Project Worker Intern with the Scottish Council on Deafness

The Scottish Council on Deafness represent organisations working with and on behalf of Deaf Sign Language users, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people.  To see this advert in BSL please click here.

Location: Glasgow
Circa 18k per annum (18-20K)
Full-time for 18 months
Immediate start

They are now looking for a graduate to join them as a Project Intern to work on their Effecting Change, Equality and Access for Deaf People project.

The core objective of this role is to effect change, improve access, inclusion and equality of opportunity for deaf and deafblind people (BSL Users), by supporting the Deaf Sector Partnership(s), public authorities and others to implement a range of measures which will bring about the necessary improvements in equality of access and opportunity for deaf people.

The initial focus of this role will be on developing, operating and supporting a National Advisory Group (BSL) and any related structures.

This job description will evolve over time, as priorities arise and change.

Key Tasks


  • Work with SCoD, the Deaf Sector Partnership, including the Scottish Government, to connect, support and promote policy solutions and practical measures which can improve access, equality and inclusion for d/Deaf and deafblind people (BSL Users).
  • Work with the SCoD team, Scottish Government and others to establish a baseline and ongoing management of relevant data of BSL use, user groups, service need, current provision and critical gaps. Use this and relevant contextual information to inform progress and evaluation processes.
  • Inform, communicate and develop effective relationships across the deaf sector and public bodies using technology to support communications, information and resource sharing
  • Promote the work of SCoD and the Deaf Sector Partnership and BSL with public bodies, supporting the implementation of a programme of (peer supported) improvements; development of coordinated and shared services; and creation of a bank of useful resources.
  • Support  the SCoD/DSP team and public bodies to implement existing legislation and guidance which can promote equality of opportunity, particularly regarding the provision of interpreting, inclusive communication and communication support
  • Raise awareness at a national and local level of the needs and priorities of deaf and deafblind people; and developing, supporting and monitoring co-production initiatives to address these.



  • Work in collaboration with deaf and deafblind organisations and people, at a national and local level, to maximise opportunities to promote and support BSL.
  • Work with deaf and deafblind organisations and people to develop networks, raise awareness and deliver training, which will improve the understanding of public authorities and others about the specific needs of different groups of deaf and deafblind people.
  • Promote the use of technology to address BSL access issues.
  • Support the Scottish Government and the Deaf Sector Partnership on reporting progress and through good monitoring, demonstrate measurement and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Contribute effectively to the mapping/co-ordination of the DSP work – (for example geographical spread – who approaching who, how this is shared, monitored and highlighting any gaps). Assist the Officer and SCoD Policy Officer to identify needs, gaps, duplication of effort and manage the required changes to maximise effectiveness.
  • Keeping a library of good practice, sharing with partners, others and public bodies
  • Assist the other staff to promote and support the National Advisory Group BSL as required, deputising on occasion and ensure work is accurately recorded and meeting its agreed priorities.




  • An understanding of, and passion for the needs of deaf and deafblind people (BSL Users)
  • Effective written and verbal language communication skills
  • Ability to write meaningful reports using plain English
  • Experience of problem solving and working collaboratively with other organisations
  • Physical and virtual “Network” development skills and/or training skills
  • A strong grasp of progress measurement
  • A flexible approach to work and meeting challenging objectives
  • Understanding and use of information technology and tools including WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, InDesign and standard Microsoft office package
  • A driven, innovative flexible and adaptable, self-managing individual
  • Being a promoter of change, knowledge and understanding change management; and ability to develop projects and funding applications


  • BSL User (Level 2 or above)(or willing to learn)
  • A relevant qualification at HNC/HND/degree level or equivalent/relevant SVQs
  • Being able to work evenings, weekends and work away from home as the needs of the role demand
  • Some knowledge and understanding of community development, community engagement approaches and standards
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality standards and tools monitoring frameworks and tools
  • Computer networking and infrastructure knowledge
  • A full UK driving licence and access to a car


Applications from people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing are particularly welcome.



Closing date for applications is 16 October 2015, 12noon.

Interviews will take place on 23 October.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.



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