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
Human Resources, Financial and Medical experience and 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.

Closing date 26th August 2022

Bio Detection Support Trainer

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 young dogs and throughout their careers as bio detection dogs.   This will include teaching the dogs and their fosterers general obedience, problem solving skills, dog sport activities and behaviour training as well as activities designed to enhance their scenting abilities.   

Reports to: Dog Supply and Training Manager  

Responsibilities  

Training and Development 

  • Deliver through training classes, general obedience training, dog sport activities, behaviour and scent-work training to young dogs and adult dogs which have been allocated and identified as potential bio detection dogs. 
  • Provide on and offsite training and development to all the bio detection dogs through support via 121’s and home visits at times to suit volunteer fosterers, which may be in the evening or at the weekend 
  • Support and assist with the assessment of the young dogs as suitable for role as a bio detection dog. 
  • Support members of the Bio Detection Department once dogs have been allocated to the Bio Department. 

 Fosterer Support 

  • Provide guidance and instruction to fosterers on handling, behaviour and training of the dogs in their care, including 121 training to address specific issues as appropriate and regular home visits to the young dogs and adult dogs under your supervision. 
  • Develop and provide a training programme of activities for our volunteer fosterers which helps to prepare the dogs as a Bio detection Dog and enhance the experience for the fosterers. 

Fosterer Recruitment 

  • Assist in the recruitment of new volunteer fosterers. 
  • Carry out home checks 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 and other dog sports 
  • 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 
We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to support the training of these life-saving dogs from young dogs and throughout their careers as bio detection dogs. This will include teaching the dogs and their fosterers general obedience, problem solving skills, dog sport activities and behaviour training as well as activities designed to enhance their scenting abilities. 

LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes

SALARY: £19,000 – £21,000 Depending on experience

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

TO APPLY – Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Closing date 19 August 2022

Socialising Trainer

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.  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 Detection Dog. 

Reports to: Dog 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 monitor progress of the puppies in your area and provide detailed, evidenced feedback to the senior team within Dog Supply and training. 
  • Support and assist with the potential matches for a particular assistance dog partnership and in consultation with the Senior Socialising 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 within your core working hours.  
  • To support when required on 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 ABILITIES 

  • 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 
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills.
  • Ability to plan work, be organised and ensure that time is utilised effectively for yourself, colleagues and socialisers. 
  • 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. 

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 
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 Detection 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: £19,000 – £21,000 Depending on experience

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

TO APPLY – Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Closing date 19 August 2022

Regional Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator

THE JOB

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.  

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 Volunteer Manager 

 KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Develop our community engagement to increase awareness of the charity, the number of volunteers and income in your region 
  • Develop a volunteer led fundraising approach in your region to increase income 
  • Ensure that the volunteering needs of the region are analysed, understood and continually review this process 
  • Ensure that all Medical Detection Dogs Volunteers within the region are properly managed and have the right tools to carry out their role so that they find fulfilment as volunteers and the needs of the charity are met. 

FURTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Develop and manage volunteer groups in the region, giving them advice and guidance on community fundraising activities and events 
  • Create and promote a range of suitable volunteering opportunities to include volunteers from all walks of life and ensure a consistent and sustainable supply of volunteers in your region  
  • Adhere to all MDD policies and procedures / Provide opportunities for volunteers in the region to give feedback and follow up as required  
  • Deliver induction and training as appropriate to volunteers in the region 
  • Coordinate and deliver the MDD talks programme in the region 
  • Engage with 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 income 
  • Identify and attend local events 
  • Work with the Marketing team to provide content that represents activity and achievement in your area  
  • Work with Fundraising Department to maximise income from national fundraising campaigns 
  • Responsible for keeping accurate and up to date records on all databases and systems in use by the charity.  

 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 of recruiting and managing volunteers 
  • Experience in a similar role with a charity where you have a track record of raising funds 
  • Experience of delivering presentations 
  • Confident at communicating and engaging with the public 
  • Worked remotely and developed strong working relationships   
  • Willing to travel across a large area and occasional overnight stays  

Desirable: 

  • 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 presenting skills 
  • Good IT skills across a range of MS Office applications  
  • The ability to deal with information in a confidential manner and respond with sensitivity 
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage a variety of tasks 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES 

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

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 

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. 

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.  

LOCATION: Home Based with travel around the South West Area 

SALARY: £22,780 per annum

JOB TYPE: Permanent

HOURS: 37.5 hours – Full-Time with some evenings and weekends

TO APPLY – Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Closing date 10 August 2022

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