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Title: KEEN London Activity Coordinator – North London

Role type: Permanent

Hours: Part-time, 3 days per week (21 hours) including one weekend day. Open to discussing arrangements for flexible working (where this will not directly affect service delivery).

Salary: £23000 – £26000 pro rata (£13800 – £15600 p.a.) dependent on skills and experience. Additional benefits include access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

Location:

KEEN London Office and North London based venue (TBC)

Unit W1, 8 Woodberry Down, London, N4 2TG

Reporting to: KEEN London Head of Services

About KEEN London

KEEN London is a small but growing charity. Our vision is that every child has the chance to enjoy games and leisure activities and none are left behind due to disability.

We provide free games and activity sessions with one to one support to children with special educational needs and disabilities. Over 100 families across London are members of the KEEN family and we provide more than 6,000 hours of supported care to disabled children every year.

Since March 2020, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic we have adapted our service to deliver a range of new projects including online sessions, one-to-one supported video calls and smaller outdoor group sessions.

Role Description:

Every week 20 children (‘athletes’) aged 5-12 attend a 2 hour KEEN London sports and games session and are supported 1:1 by our team of volunteer coaches. These children have a wide range of disabilities and additional needs, with a high proportion being autistic. As the Coordinator you will have overall responsibility for the planning and delivery of these sessions, working directly with our athletes and their families and supervising a team of volunteer coaches.

This project is our first pilot for our new organisational strategy, therefore we need someone who is able to use their initiative to develop and deliver innovative solutions and be responsive to challenges as they arise. The role will include assisting with sourcing a suitable venue, creating new resources, purchasing equipment and recruiting new athlete beneficiaries from an existing waiting list. You will also need to work closely with our other Coordinators to deliver our new service delivery model as well as our school holiday, alumni and residential projects.

Responsibilities:

Delivery of core services

  • Ensure the safe and effective running of weekend activity sessions
  • Plan, risk assess and deliver day trips and excursions
  • Act as Child Protection Officer and First Aider for North London activities
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of school holiday programmes and residential trips

Service Delivery Admin

  • Analyse attendance, service delivery and impact data
  • Communicate with families about upcoming sessions and other information
  • Create and develop goal oriented action plans for attending athletes
  • Proactively manage and prioritise the athlete waiting list

Volunteer Coordination

  • Liaise with the Volunteer Coordinator regarding volunteer attendance
  • Brief volunteers every session

Strategic Development

  • Support with assessing the suitability of the current venue/sourcing a new venue
  • Work alongside the East and South London Coordinators to develop resources and plans to support the new service delivery model

Required Experience and Skills

Experience

Essential

Desirable

Experience of working with disabled children in a play, educational or social care setting, specifically including autism and learning disability.

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Experience of leading a team of volunteers

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Knowledge and experience of CRM systems and databases (Salesforce/Google Suite)

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Skills
Knowledge of safeguarding and child protection legislation

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Excellent time management skills

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Strong communication skills

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Ability to remain calm in a crisis and handle difficult situations

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Ability to work independently and as part of a team

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Safeguarding and first aid qualifications

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Ability to monitor and maintain safe working practices

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Data input and analysis

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The candidate

If you are passionate about empowering disabled children and young people to reach their full potential, this could be the job for you. Our ideal candidate is creative, friendly, enthusiastic, organised, adaptable and approachable. We are at a key stage of strategic development within the organisation and are looking for someone who is keen to have a progressive role in the future of the charity.

We are looking for candidates who share KEEN London’s values i.e. inclusive; compassionate and supportive; committed to high standards; trustworthy; respectful; accountable and fun.

We are proud of the difference we make to the lives of children and young people so if you would like to be a part of this, we’d love to hear from you.

Application

If you have the skills and experience we’re looking for, please send your CV, up to date Linkedin profile or other outline of your employment history to nicole@keenlondon.org by 12pm on Monday 21st June.

We will invite suitable candidates to complete a short application form.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an interview.

Interviews are expected to commence week beginning Monday 28th June and flexible options will be offered.

We aim to represent the diversity of our local communities and positively encourage applications regardless of age, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief.

All applicants must have existing Right to Work in the UK.

Thanks to all of you at Keen for giving me as a parent, an opportunity to say how grateful we are for the respite we get every Saturday.It has transform our Saturday’s. We started coming to the session at the start of 2014 and we have rarely missed any sessions. My daughter who has autism and muscle dystrophy enjoys going and looks forward to the jam packed activities which are always fun and talks about them endlessly. The coaches are all very experience and help the kids and encourages them to get involve or just talk to them and listen. In the summer my daughter went to her first residential trip for 2 days.She had so much fun and still talks about it to this day.They also went to the Aquarium and soft play. Thank you all for your support.

Stella, KEEN parent

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