Full Time – 35 Hours per week
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Salary up to £22,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Based at The Frances Hay Centre, Banbury, OX17 2BS

The Instructor is the key role tasked with building the relationship between a client and their dog in order to help realise the client’s independence and life aspirations without compromising the needs of the dog.  It is a fantastic opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds who have a variety of needs, personalities, and personal experiences, and to help them unlock their potential through their partnership with one of our Assistance Dogs.  It is also an opportunity for applicants to fulfil their dream of teaching, working with and maintaining the wellbeing of a wide range of dogs specifically supported to become life changing Assistance Dogs.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Assessing clients in their homes to understand their physical needs and suitability for an Assistance Dog.
  • Participate in the matching process of client to dog.
  • Deliver a specialist client focused service to existing and new partnerships, providing teaching and coaching to help our clients realise their full potential with a dog.
  • Participate in continued teaching and evaluation of our dogs throughout their life by providing ongoing support and guidance to our clients. 

Full training, equipment and uniform will be provided.

The role will involve regular travel to clients within England and Wales and will require the successful applicant to occasionally work outside of core hours to meet the needs of our clients and their dogs.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to demonstrate credible experience and / or qualifications working with physically disabled adults and children.
  • Have proven experience in understanding and resolving dog behaviour and be able to coach others to achieve solutions and goals.
  • Be well organised and disciplined in their approach to achieving goals.
  • Be able to work with a high degree of personal responsibility.
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a Team.
  • Have the skills to develop relationships with colleagues, clients and supporters of the Charity.

Ideally, candidates will already be working in a similar role for an AD(UK) or ADI member organisation, although this is not an essential requirement for the role.

Click here to download a copy of the Instructor job description.

For further information regarding this vacancy, please email Kelly Jennings on [email protected]

Accompanying dogs in the charity’s vehicles is part of the job, so a full driving licence is preferred but, where applicable, we will work with the chosen candidate to find alternative solutions in those instances where reasonable adjustments are required.

Please note that we cannot employ anyone under 18 years of age.

Dogs for Good have a generous contributory pension scheme, death in service benefit and an income protection plan, after a qualifying period.  Employees are entitled to 25 days holiday per year (plus Bank Holidays), which increases with every five years’ service completed up to a maximum of 31 days holiday after 20 years’ service.  Dogs for Good is committed to staff continuing their learning and CPD is regularly reviewed.

If you are interested in this role, please complete an Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send them both to Sarah Knight, Office Manager, Dogs for Good, The Frances Hay Centre, Blacklocks Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2BS or via e-mail, [email protected]

Applications for the vacancy will close at noon on Wednesday 29 June 2022.

First interviews will be held on Thursday 7 July 2022.  Second interviews will be held on Thursday 14 July 2022.  Please ensure that you are available for interview on these dates as they cannot be changed.