DEPUTY VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR
Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by Medical Detection Dogs
We train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease, providing life-saving alert assistance dogs to people with complex health problems across the UK and collaborating with other researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities internationally to advance the early diagnosis of disease.
We have an exciting opportunity to join this small but fast-growing charity that is a world leader in its specialist innovative field as a maternity cover.
Volunteers are key to the success of Medical Detection Dogs and have an important place at the heart of the charity. They have many and varied roles including socialising and fostering our dogs; as part of a regional support group attending events to raise awareness of our work and much needed funds; participating in our popular speaker programme, which provides volunteer speakers for local groups and events across the country; driving and providing vital admin support.
Your job is to support the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure that the charity recruits and trains the volunteers we need to help us carry on our life saving work, and that volunteering for Medical Detection Dogs is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
For this role you need to have passion, commitment and patience. You will be resourceful, able to motivate a wide variety of people and good at finding creative solutions to challenges. In return you will be part of a dedicated team that supports our life-saving work with dogs and gain satisfaction from knowing that you have helped to save lives.
The successful candidate will have at least 1 years' experience working with volunteers as well as good IT skills across the range of MS office applications, be comfortable working with databases and ideally have some familiarity with social media.
You should be empathetic, and able to inspire and motivate others and it would be helpful if your experience included working with people of all ages and those who have complex health needs, and of managing others and setting and monitoring objectives. Of course, anyone joining the team must be comfortable working near dogs.
You should also be able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a diverse range of people
• The ability to deal with information in a confident manner and respond with sensitivity
• Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage a variety of tasks
• A positive attitude and ability to use initiative and work effectively and efficiently without supervision
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Attention to detail
• A flexible and non-judgemental approach to people and work
• Interested and passionate about the work of the charity
Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to:
- Hold a full UK Driving Licence
- Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
- Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- Work some evenings and weekends
To apply:- please submit your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please quote ref CB/DEPVOLCOORD
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