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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. Our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs alert people with complex health conditions when they are in danger of having a potentially life-threatening episode so they can take the necessary action and prevent hospital admission. Our Bio Detection Dogs detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and malaria, potentially much earlier than is currently possible. This pioneering work could help to speed up the diagnosis process and impact on thousands of lives.

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

Our current vacancies are listed below, or why not come along to one of our recruitment evenings and learn more about working with us.

Regional Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator South West  

12 month fixed term contract

This is a home based role covering the SW.  The main purpose of the role is to build and develop local volunteer groups with the aim of increasing both awareness of the charity’s life saving work and local fundraising.

Closing date 10 August 2019

Regional Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator South West – full job description

LOCATION: Home based – presence in the South West

HOURS: Full-Time with some evenings and weekends (Time Off in lieu given)

SALARY BAND: £20,000 – £23,000 Dependent on experience

JOB TYPE: 12 month contract initially, with expectation of renewal

The Job

We are a small charity that punches above its weight.  We receive no statutory funding and rely on the generosity of our many volunteers and supporters who raise awareness of our work and much needed funds. 

The main purpose of this role will be to build and develop local volunteer groups in your region with the aim of increasing both awareness of the charity’s life-saving work and local fundraising.

Your role will be to support, develop and enthuse volunteers and fundraising groups to increase our supporter base and ensure fundraising activity is as effective as possible to achieve maximum income in your region.

We are looking for someone committed, passionate and full of ideas about how to engage with the many different communities and groups who support our work, and to reach new audiences so that our supporter network continues to grow to meet our ambitions.

Reports to: Regional Coordinator Supervisor who reports to the national Volunteer Coordinator

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop our community engagement to increase awareness of the charity, the number of volunteers and income in your region
  • Embed a volunteer led fundraising approach in your region to increase volunteer support and net income
  • Ensure that the volunteering needs of the region are analysed, understood and met through engagement with colleagues
  • Regularly review and refine the strategy for meeting that need

Recrutiment, Retention and Engagement of Volunteers

  • Engage with established volunteer support groups as well as local communities, groups, societies and businesses in the region building new relationships and strengthening existing ones to raise awareness of MDD with the objective of increasing the number of active volunteers and growing our supporter base
  • Create and promote a range of suitable volunteering opportunities to include volunteers from all walks of life
  • Work with corporate supporters in the region to encourage employee supported volunteering
  • Ensure that all MDD volunteers in the region are properly supported and managed so that they find fulfillment in their role and the needs of the charity are met
  • Provide opportunities for volunteers in the region to give feedback and follow up as required
  • Deliver induction and training to volunteers in the region
  • Work with colleagues across the charity to ensure that volunteers have the resources they need to complete their role

Income Generation and Events

  • Manage the relationship with established volunteer support groups in the region, giving them advice and guidance on community fundraising activities and events including the preparation of information that will inspire them to raise awareness and increase fundraising in line with targets
  • Monitor and evaluate community events to ensure our limited resources are used to the best effect and that income is maximised
  • Work with the Marketing Manager to use local media, the charity website and social media to promote community events and acknowledge specific fundraising achievements
  • Provide a consistently high level of support, advice and encouragement to groups and individuals who want to raise funds in aid of MDD
  • Assist the Fundraising Manager to maximise income from corporate charity of the year partnerships, supporting them in the local community

Marketing

  • Maximise the sale of merchandise products through community events, ensuring that merchandise and promotional material is distributed to volunteers and accounted for
  • Collection pots – work with the regional groups to manage all national supermarket and shopping centre collection pot records including ensuring all licenses are organised (if applicable) and ensure that the collection pots are distributed and collected as necessary 
  • Update the Harlequin CRM database as required to ensure all information on our supporters and their activities on our behalf is as accurate and up to date as possible.

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

PERSON SPECIFICATION

EXPERIENCE

ESSENTIAL

  • Experience in a similar role with a national charity where you have a proven track record of raising funds
  • Experience of recruiting and managing volunteers

DESIRABLE

  • Familiarity with social media
  • Experience of giving presentations
  • Familiarity with CRM Systems

SKILLS

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a diverse range of people
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Confident presentation skills
  • The ability to deal with information in a confident manner and respond with sensitivity
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage a variety of tasks
  • Good IT skills across a range of MS Office applications

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Inspiring, with a creative streak that helps you to bring ideas and motivate people
  • A positive attitude and ability to use initiative and work effectively and efficiently without supervision
  • Attention to detail
  • Interested and passionate about the work of the charity
  • Prepared to work longer days, evenings and weekends on occasion
  • Comfortable working in vicinity of dogs

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 behavior
  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 decision
  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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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 for which time off in lieu will be given
  • Initial training and induction will be carried out at Great Horwood.  Accommodation and travelling expenses will be paid

It is anticipated that initial interviews will be via video link and if successful a further interview will be held at Great Horwood

TO APPLY

Please send your CV with covering letter to:   hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 

Closing date 10 August 2019

Early application is advised as we reserve the right to end the process early subject to the number of applications received.

Bio Support Trainer 

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 and then with volunteer fosterers once they have been selected to be bio detection dogs. We are committed to providing ongoing 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 support the training of these life-saving dogs from puppies and throughout their careers as bio detection dogs. This will include obedience and behaviour training as well as activities designed to enhance their scenting abilities. You will also support our volunteer fosterers with appropriate training and guidance.

Closing date 9 August 2019

It is anticipated lst stage interviews will be held 14 August, 2nd stage interviews 29 August 2019

Bio Support Trainer – full job description

LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes

SALARY BAND: £21,000 to £24,000 depending on experience 

JOB TYPE: Full time permanent, with some evening and weekends required 

The Job

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 and then with volunteer fosterers once they have been selected to be bio detection dogs. We are committed to providing ongoing 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 support the training of these life-saving dogs from puppies and throughout their careers as bio detection dogs. This will include obedience and behaviour training as well as activities designed to enhance their scenting abilities. You will also support our volunteer fosterers with appropriate training and guidance.

Reports to: Socialising and Dog Supply Manager

Responsibilities

Training and Development

  • Deliver high quality obedience, behaviour and scent-work training to puppies which have been identified as potential bio detection dogs.
  • Support and assist with the assessment of puppies as suitable for roles as bio detection dogs.
  • Provide ongoing training and development of bio detection dogs and support members of the Bio Detection Department once dogs have advanced onto a research project.
  • Deliver effective training classes at times to suit volunteer fosterers, which may be in the evening or at the weekend.

Fosterer Support

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

Other

  • Update the Harlequin CRM database in a timely fashion to ensure accurate and up to date training, veterinary and health records.
  • 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 ABILITIES

  • Ability to demonstrate high quality judgement 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 & Fosterer training including appropriate training approach, specific and relevant programmes to be followed, welfare and safety and appropriate time for referral to others.
  • Dealings with other staff, clients and members of the public
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills. · Ability to plan work, be organised and ensure that time is utilised effectively for yourself, colleagues and fosterers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people internally and externally. This will include clients and their families, fosterers, other professional service providers, members of the public, the media, managers and other colleagues. ·
  • High level of IT literacy and report writing skills including experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point.

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Practical Knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Dog obedience training 
  • Experience of gun dog training
  • Experience of working with high drive working dogs
  • Experience of dealing with behaviour problems and rescue dogs
  • Canine medical conditions ·

Knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • The law in relation to dogs
  • Dog and human psychology
  • Health and safety implications of dog and fosterer handling

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

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

TO APPLY

If you believe you meet the criteria for the role, please submit your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 

Regional Support Instructor – Greater London, South East and South Coast  

12 month contract
We have an exciting new opportunity for a Regional Support Instructor to support clients via aftercare visits, support partnerships, and carry out home interviews. You must have proven experience of dog handling skills within an assistance dog environment, teaching and instructing skills and a sound knowledge of dog training and dog behaviour.

Ideally you will be centrally located within the Region and have flexibility regarding your working hours.

Closing date 21 July 2019

Regional Support Instructor – full job description

Greater London, South East and South Coast

HOURS: 22.5 hours per week

SALARY BAND: £20,000 – £25,000 (to be paid pro rata)

JOB TYPE: 12 month contract

The Job

  • To instruct, guide and support clients in managing and handling a Medical Alert Assistance Dog effectively, via aftercare support visits including one to one training in public environments with a view to reaching an accreditable standard
  • To support partnerships in successfully reaching an accreditation standard and in maintaining this standard throughout the life of the partnership
  • Carry out applicant home interviews and workplace assessment visits as and when required
  • Monitor established, accredited partnerships by carrying out re-accreditation visits, partnership refreshers and support visits.
  • Monitor welfare of allocated dogs
  • To support and assist in empowering the client and family to care for a working assistance dog and maintain the required obedience and task work standards
  • Ensure up to date communication is given to the Client and Partnership Co-ordinator and allocated Centre Instructor as relevant.

Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • High level of preparation, organisational and co-ordination skills
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills
  • High level of self – motivation and planning
  • Approachable, calm and empathetic to children and adults with debilitating and life threatening conditions
  • Happy to travel alone within the UK to visit any clients as necessary
  • Happy to be on call at all times for partnerships as and when required
  • Happy to stay away from home and stay in local hotel when carry out visits and training at the charity’s Centre or if the client’s location is too far from the Centre to travel back
  • Good team worker, but equally able to work alone.
  • Positive, empathetic and calm attitude
  • Able to embrace a constantly evolving organisation
  • Flexible

Experience Required

Essential

  • Proven evidence and experience of dog handling skills, preferably within an assistance dog environment
  • Previous experience of teaching and instructing
  • Sound dog training and dog behaviour knowledge
  • IT literacy and report writing skills
  • Experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Pass a DBS (CRB) check due to regular contact with children

Beneficial

  • Knowledge of debilitating medical conditions and understanding of how they can impact people, both physically and psychologically, particularly when they are unstable and fluctuating.

Reports to: Client and Partnership Co-ordinator

Budget Responsibilities: None

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • To plan, organise and deliver practical and theoretical training to clients, meeting their individual needs in line with agreed standards to include areas such as dog welfare, appropriate handling, commanding and overall management. This will involve working with the parents as Team Leader and child as Client and working with adult clients.
  • Assessing the team dynamics of the family & balancing the needs of all family members as well as those of the dog.
  • Assessing the individuals preferred learning style and amending as relevant to aid a client.
  • To accompany the client into all regular environments that they will take the dog to, ensuring the dog behaves in an acceptable manner and that the client and others are aware and clear in terms of where they dog should reside and behave for eg public transport, place of work.
  • To complete comprehensive reports and paperwork for any time spent with applicants or partnerships ensuring they are saved on the charity’s shared drive and linked to the charity’s database. Maintain accurate records by providing verbal and written information with agreed timescales about clients, dogs, applicants and apprentices as appropriate.
  • To work alongside allocated partnerships with the aim of the partnership reaching an accredited standard and feeding back to the Client and Partnership Co-ordinator and Assistance Dog Programme Manager if there are any concerns that the accreditation cannot be achieved.
  • To provide clients with appropriate aftercare services at regular intervals in their own homes in the form of annual visits, support visits or at refresher workshops to agreed standards and timescales. This will include continual re-assessment of the dynamics of family and dog, formulating and training on appropriate solutions, as well as offering additional dog training advice. Some individual partnerships may be in need of more frequent support visits than others.
  • To provide support to the Charity’s public relations and fundraising functions as required, specifically in your area.
  • To act as the ‘local contact’ person for the assistance dog programme in relation to training policy procedures with clients and their families, other professional service providers and members of the public. This will include on-going research and development of the project.
  • To liaise with and provide support for Volunteers who may operate as part of the aftercare programme provided by the charity.
  • You will be required to work and stay away from home for short periods if you are attending a training course or meeting at head office in Great Horwood.
  • To ensure all partnerships are in line with the ADUK regulations with regards to behaviour, obedience and welfare and branding.
  • Due to the nature of the role, flexible working hours may be required in some instances to facilitate the effective delivery of the work e.g. working during the school holidays with school age clients.
  • Any other duties or tasks that are required to ensure the successful running of the Medical Alert Assistance Dog Department and the charity as a whole.

    TO APPLY

    Please send your CV with covering letter to  hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 

    Closing date 21 July 2019

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