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Sessional HE Disability Services Co-ordinator Job ref: SS108 6-7 hours a week £14.80 - £17.16 per hour We are seeking an experienced Disability Services Co-ordinator to develop services for disabled Higher Education (HE) learners within a college setting. Working within the established, successful Intensive Support team the post holder will participate in the development of a new support team for disabled learners accessing HE courses within City College Brighton and Hove. The post holder will report to the Head of Intensive Support. Initially this post will be 0.2 equivalency delivered across one or two days per week and will deal with a small first-year caseload and a small number of support staff. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the development of this new service. The post holder will have responsibility for pre-entry communication with applicants, support and advice to disabled learners, supporting curriculum staff with the implementation reasonable adjustments, the organisation of support workers, monitoring the quality of support, and ensuring that funding processes work effectively. PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential: A degree or an equivalent level of analytical and problem solving ability Previous experience (likely to have been gained over at least 2 years) of delivering support to disabled students in a University or College setting.. Experience of delivering advice and guidance to students and staff working with them on disability issues. Experience of developing reasonable adjustments for disabled students. A working knowledge of the procedures of appropriate statutory and voluntary agencies An understanding of the HE teaching and learning environment. Experience of managing part-time staff Excellent interpersonal and communication skills across a range of audiences. Strong commitment to Equality and Diversity and the Social Model of Disability Strong understanding of professional boundaries and confidentiality Ability to deal with challenging scenarios Self-motivation and ability to work on own initiative and in an effective way with teams Experience of developing work systems, prioritising workload and accommodating change Interest in development of skills and resources and participation in moving the department forward. An analytical and creative approach to problem –solving. Strong research skills and the ability to produce effective reports Working knowledge of word-processing packages, spreadsheets, databases and web-based resources. Desirable: An appropriate specialist qualification Experience of working with people with sensory impairments in an educational setting Experience of using a range of assistive technology British Sign Language qualification (minimum Level 2) Experience of working in an FE environment ACCOUNTABILITIES The post holder will be accountable for: A Co-ordination of assessment and assistance to prospective and current disabled HE students at the college. B Liaison with college staff, external individuals and organisations on behalf of individual disabled students. C Supporting the development of policy and practices within the Intensive Support and HE teams and the wider college community. D To work as part of the Intensive Support team in providing a confidential, supportive and professional service to the College. Below is a suggested list of duties that these accountabilities cover. This list is not exhaustive and may vary from time to time in order that the accountabilities may be met. Such changes are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a regrading of the post. CHECK LIST OF TYPICAL DUTIES ACCOUNTABILITY A 1. To co-ordinate pre-admissions information, pre enrolment visits and interviews for disabled applicants, including liaison with teaching departments. 2. To support FE learners within the college with their transition to HE courses 3. To provide ongoing support to disabled students in dealing with the demands of college life, referring to professional services as appropriate. 4. To recruit Academic Support Workers, Communication Support Workers and Specialist Support Tutors in liaison with the Head of Intensive Support for support of students in learning environments. To devise and deliver training for Academic Support Workers. 5. To assess the level of support required by individual students and allocate appropriate support workers. 6. To support students in applications for appropriate funding, and assess, cost out and report on any non-funded disabled students. 7. To organise initial assessments for students previously undiagnosed with specific learning difficulties 8. To maintain and review the comprehensive recording of information in relation to disabled students, conforming with data protection policies. ACCOUNTABILITY B 1. To develop expertise around the HE courses offered by the college and liaise effectively with staff working on those courses in respect of disabled students. 2. To make recommendations for academic staff in reasonable adjustment to the provision of teaching resources and methods for disabled students, and appropriate variation to assessment. 3. To advise Registry and Admissions staff as appropriate in relation to prospective students and disabled applicants. 4. To provide training for staff on inclusive practice and meeting the needs of disabled students. 5. To liaise with LEAs, Social Services and health service providers, or other funding and assessment bodies as appropriate in relation to funding and support for disabled students. 6. To advise and assist other College staff on funding issues. 7. To make referrals to appropriate College teams to ensure effective support for disabled learners. 8. To work closely with other sections Student Services, share information and review support for individual students. 9. To liaise on students’ behalf convening case meetings where appropriate to review support for individual students with GPs, Social Workers and other relevant professionals with the student’s permission. 10. To develop, maintain links and work in co-operation with local and national agencies, community groups and appropriate professional organisations. 11. To represent Intensive Support professionally within the College on issues of disability. ACCOUNTABILITY C 1. To contribute to College staff development through the provision of workshops, conference talks, information sessions and training where appropriate. 2. To advise on the development of academic practice in relation to disabled students and monitor compliance with college and statutory guidelines in this area. 3. To work with colleagues across the College to develop FE and He services for disabled learners. 4. To support colleagues within Intensive Support and Higher Education to develop best practice. 5. To advise Intensive Support and Higher Education management in all matters relating to disabled students. ACCOUNTABILITY D 1. To assist with the development, production and distribution of a range of publicity and online services, taking responsibility for up-to-date information in specialist areas. 2. To contribute to the advertising, selection and recruitment of the pool of learning support tutors and academic support workers (such as note-takers, scribes etc.) and maintain records for support workers in accordance with university regulations. 3. To maintain accurate, confidential records and statistics, monitoring and evaluating service provision, and assist in the production of reports and briefings. 4. To assist with service review and development, holding resulting project management responsibilities as directed by senior staff. 5. To assist with service research, advise on and implement the development of good practice in relation to disabled students within the service and the university as appropriate. 6. To work independently and as part of the Intensive Support team in promoting equality of access for disabled students at the University. 7. To work towards the integration of disability issues in both academic and non- academic planning across the college. 8. To use the specialist skills of the post to link College needs with the requirements of particular disabled student groups. 9. To undertake any reasonable duties as directed by the Principal in order to fulfil the needs of the service. Sessional HE Disability Services Co-ordinator Job ref: SS108 6-7 hours a week £14.80 - £17.16 per hour Full details of conditions of service will be provided in the contract of employment. For information, a summary of the main conditions is given below. Exclusivity of Service Employees must not, without the written consent of the Principal, undertake any employment or engagement which might interfere with the performance of duties at the College or conflict with the interests of the Corporation. Salary The salary will be the hourly rate of £14.80 - £17.16 per hour for each hour worked and will be reviewed annually in accordance with Corporation policy. The hourly rate is derived from the full time pay scales and is pro-rata using a transparent pay formula. Working Hours The standard working hours at the College are 37 per week. The days upon, and the times at which you are required to work will be in accordance for your Schedule of Engagement for the relevant term. Such schedules will be determined at the absolute discretion of the College. The College normal working week includes Saturday working and it may be necessary to work on a Saturday or in the evenings. Annual Leave Under the Working Times Regulations, you are entitled to receive paid holiday. In order to comply with these regulations, your hourly rate of pay includes a proportionate element in respect of annual leave. The formula for calculating your hourly pay rate takes into account the pro-rata holiday entitlement to that of a full time member of staff. Your holidays should be taken out of term time and will have been paid for in advance. Pension Arrangements All employees automatically become members of the Local Government Pension Scheme unless they decide to opt out. Your contribution rate depends on how much you are paid. The pay bands that apply from 1 April 2012 are: If your full-time Pay Rate is: You pay a contribution of: Up to £13500 5.5% £13501 and up to £15800 5.8% £15801 and up to £20400 5.9% £20401 and up to £34000 6.5% £34001 and up to £45500 6.8% £45501 and up to £85300 7.2% More than £85300 7.5% The pay band ranges will be increased each year in line with the cost of living. City College Brighton and Hove will make a further contribution of 18.5% of the pensionable pay. Health Clearance All potential new staff are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and may be asked to attend a medical check. Probation All new staff to the College will be subject to a probationary period. The probationary period for this post is 6 months. Appointment to the College will only be confirmed after the satisfactory completion of the probationary period. The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau. The nature of this post requires the College to undertake a Criminal Records check on the appointed candidate for any convictions which make it undesirable for the candidate to undertake this post. Under the terms of the check you are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are “spent” under the provisions of the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. For these reasons, if you are shortlisted for this appointment you may be asked to complete a more detailed form for the purposes of the check. Any information you provide at that time will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be considered in relation to this application. Please note that a conviction, bind-over or caution will not automatically disqualify you from employment, but any failure to disclose is likely to result in your dismissal. By signing the application form, you will be acknowledging that you understand that a criminal records check may be made. English, Maths and ICT The College is committed to ensuring that all staff have the necessary GCSE or equivalent in Maths, English and ICT (ECDL or CLAIT). The College is committed to providing support or training where appropriate to assist staff achieve these qualifications. Smoking Policy Smoking is not permitted on College premises. Childcare Vouchers The College operates a Childcare Voucher scheme for eligible staff. Further information on local childcare can be found on the Childcare Link website www.childcarelink.gov.uk. Car Parking There are limited car parking spaces available on College premises for a termly fee. Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee a parking space for all staff. College Facilities These are open to College staff and include use of the Library, Refectory, Snack Bar and Staff Common Rooms. Closing Date Completed application forms should be returned to Human Resource Management, City College Brighton and Hove, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA. Alternatively, you can forward your completed application form to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date: 26th July 2012. Please note that a provisional interview date has been set for 10th August 2012 ***IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE NOTE*** You should be aware that any CVs attached will not be used in the shortlisting procedure, therefore please use the application form fully. Additional unnamed sheets may be included if necessary. This will assist the College in adhering to its equal opportunities procedure.
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