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The RAF Benevolent Fund offers many opportunities to work, develop and thrive in a number of various specialisations with an overall aim to make the lives of both serving and former members of the RAF all the better in their time of need.

Data Support Programmer

Term: 36.25 hours per week – London-based

Salary: Circa £38,000 pa salary and benefits

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the leading welfare charity supporting current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need us.

We are looking for a data support programmer (with 2+ years SQL Server experience) to join our busy Applications and data team to work alongside business users and assist them technically with data hygiene, data reporting and data imports and exports.

We are keen to find someone who enjoys using their technical skills, enjoys dealing with people and has a good understanding of data relationships and the importance of good quality data. You can apply this understanding to helping the data owners (i.e. the business users) to ensure that the data is kept current, accurate and complete. You will work with users across all departments on data within the different internal and third-party systems used by the organisation. You will want to understand how our data is used to provide the best possible service we can to our beneficiaries and our supporters, and work on the data within this context.

You will be based in our central London office and you will be part of the IT team, reporting to the Applications Development Manager and working closely with the IT Developer, but the role is primarily user-facing.

If you have experience of applying your technical skills to assist users with their data queries, a good understanding of the importance of data accuracy, and preferably some experience of data within a CRM system, and if you are interested in working in a busy, friendly team supporting this great organisation please apply.

See the job profile for this role. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Caroline Atkinson, Applications Development Manager, on 0207 307 3449.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and providing examples of how you meet the person specification to Martin Botting, HR Business Partner, email HRservices@rafbf.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 June 2021 at 12pm. Please note that interviews will be held via video conferencing platform 16 – 18 June 2021. Please note that due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Care and Housing Advocacy Paralegal

Term: 18-month fixed term contract
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity, and facilitates the provision of help and support for ex-RAF personnel and their eligible dependants who are in need of assistance. Part of that help is providing support through advocacy. This covers two areas. First by ensuring our beneficiaries receive all statutory care services through the Local Authority and NHS. Advice is given on all aspects of community care law and representation provided. Second by providing assistance to beneficiaries who have housing issues. This includes homelessness, eviction, disrepair and allocations.

We provide advocacy advice in the areas of housing and community care through negotiating with statutory bodies, drafting written submissions and attending hearings and tribunals, as necessary.

We are seeking a compassionate and highly organised individual with proven experience of advocacy advice and strong administration skills to join us in delivering help to the RAF community. Working under the supervision of our Care & Housing Advocacy Executive (CHAE) and alongside a team of welfare executives, you will have responsibility for identifying the need for representation among those seeking assistance and provide administrative assistance to the CHAE.

The successful candidate will need to have current experience of providing specialist written and oral advocacy advice and support relating to care services and Continuing Health Care (CHC) Funding and assisting with appeals processes. An articulate communicator with IT skills suited to working in a paperless environment, you must be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages, especially vulnerable beneficiaries, in a manner which is conducive to relieving stresses and concerns through giving sound and impartial information, guidance and representation.

See the job profile for this role. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Elizabeth John, Care & Housing Advocacy Executive on 020 7307 3432.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021 at 12pm. To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and providing examples of how you meet the person specification to Martin Botting, HR Business Partner email HRservices@rafbf.org.uk.

Interviews will take place via a video conferencing platform on Thursday 1 July 2021. Please note that due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to have a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Welfare Benefits Executive

Term: Full-time maternity cover
Salary: Salary competitive plus benefits

The Welfare Directorate is responsible for understanding and meeting the social welfare needs of those in the RAF Family, from those currently serving in the RAF and their families through to veterans of all ages.

We are seeking a compassionate and highly organised individual to work within the Welfare Benefits Team. You will have specific responsibility for identifying benefit entitlements and wider income-maximisation areas and providing detailed and accurate advice, information and support to serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.

The successful candidate will need to have current significant experience of delivering specialist welfare benefits advice and assistance to individuals. An articulate communicator with excellent IT skills suited to working in a paperless environment, you must be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages, especially older beneficiaries, in a manner which is conducive to relieving stresses and concerns by giving sound and impartial information, guidance and assistance.

See the job profile for this role. For further information about the role please email . The role is predominately office-based however currently working from home due to Covid-19.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place London W1B 1AR or email HRservices@rafbf.org.uk. (Please note that post is taking longer due to Covid-19 and redirection of post).

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 May 2021. Please note skills testing will take place on Wednesday 9 June 2021 and final interviews will take place between Wednesday 16 and 18 June 2021.

Please note that due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Welfare Benefits Executive

Term: Part-time (three days per week), 12 months fixed term contract
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits (pro-rata)

The Welfare Directorate is responsible for understanding and meeting the social welfare needs of those in the RAF Family, from those currently serving in the RAF and their families through to veterans of all ages.

We are seeking a compassionate and highly organised individual to work within the Welfare Benefits Team. You will have specific responsibility for identifying benefit entitlements and wider income-maximisation areas and providing detailed and accurate advice, information and support to serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.

The successful candidate will need to have current significant experience of delivering specialist welfare benefits advice and assistance to individuals. An articulate communicator with excellent IT skills suited to working in a paperless environment, you must be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages, especially older beneficiaries, in a manner which is conducive to relieving stresses and concerns by giving sound and impartial information, guidance and assistance.

See the job profile for this role. For further information about the role please email . The role is predominately office-based however currently working from home due to Covid-19.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place London W1B 1AR or email HRservices@rafbf.org.uk. (Please note that post is taking longer due to Covid-19 and redirection of post).

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 May 2021. Please note skills testing will take place on Wednesday 9 June 2021 and final interviews will take place between Wednesday 16 and 18 June 2021.

Please note that due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Head of Individual Grants

Salary: Competitive salary plus pension contribution & benefits
Location: London

This is an exciting opportunity to join a high performing team at the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity and anyone who cares about delivering person-centred, holistic and effective support and has the right skill sets, should strongly consider applying.

As a Head of Department (HoD), you will join colleagues in enabling and delivering high quality support to those in the RAF Family who are in need; in 2020, we helped over 63,500 people, with the HIG managing a £4m budget. Despite these challenging times, we are ambitious for the future, as we work to renew our strategy for 2023 and beyond.

The role is well suited to someone who has a strong grounding in individual casework and ideally grant giving; we are looking for an individual who has proven line management experience, is passionate for our cause, and is flexible and thoughtful in approach. They will also be versatile and imaginative, be able to think strategically but have a good eye for detail and have a clear focus on delivery; the post also requires a high level of individual work/output.

Successful integration with the current team will be vital. In addition, the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate their ability to work effectively with HoD level colleagues, individually and through the Welfare Management Board, as well as a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, across the Armed Forces Sector. They will of course want to live by the Fund's values and actively want to help those in adversity.

For an informal discussion, please contact the current postholder Al Bennett on 020 7307 3377 or Paul Hughesdon, the Fund's Director Welfare and Policy via his EA Loretta on 020 7307 3306. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Fund's website, our published research and most recent annual review.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 14 June 2021. For those longlisted, suitability assessments will be held on Wednesday 23 June 2021, at which time there will also be a chance to virtually meet the Welfare Leadership Team. Those shortlisted will be called back for interview on Wednesday 30 June 2021. These dates are set. The post becomes available from mid-August 2021.

See the job profile for this role. To apply for this very rewarding role, please email a covering letter (two pages max - in which you should clearly explain how you meet the job profile), your CV (three pages max) and details of your notice period, to Elizabeth Haigh, HR Advisor, RAF Benevolent Fund at hrservices@rafbf.org.uk. Due to the high number of applications expected, only those longlisted will be notified.

This role is based at Head Office, RAF Benevolent Fund 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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