35 hours per week
We are looking for an experienced and committed individual to join us as Educational Placement Coordinator, acting as an advocate for Syrian refugee children, young people and families arriving through the Resettlement Programme.
Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of refugee resettlement, Refugee Action is working with Birmingham City Council as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme to welcome refugees to Birmingham.
Whilst developing and delivering this new role, you will be advising the children, young people and families on the school admissions process and helping them to secure suitable school, early years or college places. You will also be liaising and providing support for the Local Authority in placing other asylum seeking pupils into education.
A major part of your role will be working collaboratively with the school’s admission team at Birmingham City Council to identify schools that have vacancies and then you will support families to enrol children. In addition, you will be establishing effective working relationships with schools across Birmingham.
In addition you will have:
- An understanding of the issues facing refugees during integration to a new community.
- Experience of advocating on behalf of vulnerable groups and/or individuals and of negotiating with schools and other bodies to secure the appropriate placement of vulnerable children.
- Knowledge of the Education system in the UK and Schools Admissions, and ability to communicate this accordingly to refugees.
- Experience of working with other professionals collaboratively and in multi-disciplinary settings.
- An understanding of Refugee Communities and insight into how to collaborate with a range of providers to support them.
- Experience and understanding of supporting volunteers to deliver services to clients.
For further details, and to apply, please visit our website http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/job/educational-placement-coordinator-full-time/.
Closing Date: 09:00am, Monday 23rd October 2017
Interviews: Friday 3rd November 2017