Job Summary

The Behaviour Specialist will work alongside SOHK rugby coaches to lead on the non-sporting activities of the SOHK for Schools Programme delivery in Scotland, predominantly Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife. This includes group workshops, one-to-one mentoring and liaising with school staff. This role is centred around helping the pupils we work with increase their wellbeing and self-awareness; ultimately to take responsibility for the areas of their lives that are directly within their control.

SOHK for Schools is a 3-year intervention, working with groups of around 20 pupils from S1 until they finish S4 and complete their Nat 4/5s. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We will work with them for half a day every week, delivering rugby training, classroom sessions on subjects such as growth mindset, goal setting and choices and we’ll deliver weekly 1:1s for each pupil. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff, teachers, parents and the pupils themselves. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the SOHK Scotland team to execute School of Hard Knocks for Schools courses as well as mentoring participants.
  • Delivering the SOHK mentoring programme for S1-4 pupils, on a 1:1 basis and in a whole group setting.
  • Creating new group mentoring sessions around the core principles of School of Hard Knocks - The 5 Cs (Confidence, Communication, Commitment, Cohesion and Control) that suit the needs of the group.
  • Facilitate and deliver wellbeing and personal development sessions.
  • Provide information and advice to enable pupils to make choices about their own learning, behaviour and attendance.
  • Working with SOHK Scotland on monitoring and evaluation, report writing, admin and data input - making sure all records are accurate and timely.
  • Be aware of, and support differences to ensure all pupils on the course have equal access to the mentoring programme.
  • Be aware of, and comply with, policies and procedures relating to child protection; health and safety; confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to the programmes manager.
  • Work with SOHK Scotland's Lead Behaviour Specialist to ensure best practice and share ideas, skills and information.
  • Safeguard children effectively using SOHK's and the school’s policies, referring concerns appropriately to the SOHK and school leads. 

Skills, Experience & Person Specification

  • Knowledge & understanding of the developmental stages of children and young people and appropriate intervention approaches.
  • Ability to build rapport with young people with a variety of needs.
  • Proven skills and experience in engaging with challenging children and young people.
  • Ability to deal with exposure to distressing information.
  • Be able to communicate a positive, caring attitude, and actively listen to the child or young person and others involved in their care.
  • Maintaining & enhancing effective working relationships with SOHK and school staff.
  • Comprehensive understanding of Safeguarding best practice, including how and when to disclose information, and when to refer participants to healthcare professionals.
  • Ability to tailor interventions to meet the needs of the students on the course, and support coaches to maintain these interventions.
  • You will be full of enthusiasm and positive energy, and a great role model to those on our courses.
  • You will have a growth mindset, and always be ready to accept new challenges.
  • You will be extremely driven and passionate to deliver the charity’s objectives, in line with its values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment and Commitment.
  • You will set standards in your own delivery, being meticulous in your preparation and reviews. 

Salary & Benefits

To be determined - we will consider a part time, term time salary, or a negotiable day rate for a freelance person.

Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages to [email protected]

The successful candidate will be expected to start with the new school term.

Disclosure and Barring Service/PVG check will be required for successful candidates and the job is dependent on suitable references.

Closing date - please send applications in ASAP!