Atherton, Greater Manchester
£33,129 - £37,270 per year + benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Current Total Salary Progression: Up to £49,693 per annum depending on development within the role.


This role will support the North West region with flexibility over office location.


The Rehabilitation Officer (known within Guide Dogs  as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist (OMSp)) helps  people with sight loss to live the life they choose by delivering orientation, mobility services  and technology that promote independence and choice to people who are blind and partially sighted both indoors and outdoors. Through personalisation and re-ablement, the OMSp will provide a specialist holistic assessment of customer needs and deliver support that will enable a person to achieve their goals. The OMSp will use their core skills to empower a person’s independence, wellbeing and provide information and advice about what support is available for them.


The core hours of this role are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.


More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.


We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.



Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.



Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, and provide help to those with sight loss, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;




  • Qualification as either a Mobility Instructor or Rehabilitation Worker e.g. Dip HE Rehabilitation Studies or equivalent.
  • In addition, evidence of continued professional development to maintain current knowledge and experience within the field.
  • Has experience of working with people who are blind and partially sighted.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with other professionals / agencies.
  • Assessment and planning skills.



For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below.


If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.


How to apply

Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above. As part of your application ensure you provide to evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description.


The system does have a time limit, we would advise you to complete your answers and copy and paste into the online form once finalised. Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.


Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.


Remember to refer to the attached job description and candidate pack for more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

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Refreshed on: 09 May 2021
Closed date: 18 May 2021
Job ref: 000190
Tags: Vocational/Services

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