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Director Autism Alliance

Play a leading role in creating a world in which autistic people can thrive and live their lives as part of their communities.

  • Location: Open to working from home based or working in a hybrid way from the Autism Initiatives office in Liverpool or Ambitious about Autism’s office in London.
  • Salary: c.£70,000 (FTE), depending on experience
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Autism Alliance is a network of specialist autism organisations whose members are passionate about autism and committed to its vision, mission and values. The Alliance’s vision is a world in which autistic people can thrive and live their lives as part of their communities.  Its mission is to develop a network of autism specialist organisations sharing their knowledge, skills and experience and working together to improve services, policy and practice.

We are looking for our first Director to support our new strategy. Having explored the following pages you feel your skills and experience match, and the challenges we offer are enticing, then we would very much like to hear from you.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:

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If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Introduction from the Chair

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming the Director of the Autism Alliance.

The Autism Alliances is a network of specialist autism organisations whose members are passionate about autism and committed to its vision, mission and values. The Alliance’s vision is a world in which autistic people can thrive and live their lives as part of their communities. Its mission is to develop a network of autism specialist organisations sharing their knowledge, skills and experience and working together to improve services, policy and practice.

We have achieved a great deal to date and have ambitious plans for the future, which include further growing our membership and increasing our influence in policy and practice across the UK. We are looking for our first Director to support our new strategy.

We are seeking a strategic thinker with excellent relationship-building, communication and interpersonal skills. You will have an important ambassadorial role to play. To do this, an appreciation of the issues that relate to our work would be useful. You are likely to have worked in the disability, social care, education or health sectors at a senior level. As you will be the Alliance’s first Director, you will enjoy innovation and working on your own initiative whilst valuing collaboration.

Above all, you will share our absolute commitment to our vision, mission and values. In return, this appointment offers the opportunity to shape our future and ensure we continue to have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of autistic people across the UK.

The Autism Alliance, and its host Autism Initiatives, are firmly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We warmly welcome applications from all candidates with the appropriate skills and experience and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Jolanta Lasota
Chair of Autism Alliance

About Autism Alliance

History of the Alliance

The Autism Alliance was established in 1997 and registered as a charity in 2005.

Since its inception, the Alliance has had a significant impact as:

  • an effective network for knowledge exchange and peer support;
  • the largest consortium of specialist autism providers influencing Government policy;
  • an effective forum for sharing good practice and influencing wider policy.

Vision 

The Alliance’s vision is a world in which autistic people can thrive and live their lives as part of their communities.

Mission 

The Alliance’s mission is to develop a network of autism specialist organisations sharing their knowledge, skills and experience and working together to improve services, policy, and practice.

USP 

The Alliance’s USP lies in:

  • its role as a network of specialist autism organisations whose members are passionate about autism, committed to its vision, mission, beliefs & values
  • the opportunities it provides for peer support and networking between CEOs of member organisations
  • the opportunity for members to share their knowledge & experience, and work together to innovate, build the evidence base and develop their organisations
  • its potential as the voice of the autism sector, working with autistic people, raising awareness and improving autism services, policy & practice.

Values

The core values underpinning the Alliance’s activities are:

  • Inclusion: we celebrate difference and believe that autistic people have the right to be fully included in society.
  • Participation: we work hard to ensure that the voices of autistic people & their families are heard and taken account of in everything we do.
  • Collaboration: we work in partnership with autistic people, their families, commissioners, service providers & others to increase understanding of autism & deliver the best outcomes for autistic people.
  • Effectiveness: we strive to ensure that the services we provide meet the needs of the autistic people we serve & achieve the best outcomes for them.
  • Evidence based: we seek to build a rich and diverse evidence base around best practice in autism & take this into account in everything we do.

Strategic priorities 

Strategic objectives for the Alliance over the next two years are to:

  • develop a compelling strategy that articulates the Alliance’s potential impact
  • implement the new structure to ensure good governance of the Alliance
  • appoint dedicated staff to ensure effective implementation of Alliance plans
  • develop a robust membership offer and grow the Alliance membership
  • develop/deliver a partnership strategy to maximise Alliance reach and impact
  • influence policy and practice with a focus on implementation of the Autism Strategy and other priority areas that impact on autistic people, both directly and in partnership with other bodies.

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    Closing date for applications: by 9 a.m. Tuesday 7th June 2022
    First stage interviews (virtual): Tuesday 21st June 2022
    Final stage interviews (in person): Wednesday 6th July 2022

     

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