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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 diagnostic 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:

Bio Detection Assistant for Covid-19 Project

LOCATIONGreat Horwood, near Milton Keynes  

SALARY£18,000-£20,000 (dependent on experience) to be paid pro rata 

JOB TYPE: Full time – 4 month fixed term contract 

We have an exciting opportunity to join this small but fast-growing charity that is a world leader in its specialist innovative field.

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 9 December 2020

Bio Detection Assistant for Covid-19 Project– full job description

The Job

  • Provide support to Bio Detection Trainers during the duration of the data collection phase for the Covid-19 project 
  • Live data input during training sessions and double-blind testing 
  • Handle COVID-19 positive and negative samples during both training/testing sessions and preparing/cleaning the training 
  • Assist with cleaning and maintaining equipment during training/testing 
  • Assist with data management and preparation for presentation 

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Provide support to the Bio Detection Trainers by inputting data into MDD’s Bio Detection database, OPRA during training sessions and double-blind testing for the COVID-19 project
  • Assisting the Research Assistant with data management by ensuring the input of clean data and assisting with preparing data for internal training/project reports, trustees, and external collaborators.
  • Assist Bio Detection Trainers with preparing the training/testing room and cleaning equipment during and after
  • Assist Bio Detection Trainers and other Bio Detection department members with sample processing, including selecting, thawing, and re-freezing samples before and after training or testing sessions.  

    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 

    • A science related degree or equivalent experience 
    • Experience of health & safety in the workplace, ideally within a biological research environment 
    • Experience of data input and data management 
    • Confident in use of Excel, pivot tables and data interpretation/presentation 

    KNOWLEDGE

    • Understanding of health & safety policies for handling of biological samples, or a willingness to learn 
    • Some understanding of the work of bio detection dogs generally 
    • Understanding of database and data management 

    PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    • Attention to detail is essential 
    • Ability to take direction and accurately record data and notes 
    • A professional approach to staff, volunteers, and members of the public both internally and externally 
    • A good attitude to work and ability to use initiative to work effectively with ad without supervision 
    • Interested and passionate about the work of the charity 
    • Must be comfortable working with and around dogs 
    • Flexibility around working hours when required

    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

    Socialising Trainer (12 months maternity cover)

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

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

    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.

    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 11 December 2020

    Socialising Trainer (12 months maternity cover) – full job description

    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 Alert Assistance Dog. 

    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 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

    Regional Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator Central Region

    LOCATIONHome based covering Nottingham, Derbyshire, Birmingham, Leicestershire

    SALARY BAND£21,000 – £24,000 Dependent on experience

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

    HOURSFull-Time with some evenings and weekends (Time Off in lieu given)

    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 fundsThe 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.

    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 5 December 2020

    Regional Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator Central Region – full job description

    The Job

    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 Volunteer Manager 

    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 

    Recruitment, 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 maximized 
    • 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 

    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 

    Experience Required

    ESSENTIAL 

    • Experience in a similar role with a national charity where you have a 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 presenting skills 
    • Good IT skills across a range of MS Office applications  
    • 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

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

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