13 May 2019

Head of Educational Guidance – Education Guidance Team – ACM Guildford

Job title: Head of Educational Guidance
Location: ACM Guildford
Department: Education Guidance Team
Closing date: Friday 05 July, 2019
Salary range: £32,000 - £40,000

Department: Education Guidance

Contract: 1 Year FTC

Hours: 1 FTE – Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)

Job Description

We are looking for a Disability Officer to be based at our Guildford site but to also oversee the support required for our students at our London and Birmingham sites.

ACM is committed to delivering an outstanding experience for all its students and this includes assessing the needs of existing and prospective students and ensuring that support packages and reasonable adjustments are in place and implemented.

You will have solid experience of working within the DSA’s Quality Assurance Framework and will be responsible for the DSA QA audit each year and working to its rigorous standards.

You will manage a team of freelance DSA study-skills tutors and DSA mentors and ensure that they undertake the relevant CPD and Peer Supervision for their professional bodies.

Main accountabilities and responsibility areas:

  1. To conduct initial interviews and screening of students with disabilities including Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), ASD, Mental Health and physical disabilities.
  2. To advise students, including prospective students, on the range of support available within ACM and to support them in making Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) applications.
  3. To liaise with ACM’s academic and support services regarding the learning needs of students, including the provision of special exam arrangements and reasonable adjustments in respect of teaching, learning and assessment.
  4. To manage the ongoing paperwork related to the student caseload.
  5. To ensure clear and accurate records are maintained in accordance with GDPR regulations.
  6. To manage the provision of the DSA Specialist Tutors and Mentors and ensure they are fully supported to enable them to offer excellent support.
  7. To invoice the DSA termly for all support provided.
  8. To complete risk assessments as needed and safely store evidence, including reports to First Aiders when required.
  9. To attend tutor training days and give presentations on Inclusivity, Reasonable Adjustments etc if required.
  10. To write reports for, and attend, Student Experience and Enhancement Committee and Extenuating Circumstances Committee meetings.
  11. To arrange dyslexia screening tests, as and when required, and advise students on next steps if found at risk of dyslexia. Arrange Diagnostic Assessment Reviews through Hardship Fund, when appropriate.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • experience of working in student support in an HE setting
  • a thorough understanding of student support needs and their impact on learning
  • an enthusiastic approach to championing the Disability agenda and promoting equality
  • exceptional communication skills
  • a good knowledge of the DSA Quality Assurance Framework
  • a broad and compassionate understanding of issues facing students with multiple and/or complex conditions within HE
  • a calm and friendly manner
  • the ability to organise and prioritise workload within the demands of the academic year cycle

To apply for this role please download the application form below and send to recruit@acm.ac.uk

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