Teaching Assistant - St Mary’s CE Primary School, Bradford Abbas
Salary details: £15938 - £15938
Ferndown Area Office
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to help drive change and be part of a dynamic but friendly team that provides excellent support to the children and families in Dorset?
If you are, then a fantastic opportunity has arisen to join the Children’s Services Business Support Team. We have a part time (23 hours) Team Administrator vacancy in our East Locality Business Support team based in Ferndown.
This post offers the flexibility of working in a hybrid way providing support based in both the Ferndown Area Office as well as ‘virtual’ support working from home. We maintain an effective team ethic by communicating with daily huddles as well as using Microsoft Teams to communicate throughout the day providing a network of support within the Business Support team. Hybrid work is a flexible working model now adopted by Dorset Council where employees work partly in the physical workplace, and partly remotely – either at home or from another workspace. This role will at times require a physical presence in the office. However, this will not require the whole team to be in the office every day, enabling the business support team to work on a flexible rota basis. Your work pattern would be shaped around business/service needs/sickness/annual leave cover etc.
We work as one team, energising, challenging, and inspiring each other every day. We openly support and develop each other, going out of our way to offer knowledge, time, and practical help. That means working collaboratively, sharing our expertise, and celebrating individuality and diversity through our employee networks.
We are invested in the continuous improvement and development of our staff, providing full training for the position. Working for Dorset Council also offers opportunities for career progression with working in Business Support providing an excellent start as you will be collaborating with several areas across Children’s Services.
Reporting to a Team Leader, the role will be varied and interesting and the post holder will need to be motivated and flexible in their approach to work, confident in using their own initiative and able to prioritise a demanding workload to tight deadlines. The post holder will be part of a team responsible for delivering high-quality business support to the operational Locality team which includes: Social Care · Early Help · Educational Psychologist · SEN/SEND provision · Early Years Support and Advice Service · Virtual School · Specialist Educators.
Our business support is customer focused and compliant with the Council's behaviours, standards and statutory obligations e.g., Data Protection and would include:
The experience, knowledge and skills required for this role are specified in detail in the Person Specification and Job Description.
In Business Support we are modern and forward thinking and within that, we embrace being digitally focused. IT systems used include Microsoft packages, including Teams, and service specific systems such as Mosaic, Synergy and Nexus. Training for service-based systems will be provided however a good working knowledge of IT including the use of Outlook, Word and Excel is essential. Some of your training will need to be office based to ensure that you get the best experience and support from your team.
The working environment is busy and dynamic subject to interruptions to deal with queries from operational managers and staff and will involve taking telephone calls.
There will occasionally be work content of a sensitive/distressing nature particularly in teams involving direct contact with children and families. This will require resilience and confidentiality.
Join us and you will find an organisation that values your contribution. That supports your professional growth and development. And that cares about your personal wellbeing. You will enjoy working in an open, supportive environment, where you respect the integrity of the people around you and they respect you.
For further information, please contact Nicky Smith on 01202 868203
We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.
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We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.
We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.
We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.
If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn
This post requires significant travel. You must have a vehicle (or transport we deem suitable) available for use as needed.
This post requires you to have access to sensitive information. It will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. See our policy on the employment of ex-offenders.
This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.
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We cannot accept CVs in the place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all our candidates.
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