Job Coach – Edinburgh Office
- Permanent, full time, based in Edinburgh
- Salary range between £28-£32k per annum, based on experience
- We offer flexible work conditions and a considerate work environment, including: private medical insurance; season ticket loans; 25 paid holiday days per annum plus bank holidays; 4% pension contribution
Are you passionate about autism and promoting neurodiversity at work?
auticon is an international IT consultancy that exclusively employs people on the autism spectrum as consultants in the fields of data analytics, cybersecurity, and quality assurance.
As a social enterprise, we aim to increase and improve the employment opportunities for those on the autism spectrum, by providing high-quality career. In the process, we hope to shift perceptions by demonstrating the benefits of a neurodiverse workplace.
As a job coach, you will be the primary source of emotional and practical support for consultants during their assignments and will be responsible for mediating the relationship between consultant and clients, including negotiating workplace adjustments, communication and working pattern.
Other tasks and responsibilities include:
- Providing regular coaching support to manage workload, communication, personal issues or manage mental health and wellbeing
- Working with between 10-15 consultants with autism and additional neurodivergent conditions
- Supporting in the recruitment process for new consultants
- Ensuring the timely onboarding of new consultants to auticon and clients
- Developing personalised wellbeing strategies for consultants
- Delivering training to clients about autism and briefing them on consultant
- Conducting workplace assessments on client sites
- Liaising with family, health professionals or public bodies (DWP) on behalf of consultants when appropriate
Skills and qualifications
- Experience of psychology, organisational psychology, social care, or education
- At least 2 years of direct work with adults or children on the autism spectrum where you have been able to apply theory to practice
- An understanding of mental health conditions such as anxiety, social anxiety, or depression
- An understanding of additional co-occurring neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia
- Experience of presenting or public speaking where you have had to disseminate complex information (e.g., autism or mental health) to audiences with differing backgrounds and expertise
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related discipline
- Experience of applying appropriate psychological, behavioural approaches or wellbeing strategies to support mental health conditions
- A lived or personal experience of autism or a co-occurring neurodivergent condition
- Personal interest or past work experience of the IT industry, corporate environments or basic knowledge of programming languages
- Knowledge of gender identity in autism and the appropriate language and terminology related to LGBTQIA+
- Knowledge or experience of neurodiversity at work
- Experience of delivering workplace assessments or implementing reasonable adjustments in the workplace
- Experience or knowledge of the Access to Work application process
The ideal candidate will have:
- A high degree of emotional resilience
- The ability to manage potentially emotive situations as well as the self-awareness to seek and support when needed
- A calm and diplomatic disposition when interacting with consultants or clients
- The ability to work autonomously and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
- The ability to apply professional judgement about when to notify clients or other auticon members of changes or developments in consultants wellbeing or ability to work
- The ability to appropriately assert an opinion with consultants or clients when appropriate
- A clear and concise communicator of information
- To develop a relationship with consultants that encourage and promote self-advocacy and self-confidence
- You must have a right to work in the United Kingdom
- There may be occasions when you are asked to travel within the UK or internationally (e.g. for company or client-related events or meetings)
Please apply with your CV and a covering letter that demonstrates how you meet the skills and characteristics criteria listed above to the link below.
In your covering letter, please also provide details of when you are not available for interview.
Applications can be submitted up until June 25th at 12:00 noon.
Interviews will take place from the week commencing July 19th 2021.
Please note that applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
We reserve the right to close the application process early if we receive a high volume of applicants.
If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to deliver a short presentation to demonstrate your understanding of autism and undertake scenario-based exercises which reflect the job coach role
Following this stage, you will be asked to discuss the role in more detail with Russell Botting (Lead Job Coach) and Emma Walker (auticon Scotland Manager) and a member of our consultant team.
You will of course receive more detail on the interview process once shortlisted.
auticon is committed to equality of opportunity in all areas of our work. You will be treated in a fair and equal manner and accordance with the law regardless of your gender, marital status, race, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.
As a disability leader, we promote and encourage neurodiversity at work. Therefore, please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments as part of the recruitment or interview process.