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We are an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from everyone and currently particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity applicants, members of the trans, non-binary and gender-questioning communities; and those with additional language skills to work across all our services including services specific to these target groups.

Please complete the application form and email to jobs@spectra-london.org.uk. We will not accept CVs (unless otherwise specified).

Application Form  Diversity Monitoring Form

If you need assistance reading or completing this form, please ask us for help.


Independent Health Advocate – Trans Health Advocacy Service

Salary: £28,000 FTE pro rata for 4 days per week, plus pension contribution
*Active recruitment (see below)

Spectra’s Trans Health Advocacy Service is looking for a new Independent Health Advocate to join our team. You’ll work 4 days per week alongside our small, close-knit team to develop this unique London-based service amplifying the voices of trans and nonbinary people in healthcare settings. If you’re a confident communicator and compassionate listener with a passion for challenging healthcare inequality, this is the role for you!

Work Includes:

  • Independent client-led advocacy casework helping trans and nonbinary (TNB) people develop informed plans, challenge decisions, and navigate pathways to improve mental, physical, and transition-related healthcare access
  • Maintaining a caseload of London-based TNB people who have experienced barriers in accessing health care services
  • Helping clients’ voices be heard by negotiating with healthcare providers, facilitating complaints, accompanying clients to appointments, doing research, co-working with other agencies at the client’s direction, and more
  • Developing relationships with grassroots community and healthcare providers to improve access to services for TNB people
  • Co-creation and -facilitation of resources/training to improve the UK trans community’s access to healthcare nationally
  • Undertaking training, reflective practice, and optional advocacy qualifications

Essential Skills:

  • Experience of work (professional or grassroots/volunteer) with marginalised communities experiencing barriers to healthcare access
  • Understanding of the principles of client-led advocacy in line with the Advocacy Charter and Code of Practice
  • Lived experience and knowledge of health issues impacting LGBTQ communities in the UK, especially trans and nonbinary people
  • Ability to work within a team and form collaborative relationships within Spectra and related services
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to form good working relationships with service users and maintain professional boundaries
  • Knowledge of issues affecting trans people and relevant services, including but not limited to healthcare access, sex work, mental health services, racialised transphobia, asylum seeking, sexual health, housing, hate crime, poverty, and legal issues
  • Ability to assess and manage risk whilst prioritising clients’ safety and dignity
  • Strong commitment to social justice and tackling health inequality
  • Desirable but not essential: Language skills (especially languages reflecting the UK’s current asylum seeking demographics, e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Dari, and Ukrainian), London-based (though may need to commute for in-person appointments)

We especially welcome applications from trans people of colour and/or disabled trans people. To discuss particulars of the role before applying, please reach out to Jack Doyle at jack@spectra-london.org.uk.

Please find the full job description here.

Independent Health Advocate

*This is an active recruitment. Spectra will review applications as we receive them and will interview candidates that match our requirements, appointing before the closing date if they are successful. Do not therefore wait to submit your application form until the closing date, but submit as early as possible.

Please complete and return the application form, including the personal statement and diversity monitoring form – we do not accept CVs or incomplete applications.

Deadline for applications: noon, 22th July 2022


MVE Coordinator – Trans Learning Partnership

Salary: £30,000 FTE pro rata for 2.5 days per week, plus pension contribution
*Active recruitment (see below)

The Trans Learning Partnership (TLP) is a unique partnership of 4 community members, 2 academics – at the University of Nottingham and Goldsmiths, University of London; and 4 trans service organisations – Spectra, Gendered Intelligence, LGBT Foundation, Mermaids.

Spectra, on behalf of the TLP, is seeking a technically minded person to join our dynamic partnership team, with responsibility for delivering the Monitoring, Verification, and Evaluation (MVE) framework – a system by which data is shared by four partner organisations for collation and analysis. This will inform development and delivery to improve services to trans and non-binary (TNB) people.

The role focuses on effective data capture and processing using tools coded in Python. Quantitative datasets are to be constructed and maintained, and the ideal candidate would make recommendations to foster good practice in data collection and storage.
The role is expected to be working from home with IT equipment provided. The role also involves co-management of a Data Coordinator, whose role is analysis and research focused. If you have experience using coding to build tools to process and manage datasets, and a nuanced understanding of trans experiences of marginalisation, we would love to hear from you!

Applications from trans, non-binary and genderqueer people and people of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicity are particularly encouraged.

Please find the full job description here.

MVE Coordinator

*This is an active recruitment. Spectra will review applications as we receive them and will interview candidates that match our requirements, appointing before the closing date if they are successful. Do not therefore wait to submit your application form until the closing date, but submit as early as possible.

Please complete and return the application form, including the personal statement and diversity monitoring form – we do not accept CVs or incomplete applications.

Deadline for applications: noon, 8th July 2022


Board member (Fundraising strategy skills)

The role is voluntary and unpaid. Reasonable expenses will be paid by agreements.

Spectra is seeking a suitably experienced and passionate individual to join our Board of Directors. The role will support the work of the organisation to ensure Spectra has a sustainable fundraising plan and strategy which underpins our vision for our service development.

This role will work closely with Spectra’s Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser, and Spectra’s CEO.

If you feel passionately about addressing inequalities and have an ethos aligned to our mission to support and empower people, with the skill set we are seeking to recruit, we would love to hear from you.

Applications from trans and/or racially minoritized people are particularly encouraged.

Please find the full job description here.

Board of Directors – Fundraising Strategy

Please apply with a C.V and covering letter setting out your interest in the role to jobs@spectra-london.org.uk.


Board member (Legal skills)

The role is voluntary and unpaid. Reasonable expenses will be paid, as agreed in advance.

Spectra is seeking a suitably experienced and passionate individual to join our Board of Directors. The role will primarily identify and provide knowledge and skills in the management of legal risks, in particular those relating to (i) Contracts and Agreement Reviews; (ii) Data Governance and will be able to update the Board on legal decision/policies coming forward which may impact on the work of Spectra eg proposed changes in equalities legislation.

For the avoidance of doubt; this is not to provide legal counsel to the CIC or CIO, and as such you will not be expected to carry sole responsibility for legal issues, but to hold a lead focus role at Board level and specific review of related documentation
In addition, a general risk management perspective on policies and procedures would be helpful.

If you feel passionately about addressing inequalities and have an ethos aligned to our mission to support and empower people, with the skill set we are seeking to recruit, we would love to hear from you.

Applications from trans and/or racially minoritized people are particularly encouraged.

Please find the full job description here.

Board of Directors – Legal

Please apply with a C.V and covering letter setting out your interest in the role to jobs@spectra-london.org.uk.


Outreach Worker

Sessional pay: £13.53 per hour

Do you have the confidence to approach strangers and discuss a subject that’s probably the last thing on their minds?

Yes!

Then you can help people make healthier choices about their health and well-being, including their sexual health and well-being, mental health and issues around gender. You will be given training in this and more, and as a community tester for our peer-led HIV & STI testing service.

The role is based at Spectra’s office in Ladbroke Grove, and involves working across London, particularly North West and South West boroughs.

The posts are for sessional work. Shifts take place at various times – weekday/weekends, daytime and evening with plenty of options of when to work. Please find more details in the job description.

Outreach Worker Role Description

Please complete and return the application form and diversity monitoring form, including the personal statement. No CVs please.The interviews will take place on an invitational basis.


Trans (including Non-Binary) Social Group Facilitators

Sessional pay: £13.53 per hour

Do you want to support other trans people, involving them in sharing their skills with others and reducing isolation in a supportive, fun and engaging way?

Would you like to support trans people to reconnect with the wider community, access support and workshops and meet other people?

If so, this could be for you!

Main Tasks include: Co-facilitating a monthly peer social group for trans and non-binary individuals. Encouraging service users to share their skills, thoughts, experiences and to bring their ideas for workshops or speakers and ensuring the smooth running of events and activities.

The role involves working at venues across London as well as online.

The posts are for sessional work; Sessions take place at various times – weekday/weekends, daytime and evening with plenty of options of when to work. Minimum commitment of 6 hours per month required.

Please find more details in the job description.

Social Group Facilitator Role Description

Please complete and return the application form and diversity monitoring form, including the personal statement. No CVs please.The interviews will take place on an invitational basis.


Volunteer Counsellor (working with LGBTQI+ clients)

Spectra CIC is seeking volunteer counsellors who are as a minimum on a Level 4 Equivalent counselling course, are a member of a recognised governing body i.e BACP/UKCP and who have the skills to deliver counselling to LGBTQI+ people.

If you feel passionately about addressing health inequalities and have the ability to empower LGBTQI+ people, we would love to hear from you.

You will support the delivery of individual counselling service, seeing 4 clients a week. You will have an excellent understanding of the mental, sexual, and broader health and well-being needs of LGBTQI+ people, and experience of working with people of diverse sexualities and gender identities. Ideally you identify as LGBTQI+.

Spectra will provide you with case management support and bi-weekly group supervision on Fridays.

Volunteer Counsellor Role Description

Spectra Board

Spectra is a Community Interest Company (CIC), incorporated March 2012, with a core purpose of working to improve the choices, health and well-being of communities across London; particularly in relation to their sexual health, emotional resilience and wellbeing, and to combat isolation and risk.

Under the steer of its Chief Executive, Karen Skipper, and its Board of Directors, Spectra’s outstanding staff team provide supportive; knowledgeable; non-judgemental services, which are all peer led; meaning they are delivered by people from the communities we work with themselves. Spectra strives in being proactive in identifying the needs of all its clients, and supporting them.

Prior to our incorporation as a CIC, these services were delivered for 16 years under our previous organisational name of West London Gay Men’s Project.
Spectra CIC is also aligned in vision and purpose with its Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) so that we may make a maximum contribution and investment into the communities we serve.

We are now seeking suitably experienced and enthusiastic individuals to join our Board as Directors of the CIC and/or Trustees of Spectra Charity.

If you feel passionately about addressing inequalities and have an ethos aligned to our mission to support and empower people, we would love to hear from you.
You will provide strategic direction for the organisation, in its functions to deliver government and grant funded services; support us in our vision, and provide constructive scrutiny of the Chief Executive, and the work of her staff.

The current Directors and Trustees have recently undertaken a needs analysis based upon our current priority work-streams and the skill-sets our current members possess. As such, there are some specific gaps in expertise identified and priority will be given to individuals who hold such experience and qualifications. In particular we are seeking people with Legal and Financial expertise.

Spectra is based in Ladbroke Grove, and it is expected that you will attend five-meetings (in the evening) and a Board Away Day each year at our offices there. In addition, a monthly commitment (estimated at around 6-hours) will be necessary to best support the work of the charity.

Please find more information of the roles positioned below.

Spectra Board Job Description

Summary of Statutory Duties of the Board

Application will be by way of a brief CV (maximum two-sides of A4) and a covering letter (again at a maximum of two-sides of A4) detailing your specific expertise along with your reasons for applying.


Volunteer Counsellor (working with LGBTQI+ clients)

Spectra CIC is seeking volunteer counsellors who are as a minimum on a Level 4 Equivalent counselling course, are a member of a recognised governing body i.e BACP/UKCP and who have the skills to deliver counselling to LGBTQI+ people.

If you feel passionately about addressing health inequalities and have the ability to empower LGBTQI+ people, we would love to hear from you.

You will support the delivery of individual counselling service, seeing 4 clients a week. You will have an excellent understanding of the mental, sexual, and broader health and well-being needs of LGBTQI+ people, and experience of working with people of diverse sexualities and gender identities. Ideally you identify as LGBTQI+.

Spectra will provide you with case management support and bi-weekly group supervision on Fridays.

Volunteer Counsellor Role Description

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