Status: Full Time
Department for Work and Pensions
Closing date: 31 Mar 2017
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National £26,959 Inner London £30,886 - National £31,635 Inner London £35,694
Higher Executive Officer
Length of employment
Corporate Centre - Strategy Policy and Analysis Group
Type of role
Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time, Job share
Number of posts
Birmingham & Solihull
Durham & Tees Valley
North & East Yorkshire and Humber
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
Berkshire, Surrey & Sussex
Devon, Cornwall & Somerset
About the job
The Drugs and Alcohol Dependency Community Partner role is a new and exciting opportunity to be part of a team of Community Partners working collaboratively with the third sector in strengthening awareness and understanding of issues associated with dependency on drugs and alcohol including mental health within Jobcentre Plus.
The Drugs and Alcohol Dependency Community Partner will:
Use their expertise to work in partnership with Jobcentre Plus staff to deliver an enhanced level of support that meets needs and aspirations of those with a dependency on drugs and alcohol with other related mental health issues.
Support development of local third sector services to enhance the range of support available and work with local employers to inform them of advice available and good practice in employing people with a dependency on drugs and alcohol with other related mental health issues.
Support Jobcentre Plus frontline staff to strengthen the personalised and holistic support they provide, and work closely with external relations teams to further enhance and build on existing relationships.
Support the wider Community Partner network, Jobcentre Plus and national project teams to ensure the sharing of best practice, support long term service progression and cultural change to ensure customers with a dependency on drugs and alcohol with other related mental health issues receive the best service possible.
Provide valuable insight and expert advice on issues specifically associated with dependency on drugs and alcohol including mental health and the barriers faced by people; strengthening the understanding of Jobcentre Plus staff, partners and potential employers by:
Delivering regular, one-to-one and ad-hoc coaching on issues specifically associated with dependency on drugs and alcohol including mental health and the impact they can have on employability and employment outcomes;
Delivering training sessions as and when required to enhance understanding of different challenges faced by individuals with on issues specifically associated with dependency on drugs and alcohol including mental health and the nature of support required, building confidence when engaging with customers with dependencies on drugs and alcohol.
Actively participating in case conferencing, suggesting possible interventions and support work coaches with the implementation of solutions and recommendations;
Supporting with complex case reviews by providing advice and potential solutions;
Working in partnership to identify appropriate support in the local community, including actively contributing to the development of the Community Mentoring Network;
Supporting Employer Engagement staff to overcome barriers to engaging with employers, including the stigma around dependencies on drugs and alcohol with other related mental health issues.
Use knowledge and networks to:
Identify the use of local drugs and alcohol dependency recovery services to offer a wider range of provision and strengthen the local district provision tool;
Collaborate with drugs and alcohol dependency recovery services, to enable more streamlined, person-centred and holistic support for individuals;
Strengthen learning pathways, work experience and training opportunities;
Support the development of the Community Mentoring Network to identify personalised tailored coaching and advice; support and encourage employers to develop their own mentoring programmes, from employee to employee or to other local businesses;
Actively support a Community Partners national network to share learning, best practice and information on service provision.
Build awareness and engagement within the district by promoting:
Recovery-focused services in the community, and how to sign up to take part;
Particular considerations around the Access to Work Scheme for customers and employers and providing support where necessary to help them utilise the scheme.
1. Lived experience or in-depth understanding of issues specifically associated with dependency on drugs and alcohol including mental health, and the barriers and stigma people with dependencies on drugs and alcohol face in everyday life and may encounter when seeking and sustaining long term employment.
2. A good understanding of recovery measures from drugs and alcohol dependency, the mutually-reinforcing relationship between employment and recovery and the issues specifically associated with dependency on drugs and alcohol including mental health an ability to effectively articulate this and communicate confidently to a range of stakeholders.
3. The ability to demonstrate empathy and carry out work in a person-centred way, to deliver solution focussed outcomes and identify various ways to overcome barriers.
4. Strong people skills and the ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team to deliver outcomes.
5. Good knowledge of existing drugs and alcohol dependency recovery services. Experience of facilitating partnership working and collaborating with a range of service providers, such as employment, health and social services in the area, to identify or develop new provision.
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please note that your personal statement must demonstrate the Essential Criteria referred to in this advert.
All applications will be sifted according to the Essential Criteria using the Personal Statement submitted.
Please note that you must meet all of the Essential Criteria.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
For further information regarding this vacancy please email Community.Partners@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.
If your enquiry is urgent, please call the Community Partners Team on 020 7867 3186.
Sift/interview dates and location
Sift dates to be confirmed.
Interviews to commence 29th May 2017. Interview locations to be confirmed.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicants details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.
26,959 - £31,635
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