The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist College in Godstone, Surrey. We focus on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and make dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives. 

Set up by musician and songwriter Sir Richard Stilgoe, Orpheus offers learning, supported housing and personal care all on the same site in Godstone, Surrey.  We showcase what Orpheus students can offer in the workplace and we challenge the barriers to employment faced by some disabled people.

We are currently seeking a self-motivated, skilled and experienced Student Funding Officer to manage the daily operations of student funding and to manage the process for funding students at Orpheus including making adaptations as and when necessary in respect of assessments and internal processes.

This role is vital to ensuring the success of our young people and the organisation and to supporting the provision of an effective and efficient student funding service covering education, domiciliary care and supported housing.

28 hours per week [0.8 FTE] / 52 weeks per year 
(hours may be altered on occasions according to the needs of the curriculum and organisation)

Salary: £28,567.91 (FTE £35,709.89)

Excellent benefits include (but not limited to) 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, enhanced pension contribution, free staff lunches, Employment Assistant Program (EAP) and training and development opportunities.

Essential qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs A-C or equivalent including Maths and English
  • Management qualification at level 5 or equivalent
  • Minimum of two years’ experience of working in a Funding role in an education setting, preferably with a focus on students with disabilities 
  • Experience of working with and negotiating with Local Authorities on funding and contractual arrangements 
  • Understanding of effective utilisation of resources
  • Willingness to maintain and update personal specialist skills and knowledge through engaging with appropriate professional development activities and training
  • Knowledge of activities and education leading to achievement and success
  • Flexibility when working with students and staff and in attending events in the evenings and where necessary at other times
  • Excellent computer literacy and administrative skills
  • Analytical and report writing skills
  • Innovative and creative 
  • Ability to create internal learning and development plan and resources 
  • Flexibility to work with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work well in a team and foster good relationships within a multi-disciplinary work force.
  • Orpheus is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of all service users. We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities.
Orpheus is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of all service users. As part of our safer recruitment process and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, online searches will form part of this process. We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. It is therefore subject to an Enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure Barring Service.

In order to be considered you must be eligible to work in the UK.

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The Orpheus Centre is proud to be a disability confident employer.

We have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the recruitment procedure as required in consultation with the applicant to ensure no-one is disadvantaged because of their disability. If a disabled person is selected for a position, reasonable adjustments will be made to the workplace, including premises and equipment, work duties and practices or policies, as appropriate. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role as set out in the role profile and person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are:

  • Challenging attitudes towards disability
  • Increasing understanding of disability
  • Removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions

Ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspiration

Applications will be reviewed as we receive them and if a suitable candidate is identified, we reserve the right to close our advert sooner.

No agencies please.