Job Title: Qualified Rehabilitation Worker (known to Guide Dogs as Orientation and Mobility Specialist)
Location: St Albans covering Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex regions
Starting Salary: £27,472 to £29,091 per annum (+ benefits) depending on experience
Current Salary Progression: Up to £38,123 per annum depending on development within the role
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 35 hours per week
This is a fantastic opportunity to join The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. This role is based at St Albans covering Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex regions.
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist (OMSp) helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by delivering orientation and mobility services which support Guide Dogs strategic objectives and promote independence and choice to people who are blind and partially sighted.
Within this role, you will work with clients seeking to improve their mobility by assessing individual orientation and mobility needs (including functional vision), capabilities, abilities and skills-gaps. Based on these needs and capabilities, you will co-produce, deliver and regularly review staged mobility plans.
This rewarding rolealso allows the OMSp to lead, inspire and mentor trainee staff, ensuring service excellence to help people with sight loss to live the life they choose.
Who we’re looking for
You will be a qualified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with experience of working with people who are blind and partially sighted. Alongside this you will have:
Ability to build rapport with and obtain information from clients using person centred planning.
Excellent people skills, including being able to provide emotional support and can successfully liaise and work with other professionals and volunteers.
Proven skills and approaches to work with people who have additional needs.
Good organisation and report writing skills and a commitment to Health & Safety at work.
For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to being successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below.
The core hours of this role are 9am to 5pm including some out of hours work and overnight stays, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.
We believethat 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:
Defined Contribution Personal Pension Plan
A choice of Flexible Benefits equivalent to 3% of salary to purchase benefits though an on-line portal including Gym Membership, Travel Insurance, Healthcare and Hospital Treatment Plan, Dental Insurance, Additional Life Assurance, Health Screening, buying and selling annual leave (up to 3 days), Cashback to salary (up to 2% of salary equivalent)
Discounts and Cashback Scheme
Employee Assistance Programme
Occupational Sick pay
Occupational Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay enhanced above the statutory minimum.
Eye Care Vouchers
How to apply
Applications can be made using the online application form. You will need to evidence the criteria as set out in the attached job description. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.
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 invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.
Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.
We reserve the right to close adverts early.
If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.