New positions within Autism Network Scotland

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Autism Network Scotland (ANS) is pleased to announce two exciting employment opportunities within our expanded team.


ANS connects and communicates with those interested in the field of autism. The Network acts as a signpost for autism professionals and practitioners, people with autism, their families, carers and supporters toward examples of good practice, resources and useful information.  ANS plays an integral role in the communication of the strategy and is involved in the work of the sub groups. The Network has established itself as a conduit to gathering the relevant stakeholders together to drive forward the local autism action plans and is a vehicle for the sharing of best practice nationally. This now-established resource has many benefits to coordinating the work of the strategy and the communication of that work.


Consequently after discussion with the Autism Strategy Reference Group, the Scottish Government has asked ANS to play a new role in supporting the Strategy. This expanded role will:


  • Provide administrative support to a range of groups including the Governance, Working, Communication/consultation, Ad Hoc Expert Groups and those people who have requested to receive ‘information only’
  • Facilitate the above mentioned meetings
  • Engage people with autism and their families in the decision making process and the work of the groups through dissemination of info, events, forums etc. as appropriate
  • Develop and manage the Scottish Strategy for Autism website
  • Organise and deliver events to take forward the working group outputs
  • ANS members to sit on the working groups
  • Provide support (including communications function) to the Autism Co-ordination team


The new roles within the team are as follows:



Network Advisor – The Network Advisor for Autism Network Scotland will be responsible for supporting the ANS Co-ordinator in achieving key objectives which have been outlined by the Scottish Government and COSLA. The purpose of ANS is to support the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism through knowledge exchange and consultation. Throughout the work there is a focus on people on the spectrum, parent and carer engagement and supporting the knowledge and skills of the autism workforce. For more information on this post, click here.


Communications and Administration Assistant – Autism Network Scotland works in inclusive partnership with a range of autism service providers including national organisations and Local Authorities to provide a hub for autism information and knowledge exchange in Scotland. In cooperation with Scottish Government and COSLA, ANS will provide the administrative support for meetings of the Scottish Autism Strategy Governance Group, its Working Groups and to enhance Co-production with a range of stakeholders across Scotland including individuals on the spectrum, their parents and carers. A new autism learning project, the National Autism Coordination Project, has also been established in the School. It will coordinate support for those on the Autistic spectrum across Scotland. This post provides an exciting opportunity to provide twofold assistance with these projects: i) to take responsibility for the development, implementation and evaluation of an effective communications and marketing strategy, and ii) to support and promote the work of the Scottish Strategy for Autism and the National Autism Co-ordination project. For more information, click here.


Applications can be made via the University of Strathclyde website. The deadline for applications is Sunday 3 August 2014.