Employment Specialist – Criminal Justice & Complex Needs

Employment Specialist – Criminal Justice & Complex Needs 

Hours – 37.5 hours per week

Working Pattern – Monday to Friday

Salary / Band – £27,000 per annum

Location – Southend

Fixed Term – 12 month contract

Closing date – 22nd May 2024



Do you take pride in what you do, and can you think creatively about how different organisations can work together to deliver a better service?

Are you happy to talk with employers and help match people into meaningful work?

Experience in this field would be an advantage but not essential if you can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge.

Open Road’s Employment Specialist team aims to increase the number of people moving into employment from a variety of community services with a focus on offending and other complex needs.

About you

  • You will have some knowledge of IPS or other employment services / methods
  • We would like you to have experience talking to employers and helping people into work
  • We want great communication skills and the ability to build relationships with everyone from the frontline up to CEO level
  • Negotiation skis and commercial acumen
  • Drive, passion and commitment
  • Proven ability to build rapport with people and especially understanding issues from people affected by offending or similar conditions
  • Boundless enthusiasm, excellent teamwork and the ability to work in a target driven environment
  • Strong written / verbal / organisational skills


What it’s like to work for Open Road

Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and information programmes.  Accredited with Investing In Volunteers, our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

Benefits to you –

  • £27,000 per annum
  • 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays plus your birthday off!
  • Royal London Pension and Death in Service benefit
  • Access to our in-house Organisational Training Plan, and full training tailored to your development needs

Open Road has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please click here – Working for Open Road – Benefits 2024

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level.


Please use the following link to complete our online application form.  Prior to starting, please ensure you have all of the relevant information to hand.  Take time to review the job pack below as the shortlisting will be carried out with the Job Description and Person Specification in mind.

Open Road Application Form (online form)

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form (online form) 

Alternatively, you can use this link to complete the form via word and email to shannon.fleming@openroad.org.uk

Open Road Application Form

Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

Job Pack

Job Description

Person Specification

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