Employment Development Officers (DSA)

Salary: £25,000
Location: Home base (North West of England and Yorkshire and Humber)
Post: 2 posts, 35 hrs per week        (These posts are for a three year period)

The Down’s Syndrome Association is the only organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. The Down’s Syndrome Association aims to create the conditions that all people with Down’s syndrome need to live full and rewarding lives.

We have two exciting opportunities within our Employment Team, WorkFit. WorkFit is the DSA employment initiative which bridges the gap between employers and candidates with Down’s syndrome. WorkFit aims to find the right role for the right candidate, with the right level of support for success.  The project addresses the range of work opportunities, including paid work, voluntary work, work experience placements and apprenticeships.

We are looking for two experienced Employment Officers, one to be based in the North West of England and the other to be based in Yorkshire and Humber. Both officers will be home based. They will be responsible for implementing a three year plan for supporting people with Down’s syndrome to access the work place. As part of their role, they will;

  • Expand and enhance employment prospects for people with Down’s syndrome
  • Develop partnership links with and between existing support networks
  • Promote the project with local networks throughout the North West of England and Yorkshire and Humber.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Employment Development Manager. The right candidate will have:

  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
  • A good understanding of supported employment as well as experience within the employment sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to develop relations with and within external organisations, co-ordinate meetings, negotiate, motivate others and support colleagues.
  • Ability to plan and manage project based work and identify opportunities for development.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to the Employment Development Manager, Veronica Mulenga, on 0333 12 12 300 or email dsworkfit@downs-syndrome.org.uk

To apply, please visit the Down’s Syndrome Association website http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/get-involved/jobs/  and download the full job description and application form. Alternatively contact Lesley Alabaf on 0333 12 12 300. Please send a completed job application to Lesley Alabaf lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 2nd June 2017.

Interviews for both roles will take place week commencing 19th June 2017.