Development Officer

Reference number: 43622

Title: Development Officer

Hours: 25 hours per week

Location: Northern Ireland - Mallusk

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 13 October 2019

Salary: Circa £22,000 per annum, pro-rata

Interview date: To be confirmed

Job advert:


We have a new and exciting opportunity for a Development Officer to join our team based in Mallusk, County Antrim.

About the role

We’re looking for a reliable and motivated person to join our team in Mallusk, Northern Ireland, as a Development Officer.

In collaboration with the Head of Services, the Development Officer will increase awareness of multi-sensory loss and complex communication difficulties and promote the work of Sense across statutory, voluntary, community and private sector organisations.  In particular the post holder will support the development of a number of existing community based support groups, facilitating group meetings and working with service users to develop a programme which will encourage and support a move towards independence.

This post will also be: 

  • Raising the profile of the organization and the work that we do
  • Identifying opportunities for service development and working in partnership with colleagues develop new services in response to identified need and available funding.
  • Promoting referrals to existing and potential Sense services in Northern Ireland.
  • Carrying out initial visits to determine if and how Sense can best support individuals.
  • Providing advice, support and information to individuals with sensory loss and/or complex needs; their families and carers in respect of Sense support and service provision.

A full UK driving licence and use of your own vehicle is an essential requirement for this role. 

About you

Sense are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the work that we do.  The successful person will be educated to degree level and have a proven track record in developing and confidently delivering presentations to a range of audiences.  Excellent organisation and administration skills are also essential along with the ability to quickly develop an understanding of a diverse subject area and communicate knowledgeably about it.

This role will require excellent communication skills and experience of working within a community based setting.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact:  Colette Gray, Head of Services via

To apply

Please use the link below to submit your application.  CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.  Internal applicants should also use this link to apply however are not required to complete the Education and Employment History. If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an Access NI check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.

As we say in our Equality and Diversity pledge, we want to ensure people are given the opportunity to realise their potential with us. So, if you have a disability which prevents you from driving but you are interested in a role where our advert says driving is required, please get in touch with us to discuss your application. We encourage you to apply for the role and we will try to make any adjustments to the role that may be possible.

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)