AsIAm is currently developing a programme to address issues with regard to the lack of social inclusion for adults on the autism spectrum.
The programme will adopt a community development approach aiming to support autistic adults to develop self-advocacy and peer support skills, be included within their communities, have social relationships and friends, and avail of opportunities to become involved in community activities.
To facilitate this programme, we are currently looking to recruit a confident communicator with strong relationship management skills to join our organisation in the role of Adult Support and Wellbeing Officer. The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Community Support.
This new role provides an ideal opportunity for someone who is passionate about influencing positive social change in our communities, relishes the challenge of a start-up programme, and is interested in working with the AsIAm team to break down the geographical and social isolation experienced by many autistic people and their families.
Key Responsibilities of Adult Support and Wellbeing Officer:
- Lead the implementation of the Wellbeing Programme throughout communities nationwide
- Lead ongoing consultation with the autism community on the development of the programme and coordinate a Steering Group to co-create the service offered
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with key community stakeholders and autistic adults and their families
- Organise and, when required, deliver training workshops on key issues affecting autistic adults
- Develop resources and materials to support autistic adults in navigating day to day challenges, particularly in the content of post-pandemic Ireland
- Support autistic adults to develop self-advocacy and peer support skills
- Organise and support the organisation of social groups and activities in an online/offline contexts to meet a wide range of interests and needs
- Monitor both successes and challenges and prepare comprehensive reports for the Head of Community Support
- Provide regular updates to the Head of Community Support/CEO as required
- Participate in the overall team to ensure collaborative teamwork and support other team members as required
Experience, Education, Skills, and Abilities Required for Adult Support and Wellbeing Officer
- A desire to champion, within their communities, social inclusivity for adults on the autism spectrum to reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation
- An in-depth knowledge of autism and the barriers experienced by autistic adults
- Experience in supporting people with diverse and complex needs and situations
- Ability to operate independently
- Proven track record in organising activities such as support groups, training or events
- Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal, team building, and networking abilities
- Ability to interact with and engage communities to support the Programme throughout the country
- Ability to develop, disseminate, interpret and communicate the outcome of consultative processes including surveys and focus groups
- Ability to assess successes and concerns and take action as required
- Ability to engage with complex stakeholder management, to build consensus and to resolve conflict as it arises
- Excellent reporting capabilities
- Strong computer literacy
- Full driving licence
Other requirements relevant to the role but not essential are:-
- Knowledge of disability legislation and social policy
- Analytical and report writing skills
- Relevant academic qualification
- Proven track record in programme management and delivery
This role is full-time role for an initial 1 year period, with a view to extension
Salary & Benefits
AsIAm will offer salary and benefits commensurate with AsIAm pay scale and experience.
The role is Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The role holder is required to have a degree of flexibility with regard to working hours with the expectation of some evening and weekend work.
On successful completion of probation, it will be open to the staff member to apply for a remote working agreement.
Your next step…..
Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to Jacqui O’Grady, HR Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact Jacqui at 087 2264981 with any queries.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 2 June 2021.
Note: All candidates must be willing to undergo Garda Vetting should they be successful.
AsIAm actively supports inclusion in the workplace and will endeavour to provide reasonable accommodations as requested by candidates throughout the interview process for this position
AsIAm is an equal opportunities employer which reserves the right to practice positive discrimination as set out by the Employment Equality Act, 1998.