Work With Us

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We are always looking for people who believe in our vision and values to help us take forward our work with children, families and schools. Our strategic objectives centre around raising awareness of children with high learning potential and their needs, improving the quality and provision of their support, building community and empowering young people. All the work we do fits into these objectives and we need people who empathise with our vision and values to help us achieve them. If you have any questions, please contact us on amazing.children@potentialplusuk.org or 01908 646433.

Current Vacancies

Join our team - Chief Executive Officer

Job Vacancy

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 21st June, 2024

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of young people across the UK?

We are looking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to lead our team of dedicated professionals in an ambitious strategy to grow and develop our services across the UK. Ideally the successful candidate will have some first-hand experience of neurodivergent children, combined with a knowledge of the education systems in place across the UK. Experience of fundraising within a membership organisation and a track record in the effective use of technology will also be very useful. This role will be supported by engaged Trustees, within an active community of families and schools, who recognise that the ability to empathise with young people with high learning potential and their families is at the heart of this role.

 This vacancy has arisen as the result of the retirement of the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Autumn 2024.

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Reporting to: Board of Trustees
Contract: Permanent, fulltime
Salary: £55,000 fulltime starting salary in a salary band rising to £70,000
Hybrid-working: Flexibility for working between Milton Keynes office and home

As this role supervises staff who work regularly with children, it requires a criminal records check.

The objectives of the role are to:

  • help formulate and execute the agreed strategic objectives of the charity.
  • provide effective operational management of the charity.
  • maintain the financial viability and probity of the charity.
  • ensure high quality delivery of the charity’s services and products.
  • represent Potential Plus UK to key stakeholders.
  • attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and provide both written and oral reports.

Applications

Applications must be submitted on the Application Form (available below as an editable pdf or Word document). CVs will not be accepted.

CEO Job Description
CEO Application Form  – Word
CEO Application Form – editable pdf
CEO FAQs
Potential Plus UK Safer Recruitment Practice May 2024
Potential Plus UK Self-disclosure Form
Potential Plus UK Strategic Objectives 2023-2026

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 21st June 2024

If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people and lead our team, send your completed application form to Steve Ramsden, our Chair of Trustees, at steve.ramsden@potentialplusuk.org marked CEO in the subject box, or post to Steve Ramsden, Potential Plus UK, The Open University, Vaughan Harley Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA. Please mark your postal application as confidential.

In person interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held between 24th June and 5th July. We request that shortlisted candidates let us know whether any access arrangements or adaptions to equipment are needed.

FAQs will be collated and updated regularly here. They will also be provided to all shortlisted candidates.

Join our Team. Fundraising and Membership Officer

Job Vacancy

Fundraising and Membership Officer

Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 14th June, 2024

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of young people across the UK? Join our team of dedicated professionals, supported by Trustees, within an active community of families and schools.

This vacancy has arisen as the result of an opportunity to restructure. It is a new post to support the charity’s growth over the coming years. In the first instance it is a 12 months fixed term contract, but, depending on the outcomes of the first year, it could develop into a further fixed term or permanent role.

In this role as Fundraising & Membership Officer you can play a huge part in changing young people’s lives: Bethany’s Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4yawxgdFts

What we can offer you: we are a small neurodiverse team that can offer you a supportive environment, flexibility, lots of opportunities for professional learning and skills development, as well as the satisfaction of making a difference.

If you want to make a difference, please submit an application to the Chief Executive Officer julietaplin@potentialplusuk.org by 12 noon on Friday 14th June 2024.

Job Title: Fundraising and Membership Officer
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer
Salary: £27,560 (35 hours, 5 days per week, 12 months fixed term contract in the first instance)
Hybrid, office or home working: This role can be office-based in Milton Keynes, home working or hybrid-working as agreed with line manager as practical and in line with the charity’s hybrid working policy.

Applications

Applications must be submitted on the Application Form (Word or fillable pdf available below). CVs will not be accepted.

Job Description Fundraising and Membership Officer
Fundraising and Membership Officer Application Form (Word)
Fundraising and Membership Officer Application Form (pdf)
Fundraising and Membership Officer FAQs
Safer Recruitment Practice May 2024
Potential Plus UK Strategic Objectives 2023-2026

Applications should be sent to julietaplin@potentialplusuk.org with Fundraising and Membership Officer in the subject box or post to Potential Plus UK, The Open University, Vaughan Harley Building Ground Floor, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 14th June, 2024. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held online on Friday 21st June 2024. If you have any questions, please email julietaplin@potentialplusuk.org

 

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Volunteering

Volunteers are an important and integral part of our charity and many services could not be delivered, locally or nationally, without a committed and active volunteer base. We provide opportunities for many different types of volunteering experience from supporting a local club, to working with children at one of our national events, to sitting on our Board of Trustees.


Web Chat & Enquiry Call Volunteer (Home-Based)

We are seeking volunteers to support parents and carers via our online web chat & initial phone call service. This involves taking enquiries from parents and carers via the web chat and/or over our online phone system about high learning potential children and providing information and signposting. We ask volunteers to commit to a slot of up to three hours (morning, afternoon or evening) on a weekly basis during term time.

Full training will be provided for the role. Training will consist of several online modules and, where possible, a face-to-face training session which is held on an annual basis.

If you would like further information about what is involved in this volunteer role, please email amazing.children@potentialplusuk.org with Volunteer in the subject box to arrange an informal chat with the Advice Service Manager.

Event Supporters

Our national weekend events would simply not be possible without the support of volunteers registering families, helping in the children’s activities, serving refreshments, assisting with parking and a multitude of other tasks. Check our Events Diary for forthcoming national events and email the Events Coordinator on events@potentialplusuk.org to ask for more information.

Board of Trustees

As a charity we have a Board of Trustees that oversees the work of the organisation. They currently meet online 6 times each year and for the Annual General Meeting which is now also held online in October/November. If are a member of Potential Plus UK or have a specific skill to offer, please email our Chair of Trustees at steve.ramsden@potentialplusuk.org to request more information and an informal chat.

Become a Member

Families benefit from access to our advice line, the Members’ Area, our electronic resources, discounted events and our Focus newsletter.

Schools benefit from access to our advice line, online resources, members area, newsletter, workshops, webinars-on-demand, and associate family membership for their parents.