Status: Full Time
Learning Disabilities and Neurodiverse Conditions Community Partner
Department for Work and Pensions
Closing date: 31 Mar 2017
Reference number 1532555
Salary National - £26,959 ; Inner London - £30,886 - National - £31,635 ; Inner London - £35,694
Grade Higher Executive Officer
Length of employment
Business area Corporate Centre - Strategy Policy and Analysis Group
Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time, Job share
Birmingham & Solihull
Leicestershire & Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Rutland
North & East Yorkshire and Humber
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
East & South East Scotland
Avon, Severn & Thames
Berkshire, Surrey & Sussex
Devon, Cornwall & Somerset
Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight
About the job
This vacancy is open at Stage 4 - External Recruitment.
The Learning Disabilities and Neurodiverse Conditions Community Partner role is a new and exciting opportunity to be part of a team of Community Partners to work collaboratively with the third sector in strengthening awareness and understanding of disability and health conditions within Jobcentre Plus.
This includes enhancing the support offered to customers with a late-onset or deterioration of a disability or health condition.
The Learning Disabilities and Neurodiverse Conditions 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 learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions.
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 learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions.
Support Jobcentre frontline staff to strengthen the personalised and holistic support they provide. They will work closely with Jobcentre Plus 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 people with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions receive the best service possible.
Provide valuable insight and expert advice on learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions 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 learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions 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 learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions and the nature of support required, building confidence when engaging with people with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions;
Actively participate in case conferencing, suggest possible interventions and support work coaches with the implementation of solutions and recommendations;
Support 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;
Support Employer Engagement staff to overcome barriers to engaging with employers, including the stigma around learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions.
Use knowledge and networks to:
Identify the use of local services to offer a wider range of provision and strengthen the local district provision tool;
Collaborate with support services, to enable more streamlined and person-centred 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:
The Disability Confident campaign to employers, how to sign up to take part;
The Access to Work Scheme to customers and employers and providing support where necessary to help them utilise the scheme
1. Lived experience or in-depth understanding of learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions, and the barriers people with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions face in everyday life and may encounter when seeking and sustaining long term employment.
2. A good understanding of the social model of disability and the 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. Have strong people skills and the ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team to deliver outcomes.
5. Good knowledge of existing local networks and 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.
6. Knowledge and experience of the range of workplace adjustments that can be made to accommodate disabled people and those with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions.
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Things you need to know
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 contact 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 date to be confirmed.
Interviews will commence on the 29th May 2017.
Interview locations to be confirmed.
Customer facing roles in DWP require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh . Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.
All applications for these vacancies must be made on-line. There are limited exceptions to this. Paper applications will only be considered if you have a disability that will prevent you from applying on-line. If this is the case, please email email@example.com.
Once you have submitted your application it cannot be amended; only submit your application when you have completely finished and answered all the relevant questions.
Late applications will not be accepted.
A reserve list will be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
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.
In order to process applications without delay, we will send completed Disclosure Scotland forms to Disclosure Scotland on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct to Disclosure Scotland. If you will be doing this, please advise Civil Service Resourcing of your intention by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email Info@disclosurescotland.co.uk.
Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.
26,959 - £31,635
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