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Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

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Summary
Salary: £27,472 to £29,091 per annum
Location: Forfar
Region: Scotland
Job Type: Grade 4
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 11/22/2019
Date Posted: 10/23/2019
Reference: 0000034436

Description

Please note: we reserve the right to close any of our vacancies early.

Vacancy Details

Contract type: Permanent
Location: Forfar
Hours: 35 hours per week
Working pattern: Core hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday but flexibility required
Interview dates: TBC
Salary: £27,472 to £29,091 per annum

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check. 

Key information: This position is for individuals who are qualified as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, recognised by the International Guide Dog Federation. 

This is not a Trainee opportunity.

We are welcoming applications for this position from individuals who may require sponsorship to work in the UK and may be able to assist with relocation for the right international candidate.

Are you a qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor who would like to enable people with sight loss to get out and about through their partnership with a guide dog?

The Guide Dog Mobility Instructors role is central to the delivery of the core guide dog service. As a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, you will deliver specialist services as a part of a rehabilitation programme through existing or new guide dog owner partnerships. You will provide specialist assessments and a staged mobility plan, tailored to meet personal needs and expectations in relation to guide dog mobility.  

Would you like to be part of our team?

In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification, within the Job Description below. Requirements include;

Experience of social work/ rehabilitation/ teaching or coaching of adults, children or young people.
Ability to motivate and deliver excellent support to a diverse range of people.
Strong interpersonal skills
Excellent communication skills


For more information on this role, the requirements and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below. 

How to apply: Applications can be made using the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

The Team

Working within either of the Scottish teams means you are working within one large team situated over three different sites. We share the goal of enabling more visually impaired people to gain higher levels of mobility and independence in their lives. 

Our Glasgow office is based in the commuting town of Hamilton and ideally placed for accessing the busy city of Glasgow and main access routes across the West of Scotland. The team comprises dog and client trainers, fundraising, volunteering and support staff and is about 25 strong. 

Our Forfar office sits within the larger dog training school on the outskirts of Forfar town. A much more rural location on the East of Scotland but equally committed to its goals of enablement. The team comprises very similar roles to Glasgow.

As time has passed we are increasingly working as one team, simply based over different sites, so service provision is standardised, decisions are collaborative and workloads are collective.

In either team you will be met with a warm, professional group of people keen to do their daily jobs well.

Living in Forfar

The traditional market town of Forfar was once the centre of the ancient Kingdom of the Picts.

For an insight into Forfar's history, art and industry, visit the Meffan Gallery and Museum. Here you can wander through time in an old cobbled vennel, peer into a knockmaker's workshop and see linen being woven. The Meffan also tells the grim history of Forfar's place in the 17th century witch hunts. If horticulture is your passion, then you can't leave the area without a visit to Pitmuies Gardens, with its roses, herbaceous borders and woodland walks.

Don't miss the monthly farmers' market which is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike throughout the year.

Working at Guide Dogs

Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives. 

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs.

As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan. 

Diversity

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

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