Head of Advocacy & Engagement: National Role

Job Title: Head of Advocacy and Engagement

Salary: £35,000-£43,000 depending on experience

Work pattern: Full Time (permanent)- 9am to 5.30pm,

Monday to Friday (some evening and weekend working will be required

DFN Project Search are growing our Engagement and Advocacy Team and are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, strategic and creative person who has outstanding skills to engage and work with young adults with a learning disability, autism spectrum condition or both. This is a new role that will lead the development and growth of our Youth Advisory and Alumni offer, embedding it as part of our intern and graduate experience.

Job Summary: We are looking for someone to set a clear strategy and then develop, grow and successfully manage our Youth Advisory (YAG) and Alumni groups, as well as lead the engagement of families / support networks. The ideal candidate is someone who will ensure interns accessing the DFN Project SEARCH model are at the heart of decision making and who will champion their rights and their participation. We are looking for someone who has a strong understanding of advocacy and the rights and entitlements of young adults with special educational needs and disabilities. We are in the second year of running our YAG and yet to launch our Alumni offer. This role will therefore involve leading the implementation, development, and growth of the membership of both DFN Project SEARCH YAG and Alumni group. This will include planning and facilitating a programme of activities throughout the year for YAG and Alumni members, which we hope will be a mix of in person and online events. This post holder will also provide ongoing training to YAG, Alumni and parent/carer members and facilitate their participation in our advocacy work. There will also be opportunities to deliver training to our central and partner teams alongside members of these groups,

Fur further information on this role please see the attached appointment brief.

Deadline for applications: Close of business Friday 24th February 2023