Director of External Affairs
Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism - is yours?
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism and was established in 1997 by a group of families of children with autism concerned at the lack of appropriate provision for their children. They set out to establish a school that would support their children to learn, thrive and achieve positive outcomes. Following a major capital fundraising campaign and a series of temporary locations and premises, the school and the charity moved into purpose-built accommodation in 2008, together creating the Pears National Centre for Autism Education. Since then the charity has grown its education services, opening both Ambitious College and The Rise School (through its multi-academy trust) in 2014, and extended its national influencing and enabling activities.
Focused on developing innovative service models that demonstrate excellent outcomes for young people and which are replicable and sustainable, we are committed to creating pathways to enable young people to live a fulfilling life as part of their community. Children and young people with autism are at the centre of all that we do. Supporting nearly 200 children and young people and thousands more through our influencing and enabling work our mission is to make the ordinary possible and improve their life chances.
This is an exciting time for Ambitious about Autism as we launch a new strategy to increase our reach and impact. As well as growing our direct services for children and young people we aim to increase our impact with schools, employers and the community through our enabling and influencing programmes. We will continue to drive greater awareness and understanding of the needs of children with autism and this is critical to our ongoing success.
As our Director of External Affairs, you will lead and build on our highly successful work in communication and marketing, policy, parent and youth participation, training and development. You will drive our new strategy for external affairs and lead the development and integration of these activities and the team to maximise reach and impact. Integral to this role will be ensuring external affairs plans and activity are informed by evidence and by the views of children and young people with autism and their families.
Ambitious to help make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism, you will have a proven track record of senior level and impactful external affairs experience within a dynamic organisation. You’ll be a proven leader with the ability to develop an ambitious strategy and to inspire and develop a multi-disciplinary team and to work collaboratively with colleagues and key stakeholders to maximise reach and measurable impact. Above all, you will be a visible and credible ambassador for the organisation and cause. This is a dynamic and fast paced environment which requires you to be creative, a team player, resilient and driven.
If this is you and you share our passion to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism, we invite you to visit our recruitment partner's website via the apply button below:
Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 30th May 2017
Ambitious about Autism is signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme and offers a guaranteed interview for disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria for the post they are applying for. If you would like to come and visit us, have any recruitment related questions or would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may need as part of your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07702 678653.