Job Description

Role title: Access and Inclusion Programmes Assistant.
Hours of post: 32 hours per week.
Fixed term contract: effective form confirmation in post to June 2025
Reporting to: Head of Business Administration
Location: Office based location in Belfast with some travel required in Northern Ireland
Salary: The annual salary for this role at 32 hours per week is £18,600

Access and Inclusion Programmes Assistant:

University of Atypical (UofA) is seeking to recruit a new role of Access and Inclusion
Programmes Assistant.

UofA addresses issues of participation, inclusion and accessibility so that all people
can participate in the arts and creativity sectors. The communities we advocate for
include d/Deaf, disabled and people with neuro-diversities who face barriers to
participation. We particularly welcome people who identify as d/Deaf, disabled or
neurodiverse to apply.

As a new dedicated role within the Atypical team, you will support the organisation in
providing advice and responding to enquiries on disability and d/Deaf access and
inclusion specialists providers. You will maintain databases in access professionals
(translators, audio describers, specialists in disability support) and assist with the
Equality and Access Standards Initiative (EASI), assisting with events internally and
provide advice to external organisations in meeting their access and inclusion
provision, signposting to training and trainers available.

As our you will work alongside the Atypical Team and will have a unique role in
developing a database of specialists and in providing advice, advocacy, and support
for d/Deaf, neurodiverse and disabled people to be included and active in the arts. As
the Access and Inclusion Programmes Assistant you will assist with communications
and outreach to networks of contacts within the arts and community sector in Northern
Ireland to help them meet their access and inclusion needs.

Roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Establishing and maintaining an up-to-date database of disability support
    professionals including BSL, ISL, Audio Describers, Translators and other
    support professionals relating to the d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodiverse sector.
  • Establishing and maintaining a database of trainers and providers of training in
    Disability, Access, Inclusion and Best Practice in Disability Arts Related
  • Providing advice and support to external networks on providers of Access and
    Inclusion support; responding to queries accurately and efficiently
  • Providing research related support for Access and Inclusion programming to
    ensure UofA is at the forefront of changes and new developments
  • Providing organisational support in relation to Access and Inclusion for key
    organisational activity including the Bounce Festival, the Atypical Gallery,
    BSL/ISL cultural broadcasts and outreach events.
  • Providing support in relation to monitoring, evaluation and report writing on
    Access and Inclusion provision and programming internally.
  • Presenting summary information relating to Access and Inclusion programming,
    training and forward planning.
  • Identifying opportunities for sectoral support in training, resource or technology
    provision for the arts sector.
  • Supporting internal training programmes for UofA staff, volunteers and artists in
    relation to access and inclusion.
  • Overseeing the administration of the technology and library loaning scheme to
    arts organisations and artists.

Essential criteria:

Experience and qualifications:
1. As this role is aimed at entry level grade, we are not seeking specific
educational or training qualifications or employment experience as an eligibility
criterion. You may have had employment roles, freelance or temporary
employment, voluntary or training experience that is relevant and you should
provide this information in the application form.
2. It is essential that you demonstrate your interest in the arts sector; this may
include personal interest, training, arts practice or volunteering etc that you
have been involved in.
3. It is essential that you have had lived experience of disability and/or knowledge
about the disability and /or health sector with an emphasis of understanding on
the Social Model of Disability.

1. Good communication skills
2. Ability answering public and sector specific enquiries
3. Ability to set up use and maintain databases. good administration and record
4. Ability to present in written form summary information for others/ reports
5. Confidence using social media as a networking and communications tool.
6. The ability to present information for the purpose of assisting with newsletters,
event templates, email and PowerPoint presentations.
7. Experience with Google Workplace or Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint
8. Experience in light office-based research for the purpose of obtaining
information and collating that information
Personal attributes:
9. The ability to work under guidance, supervision and as part of a team;
10. Willingness to undertake training as required within the designated hours
of the role
11. Commitment to the particular post advertised and commitment to the
duration of the employment term. This is a three-year post and a working week
of 32 hours.
12. Flexibility in working pattern to allow for some evening and weekend work
where necessary.
13. Willingness to travel within Northern Ireland as part of the role.

Desirable criteria:
14. Knowledge of community development or education, arts, health sectors
15. The ability to work across a range of activity, topics and schedules in any
one day
16. Project management experience to deliver work within specified
17. Excellent attention to detail
18. Knowledge of Disability, Neurodiversity and or d/Deaf community and
19. Knowledge of the Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts & Cultural

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