We are looking for dynamic Specialist Autism Mentors to work with students
diagnosed AS condition and are studying at HE or FE.
We are seeking a number of positions, to work with AS students studying mainly in the London area
but also regionally. Although the role will initially be via remote working due to Covid-19, the
candidate would also be available to meet students in person once restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.
The person would be available to start as soon as possible, reporting to the Director at this
well-established not for
profit organisation. They would be working to a flexible employer's contract with holiday and
£35/hour per contact hour with the student.
Successful candidates are provided with, amongst other benefits: clinical supervision, group
sick pay and holiday pay.
The practitioner would be able to commit to a number of contact hours per week with students
time, accommodating students in their schedule as and when they are referred.
The successful candidate will be/have:
An honours degree (in any subject) and must meet the SFE Mandatory Criteria for Band 4 Specialist Mentor – Autism Spectrum
(section 4 pages 10 to 11).
You will have experience of working in the area of autism support and will be committed to
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential together with the ability to work
independently and as part of a team.
- At least 3 years experience in working with young people or adults with AS.
- High level of competence with methods to apply to working with students with AS
- Interest and ability to contribute to a professional service development.
- Ability to form good working relationships with others as well as an ability to work
part of a team.
- A genuine commitment to the development and ethos of UMO involving cooperation among other
mentors and professionals.
- Familiarity with a multi-cultural perspective and experience of working with young people
from ethnic minority communities.
- Understanding of the impact of medication on the experience of learning.
The principle duties will be too:
- Provide mentoring to students studying for a qualification at university who have a
- Understand the impact of Autism on the student’s ability to learn.
- Understand the impact of Autism on the experience of being a university student.
- Monitor the student’s mental health and have the ability to assess risk.
- Provide an intervention that is supportive, reflective and insightful and at times practical
- Prevent or alleviate drop out from university.
- Assist the student's independent learning through ‘life skills’ support.
- Encourage the development of personal responsibility and resources within the student to
development both in learning and in their emotional life at university.
- Offer practical ideas and at times study support.
- Reduce the stresses of the university experience and the emotional experience of learning.
- Offer feedback to the HEI about the student.
- Maintain records and to keep all student information confidential in accordance with GDPR.
- Participate in clinical supervision and termly team meetings.
- Liaise with GPs, referrers and other professional workers when required.
We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
Interested candidates should send a covering letter and a CV to: