Location: remote UK, with occasional travel
Salary: £45,000–£50,000 per annum
Hours: 35 hours p/w
Contract type: Fixed term, maternity cover (expected end date July 2024)
Deadline: 26 March 2023This
Interview: 6 April 2023
Start date: May 2023 (or asap)
This opportunity in a nutshell
We are looking for a tech-savvy individual who is passionate about accessibility and social change. In this role, they will grow our tech consultancy offering, seek out new industry partnerships, and keep RNID and its’ communities up-to-date on a range of consumer and specialist technologies.
Who we are
We are RNID: the national charity supporting the 12 million people in the UK who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus. Together, we will end the discrimination faced by our communities, help people hear better now and fund world-class research to restore hearing and silence tinnitus.
Our values are at the heart of what we do. We strive to be connectedto our communities, insightful and confident in what we do and who we are, curiousin everything we do and passionateabout our purpose. We have created a radically different culture: a tech-enabled social impact organisation. You’ll have a UK-wide remit, and you can live and work anywhere in the UK.
We know that advances in technology bring both opportunities to make life more inclusive for our communities but can equally create new barriers.
This is where you come in…
What you will be doing
In this role, you will lead our work to spot and champion technologies that can make a real impact to our communities, support companies to make their technology more accessible and be a catalyst for accessible innovation within the technology sector.
You will work closely with our Corporate Partnerships team to develop and grow RNID’s technology consultancy offering. This includes connecting tech developers with our communities to guide and evaluate product development, providing expert insight into designing accessible products and identifying and establishing new opportunities in the market.
You will develop information resources directly aimed at our communities to help them navigate new technologies and get the most out of them.
You will work across all four of RNID’s programs of work (Inclusion, Health, Research and Employment) to ensure our communities can fully benefit from new and emerging technologies.
are passionate about technology and how it can be used to improve people’s lives.
have an entrepreneurial mindset and share our ambition to grow RNID’s impact.
have a strong understanding of consumer technologies, how they’re developed and what makes them accessible (or not) to users.
are a confident networker, able build relationships and effectively influence stakeholders.
can learn about new technologies quickly and are able to rapidly share these learnings with others.
communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences including non-specialists, in an understandable and meaningful way.
think strategically and are able to provide thought leadership on how technology can improve the lives of people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus.
To have previously worked in one of the following areas: user experience design, user evaluation, accessibility, technology design and development (software or hardware), or research in any of these areas.
What we can offer you
Your benefits include:
28 days annual leave plus all bank holidays
Plus 2 wellbeing days for extra flexibility
Sickness benefit entitlement from day 1
Fully remote working with no core hours
£26 remote working allowance every month
Three in person whole staff conferences a year
Pension scheme with 4% employer contribution
Employee assistance programme that provides counselling sessions
Additional benefits for maternity, paternity and adoption
Hospital Saturday Fund health benefit
Our commitment to diversity
We are committed to supporting our staff including making reasonable adjustments. If you require support to apply for or fulfil the requirements of this role, please inform us so we can discuss the options with you.
Disability Confidentis a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. It has replaced the previous Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme that you may have heard of.
RNID is proud to be a member of Disability Confident and as a Disability Confident Leader we recognise the value disabled people bring to RNID. We offer interviews to any candidate that tells us they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria for the role.