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Job Opportunity | Support Worker to assist Manager, CVAN South East

13th Jan 2023

If you are interest in this role, please click here to Apply. 
Deadline 26th January 
To provide access support as a job aide to the CVAN South East Manager who is neurodivergent (ASD + ADHD).
The Manager is based in Portsmouth and works 3 days per week. He is responsible for all aspects of the network’s activity, liaising regularly with visual arts organisations, freelancers and artists in the South East and nationally.
Working alongside him, the Support Worker will facilitate delivery of his responsibilities by helping to meet his particular support needs. Challenges associated with co-occuring ASD and ADHD include difficulties with executive function, organisation, regulating focus, task switching, impulsivity and burnout. The role will require sensitivity, discretion and resourcefulness, working together to develop a structured and efficient working practice.
The role will suit a blended combination of remote and in-person support. The exact structure and days can be flexible.
The post-holder will report to the CVAN South East Manager. The CVAN South East Manager reports to the Director of Modern Art Oxford, and also works with the Chair of CVAN South East.

The post is funded by an Access to Work grant from the Department for Work & Pensions, which has been awarded until November 2025, subject to conditions.

Principal Responsibilities

Acting as a job aide in respect of:
  • Task coordination and scheduling.
  • Communications management, including support with managing email.
  • Regulating a focused, balanced and ordered regime.
  • Self-monitoring and evaluating work performance.
General Duties
  • Close engagement with the Manager’s current workload and task list.
  • Support to complete administrative tasks.
  • Support in managing appointments and calendar.
  • Communications management, including support with managing email.
  • Accompany in meetings online, and very occasionally in person, taking notes and following up to debrief afterwards.
  • Regular check-ins online, open and honest two-way communication to maintain a healthy working relationship.
Person Specification
·       Calm, patient manner with good listening skills.
·       A motivated, positive outlook.
·       The ability and desire to work well with a wide range of        people.
·       A self-starter, able to work independently and to prioritise tasks.
·       An effective team worker.
·       Highest level of attention to detail and accuracy.
·       Able to take a person-centred approach.
·       Interest in learning about the particular challenges encountered by a neurodivergent arts manager.
·       Experience of working with people who encounter barriers to participation, whether due to disability, mental health or other factors.
·       Ideally an understanding of neurodivergent conditions such as autism and ADHD.
Sector Knowledge
·       Knowledge of contemporary visual arts.
·       An interest in arts and culture or heritage.
·       Excellent administration and organisational skills.
·       Able to organise own workload and carry out tasks efficiently.
·       Accuracy and attention to detail.
·       Experience of working with websites, Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
·       Strong IT skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets and Google’s G-suite applications.
·       Excellent interpersonal skills – approachable, professional, courteous.
·       Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

·       High level of proficiency in the English language.

·       A commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

·       Reasonably flexible attitude to working hours.


  • Line Manager :              Manager, CVAN Southeast
  • Salary:                          £18600 pa (£31,000 fte)
  • Tenure :                        Fixed Term until at least November 2025, (dependent upon Access to Work funding and conditions)
  • Probation :                   3 months
  • Hours :                         Part time 0.6 fte – Wednesday to Friday      9.30am – 5.30pm (flexible, days to be mutually agreed)
  • Place of work:              This is a flexible home-working role with regular (e.g. bi-weekly) in-person contact in Portsmouth.
  • Holiday :                       20 days including public holidays (0.6 x 33 days)
  • Notice period:               2 months in writing
  • Pension :                      An auto-enrolment pension scheme is in place with Legal & General. Under pension auto enrolment legislation, the employee will pay 5% (before tax relief) and the employer will pay 3% of qualifying earnings to the Legal and General plan. A salary sacrifice scheme is available after 3 months employment.
  • Other benefits:              There is a staff discount and Employee Assistance Programme through Gemelli


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