RECRUITMENT

Equity and justice is at the heart of everything we do at Sunshine Support, and from time to time we seek to expand our very passionate team.

You’ll find our current vacancies below.

Current Vacancies - Advocacy Team

LEGAL ADVISOR / ADVOCATE

FULL TIME 37.5 HOURS PER WEEK

We’re an energetic team who are seeking equity and justice for children with SEND and their families… Would you like to join us?

We are seeking an experienced legal adviser who is well versed in the current legislation in England and, preferably, Wales. 

The main focus of the role will be to support, provide options and advocate for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND in England. 

Our team has won awards for its work, and we’re well known for being positive change-makers with a sunny disposition. We’re proud to be an inclusive employer, with enormous flexibility and autonomy offered to all team members.

The Role will Involve...

  • Making a huge difference to the lives of the children and young people who’s parents and teachers we support 
  • Developing your caseload / undertaking triage calls
  • Managing a very busy caseload 
  • Producing statutory assessment requests on behalf of parents and schools 
  • Negotiating with LAs 
  • Attending meetings with LAs, schools and other stakeholders 
  • Annual Reviews 
  • Case management and co-ordination – ensuring effective strategy and planning in the gathering of independent evidence 
  • Lodging appeals and managing tribunal preparation 
  • All related matters that require advocacy/support 
  • Providing reassurance to parents and carers 
  • Hosting related webinars in conjunction with our partners 
  • Producing PAP letters, working with external law firms to support the JR process

Essential and Desirable Criteria

In order to carry out the job, and ‘hit the ground running’ there are specific skills and experiences that we require from applicants. We would expect all candidates who are interested in working with us to be friendly, a strong team player, keen to share ideas and listen to others.

  • Excellent understanding and practical experience of the SEND CoP and legislation that underpins it - essential 
  • Independent experience of requesting statutory assessments - essential 
  • Independent experience of appealing and preparing for tribunal – desirable 
  • Attending and advocating for families at meetings - essential 
  • Annual reviews and the full annual review process - essential 
  • Lodging appeals to the tribunal service – essential 
  • Hosting training/presenting webinars – desirable 
  • Understanding and awareness of available provision in England – desirable 

Please evidence the above experience and skills on your CV in order to secure an interview.

Remuneration Details

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Currently undertaking interviews. 

Current Vacancies - Operational Team

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING ASSISTANT

FULL TIME 37.5 HOURS PER WEEK

A really exciting opportunity has arisen for a seasoned Communications and Marketing Assistant to join our growing, award-winning business in the field of advocacy and training.

We are committed to providing the best advocacy, support and education to parents and professionals of children with special educational needs and disabilities across the UK.

We have developed an incredibly large online presence due to our success in communication. An important part of this is ensuring maximum awareness through clear – and a wide-variety of – communication; it is vital for the community we serve.

The Role will Involve...

  • Word Press site updates and creation
  • Social media creation (graphic, video, copy)
  • Internal communications
  • Email marketing
  • PR, including blogging

Essential and Desirable Criteria

In order to carry out the job, and ‘hit the ground running’ there are specific skills and experiences that we require from applicants. We would expect all candidates who are interested in working with us to be friendly, a strong team player, keen to share ideas and listen to others.

  • Proven track record in PR
  • Proven track record in social media
  • Proven track record in Word Press management (Elementor experience strongly desirable)
  • Good graphic design skills
  • Creative
  • Excitable and ready for a challenge
  • Highly motivated
  • Passionate about inspiring others

The role will be based in our Derby office, but we are very open to hybrid working also and promote flexible working, too. You’ll get lots of SEND training and support from a highly skilled team.

The role is full time, there is career progression available along with regular further training.

You will play an important part of improving equity and justice in education, health and care for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

If you are a highly passionate person who would love to make a difference whilst inspiring others, and you possess the above skillset/experience we would love to hear from you!

Please evidence the above experience and skills on your CV in order to secure an interview.

Remuneration Details

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 25th April 2024 

What do our team think?

Several years ago, on planning my return to work after maternity, I realised I needed more flexibility and autonomy than working in specialist education could offer. Joining Sunshine was the best move I could have made.  I adore my colleagues and love how the organisation authentically respects the fact I have a family, and that family comes first. The flexibility makes an enormous difference to me and my wellbeing.

Kelly Jarvis, Senior SEN Advocate

This is the first workplace I’ve had where I don’t have to mask. 

Teamwork is actual teamwork and absolutely every member of the team is supportive and incredibly lovely. Working boundaries are not only respected but actively encouraged! 

This all makes Sunshine the absolute best

Kat Allen, Media Producer

I joined Sunshine in 2021 as I was looking to balance my work with my busy home life and my Masters in Psychology. Not only do I have that flexibility but I have expanded my SEND knowledge exponentially as a specialist teacher and advocate. Team Sunshine is a fabulous, knowledge and supportive team – and even though I work remotely I never feel alone!

Charlotte James, Senior SEN Advocate