Senior Employment Specialist

Closing date
7 May 2021

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Senior Employment Specialist

Oxford and Reading

£29,577 - £32,910

Permanent / 37.5 hours per week

Are you passionate about making a lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable adults?

Do you understand the importance of work and the vital role it can play in the lives of those experiencing multiple barriers and challenges?

About the role

Our client are looking for a dynamic, passionate and highly motivated Senior Employment Specialist to join their Employment Support service. The role will include empowering and supporting the service to provide supported employment to people affected by homelessness and helping them to address and overcome barriers to gain paid work based on their preferences.

The role will involve:


Managing a small caseload of clients and providing personalized and in depth support to clients to overcome barriers to move towards paid employment


Providing in-work support for clients and employers


Networking and developing opportunities with local employers and other relevant partners/services


Promoting the benefits of gaining and sustaining employment within our client services and with referring partners.


Involving and working closely with key workers and other key stakeholders involved in the clients' care to assist with their employment journey.


Line management of a small team of Employment Specialists - this involves regular case reviews, supervisions & appraisals.


Supporting the Employment Support Manager to continue to improve and develop the service


Keeping accurate data, evidence and update case management system

What our client are looking for

The successful candidate will have experience of supporting clients with low support needs and complex needs to work towards employment, and a background in building relationships with various stakeholders, and employer engagement, with the ability to broker paid job opportunities for clients.

You will need to have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage effectively with various stakeholders, colleagues, employers and clients. You will also need strong organisational and multitasking skills and attention to detail, alongside strong case and data management skills.

What our client offer


Excellent Development and Growth Opportunities

Our client's employees are encouraged to consider opportunities to develop new skills or progress including; secondments, internal transfers, application to new roles in the organisation or just to get involved in various projects happening within the organisation.

As a result last year 35% of their vacancies were filled by promotions. In 2019 they achieved We Invest in People Gold level accreditation and are one of just 3% of housing associations to achieve this standard; 82% of staff who took part in the IIP survey say that it is a great place to work.


A Diverse and Inclusive Work Place

Our client's, equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the organisation's values and how they work. They are proud of their commitment to diversity and inclusion and have 8 great Diversity Networks to support clients and staff from different backgrounds so they are able to be their best selves. Their Networks include: BAME, Carers and Parents, Lived Experience, LGBTQIA+, Disability Awareness, South West, Irish and Women's Action.


Pay and Other Benefits

Our client's is proud to pay client facing staff above average for the sector. They run a cycle to work scheme and also offer season tickets loans to all staff.

Our client contribute 4% of your gross annual salary, and you are able to enrol in the Defined Contribution scheme following a successful probationary period in which the employer contribution is 6%.

What our client do

Their vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions. As a homelessness charity and housing association, their clients are at the heart of what they do, and in 2019 they supported nearly 30,000 people who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Their staff are crucial to making this happen.

Closing date: 10am on Tuesday 30 March 2021

Interview and assessments on: Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 April 2021, to take place via video

It is a requirement for this post that an enhanced DBS disclosure check will be undertaken for the successful candidate

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