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Families Employment Specialist

Remote
£31,270 per year FTE
Full-time or part-time (22.5 hours per week (we are happy to discuss other working patterns))
Contract (18 month contract)
Job description

Families Employment Specialist

Part time (0.6 FTE) with flexible hours

Location: Home Based (flexible)

Fixed term for 18 month initial contract

Are you passionate about supporting people to overcome barriers to secure meaningful employment?  Do you have the resilience and drive to solve any problems that arise on this journey?  If so, we are keen to hear from you.

It's an exciting time to join The Poppy Factory as we expand and offer services to more people within the military community. This new service commenced delivery in early 2023, and is the result of a funding pilot from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.

The successful candidate will be working closely with our partners at The Ripple Pond to help the families and carers of veterans with health conditions gain and retain employment. They will also be supported by our existing team, building on the foundation of 100 years of experience and expertise in helping veterans with health conditions.

We are looking for people who place importance in values such as empathy, collaboration and adaptability and are especially interested in applicants who have lived-experience within the military community as a spouse or family member.

We anticipate this role will be primarily home-based with all necessary IT equipment provided, therefore applicants will need an appropriate space to work at home. There will be occasional travel required for national team meetings in Richmond. These currently take place 3 times a year and require an overnight stay. There will also be periodic in-person meetings with colleagues which can take place at a convenient location locally.

We are especially looking for people who meet the following:

  • Lived experience of being a family member of serving military or veterans
  • Experienced in helping others in need of support. This could be in employment, housing, health, social care. It could also be in a voluntary or personal capacity.
  • Able to apply sound judgement and make reasoned decisions based on available information.
  • Good at research and investigation, finding information and services that could help someone.
  • A confident communicator with a warm and approachable manner.
  • Someone who can quickly and successfully build rapport and relationships with colleagues, clients and partners.
  • Creative problem solvers who are motivated by a challenge and focus on solutions.
  • Strong sense of shared purpose with The Poppy Factory’s mission and values.

We are keen to make this role as accessible as possible to people who need a flexible working pattern and this can be discussed at interview. Hours could include weekends or evenings if this best serves the people we are supporting.

If you are excited to be part of an ambitious and growing service, this could be a fantastic role for you.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and LGBT+ candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

The Poppy Factory aims to be an exemplar employer.  We provide competitive terms and conditions of employment including:

  • A generous company Pension scheme
  • Company-paid life assurance
  • 35 days' basic holiday entitlement (FTE) including Christmas closure and bank holidays

For the full job description and more information about the role please download the Candidate Pack

How to apply

To apply for this position please click "Apply for this job" to submit your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the essential criteria in the person specification. You may address your covering letter to Tom Adam, Head of Service Development.

The closing date for applications will be 1 January 2024.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Keiron Coombs.

No agencies please.

The successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to equality, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion within our workforce, including the volunteers who give their time to us.  We work to maintain an environment where the needs and aspirations of all employees are met, irrespective of characteristics protected under the legislative framework of the Equality Act 2010. We expect everyone to understand and accept their personal responsibility to recognise and value differences and the unique contributions that people make to the way we deliver our work.

As an equal opportunities employer our commitment is to take positive measures to recruit people from underrepresented groups, and we actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. As a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview for any job applicant with a disability who meets the essential criteria for the role. Please indicate in your covering letter if you wish to be considered under this scheme. We are also happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the application or interview process to accommodate disabled candidates. 

We are a family friendly employer and happy to discuss flexible working.

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Posted on: 05 December 2023
Closed date: 01 January 2024 at 23:59
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