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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


Senior Employment Development Officer

We have an exciting new opportunity within our Employment Team, WorkFit.

WorkFit is the DSA employment initiative which bridges the gap between employers and candidates with Down’s syndrome. WorkFit aims to find the right role for the right candidate, with the right level of support for success.  The project addresses a range of work opportunities, including voluntary work, work experience, supported internships and paid work.

Salary: £30,000
Location: Teddington, Middlesex
35 hrs per week
This is a permanent position.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Employment Development Officer to be based at our head office in Teddington to develop and be responsible for leading an already established team and to continue to develop the project supporting people with Down’s syndrome to access the workplace within specific areas.  As part of your role, you will;

  • Work closely with the Employment Development Manager to develop the strategic direction of the project
  • Develop partnership links with and between existing support networks
  • Promote the project with local networks.

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

  • A minimum of one year’s experience working with people with learning disabilities. Proven experience as a team leader or supervisor.
  • An understanding of employment support for people with learning disabilities and experience within the employment field in England and Wales.
  • Proven experience of working with decision makers to persuade them of the benefits of offering employment opportunities to people with Down’s syndrome.
  • Proven experience of planning and managing project based work.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to the Employment Development Manager, Veronica Mulenga on 0333 12 12 300 or email dsworkfit@downs-syndrome.org.uk 

Please download the application pack and return it with a covering letter to: 

Down’s Syndrome Association, Langdon Down Centre, 2a Langdon Park, Teddington, Middx TW11 9PS

or email it to: lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 19th January 2018.


Information and Training Services Manager

Salary: £35,000
Location: Teddington, Middlesex
Full time, 35 hours per week.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 18th January 2018.
Interviews will take place at the Langdon Down Centre, Teddington, during the week commencing 22nd January 2018.

We are looking to appoint the right person to lead our information and training services. The Information and Training Services Manager will support a team of committed information officers and consultants to deliver services to a high standard, within budget. This important role is pivotal in our core work to create the conditions which will enable people with Down’s syndrome to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives through the provision of up-to-date, accurate information, training and support.

The post will suit an experienced manager with a professional qualification or background in education, learning disability, health care, social care, child development, adult advocacy or information and training services.

The successful candidate will be based at the Langdon Down Centre, Teddington. Travel, overnight stays and some weekend working will be required.

As part of your role, you will:

  • Ensure delivery of duties within agreed budgets and timescales.
  • Design, deliver and manage engaging presentations and workshops and oversee services administration and provide consultancy services.
  • Maintain a high standard of team service in response to questions about Down’s syndrome and related issues via our helpline service.
  • Keep up-to-date with key developments in relevant fields of policy, research and practice and represent the DSA at relevant meetings.

The right candidate will have:

  • Management experience and relevant professional qualifications or graduate level education with relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of issues related to Down’s syndrome and/or learning disabilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, writing and research skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to Gillian Bird on 0333 12 12 300 or by email to gillian.bird@downs-syndrome.org.uk.

To apply download the application pack here and return it by email with a covering letter to lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk.


Information Officer

An exciting and varied role within our Information and Training team.

Salary: £24,000 – £28,000
Location: Teddington, Middlesex
Full time, 35 hours per week.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 18th January 2018.
Interviews will take place at the Langdon Down Centre, Teddington, during the week commencing 22nd January 2018.

We are looking to appoint an Information Officer to expand an established team providing information, training and support to people with Down’s syndrome, their families and the education, health and social care professionals who work with them. This varied role includes providing training for teachers and other practitioners, giving support through our information helpline, creating information resources and contributing to our Having a Voice groups. The post will suit someone with a professional qualification or background in education, learning disability, health care, social care, child development or adult advocacy. Some travel, overnight stays and weekend working is required.

As part of your role, you will

  • Design and deliver engaging presentations and workshops for teachers and other practitioners across England and Wales.
  • Provide a sensitive and effective telephone, email and written helpline service in response to questions about Down’s syndrome and related issues.
  • Participate in advocacy groups for people with Down’s syndrome, supporting them to discuss, share and act on those things that matter to them.
  • Research and disseminate information about the issues surrounding people with Down’s syndrome throughout their lives.
  • Create information resources in a variety of formats for a range of audiences.

The right candidate will have:

  • Knowledge and proven experience of issues related to Down’s syndrome and/or learning disabilities.
  • The ability to respond with sensitivity and understanding when supporting people with Down’s syndrome, their family members and carers.
  • Experience in presenting to both small and large groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, writing and research skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Relevant professional qualifications or graduate level education with relevant experience.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be made to Gillian Bird on 0333 12 12 300 or by email to gillian.bird@downs-syndrome.org.uk.

To apply download the application pack here return it by email with a covering letter to lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk.

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