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Project officer for mentoring programme

Job information
Salary Salary: £22,000 per annum pro rata
Organisation LOOK-UK
Closing date 5 pm on 22 September 2017
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If you would like to know more about this position or would like to apply, please contact info@look-uk.orgfor an application form.

Details

LOOK-UK (Charity No:1140471) a Hereford-based charity, is looking for an experienced project officer.

LOOK-UK is a national charity for young people with a vision impairment. These are exciting times. We are in the early stages of our new mentoring project, aimed to support young people with a vision impairment aged 11-29. We are looking for a dynamic person to join our team who will share our passion for this innovative project and help grow our small charity. LOOK-UK has 25 years of experience of supporting young vision impaired people and their families.

Reporting to: Line manager

Hours: 24 hours per week over three days 

Fixed term contract for 12 months Location: Hereford.

Personality:

A self-starter, self-driven with a positive outlook. Experience of delivering and assessing new projects. You will also be a natural forward planner. Mature, credible and comfortable with all families and professionals. Reliable, tolerant, flexible and deter-mined.

Good communicator, able to see things from the other person’s point of view. Keen for new experiences, responsibility and accountability. Able to get on with others and be a team player.

Key objectives:

To assist with the planing and implementation of all aspects of the online mentoring project and other related events, forums and activities.

To empower young people to get involved and establish networks

To be an ambassador for Look UK and promote the mentoring programme to young people with a vision impairment and relative organisations.

To assist in identifying and recruiting young people that could benefit from mentoring.

To give information about the project to potential participants and efficiently refer people we cannot support to appropriate service providers.

Be a first point of contact for volunteers, and build and maintain a sense of community amongst project participants, through regular telephone contact, through facilitating skype groups and through social media channels.

Person specification

Essential:

Experience of working with young people

Ability to work in a team and work on one’s own initiative

Experience of facilitating projects, events and discussion

Ability to motivate, support and manage young people and/or volunteer mentors.

Ability to carry out appropriate risk assessments

An understanding of and commitment to diversity and equal opportunities

You must be an emotionally intelligent person, be a good listener and have empathy

Willingness and ability to work out-side of normal school/college hours on occasion

Some travel will be necessary, so use of car essential. If you have a disabil-lity/vision impairment we can explore access to work travel support for you.

Desirable:

Experience of working on a mentoring programme

Experience of organising and delivering events

Good understanding of safeguarding issues

Understanding of boundary issues within volunteer mentoring programmes.

A general understanding of issues facing young disabled people

Understanding of data protection and confidentiality and how it applies to the mentoring programme.

Skill Requirements:

Experience working with young people

Demonstrated relevant experience in education, social work, or related field

Well organized and efficient

Reliable and punctual

Effective written and oral communications

Basic competence in office technology (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, email, etc.)

Comfortable with Social Media

Positive, motivated and optimistic attitude to work

Exceptionally strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills; and

Demonstrated creativity, flexibility and comfort in working with diverse populations.

Application deadline is 22nd Sept, 2017 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday, 2nd October 2017.

Hoople Ltd is working on behalf of our Client as a Recruitment Agency.