Employability Manager

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Full time
Application deadline: 
Friday, 21 May, 2021 - 12:00
Fixed Salary
Per Annum
Daisy Chain Project

Employability  Manager


Daisy Chain Project are looking looking for a talented individual who is passionate about workplace inclusion and equality for autistic and neurodiverse adults to take a lead role in the development, growth and expansion of our existing employability service. We are looking for someone with passion, tenacity and drive who can develop our offer to become the leading specialist autism employability service in the Tees Valley. The post holder will work with the Head of Adult Services to set and deliver the strategic priorities for Employability and drive service innovation and development. They will take a lead role in developing and maintaining a wide range of high quality and purposeful partnerships with external organisations in order to continually enhance the Daisy Chain employability offer, develop effective referral streams and establish the service within the community. They will promote paid work for autistic people and establish meaningful and progressive employability-based outcomes for service users.

This post is a temporay contract initially one year with the possiability of extension.

Working 37.5 hours per week. The salary is £28,000 per annum.

Early applications advised. This post will be closed as soon as we have received enough suitable applications. 



Key Tasks


  • Work with the Head of Adult Services to set the strategic priorities for the growth, development and enhancement of the existing Employability Service and to drive service innovation and development
  • Establish partnership links with a variety of relevant statutory bodies and organisations (including Job Centre Plus) across the Tees Valley, to generate plentiful and effective beneficiary referral streams into the service.
  • To work with the Head of Adult Services and Daisy Chain’s PR and Communications Team in order to promote the Employability Service through social media, networking and press.
  • Actively pursue, generate and maintain effective and beneficial partnerships with a large network of external stakeholder organisations and businesses in order to create a wide range of external work experience, training, volunteering and paid work opportunities for autistic adults. 
  • Provide bespoke training and support packages to employers, enabling them to become more confident in recruiting and supporting autistic employees and providing them with access to a pool of uniquely talented autistic placements and prospective employees. 
  • To ensure that impactful, meaningful and progressive outcomes and opportunities are achieved for beneficiaries across the entirety of the Employability Service, including paid employment, independent volunteering and training.
  • With support and guidance from line manager, take a lead role in the management of employability projects, including budget management, achievement of targets and outcomes. 
  • Line manage a small team, taking oversite of all activities within the Employability department, ensuring appropriate caseloads, and carrying out ongoing quality assurance in order to guarantee exceptionally high standards of service delivery and outcomes. 
  • Establish an effective system for recording team data in relation to caseloads, support activities, targets and outcomes and provide data, statistics and reports to senior management on request. 
  • Work with the Head of Adult Services and Head of HR to ensure that reasonable adjustments and approaches are consistently embedded throughout Daisy Chain’s environment, culture, ethos and processes in order to ensure the inclusion, wellbeing and empowerment of autistic colleagues.
  • Ensure that all data held by the employability service is GDPR compliant 
  • Take a lead role in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, ensuring that best practice is adhered to at all times.
  • Ensure current and up to date knowledge of developments in Autism and Employability regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • To liaise with the Volunteer Development Manager to ensure appropriate volunteer support for employability services, as needed. 



  • To adopt a person-centred, empowerment and outcome focussed approach whilst working with service users – supporting them to set and achieve personalised and realistic employability goals.
  • Following a suitable assessment and triage process, place service users into work placement opportunities which are related to their career goals and needs.
  • Ensure the success of work placements for both service users and businesses by providing a supported induction and an ongoing, bespoke support package including the delivery of training, resources, support with reasonable adjustments and specific employability skills guidance (e.g. CV writing, interview skills, communications skills, etc.).
  • To meet, and exceed, performance targets and to evidence caseloads and service user outcomes using agreed documentation and processes. 
  • To respond appropriately and carry out the correct procedures if service users make a disclosure that causes concern for their safety/wellbeing.
  • To initiate, develop and maintain positive relationships with autistic adults and their families. 
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of developments in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, including effective strategies, resources and techniques. 
  • Provide cover for staff within the team when necessary.
  • To work within Daisy Chain’s policies and procedures and abide by health and safety guidelines.
  • Undertake administrative tasks necessary, in line with Daisy Chain procedures, for the efficient and effective delivery of the key responsibilities in this role. 
  • To ensure that confidential/sensitive information is handled in an appropriate manner and in line with GDPR

Additional responsibilities


  • Comply with the Charities’ Health and Safety policy in all employment practices
  • Maintain the integrity of the Daisy Chain brand in all internal and external communications
  • Work in ways, which promote equality of opportunity, participation and responsibility
  • Maintain a proactive approach to your role and responsibilities along with a commitment to contribute and maintain the positive working ethos within the Charity.
  • Ensure attendance at staff meetings.
  • Undertake any training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
  • Work in a way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the Charity’s services and embraces the organisations quality initiatives
  • Work in ways, which promote equality of opportunity, participation and responsibility
  • Any other duties from time to time, commensurate with the level of the post

This job outline is intended to indicate the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but, while some variation can be expected in particular duties, the outline is considered to provide a reasonable general description of the post.

This post is deemed to require an Enhanced DBS Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service due to the fact that there is access to children and vulnerable adults.


Person Specification

Successful candidates will have a strong work ethic, and share our Company values of Passionate, Inclusive, Empowering, Ambitious and Open. If you have worked in a similar setting before all the better, but most importantly we are looking for people who share our Ethos of improving the lives of families affected by Autism. The below details what we are looking for in an ideal candidate if it is Essential (E) Desirable (D) and how we will assess that skill, via your application (A) at Interview (I) or as part of a task during the interview process (T)  


  • Experience of working within and/or managing employability focussed services.-E,A&
  • Experience of implementing change and creating service growth and enhancement.-D,A&I
  • Experience of working towards and achieving outcome targets within projects, including target monitoring, recording and reporting.-E,A&
  • Experience of liaising and networking with organisations and businesses to create opportunities for service user.-E,A&
  • Experience of working closely with businesses to successfully induct and support service users to access work placements, volunteering and/or paid work. -D,A&
  •  Experience of liaising and linking with organisations, businesses and statutory bodies (e.g. Job Centre Plus) to generate referral streams.-D,A&I
  • Experience of working with autistic young people or adults and/or people with learning difficulties, neurodiversity or complex needs.-E&
  • Experience of supporting vulnerable adults into paid work, volunteering and/or training.-E,A&I
  • Experience of line management or overseeing a small team of staff.-D&A
  • Experience of implementing appropriate safeguarding procedures relating to young people and/or adult-DA&I
  • Experience of delivering training -D&A



  •  Good general education-E&A
  • Qualification/s relevant to the role(or equivalent experience)-E&A
  • Safeguarding Training or willing to undertake)  -E&A
  • Autism training (or willing to undertake)-E&A

Knowledge and skill

  • Passionate about workplace inclusion and equality for neurodiverse adults.-E,A&I
  • Excellent networking skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships/generate service opportunities with a range of stakeholders. -E,A&I
  • Ability to work pro-actively, independently and using own initiative-E&I
  • Knowledge of organisations, businesses and schemes that provide employability opportunities and how to link with them.-D&I
  • Able to communicate confidently, clearly and form positive professional relationships with a variety of individuals (including service users with varying needs)-E&I
  • An understanding of autism/neurodiversity and the challenges and barriers faced by autistic adults when seeking employment-D&I
  • Awareness and understanding of effective strategies and reasonable adjustments for supporting autistic adults with recruitment and employment-D&I
  • Flexible, empathetic and an ability to adopt a person-centered approach when working with service users-E&I
  • Excellent organisational, time management and prioritisation skills.-E,A&I
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.-E,A&I
  • IT literate and able to use all appropriate software packages, including Excel.-E&A
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service-E&I
  • An understanding of safeguarding and an ability to identify signs of concern and respond appropriately-D&I


  • Understanding of the commitment to the aims, ethos and philosophy of Daisy Chain-E&I
  • Ability to travel to projects, events and meetings-E&A
  • Clean, full driving licence with own transpory-E&A
  • Ability to work with agreed and often tight timescales-E&A
  • Ability to wor flexibly to meet the needs of the service.-E&A

Company Benefits

  • Our staff do amazing jobs and as such we want to reward our staff that is why we offer
  • Enhanced holiday leave of 33 days annual leave (pro rata for part time employees) rising to 35 after 5 years service.
  • A bespoke induction plan specific to you and your role which starts as soon as a job offer is accepted.
  • Alongside your induction plan new members of staff have a 6 month induction programme  and planned meetings with their line manager to ensure the employee is settling in and offer any support needed to fulfil their role.
  • Ongoing training and development. 
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers a full range of confidential services designed to ensure you receive professional support that may affect work and home life.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Staff discount.
  • Free on site car parking and refreshments.
  • Social and charitable events.
  • Company sick Pay after successful completion of probationary period.
  • Savings Club
  • Give as you earn scheme for staff to make donation to a charity of their choice if they wish.
  • If your role requires membership of a professional Body we will pay your membership fees. 


To be considered for the role click on the apply button above and submit your CV and details of how you meet the person specification for the role. If you have any questions or require further information please contact us on 01642 531248.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, to enable you to perform to the best of your ability, please let us know when submitting your CV.