Work for us

Transform young lives

Whether you are part of our Therapeutic Team directly working with our families, or a member of HQ working behind the scenes, a day at Dandelion Time is never the same! 

People are at the heart of everything we do at Dandelion Time, whether they are our staff, volunteers, partners or our families. Being hands-on in the natural world is the basis for our activities and creativity at Dandelion Time. We care for the earth, plants, animals and each other.

Graham Carpenter, CEO

We are Recruiting!

We are seeking an experienced HR professional to join our expanding charity. The HR Advisor will be responsible for providing an efficient and effective HR operational service across the charity.  Reporting directly to the CEO, and working largely unassisted, this is a hands-on-role across all HR functions including recruitment, on-boarding, training, health and well-being of staff as well as providing guidance and support to line managers with a portfolio of staff relations casework.  This role will also provide direct line management, leadership and support to our Volunteer Coordinator.

This hybrid role combines the convenience of working from home with working at Dandelion Time’s beautiful 22-acre site alongside donkeys, alpacas and sheep!

To be successful in this role, you will have

  • A minimum of Level 4 CIPD qualification or working towards Level 5 qualification
  • Proven working experience of a minimum of 4 years in an HR generalist role, working across the full range of HR functions
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current HR best practice and employment legislation
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills with the ability to deal with people at all levels in a sensitive and professional manner. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written. 

For further details of the role and person specification, please download the HR Advisor Recruitment Pack

Deadline for Applications is midnight on Wednesday 6th December 2023

Dandelion Time reserves the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.  If you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.  

Dandelion Time is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  Safer recruitment practices will be followed, and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. 

The successful candidate will be offered the role on a conditional basis subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS checks and background verifications.  

Reasons to work for us

Make a difference

You will be part of a small, welcoming and vibrant team dedicated team undertaking immensely rewarding work. Whatever your role, you will be helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children in our community.

Our nurturing farm environment

Providing a peaceful natural environment is at the heart of our approach, allowing children to heal and develop aspirations for a brighter future. Whatever your role you can reap the benefits of our beautiful, homely environment and the joys that working in the great outdoors and with animals bring.

Encouraging work/life balance

We strive to achieve a happy and healthy work-life balance for all our staff.  Where practicable we offer flexible working arrangements to allow staff to work in a way that suits their individual lifestyles.

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Hybrid working
  • Some flexibility in work patterns
  • Good communication and technology processes
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Compassionate leave
  • Enhanced sick pay
  • Additional reward days

Thinking about your finances

We recognise that sound financial planning is something we can all benefit from and building up a good pension is something we want to help you achieve with our flexible, tax-efficient pension schemes. Contributions are taken automatically, and you can take your plan with you if you leave us.  

  • A company pension scheme with matched contributions of up to 5%
  • Reimbursement of Professional Registration Fees relevant to role

Personal development and wellbeing

We encourage staff to fully understand and experience all aspects of Dandelion Time by joining other teams within the organisation from time to time.  

  • Part-time secondment opportunities across the charity
  • Opportunity to use the site with friends and family 
  • Training and development opportunities to improve your performance in the role 
  • Craft and skills workshops 
  • Well-being training or sessions related to our work, for example clowning

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