autistic adult mentors, working across all types of and levels of careers.

If you are interested in joining the autistic community at Specialisterne, now is a good time! We have just launched our new primary school community, are inviting new schools to join our secondary school programme,  have added in-person meet-ups, have a new ALL2gether at Work community across multiple companies, and we are planning an exciting summer activity programme!

For details see below, and/or contact Sharond@specialisterne.com

 

 

www.work, supporting neurodivergent people to secure and progress in rewarding careers

We are welcoming enquiries for www.work, a new programme for autistic and neurodivergent people age 16+ (no upper age limit), which aims to develop the confidence and skills of autistic and neurodivergent people and to support participants to get ready for, secure and develop the skills to retain and progress in rewarding careers. www.work is based on what autistic and neurodivergent people have found useful when getting ready for work, and what has helped autistic and neurodivergent people secure, keep and progress in careers. We call it a new community model of employability.
For details please contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191

Minister of State for Northern Ireland listens to perspectives of autistic people.

Left to right: Jonathan Mc Murray, Mentor, Specialisterne NI, Sharon Didrichsen, MD, Specialisterne NI, Minister Burns, Adam Craig, Elaine Stephens, Head of Programmes, Specialisterne NI, Karl Ritchie.

 

On a visit to Northern Ireland in the run up to Autism Acceptance Month, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland visited social enterprise Specialisterne NI and met with autistic people to discuss how the government may support autistic people to secure and progress in careers. The Minister met with autistic people at the Specialisterne NI offices who attended both in person and via Zoom.

The Minister heard about the experiences of members of the autistic community at Specialisterne NI and was curious to learn more about ‘Count Me IN,’ a new programme funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. Count Me IN pilots Specialisterne NI’s community model of employability support, which has been developed with the autistic community at Specialisterne, and which has enjoyed success with reported increases in confidence, feeling represented and socially connected, and which has led to many members of the community starting out on and progressing in careers across diverse sectors in N Ireland. For the first time, Count Me IN brings this community model of employability support to people who are autistic and to people who are otherwise neurodivergent, including people who are dyslexic, and people who have ADHD, OCD, Dyspraxia or Tourette’s Syndrome.

Members of the community advised the Minister on some of the key issues faced by autistic people in N Ireland. These included waiting times to receive a diagnosis, autistic women being misdiagnosed or not receiving a diagnosis (autistic women can present autistic traits differently to men), and support needed for teachers and GPs to have a better understanding and awareness of autism and neurodiversity. The Minister also heard from Jonathan McMurray, a mentor at Specialisterne NI, who shared about his employment journey, and, alongside others, commented on the added value autistic people can offer an employer such as unique insights, appreciations and approaches to tasks.

The Minister mentioned how the autistic community at Specialisterne was an example of a community ‘levelling up.’ A member of the autistic community commented ‘To the Minister’s point, programmes like Specialisterne offer are like ‘levelling up,’ they’re also like ‘taking back control’ to use another popular phrase, i.e., as an autistic person I get to take back control of my own life through the programmes!’

One member of the autistic community relayed to the Minister how, upon receiving a diagnosis of autism and asking ‘What services and organisations exist to support me?’, they were told there weren’t any. They added: ‘I only came across Specialisterne and the ALL2gether group at Specialisterne by chance through a twitter post about their services. Being involved in the ALL2gether group is brilliant, and has definitely helped me a lot with both building my confidence and having a sense of community’

Part of an international network that works across 15 countries, Specialisterne is a pioneer of ‘Autism at Work’, an international movement, which supports companies to identify and reduce the barriers autistic people face entering the workplace. It also helps companies to develop working environments that help autistic people thrive at work.

Sharon Didrichsen, Founder and Managing Director at Specialisterne NI, shared with the Minister the journey of the autistic community at Specialisterne NI to date, and how listening to the autistic community had been fundamental in supporting autistic people to overcome barriers to careers, and has led to a community which supports each other to get ready for and secure careers, to thrive in the workplace and to progress up the career ladder. ‘We enjoyed meeting with the Minister today who got to experience the autistic community at Specialisterne and hear first-hand the different experiences of members of the community. It was good to discuss the different challenges members of the autistic community can face and how the government may assist with these, and to share with the Minister how the autistic community can solve longstanding barriers to employment simply by working together. In the words of a member of the autistic community at Specialisterne ‘We don’t need therapy; we just need each other.’’

Following his visit Minister of State for Northern Ireland Conor Burns said:

“I feel extremely privileged to have been able to meet some of the dedicated & passionate people who support Specialisterne NI’s ‘Count Me IN’ programme during my visit.

“This programme does brilliant work in supporting and helping neurodivergent people who are unemployed or economically inactive prepare for and secure employment. I’m proud that the Government is able to support some of those people that I have met today to start, or take the next step in, their career with funding the UK Community Renewal Fund.”

 Specialisterne NI

Specialisterne NI is a Community Interest Company, which is not for private profit, and which is part of the Specialisterne international network. Specialisterne NI works to support neurodivergent people. It also helps employers recruit and retain neurodivergent people and grow diverse effective teams.

Founded in Belfast in 2014, Specialisterne NI has a team of 14 who support neurodivergent people and employers so that more neurodivergent people secure and sustain better careers.

Count Me IN is a programme for neurodivergent people to start out on or continue careers, which is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

For more information contact Sharon Didrichsen Email: sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile: 07565 936191 Website: www.specialisterneni.com Address: Specialisterne NI, Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF

Launching Dot to Dot, a programme for autistic young people at primary and secondary schools

We are excited to welcome expressions of interest for Dot to Dot, Specialisterne NI’s first programme for autistic young people at primary and secondary schools.

 

The Pablo Academy

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