Job vacancies at Medical Detection Dogs

Job vacancies
at Medical Detection Dogs
Working for Medical Detection Dogs is an exciting and rewarding experience. We are at the cutting edge of British innovation and collaborate with institutions and healthcare organisations around the world.

You can help us achieve our goals, and whatever the role you will contribute towards our work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell.

Our current vacancies are listed below:

We have three exciting new vacancies on our Board for people with senior level fundraising, research and financial experience who can help achieve our aim of training more life-saving dogs

Accelerated by the COVID crisis, the Charity is at the point in its development where there are numerous opportunities we could pursue. Our aim is to be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in the field of canine diagnostic innovation and to translate our research into practical outcomes that improve health.

That is why we would now like to further strengthen our board by appointing up to three new trustees who have the skills and experience to support and advance our work, one of whom would take on the role of Honorary Treasurer.

For further details please click below to download the recruitment brief.

Socialising Trainer Fixed Term Contract Maternity Cover

The Role

The welfare of our dogs is very important to us.  We have a no kennel policy and all our dogs live in the homes of volunteer puppy socialisers for about the first 18 months.  We are committed to providing quality training and support for all our dogs, and the volunteers who look after them. 

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to join our team of trainers responsible for organising and monitoring the progress of our puppies and young dogs to ensure they receive the highest standard of socialisation and early training, thereby maximising their chances of becoming a Medical Alert Assistance Dog.

Reports to: Supply and Training Manager 

Responsibilities  

Training and Development 

  • Take responsibility for a cohort of puppies allocated to socialisers living in your geographical area. 
  • Provide training that meets the charity’s quality standards and in accordance with timescales and targets. 
  • Deliver effective puppy training classes for the puppies and socialisers in your geographical area at agreed locations.
  • Regularly assess progress of the puppies in your area and provide detailed, evidenced feedback to the Puppy Training Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Support and assist with the assessment of puppies as potential matches for a particular assistance dog partnership and in consultation with the Senior Trainer provide any client specific training needed prior to the match. 

Socialiser Support 

  • Be the first point of contact for the socialisers in your area, which will include providing general health care advice and dealing with any dog emergencies that arise out of your core hours. 
  • Provide guidance and instruction to socialisers on handling, behaviour and training of the dogs in their care, including one-to-one training to address specific issues as appropriate and regular home visits to the puppies under your supervision. 

Socialiser Recruitment 

  • Assist in the recruitment of new volunteer socialisers. 
  • Carry out home visits to assess prospective new socialisers. 

Other 

  • Update the Harlequin CRM database in a timely fashion to ensure accurate and up to date training, veterinary and health records. 
  • Support the charity’s fundraising, communications and volunteering teams as required, specifically in relation to your area. 
  • From time to time you may be required to have a dog live with you for additional training for a set period.  
  • Share best practice with colleagues across the charity. 

Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager required to ensure the successful running of the charity. 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Ability to demonstrate high quality judgement and a proven track record in relation to the following: 
  • Dog training matters including the analysis of temperaments, appropriate training methods and requirements necessary to maintain public confidence in assistance dogs. 
  • Solutions to training and behavioural problems. 
  • Socialiser training including the ability to assess each person’s preferred learning style and adapt as appropriate your training approach, the specific programmes to be followed.
  • Welfare and safety and appropriate time for referral to others.
  • Appropriate support to apprentices.
  • Dealings with other staff, clients and members of the public.

      PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

      • You should be supportive of the charitable aims of Medical Detection Dogs and capable of working as part of a team, as well as able to motivate yourself.   
      • You should be adaptable and positively embrace change by not only being flexible towards the ideas of others but also putting forward ideas to colleagues. This will involve creativity in problem solving and making appropriate responses to new ideas and unexpected situations. 

      Values & Behaviours

      Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team: 

      1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy 
      2. We act professionally at all times 
      3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour 
      4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other  
      5. We are inclusive and open minded 
      6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions 
      7. We give credit when and to whom it is due 
      8. We support one another in achieving our goals 

      And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors. 

      Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to: 

      • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
      • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
      • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
      • Work some evenings and weekends
      The welfare of our dogs is very important to us. We have a no kennel policy and all our dogs live in the homes of volunteer puppy socialisers for about the first 18 months.  We are committed to providing quality training and support for all our dogs, and the volunteers who look after them.

      We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to join our team of trainers responsible for organising and monitoring the progress of our puppies and young dogs to ensure they receive the highest standard of socialisation and early training, thereby maximising their chances of becoming a Medical Alert Assistance Dog.

      LOCATION: Based out of our Training Centre in Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes with responsibility for puppies placed with socialisers in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire (with possible travel outside these areas from time to time)  

      SALARY: £17,500 to £20,000 per annum depending on experience

      JOB TYPE: Fixed Term Contract (one year – maternity cover). Occasional evening and weekends required

      We look forward to hearing from you. Please send a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 setting out your experience and how you meet the requirements for the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

      Closing Date: 30th June 2021

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