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DFN Project SEARCH Looking To Recruit Executive Office Manager

DFN Project SEARCH, a leading transition to employment charity for young people with learning disabilities and autism, is looking to recruit an Executive Office Manager. This role will be home based with some travel for monthly meetings.

Our pioneering programme centres around total workplace immersion and offers learning at its very best. Our evidence-based model facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on skills training.

Working in partnership with Local Authorities, Education and Business providers, we have the ambition of supporting 10,000 young adults with learning difficulties and autism into full-time paid jobs over the next decade.

Today DFN Project SEARCH has 70 internationally recognised programmes across the UK, Ireland and Iberia, and has supported over 1500 interns into work, 1300 of which transitioned into full-time roles. On average over 60 per cent of graduates obtain full-time integrated, competitive paid employment, which is well beyond national statistics of 5.6 per cent. An additional 10 per cent find some type of paid employment, meaning the lives of 70 per cent of graduates are changed for the better.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Executive Office Manager who has attention to detail and great project management skills.

The overall purpose of this role is to support the Executive team with their day-to-day administration, including diary management, travel, external and internal meetings, email and correspondence as well as providing operational support including HR, IT, and GDPR. You will also support the Trustee board by compiling quarterly reports, preparing meeting agendas and following up on actions.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, be proactive, passionate, creative and highly committed to the work of our charity. To be successful in this role you will have previous experience in a EA/PA role (or similar), be flexible and able to manage varying workloads, have a good eye for detail and a passion for the voluntary sector.

Claire Cookson, CEO of DFN Project SEARCH, said:

“The young people we aim to serve – and the challenges they face - are all unique. We are looking to build a team that reflects this diversity. Our commitment to inclusion across disability, race, gender, age, class, religion, identity, and experience forms the cornerstone of our work.

“If you are driven by a desire to help young people improve their life chances and are willing to go the extra mile every day to achieve our aims, we want to hear from you. In return we can offer you a supportive working environment and the reward of working to support an incredible talent pool of young people at a critical moment in time."

For a full job description and to request an application form, email Claire Cookson at

Deadline for applications is Friday 15th May 2021.

If you also wish to have an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact Claire Cookson by email to set-up a call.