PAC-UK is the largest independent adoption support agency in the country. Our vision is that all people affected by adoption and other forms of permanence are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full. Find out about the latest opportunities to join our team.
Applying for a role at PAC-UK
To apply for a role at PAC-UK please download and complete our application form. You can complete and return your application electronically by emailing it to Sarah Nicholl at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending it to:
Sarah Nicholl, 5 Torriano Mews, Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RZ
Applicants will be short listed against the criteria in the person specification, so you should make sure that you address these in your application. Please note that we do not accept CVs, only completed application forms.
Equal opportunities monitoring form
PAC-UK is an equal opportunities employer - please see our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy and Procedures. We would be grateful if you would also complete and return the equal opportunities monitoring form below. Although there is no requirement to do so, and while not doing so will not affect your application, the information collected in the form will be valuable to us in ensuring that we are recruiting and selecting trustees, staff and volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds. The information collected will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, in line with the requirements of Data Protection legislation. It will only be used for general statistical and monitoring purposes. The data will be kept separately from application forms and will not be taken into account in assessing information on your application form.
References and Disclosure and Barring Service disclosures
Please note that the successful applicant will be asked to supply a minimum of two satisfactory references, before an unconditional job offer is made. In addition, the successful applicant may be required to undergo a check under the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). Please also refer to our Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare Policy and Procedure under ‘downloadable documents’ below.
Additional supplementary documents
You may find it useful to download a copy of our latest Annual Review. We hope you find the information of interest and that it encourages you to make an application. However, if you have any questions then please contact us for further information.
Downloadable application forms and accompanying documents
- PAC-UK Job Application Form (including Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form)
- Guidance for completing application form
- Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare Policy and Procedures
- PAC-UK Statement of Purpose
Working Hours: Part-time, flexible days and hours (ideally two days per week)
Location: PAC-UK Leeds office, LS15 7BD
Expenses: Travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed
We are looking for an enthusiastic, caring and competent volunteer to help support and provide reception duties to clients and visitors, both in person and on the telephone, as well as assisting with a range of administrative tasks to help keep our office in Leeds running smoothly and efficiently.
In this voluntary role you will provide invaluable administrative support to a broad spectrum of PAC-UK’s services, particularly assisting the Operations Assistant and Heads of Service in PAC-UK’s Leeds office.
A detailed summary of the main tasks and responsibilities can be found in the below Job Description and Person Specification documents.
Closing date: Open
Interview date: TBC
Please email PAC-UK's Leeds Interim Office Manager, Leanne Jackson: email@example.com if you have any questions about this role before applying.
Purpose of the Role:
To ensure that PAC-UK complies with its governing documentation (i.e. its memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law, the National Minimum Standards for Adoption and the Adoption Support Agencies (England) and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005.
- To contribute to formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic direction of PAC-UK, setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluation performance against agreed targets
- To safeguard the good name and ethos of the organisation
- With other trustees, to ensure that the policy and practices of PAC-UK are in keeping with its aims
- With other trustees, to ensure that PAC-UK functions within the legal and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strives to achieve best practice
- To ensure the financial stability of PAC-UK and ensure proper investment of its funds
- To use any specific knowledge or experience a trustee may have as detailed in the person specification to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will include scrutinising reports, leading discussion, focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance as requested on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the areas of PAC-UK’s work in which he/she has special expertise.
Ensure best practice
- Be an active member of the trustee body in exercising its responsibilities and functions
- Appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance
- Be involved in the appointment of senior officers of the organisation
- Ensure a strong commitment to equality and diversity policies within PAC-UK
- Take part in training sessions provided for the benefit of the trustees
- Regularly review PAC-UK’s Policies and Procedures and ensure they adhere or exceed the National Minimum Standards and Regulations for Adoption Support Agencies
- Under Formal Resolution – Stage 2 of PAC-UK’s Complaints Policy and Procedure, make a decision on complains made to PAC-UK
- Develop and ensure the maintenance of a properly constituted, balanced and competent board, including clear procedures for selection, election, training, retirement and if necessary, removal of trustees and to ensure arrangements are followed for recruiting the chair, vice chair and treasurer.
- Ensure confidential information or material (relating to service users, beneficiaries, members, staff, commercial business etc.) provided to, or discussed at board meetings and within the confines of the board is not disclosed outside the trustee body.
Terms and Conditions of Appointment:
Trustees do not receive any remuneration, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.
- General meetings take place up to six times per year, usually from 13.00 – 16.30. The AGM is timed to take place prior to one of the general meetings.
- Trustees must attend a minimum of four general meetings per year. If attendance falls below this, it may be necessary to discuss if it is appropriate for the trustee to continue
- Trustees may be asked to join a sub-group of the board, depending on the skills and experience required by the sub-group. There is currently one sub-group of PAC-UK’s board: the Practice Sub-Group, which is an advisory group making recommendations to the Board and the CEO. It is chaired by a Board member and consists of three other board members and three senior members of staff. It provides an opportunity for detailed discussion and consideration of all practice matters with regular reporting to the Board.
Closing date: Open
Interview date: N/A
We currently run a placement counselling scheme at PAC-UK in London. Counsellors that meet the correct criteria can do a placement here to improve their knowledge of working with adoption issues and at the same time offer a low cost counselling service for service users through PAC-UK. Please check that you meet the criteria for application and if you do, please fill in this application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.