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Head of People – Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism

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We are looking to appoint a Head of People to lead the “People” agenda across a growing and diversifying organisation, playing a crucial part in our future growth.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: c£60k
Executive recruitment for Ambitious about Autism, Head of People

About the role

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Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. Our mission is to help children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve. We work to improve the services available for children and young people with autism, to increase awareness and understanding of autism, to campaign for change and, through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College, to offer outstanding specialist education and support.

We are looking to appoint a Head of People to lead the “People” agenda across a growing and diversifying organisation, playing a crucial part in our future growth. This is an exciting and challenging role leading a growing team of HR professionals and shaping and delivering a professional service to the organisation.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for an engaged and self-motivated HR professional, currently operating at Head of Department or Senior Business Partner level. You will have generalist HR experience, and a successful track record of leading a People team.  You will have the ability to work strategically, interpreting business plans into impactful HR initiatives as well as dealing with critical HR operational issues. This post is responsible and accountable for the operational day-to-day running and management of the People Team and will sit on our senior management team.

The successful post holder will play a significant part in creating, developing and delivering strategies for the vision and planning of Talent Management and Retention, Succession Planning, Learning and Development interventions and Employee Wellbeing. In relation to this, you will be responsible for delivering a vibrant cultural development and employee wellbeing and engagement programme to empower managers, employees and volunteers to always be their best.

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

Emma Harvey | 07702 678653 | emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

We will be assessing applications as we receive them, so would encourage you to contact our consultants at the earliest opportunity if you are interested in the role. The final closing date is 9am Monday 22nd July 2019. Please note that interviews may be held during the search period. We have reserved Monday 29th July 2019 for final interviews.

Ambitious about Autism is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Emma Harvey

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Dear Applicant,

Zoe Weaver, Director of People, Ambitious about Autism

Thank you for your interest in this role of Head of People at Ambitious about Autism. We are a national charity committed to making the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. I hope that you will find our mission and this opportunity exciting and compelling, and will consider joining us at a critical time of expansion and growth in our services.

We are looking for a Head of People to work with the Director of People to provide strategic people leadership to ensure we inspire, develop, manage and retain our staff. You will implement a programme of continuous organisational performance improvement to help us achieve our ambition of a high performing, happy growing organisation. You will be responsible for delivering a vibrant inclusive culture, employee wellbeing and engagement programme to empower managers, employees and volunteers to always be their best.

To excel as the Head of People you will have a track record of demonstrating innovative people management solutions to meet organisational goals and challenges. You may already be a Head looking to strengthen and broaden your experience, or you may be a Senior Business Partner with strategic experience and ready for your next step.

You will work collaboratively with a wide range of senior managers across our services and be responsible for leading, inspiring and managing a small, talented people team to make our vision a reality.

You will share an absolute commitment to our mission and values. This role is both exciting and significant in a growing organisation. I hope that you will consider this opportunity to contribute to our future and the lives of young people with autism.

Please read on for further information about our vision and mission and what it is like to work here.

If you would like to speak to me about this opportunity, or someone you know would like this publication in an email, in Braille, large print, Easy Read transcription or audio tape, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk.

Zoe Weaver
Director of People

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism

Ambitious about Autism, executive recruitment, head of people

The charity was established in 1997 by a group of families of children with autism concerned at the lack of appropriate provision for their children. They set out to establish a school that would support their children to learn, thrive and achieve positive outcomes.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects 1 in 100 people in the UK. It affects the way a person communicates and how they experience the world around.

Children with autism face many barriers: these include a lack of understanding of their needs and how to meet them, a lack of good quality services and opportunities to have their views taken into account.

We are committed to making the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism

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Crucial facts about autism:

  • 4 in 10 children with autism have been excluded from school and 40% are bullied;
  • Only 16% of people with autism work full-time and 62% remain dependant on their families for the rest of their lives;
  • Many families struggle to support their child and live in poverty.

This must be addressed with urgency if we are to stop the wasted opportunities for these children, their families and our society.

Our vision

A world where the ordinary is the everyday experience of children and young people with autism.

Our mission

Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism.

Our values

Children and young people with autism are at the centre of all that we do: their well-being and safety is our number one priority.

More information:

Ambitious about Autism website
People Directorate
Ambitious Futures 2020 Strategy

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Emma Harvey | 07702 678653 | emma@peridotpartners.co.uk   

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification and explains your motivation for applying for the role.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Head of People, Ambitious about Autism” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job. Please note that all equality monitoring surveys are completely anonymous, so if you would like to contact us as a disabled applicant, to make us aware of potential operational difficulties, adjustments or support, then please email: emf@peridotpartners.co.uk.

Ambitious about Autism is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons from all sections of the community. Ambitious about Autism is signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme and offers a guaranteed interview for disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria for the post they are applying for.

Ambitious about Autism is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please note that at least one reference will be taken up prior to interview and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

A downloadable candidate pack is available in the documents on this page. If you, or someone you know would like this pack in another language, on CD-ROM, email, in Braille, large print, Easy Read transcription or audio tape, please contact: Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk.

We will be assessing applications as we receive them, so would encourage you to contact our advising consultants at the earliest opportunity if you are interested in the role. The final closing date is 9am Monday 22nd July 2019. Please note that interviews may be held during the search period. We have reserved Monday 29th July 2019 for final interviews.

Timetable

Applications accepted throughout search period (see above), but final closing date: 9am, Monday 22nd July 2019
Reserved date for final interviews (but interviews may happen before this date): Monday 29th July

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Peridot and Ambitious about Autism are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete equality monitoring survey.

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