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The Down’s Syndrome Association is the only organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. The Down’s Syndrome Association aims to create the conditions that all people with Down’s syndrome need to live full and rewarding lives.

Current vacancies

Employment Development Officer (North East)

Home based in the North East
21 hrs per week

This post is for a 10 month fixed term contract. An extension to the term of the contract is dependent on funding. 

We are looking for an Employment Development Officer to join our WorkFit team. You will be home-based in the North East. You will be responsible for expanding our reach in North East by supporting people with Down’s syndrome to access the work place. As part of your role, you will

The successful candidate will report directly to the Employment Development Manager. The right candidate will have:

  • Develop and enhance employment opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome
  • Develop partnership links with and between existing support networks
  • Promote the project throughout the North East and the surrounding areas.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Employment Development Manager. The right candidate will have:

  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
  • A good understanding of supported employment as well as experience within the employment sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to develop relationships with external organisations, co-ordinate and facilitate meetings, negotiate opportunities, deliver presentations and training, motivate others and support colleagues.
  • Ability to plan and manage project based work and identify opportunities for development.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to the Employment Development Manager, Alison Thwaite on 07973 612720 or email

You can download the full job description here.

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter/email to Alison Thwaite (

Closing date for applications: Sunday 25 August
Interviews: Friday 30 August


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