Neath Autism Centre – Manager

The National Autistic Society

We are looking for a dynamic Autism Centre Manager to lead in operations, practices and People Management approaches at our established Autism Centre in Neath. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a wealth of experience in working with autistic people and/or people with learning disabilities and managing large staff teams within a partnership working environment with internal and external stakeholders. You will coordinate and line manage staff teams around the people we support and their activities. You will display competence in managing and supporting a diverse staff team to utilise tools and techniques to support autistic people whilst providing expert practice leadership skills in both Autism and people management.

You will report to the Deputy Area Manager and directly manage a team of 4 Deputy Managers experienced in Operational Management, Positive Behavioural Support, Curriculum Design and Community Support. The Neath Autism Centre is a specialist service run by the National Autistic Society seeking to improve the quality of life of the people we support through the use of Autism specific approaches such as Active Support, Inclusive Communication and TEACCH. Each day focuses on skill teaching, following the four key principles of Active Support and curriculum based learning through Agored Cymru. The main focus of the centre is maximising potential and development of skills.

The focal point of this leadership role is the ability to demonstrate these key principles and increase staff competence through the use of practice leadership.

You’ll have a strong and proven working knowledge of current legislation relevant to providing a support service and previous experience of leading staff and compliance within a social care or educational setting. Current or previous experience of supporting individuals who display challenging behaviour is an essential factor to your success in this role.

You will possess a QCF/NVQ Level 4 or 5 in Health and Social Care, Educational Qualification or a recognised qualification in Leadership and Management along with demonstrable experiences of working with Autistic Adults. A qualification in Positive Behavioural Support would be desirable or the willingness to work towards one. If you’re looking for a Management career with the National Autistic Society, you will be supported through a host of development opportunities in autism practice, Leadership development and standards of care.

Help transform lives by joining our team

A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. By becoming a Centre Manager, you’ll help make every day breakthroughs happen more often.

We need you to be resilient, supportive and sensitive towards the needs of autistic people and specifically have a background in managing services within an Educational or Social Care Environment.

We Offer

  • Competitive rates of pay:
  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • Excellent training offered
  • Access to our Benefits portal, providing discounts across many shops, restaurants and other outlets
  • 33 Days Annual Leave (incl. Public Holidays)
  • Access to free online courses via our education platform
  • Employee Assistance Programme (24/7 helpline available)
  • Free access to Headspace app (mindfulness/mental wellbeing app) for yourself + 3 friends/family
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Paid for Enhanced DBS
  • Healthcare Cash plan

You may have a personal connection, a desire to work with or real life experiences working with autistic people. You’ll have experience in a senior role with Management responsibilities, the desire to progress your career, and if you share our values and are willing to make a difference to the lives of autistic people, we’d love to hear from you.

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Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks which will include reference and criminal background checks.

We are passionate about supporting autistic people into work, and particularly welcome applications from autistic people. We help autistic people from all backgrounds and strive to represent the same diversity in our staff and volunteers. We particularly encourage applications from people from all minority groups, who are currently under-represented in our workforce. Together, we can create a society that works for autistic people.

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

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