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A Windbag on Elemental Changes   

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A Windbag on Elemental Changes

Okay, look, if you didn't come to this site specifically to read this blog article, you probably won't understand it or care. In the fiction I'm currently posting on RoyalRoad.com, I had to make a few specific retcons due to a couple specific changes to magical canon that are quite frankly so absurdly minor that if I didn't go into such stupid depth in the first place nobody would ever notice.

So, okay. First to explain the way the magic system is laid out in the first place, and understand that most of this is not well explained anywhere and certainly not in the main story: the elements are, in theory, supposed to be a way of dividing all magic up into basic principles. Every element is associated with a school of magic, which helps explain the element to other people in brief: so for instance Fire is associated with Destruction, naturally, and Wind element is associated with Motion. So if I said that Red Essence was the essence of Fire Magic and you threw Red Essence at something, you would expect what? Destruction. If Sky Essence is the essence of Wind Magic and you threw it at something, you would expect what? Motion.

Great. Except that's the most surface-level understanding of how things are laid out and has nothing to do with the retcon. In fact, the school of magic for Wind and Light, the other affected element, remain the same. So what did change?

The whole magic system is based on a rule of three, and that rule of three can be described a number of ways. Believe me I could give you a headache like you wouldn't believe trying to explain it, but suffice it to say, there are three fundamentals: Power, Form, and Soul, also known as Outer, Barrier, and Inner, or Fire, Earth, and Wild magic. Power manipulates energy, including motion, light, heat, etc; Form manipulates bonds and is responsible for abstract magical structures. Soul is concerned with information and things that exist "inside"--a concept I cannot easily explain unless you recognize either the word "animism" or the term "brane theory". Basically, things have insides, and that is where spiritual energy resides, which is something very different from "outer energy" like heat and light.

For our purposes, though, just consider the terms to be Power, Form, and Soul. In the old system Wind was Power+Barrier, which meant that you basically constructed temporary constructs in the air and changed those constructs with your will; imagine creating a giant fan in order to push air around. Under those rules, Light was Power+Inner; as a school of magic, you took something inside and you radiated it outwards, hence it was the school of illusion and enchantment. With me so far? Wind magic meant connecting wind together, light meant expressing that which was within. That was the old system.

For reasons best described as "I forget why", I decided that wasn't appropriate. The images in my head didn't line up with the mechanical categorization of the elements. In my head, a wind mage is not creating structures, they are simply doing a whole lot of releasing energy. They might pattern and control the energy, but all they're doing is releasing energy. Form doesn't have a whole heck of a lot to do with that image. Similarly, this concept of Light wasn't actually very good at creating illusions, because an illusion does need form. If Light was radiating magic at other people without form, sure you can enchant them, but you can't create a real illusion. If someone was immune to enchantment they simply wouldn't see the thing you created, and that's no good.

So now they're switched. Wind magic is now a way to release energy anywhere within your magical domain--specifically motion energy. This changes the domain rules slightly, but not enough for most people to really notice. The "soul" type of magic contains a domain rule that lets you remain connected to something you were connected to in the past, whereas "form" type magic requires a constant connection, which in the old version of Wind Magic was a thread from the caster to the effect. In both cases, you can't control huge volumes of air, but for different reasons; for now, it suffices to say that you spend energy constantly to keep the link open, which naturally limits your ability to do magic, because you can't do more once your energy runs out.

As for Light, which takes Wind Magic's place as Power/Form... this puts more restrictions on the use of illusions, but then, most useful illusions were higher forms of magic that bend the laws of domain anyway. It also leaves one with some restrictions on the use of conjured, light-based weaponry... but eh, okay. The biggest problem is Darkness Magic, which made perfect sense from a Power/Soul type element because it was corrosive to souls... but if it isn't connected to Soul type magic, then that influence has to come from elsewhere. Fortunately, there are two good candidates for explaining why that particular problem exists...

Anyway, that's the basics of that. The other part of it is a simple change to the Wind-style Martial Arts... which, again, bears giving a little bit of background to.

First of all, when I make (and for now I use the word "make" very loosely) an elemental martial art, I am basically deciding three images: two apparently contradictory images that combine to form one final, grander image. So for instance the element of Light as I described before contains the contradictory images of Source and Shadow--a light source is unaware of shadow, because by definition it never touches that shadow, and a shadow knows nothing of a light source for the same reason. And yet together, these two concepts form a whole concept of light. Without going into reflections, absorption, and bending of light, there are things that give off light, and there are things that never see it, and we live our lives in between, seeing the whole world through light but staring at neither the source nor the shadow.

The "image" of Wind Arts is tricky to pin down given Wind's status as the element of Motion. I already have a very firm idea in my head about the defensive abilities of Wind Artists, one that I've had in mind for years, but frankly it's difficult to summarize. The old version of the image, Sound and Stillness, was... honestly I just wasn't happy with it. I don't remember why I changed to that form of it from something else, but I suppose it came down to a specific image of Stillness Arts that involved... pretty much the whole of Wind Arts, with Sound being an unwanted addition of illusion for some reason. I don't know.

For now, the image of Wind Arts is Gale and Stillness, where Gale is projecting energy and Stillness lets you make it easier or harder to move things. I'm not great at explaining it, which may just be proof that I need to rework it again, but Stillness Arts is a mostly defensive art where although someone tries to "disturb your stillness", they fail; if they put power into an attack, you let that power move you, harmlessly.

The problem with a lot of my simply-defined martial arts is that when I sit down and try to write it out, it doesn't feel like a whole martial arts discipline can be made around it. If I make a whole art defensive, how do you start a person with no martial arts training and have them come out the other side with a usable art? One that lets them win fights, by both attacking and defending? If Stillness arts is just about defense, then it still has to have some kind of basic attack art for beginners, and why would you not apply the same principles to that side of it? Of course you would. Labeling it in my mind by one feature isn't enough.

In the end, I also can't take my mind off of the final product--although I have faith in my reconciliatory abilities. Gale and Stillness have to be all part of a grander vision, one that is more than the two combined. It goes beyond attack and defense; the two methods themselves have to complement each other, which for Wind magic is already a given. One method controls momentum and impact, while the other releases energy and enables mobility; the two are halves of a single whole, control over force and motion itself, at least within your reach. That is the idea, the hope, the ambition. Whether or not I am good enough... well, perhaps not.

But it's worth striving for, at least.

SuperSayu Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:21
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Outcomes of a Safety and Health Educational Intervention in Auto Body and Machine Tool Technologies Vocational College Programs: The Technical Education Curricula for Health and Safety (TECHS) Study   

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Technical Education Curricula for Health and Safety (TECHS) is a research collaboration between safety and health professionals and vocational instructors in three Minnesota colleges. Curriculum materials, including full and refresher modules with of classroom presentations, lab activities, homework, and quizzes, were developed for auto body collision technology (ABCT) and machine tool technology (MTT) programs. Curricula were implemented during the 2015–2018 academic years. Graduates’ safety-related knowledge, skills, work practices, and workplace safety climate were assessed 1 year postgraduation using an electronic survey. Responses were received from 71 ABCT and 115 MTT graduates. Classroom presentations were used consistently throughout the study. Instructors cited a lack of time as the main barrier to using other materials (lab activities, homework, and quizzes). Graduates with TECHS instruction had significantly greater safety-related knowledge overall (both trades) as well as in two topic areas: eye and respiratory protection (ABCT) and hearing protection and machine guarding (MTT). Our data confirm that nearly all graduates consistently engage in practices such as use of safety glasses, hearing protection, and respirators, use of machine guards, material handling strategies. At 1 year postgraduation, MTT graduates’ work practices related to machine guarding improved significantly. Graduates with TECHS instruction had improved in about half of the work practices, but statistical significance was not achieved. Graduates’ self-reported work practices were not significantly correlated with their knowledge or skills. Work practices variability was best explained by graduates’ attitudes toward safety rules and their rating of the workplace safety climate. TECHS findings confirm that classroom instruction alone has little impact on graduates’ work practices. We propose institutions formalize their commitment to safety and health education by ear-marking teaching time for this subject and providing assistance to instructors to facilitate curricula integration. Instructors would benefit from learning more about trade-specific safety and health, and adult education teaching methods. Additional research is needed to understand how students’ attitudes toward safety change during vocational college attendance and the first year of employment in the trade, explore implementation supports and barriers at institutional and instructor levels, and assess educational effectiveness beyond the end of the academic program. The entire curricula are available on the study website www.votechsafety.net.

          

Road Hauliers Happier with New Flexible Solution to Avoid Cross Channel HGV Congestion    

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UK – The government has announced that a concrete barrier that can be set up within hours to keep Kent's roads moving at times of cross-channel disruption will be available and on standby from later this year. The barrier, which has been developed as a solution to handle potential traffic disruption from the ports in Kent, has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) which says that it is promising news for businesses in the county, and for hauliers who need to keep goods moving between the UK and the Continent.
          

Volunteer Drivers Needed   

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Transportation is one of the biggest barriers for individuals in poverty as well as those who may not have a local support network. Mariposa Heritage House provides transportation services to these community members upon referral from our partners. We are looking for volunteer driver’s to help get these individuals to their appointments. This is a […]
          

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• A color chart is included showing the ten different Briwax colors - where the color originates from colored pigments embedded in the wax. To create the perfect finish on your piece use stains on the base material and then a top coat of colored Briwax to create the final color.

• Along with your purchase - I will be more than happy to answer any application issues that you may have. Briwax paste wax is sold in a re-sealable 1 pound cans - where a "little bit goes a long way".

• All in all, Briwax is a great choice for many repair or finishing solutions. To see the rest of our Briwax offerings follow this link ... https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatureInspiredCrafts?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=23299380


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2) I ordered a can of Briwax but when it arrived it was a liquid in the can?
That's normal - Briwax has a low melting point (between 80 and 90 degrees F). But, turning into a liquid does not damage the wax and if you cool it down it will revert to a paste. However - you should note that many people prefer to apply the wax in liquid form and they use a small heating pad to melt the wax before use claiming that a "warm" wax is easier to apply and to get complete coverage.

3) How should I apply Briwax?
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Briwax Clear Wax. Briwax Paste Wax. Clear Wax. Furniture Wax. Leather Wax. Metal Wax. Briwax - 1 Pound Can. by NatureInspiredCrafts   

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20.95 USD

• Briwax is made in England and is a blend of beeswax and carnauba wax (palm leaves) and has long been recognized by many professionals as the product of choice. It produces a semi-gloss luster that has a nice, inviting silky feel to the touch - unlike the brittle, hard feel of other sealers (lacquers, polyurethanes, etc.). It is commonly used as a maintenance, repair, or finishing wax for furniture, but Briwax is also used as a colorant or sealer for many materials to include ... concrete, marble, granite, plaster, stucco, metal, leather, fabric, and so on. In my shop - we have used over 100 cans of Briwax in the past 8 years and we turn to it frequently for our finishing needs and have found it to be an excellent choice for long-lasting, beautiful pieces of furniture.

• A color chart is included showing the ten different Briwax colors - where the color originates from colored pigments embedded in the wax. To create the perfect finish on your piece use stains on the base material and then a top coat of colored Briwax to create the final color.

• Along with your purchase - I will be more than happy to answer any application issues that you may have. Briwax paste wax is sold in a re-sealable 1 pound cans - where a "little bit goes a long way".

• All in all, Briwax is a great choice for many repair or finishing solutions. To see the rest of our Briwax offerings follow this link ... https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatureInspiredCrafts?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=23299380


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• Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Why should you use a paste wax to maintain furniture finishes?
Paste wax is the ideal finishing agent to preserve, color, or protect your furniture. The experts will tell you oils and sprays create a "wet shine" on furniture, but they don't really create a protective barrier - rather they attract airborne dust and contaminants to your furniture and then they eventually dry out. With heavy use, oils and sprays (like English Oil or Pledge spray) will also eventually destabilize the base finish and potentially turn it into a gooey, tacky mess that has to be stripped and refinished. The general consensus is that you should dust whenever you need to with a damp (water) cloth to clean furniture and that about once a year you should rewax your fine furniture. Wax adds a soft protective film to the furniture that slowly rubs off and has to be replaced.

2) I ordered a can of Briwax but when it arrived it was a liquid in the can?
That's normal - Briwax has a low melting point (between 80 and 90 degrees F). But, turning into a liquid does not damage the wax and if you cool it down it will revert to a paste. However - you should note that many people prefer to apply the wax in liquid form and they use a small heating pad to melt the wax before use claiming that a "warm" wax is easier to apply and to get complete coverage.

3) How should I apply Briwax?
Everyone has there own technique. What we do in our shop is to buff on the wax in a circular motion designed to get the wax into every "nook and crany" of the surface. Then we wait about 15 minutes for the wax to set up. Then we buff it off. In terms of a buffing cloth ... anything clean with some roughness to it will do - one of my favorites is old blue jeans that were headed to the garbage can and instead were cut into 8" square for wax buffing. When you are almost - but, not completely through with buffing use a shop rag and buff in the direction of the grain to make sure you don't leave wax "swirl marks" in your finish. The trick here is to not overapply wax ... remember, a little bit goes a long way. Too much wax on the surface just means you wasted some wax and it means you will be buffing longer. The way to tell your through with buffing is to get a clean shop rag and run it over the surface with moderate pressure. If your still getting wax on your rag ... then your not through buffing.


          

Briwax Golden Oak Wax. Briwax Paste Wax. Yellow Wax. Golden Wax. Furniture Wax. Leather Wax. Metal Wax. Briwax - 1 Pound Can. by NatureInspiredCrafts   

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20.95 USD

• Briwax is made in England and is a blend of beeswax and carnauba wax (palm leaves) and has long been recognized by many professionals as the product of choice. It produces a semi-gloss luster that has a nice, inviting silky feel to the touch - unlike the brittle, hard feel of other sealers (lacquers, polyurethanes, etc.). It is commonly used as a maintenance, repair, or finishing wax for furniture, but Briwax is also used as a colorant or sealer for many materials to include ... concrete, marble, granite, plaster, stucco, metal, leather, fabric, and so on. In my shop - we have used over 100 cans of Briwax in the past 8 years and we turn to it frequently for our finishing needs and have found it to be an excellent choice for long-lasting, beautiful pieces of furniture.

• A color chart is included showing the ten different Briwax colors - where the color originates from colored pigments embedded in the wax. To create the perfect finish on your piece use stains on the base material and then a top coat of colored Briwax to create the final color.

• Along with your purchase - I will be more than happy to answer any application issues that you may have. Briwax paste wax is sold in a re-sealable 1 pound cans - where a "little bit goes a long way".

• All in all, Briwax is a great choice for many repair or finishing solutions. To see the rest of our Briwax offerings follow this link ... https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatureInspiredCrafts?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=23299380


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• Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Why should you use a paste wax to maintain furniture finishes?
Paste wax is the ideal finishing agent to preserve, color, or protect your furniture. The experts will tell you oils and sprays create a "wet shine" on furniture, but they don't really create a protective barrier - rather they attract airborne dust and contaminants to your furniture and then they eventually dry out. With heavy use, oils and sprays (like English Oil or Pledge spray) will also eventually destabilize the base finish and potentially turn it into a gooey, tacky mess that has to be stripped and refinished. The general consensus is that you should dust whenever you need to with a damp (water) cloth to clean furniture and that about once a year you should rewax your fine furniture. Wax adds a soft protective film to the furniture that slowly rubs off and has to be replaced.

2) I ordered a can of Briwax but when it arrived it was a liquid in the can?
That's normal - Briwax has a low melting point (between 80 and 90 degrees F). But, turning into a liquid does not damage the wax and if you cool it down it will revert to a paste. However - you should note that many people prefer to apply the wax in liquid form and they use a small heating pad to melt the wax before use claiming that a "warm" wax is easier to apply and to get complete coverage.

3) How should I apply Briwax?
Everyone has there own technique. What we do in our shop is to buff on the wax in a circular motion designed to get the wax into every "nook and crany" of the surface. Then we wait about 15 minutes for the wax to set up. Then we buff it off. In terms of a buffing cloth ... anything clean with some roughness to it will do - one of my favorites is old blue jeans that were headed to the garbage can and instead were cut into 8" square for wax buffing. When you are almost - but, not completely through with buffing use a shop rag and buff in the direction of the grain to make sure you don't leave wax "swirl marks" in your finish. The trick here is to not overapply wax ... remember, a little bit goes a long way. Too much wax on the surface just means you wasted some wax and it means you will be buffing longer. The way to tell your through with buffing is to get a clean shop rag and run it over the surface with moderate pressure. If your still getting wax on your rag ... then your not through buffing.


          

Clinical Challenges of Engaging PWID and MSM in HIV Care   

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Volume 4, Issue 6. Linking high-risk populations like PWIDs (people who inject drugs) and MSM (men who have sex with men) to effective HIV care requires overcoming complex barriers unique to these groups. In this issue, two of the directors from Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program, Dr. Jennifer Brody, Director of HIV Services …

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In The Clinic: Improving Outcomes in At-Risk Populations   

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Volume 3, Issue 8. In this podcast Drs. Allison Agwu evaluates the specific barriers to testing and entering into care among transsexual individuals, migrant and immigrant populations, and adolescents. Take our post-test to claim CME credits. To read a companion newsletter click here.

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Addressing Provider and Patient Barriers   

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Volume 3, Issue 4. In this podcast, Dr. Douglas Krakower discusses pre-exposure prophylaxis and addresses provider and patient barriers to PrEP. Take our post-test to claim CME credits. To read a companion newsletter click here.

The post Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Addressing Provider and Patient Barriers appeared first on DKBmed Radio.


          

Fairport Wealth Announces 2020 Community Beacon Recipient   

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CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Fairport Wealth is pleased to announce its support of Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) as its 2020 Community Beacon recipient. For 50 years, SC4K has been removing barriers to school attendance by providing essential school supplies such as school shoes and uniforms for kids in need.

Originally published on CaliforniaNewswire.com -- Fairport Wealth Announces 2020 Community Beacon Recipient


          

Concerns rise for Great Barrier Reef health as corals start to bleach - The Sydney Morning Herald   

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Concerns rise for Great Barrier Reef health as corals start to bleach  The Sydney Morning Herald
          

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Planet Fitness with new CMO Jeremy Tucker   

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During this 195th episode of “Marketing Today,” host Alan Hart interviews Jeremy "JT" Tucker, the new CMO  of Planet Fitness.  Tucker has worked for world-renowned brands such as Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Disney, and Nissan. 

We discuss JT's background and his first few weeks at Planet Fitness, including his strategy for jumping headfirst into big changes at a new company. Jeremy shares what changes he made quickly after arriving, the actions he saw others taking in the fitness space, and what inspired the successful "Bull Fit" campaign.

Tucker also addresses the importance of approaching marketing from a human and emotive space. He remarks that as they collected research, "We really just wanted to understand the perceptions that kept people from actually coming into a club." When describing the exhilaration of kicking off their ad campaign in Times Square on New Year's Eve, he advises, "There are a lot of crowded big moments out there. It's so hard to breakthrough, but if you're authentic, and it makes sense, you can nail it." Tucker also reflects on the creative aspects of his work when he says, "Good ideas come from anywhere and everywhere." Tucker's optimism and leadership will inspire you to approach your work with curiosity and joy.

 

Highlights from this week’s “Marketing Today”:

  • JT’s background and how he ended up at Planet Fitness. 01:34
  • JT describes opportunities he had to work for brands where brand drives business decisions. 04:51
  • JT describes jumping into Planet Fitness during their busy season and the challenges of jumping in headfirst. 06:23
  • Learn about the changes JT made very quickly upon joining Planet Fitness. 08:58
  • Why JT believes in the business and how he feels Planet Fitness can break down barriers to support regular Americans. 10:59
  • Learn about the research that went into the Bull Fit ad campaign. 12:13
  • Some of the best social content they’ve ever created was when they had kids scrub fitspo accounts on Instagram. 14:37
  • The importance of addressing marketing from a human and emotive place. 15:54
  • They discuss the eight and twelve-minute circuits at Planet Fitness for people who want quick workouts. 16:51
  • The rewards of marketing that desires to change behavior in meaningful and purposeful ways. 19:27
  • JT tells us about the experience of kicking off their ad campaign on New Year's in Times Square. 21:51
  • What's coming next for JT in 2020? 23:51
  • Is there an experience in his past that defines who he is today? 26:15
  • What advice would JT give his younger self if he had to start all over? 28:02
  • Are there any brands, companies, or causes that JT follows that he thinks other people should take notice of? 30:15
  • As a marketer, what does he feel the biggest opportunity or threat that is facing marketers? 32:45

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Is the facial recognition technology used by GTA police illegal?   

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The facial recognition technology that at least three GTA police forces tested may be illegal, according to one of Canada’s most powerful privacy regulators.

British Columbia’s privacy commissioner and three of his counterparts are weighing whether to launch an investigation into the threat to Canadians’ rights posed by Clearview AI, the U.S. company that makes the app. Its search engine allows police to match an image of an unidentified person against what Clearview AI claims is a database of three billion images scraped from the open web, including social media sites.

I think it is very questionable whether it would conform with Canadian law,” said Michael McEvoy, British Columbia’s privacy commissioner.

“We would have to have a closer look, and that’s something that Canadian privacy regulators collectively are considering right now.”

The B.C. privacy commissioner is one of four in Canada with jurisdiction to investigate how private businesses collect, use and disclose personal information. The others are the federal privacy commissioner and those in Alberta and Quebec. Ontario falls under the federal private-sector privacy law.

The laws these offices enforce share a bedrock principle: businesses must obtain individuals’ consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information, with narrow exceptions. If personal information is used for a purpose other than the one for which it was originally collected, consent must be obtained again.

“The intent here is to give individuals the right to have some sense and modicum of control over their own information. And of course, what could be more personal to somebody than their own image?” McEvoy asked.

He questioned whether Clearview AI — if its database really does contain billions of images of individuals scraped off the web without permission — meets those legal standards. McEvoy added that the four regulators have “recently” discussed the matter because the technology has the potential to impact so many Canadians.

“People should be allowed to go about their business, their life, without being under a state of constant surveillance. I don’t think Canadians want to live in that kind of society.”

Clearview AI did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. On its website, the company says the facial recognition tool is available to law enforcement agencies and “select security professionals.” It says the app is not available to the public.

“Clearview’s image search technology has been independently tested for accuracy and evaluated for legal compliance by nationally recognized authorities,” the website claims, without elaborating further on what authorities it is referring to.

Toronto, Halton Region and Peel Region police forces all confirmed to the Star last week that they tested Clearview AI. Toronto’s police chief was unaware the app was being used; Halton’s chief said he did know. All have since stopped using it, according to spokespersons.

The RCMP and Ontario Provincial Police would not reveal whether they have used Clearview AI.

Christian Leuprecht, a policing and technology expert affiliated with Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University, agreed that Clearview AI likely contravenes Canadian law by the way it scrapes the pictures — and that a Canadian citizen’s reasonable expectation of privacy has “very likely been violated in the process here.”

Because of that, law enforcement’s use of Clearview AI might jeopardize the prosecution of criminal cases.

“There’s a high risk that if they either introduce that evidence or it turns out that that evidence was a determinant in the way the case ended up evolving, that that would be turfed from court and the entire case could collapse,” Leuprecht said.

It’s not known whether the use of Clearview AI directly resulted in any arrests. In Peel Region, a spokesperson said the technology was never used on an active investigation, while in Halton, a spokesperson did not respond to the Star’s questions about whether arrests were made as a result of the force’s use of the tool.

Asked the same question, a Toronto police spokesperson said late last week that they are conducting a comprehensive analysis of every time the tool was accessed by investigators and that police would provide more information at a later date.

But the revelation that local police have been testing the technology has left criminal lawyers wondering what the implications could be for their clients.

Jill Presser, who co-chairs the Criminal Lawyers Association’s committee on law and technology, said she’s unclear what, if any, obligations Crown prosecutors would have to disclose evidence of the use of Clearview AI in court.

“Particularly if the tool is one of a number of investigative tools used and it isn’t essential to a narrative of how the investigation unfolded, we may never know,” she said.

“That’s a major part of what’s so troubling.”

Ontario’s privacy commissioner, Brian Beamish, said he is reaching out directly to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police this week.

“Until we have thoroughly reviewed Clearview AI and any other biometric solutions that have the potential to gather information about people who aren’t under any suspicion, police services must refrain from their use,” Beamish said in a statement.

He added that he supports the use of technologies by police to enhance community safety — provided that they are used transparently and in a way that respects the privacy rights of citizens.

“I would have serious concerns about a law enforcement service that used this kind of tool without fully considering the public interest — that means thorough privacy impact assessments, public consultation and full transparency about what kind of data is collected by the technology and how they propose to use it.”

The federal privacy commissioner’s office said the RCMP has committed to consulting with it in advance of using any facial recognition technology, in the form of a privacy impact assessment. The RCMP “has not yet submitted” any such assessment, a spokesperson said.

“Broadly speaking, our office has identified facial recognition as having the potential to be the most highly invasive of the current popular biometric identifying technologies. Faces have been transformed into electronic information that can be aggregated, analyzed and categorized in unprecedented ways.”

Of the police forces in major municipalities that the Star contacted, spokespersons for forces in Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, Barrie, York Region and Niagara Region said they do not use Clearview AI. Montreal police and Windsor police would not confirm whether they used it. Durham Regional Police have not yet responded.

Kate Allen is a Toronto-based reporter covering science and technology. Follow her on Twitter: @katecallen

Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and policing. Reach her by email at wgillis@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis


          

DCCC Employs Innovative Game Plan to Increase New Democratic Majority   

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 “[We] know that voting is an essential right and that expanding access to ballot is good for our democracy,” said Cheri Bustos, who in her role as DCCC chairwoman, heads what serves as the sole official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. “This legal strategy is only more urgent as Re-publicans have been emboldened by President Trump’s baseless and dis-proven claims of voter fraud. We are working to remove barriers to the ballot box and throughout the cycle we are going to keep pushing this work forward. That means devoting serious resources to engaging voters, inspiring them and then making sure they turn out to vote in November.” [...]
          

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By George Sydney Arundale (1878 - 1945).

278 Pages | First edition 1935, 2nd 1936, 3rd 1956, 4th 1996 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592682.

This book is a brief epitome of George S. Arundale's Theosophy at its present stage of unfoldment, for though there are certain fundamental principles underlying the Science of Theosophy - possibly such as Arundale has ventured to indicate in the Envoi - at the end, each student should be gradually finding his own Theosophy for him - or herself, his or her own understanding of the Science of Living.

CONTENTS:

  1. You in General
  2. The Individual You
  3. Your Parents and Family
  4. Your Education
  5. Your Larger Family
  6. Your Circumstances and Surroundings
  7. Your Business and Your Leisure
  8. Your World in Peace and War
  9. You and Decision-Making
  10. You and Love
  11. You and Death
  12. You and a Mode of Transcendence
  13. You and Your Search for Beauty
  14. You, Theosophy and The Theosophical Society
  15. You and Your Goal; and Envoi.

From Chapter 11 - 'You and Death' (p. 165 & 166):

" A healthy-minded individual, with a minimum of that ignorance about death which is the cause of so much sorrow, will make friends with death, treat him as a colleague and helper, and give him sensible co-operation when at last he comes. And if ignorance has not been at work year after year erecting what it thinks to be formidable barriers against death, barriers which death so easily overcomes, then not only will death be less inclined to be tiresome, but, when he comes, he will feel at home as with a friend. We tend to summon death the more we seek to repel him. And death must smile to watch the frantic efforts we make to keep alive, when so often he would be able to offer a far more profitable condition than that, which we call life; which is but the shadow of a shade of life. What we have to do is to make death part of our scheme and plan of life. We must give him his due place in life, for he is a much life as that which we call life. He is called death only because he is a different kind of life. "


          

Whining about checkpoints rings hollow when they can be dismantled under the peace plan   

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The official Palestinian Wafa news agency has an article about how difficult life is with Israeli checkpoints, claiming that Israel wants to "strangle" the Palestinians:


The Israeli occupation authorities are trying to subjugate the Palestinian citizen, imposing him, arbitrarily, on the military barriers and iron gates that make it difficult for him to carry out the simplest tasks, and confuse his planning for his life. Will he be able to arrive at the appointed time or not?

The West Bank barriers and gates were divided into 100 cantons, and its goal is to generalize the apartheid regime and prevent the establishment of a connected Palestinian state...

The occupation forces install about 165 iron gates on the entrances of villages and cities, and on the roads connecting them, half of which are closed in normal conditions, while about 600 military barriers, dirt berms or cement blocks control the lives of citizens, which restrict the movement of vehicles and pedestrians alike, and they  erect  gates at the entrances to the villages which aim to isolate any village within a few minutes when the occupation decides.
Besides the fact that the numbers seem hugely exaggerated, the timing of this and similar articles is curious.

After all, if anything, the checkpoint situation is better today than at any time in the past 20 years.

This seems to me to be a way for Palestinian leaders to misdirect both their own people and the world by starting a campaign against Israeli security measures.

They want to proactively stir up anger because there is a simple solution to the checkpoint problem, as well as the "canton" problem and most of their other complaints: Accept the "Peace to Prosperity" plan!

Every single checkpoint, except those into Israel, would be dismantled under the plan.

Palestinian propagandists realize that they need to change the focus away from the plan and towards their usual posture of playing the innocent victim of Israeli evil. They know they can't have it both ways - complain about how terrible life is and also complain about how terrible a plan that solves all their every day problems is as well. So they will complain about specific aspects of the peace plan they don't like and try as hard as they can to distract people away from the parts that would solve their major everyday issues.

The proper response to all of these types of articles and tweets is - if things are so bad, then a peace plan that solves those issues is a good idea.




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Appartamento in Vendita Bernate Ticino - Zona:    

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Gruppocasa in esclusiva di vendita propone trilocale con giardino privato di nuova costruzione all'interno della "Residenza Naviglio".In posizione strategica, a pochi passi dal centro storico e dal "Naviglio Grande" sorge "RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO", una nuova costruzione signorile dall'architettura moderna, priva di barriere architettoniche e dotata delle piu' innovative tecnologie, soluzione ideale per chi ricerca un'abitazione con un ottimo rapporto qualita' prezzo.La zona risulta ben collegata alle principali arterie metropolitane quali autostrada A4 TORINO-MILANO con uscita Marcallo-Mesero, la superstrada SS336 Boffalora- Malpensa, la ferrovia nel vicino comune di Magenta e la linea Movibus.Il contesto paesaggistico in cui sorge la residenza e' caratterizzato da costruzioni di nuova e recente realizzazione che hanno dato vita ad un moderno quartiere del paese costituito da piccole palazzine e ville.All'interno della RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO potrai scegliere un'abitazione con avanzate tecniche di costruzione moderne abbinate alla bellezza estetica, con ampi spazi arredabili.Le singole unita' immobiliari si contraddistinguono per l'elevato standard di costruzione in quanto verranno utilizzati materiali di primarie aziende di settore.L' appartamento posto al piano terra e' composto da: ingresso, soggiorno, cucina abitabile, due camere da letto, doppi servizi (entrambi finestrati) e giardino privato di mq. 280 su tre lati dell'abitazione.Essendo in fase di costruzione vi e' la possibilita' di personalizzare e di scegliere le finiture cosi' da poter rifinire a piacimento l'appartamento.L' immobile dispone di riscaldamento autonomo con pannelli radianti a pavimento, videocitofono a schermo piatto, porta blindata, predisposizione impianto di raffrescamento estivo, predisposizione zanzariere, persiane in alluminio pre-verniciato, predisposizione impianto antifurto, serramenti in PVC con doppi vetri a basso emissivo, impianto fotovoltaico autonomo per ogni appartamento e basculante del box autorimessa motorizzata.Possibilita' di cantine e box doppi a parte.Classe energetica A4Per maggiori informazioni 02/97249283
          

Attico in Vendita Bernate Ticino - Zona:    

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Gruppocasa in esclusiva di vendita propone trilocale con giardino privato di nuova costruzione all'interno della "Residenza Naviglio".In posizione strategica, a pochi passi dal centro storico e dal "Naviglio Grande" sorge "RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO", una nuova costruzione signorile dall'architettura moderna, priva di barriere architettoniche e dotata delle piu' innovative tecnologie, soluzione ideale per chi ricerca un'abitazione con un ottimo rapporto qualita' prezzo.La zona risulta ben collegata alle principali arterie metropolitane quali autostrada A4 TORINO-MILANO con uscita Marcallo-Mesero, la superstrada SS336 Boffalora- Malpensa, la ferrovia nel vicino comune di Magenta e la linea Movibus.Il contesto paesaggistico in cui sorge la residenza e' caratterizzato da costruzioni di nuova e recente realizzazione che hanno dato vita ad un moderno quartiere del paese costituito da piccole palazzine e ville.All'interno della RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO potrai scegliere un'abitazione con avanzate tecniche di costruzione moderne abbinate alla bellezza estetica, con ampi spazi arredabili.Le singole unita' immobiliari si contraddistinguono per l'elevato standard di costruzione in quanto verranno utilizzati materiali di primarie aziende di settore.L' appartamento libero da confini abitativi su 4 lati e' posto al secondo e ultimo piano e si compone di: ingresso, zona giorno con ampio soggiorno, cucina abitabile, servizio e terrazzo di 32 mq., il disimpegno ci conduce alla zona notte dove troviamo due camere da letto, bagno padronale e terrazzo di di 32 mq. Essendo in fase di costruzione vi e' la possibilita' di personalizzare e di scegliere le finiture cosi' da poter rifinire a piacimento l'appartamento.L' immobile dispone di riscaldamento autonomo con pannelli radianti a pavimento, videocitofono a schermo piatto, porta blindata, predisposizione impianto di raffrescamento estivo, predisposizione zanzariere, persiane in alluminio pre-verniciato, predisposizione impianto antifurto, serramenti in PVC con doppi vetri a basso emissivo, impianto fotovoltaico autonomo per ogni appartamento e basculante del box autorimessa motorizzata.Possibilita' di cantine e box doppi a parte.Classe energetica A4Per maggiori informazioni 02/97249283
          

Appartamento in Vendita Bernate Ticino - Zona:    

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Gruppocasa in esclusiva di vendita propone trilocale con giardino privato di nuova costruzione all'interno della "Residenza Naviglio".In posizione strategica, a pochi passi dal centro storico e dal "Naviglio Grande" sorge "RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO", una nuova costruzione signorile dall'architettura moderna, priva di barriere architettoniche e dotata delle piu' innovative tecnologie, soluzione ideale per chi ricerca un'abitazione con un ottimo rapporto qualita' prezzo.La zona risulta ben collegata alle principali arterie metropolitane quali autostrada A4 TORINO-MILANO con uscita Marcallo-Mesero, la superstrada SS336 Boffalora- Malpensa, la ferrovia nel vicino comune di Magenta e la linea Movibus.Il contesto paesaggistico in cui sorge la residenza e' caratterizzato da costruzioni di nuova e recente realizzazione che hanno dato vita ad un moderno quartiere del paese costituito da piccole palazzine e ville.All'interno della RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO potrai scegliere un'abitazione con avanzate tecniche di costruzione moderne abbinate alla bellezza estetica, con ampi spazi arredabili.Le singole unita' immobiliari si contraddistinguono per l'elevato standard di costruzione in quanto verranno utilizzati materiali di primarie aziende di settore.L' appartamento posto al piano primo e' composto da: ingresso, soggiorno con cucina a vsita, disimpegno, camera matrimoniale, bagno e balcone.Essendo in fase di costruzione vi e' la possibilita' di personalizzare e di scegliere le finiture cosi' da poter rifinire a piacimento l'appartamento.L' immobile dispone di riscaldamento autonomo con pannelli radianti a pavimento, videocitofono a schermo piatto, porta blindata, predisposizione impianto di raffrescamento estivo, predisposizione zanzariere, persiane in alluminio pre-verniciato, predisposizione impianto antifurto, serramenti in PVC con doppi vetri a basso emissivo, impianto fotovoltaico autonomo per ogni appartamento e basculante del box autorimessa motorizzata.Possibilita' di cantine e box doppi a parte.Classe energetica A4Per maggiori informazioni 02/97249283
          

Appartamento in Vendita Bernate Ticino - Zona:    

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Gruppocasa in esclusiva di vendita propone trilocale con giardino privato di nuova costruzione all'interno della "Residenza Naviglio".In posizione strategica, a pochi passi dal centro storico e dal "Naviglio Grande" sorge "RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO", una nuova costruzione signorile dall'architettura moderna, priva di barriere architettoniche e dotata delle piu' innovative tecnologie, soluzione ideale per chi ricerca un'abitazione con un ottimo rapporto qualita' prezzo.La zona risulta ben collegata alle principali arterie metropolitane quali autostrada A4 TORINO-MILANO con uscita Marcallo-Mesero, la superstrada SS336 Boffalora- Malpensa, la ferrovia nel vicino comune di Magenta e la linea Movibus.Il contesto paesaggistico in cui sorge la residenza e' caratterizzato da costruzioni di nuova e recente realizzazione che hanno dato vita ad un moderno quartiere del paese costituito da piccole palazzine e ville.All'interno della RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO potrai scegliere un'abitazione con avanzate tecniche di costruzione moderne abbinate alla bellezza estetica, con ampi spazi arredabili.Le singole unita' immobiliari si contraddistinguono per l'elevato standard di costruzione in quanto verranno utilizzati materiali di primarie aziende di settore.L' appartamento libero da confini abitatativi sui 4 lati e' posto al piano primo e si compone di: ingresso, soggiorno, cucina abiatbile, disimpegno, camera matrimoniale, cameretta, doppi servizi (entrambi finestrati) balcone e terrazzo di 20 mq.Essendo in fase di costruzione vi e' la possibilita' di personalizzare e di scegliere le finiture cosi' da poter rifinire a piacimento l'appartamento.L' immobile dispone di riscaldamento autonomo con pannelli radianti a pavimento, videocitofono a schermo piatto, porta blindata, predisposizione impianto di raffrescamento estivo, predisposizione zanzariere, persiane in alluminio pre-verniciato, predisposizione impianto antifurto, serramenti in PVC con doppi vetri a basso emissivo, impianto fotovoltaico autonomo per ogni appartamento e basculante del box autorimessa motorizzata.Possibilita' di cantine e box doppi a parte.Classe energetica A4Per maggiori informazioni 02/97249283
          

Appartamento in Vendita Bernate Ticino - Zona:    

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Gruppocasa in esclusiva di vendita propone trilocale con giardino privato di nuova costruzione all'interno della "Residenza Naviglio".In posizione strategica, a pochi passi dal centro storico e dal "Naviglio Grande" sorge "RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO", una nuova costruzione signorile dall'architettura moderna, priva di barriere architettoniche e dotata delle piu' innovative tecnologie, soluzione ideale per chi ricerca un'abitazione con un ottimo rapporto qualita' prezzo.La zona risulta ben collegata alle principali arterie metropolitane quali autostrada A4 TORINO-MILANO con uscita Marcallo-Mesero, la superstrada SS336 Boffalora- Malpensa, la ferrovia nel vicino comune di Magenta e la linea Movibus.Il contesto paesaggistico in cui sorge la residenza e' caratterizzato da costruzioni di nuova e recente realizzazione che hanno dato vita ad un moderno quartiere del paese costituito da piccole palazzine e ville.All'interno della RESIDENZA NAVIGLIO potrai scegliere un'abitazione con avanzate tecniche di costruzione moderne abbinate alla bellezza estetica, con ampi spazi arredabili.Le singole unita' immobiliari si contraddistinguono per l'elevato standard di costruzione in quanto verranno utilizzati materiali di primarie aziende di settore.L' appartamento posto al piano primo e' composto da: ingresso, locale open space giorno/notte con cucina a vista, bagno e ampio terrazzo di 20 mq. Essendo in fase di costruzione vi e' la possibilita' di personalizzare e di scegliere le finiture cosi' da poter rifinire a piacimento l'appartamento.L' immobile dispone di riscaldamento autonomo con pannelli radianti a pavimento, videocitofono a schermo piatto, porta blindata, predisposizione impianto di raffrescamento estivo, predisposizione zanzariere, persiane in alluminio pre-verniciato, predisposizione impianto antifurto, serramenti in PVC con doppi vetri a basso emissivo, impianto fotovoltaico autonomo per ogni appartamento e basculante del box autorimessa motorizzata.Possibilita' di cantine e box doppi a parte.Classe energetica A4Per maggiori informazioni 02/97249283
          

Imagine 2020 Nail Polish Collection - I Seek 13ml (CCPL1274)   

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Imagine 2020 Nail Polish Collection - I Seek 13ml (CCPL1274)

Imagine 2020 Nail Polish Collection - I Seek 13ml (CCPL1274)

Its time to make your imagination a reality!! "I Seek" A warm pink creme. Imagine 2020 Its time your nails broke through all limitations and barriers. A collection filled with deep muted pastel shades. Its time your nails felt flawless and free. Why CUCCIO Custom made bottle cap and brush, for the ultimate application. Inverted bottle design results in maximum product usage. Features triple pigmentation technology. Extended-wear formulation. What We Do Start by applying your chosen base coat to clean, dry nails with cuticles pushed back. For a perfect polish, apply one stroke of your chosen nail lacquer down the center of the nail. Apply another coat, until you have your desired opacity. Seal with one coat of topcoat. Made for the true, independent artist and designer at heart.


          

Imagine 2020 Soak-Off Gel Polish Collection - Complete Set (8 x 13ml)   

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Imagine 2020 Soak-Off Gel Polish Collection - Complete Set (8 x 13ml)

Imagine 2020 Soak-Off Gel Polish Collection - Complete Set (8 x 13ml)

Its time to make your imagination a reality!! "I Imagine" A light tone gray creme. "I Crave" A dusty deep violet. "I Dream" A dusty blue/ grey creme. "I Reflect" A chambray creme. "I Desire" A cool tone mauve creme. "I Seek" A warm pink creme. "I Endure" A deep brown nude creme. "I Wish" A honey nude creme. Imagine 2020 Its time your nails broke through all limitations and barriers. A collection filled with deep muted pastel shades. Its time your nails felt flawless and free. Why CUCCIO Doesn't evaporate, thicken, harden or yellow - 100% polish-free. Features triple pigmentation & micro-shatter technology. Extended wear, lasts until removed. What We Do Only for professionals. Perform standard nail prep, before applying your chosen prep treatment. For adhesion, we recommend applying a primer. Then in a thin, even coat, apply your chosen base. Cure before applying one coat of your chosen colour, and cure again. Apply another coat until desired opacity is achieved, ensuring you cure in-between coats. Once you have finished applying colour, apply one coat of top. Wipe the sticky layer off all nails with a conditioning cleanser. Generously apply a cuticle treatment to nails to finish. Pro Tip Our team of experts recommend using a clean cotton wipe to quickly remove oil from your nails. Made for the true, independent artist and designer at heart.


          

Kellogg's Bear Naked Granola Now in All-PE Pouch With Barrier   

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Kellogg is exploring opportunities with several of its other brands to offer fully-recyclable stand-up pouches.
          

Other: Managed Care Liaison - Dallas, Texas   

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Ensign Services, Inc. is seeking a Managed Care Liaison. We currently have opportunities in Texas. We look forward to considering you!About the OpportunityThe Managed Care Liaison Resource supports the Skilled Nursing Facility leaders and Managed Care Resources in managed care contracting and revenue enhancement strategies for all healthcare payers and preparation for changes in the healthcare industry. The liaison will conduct site visits to diagnose and remedy managed care contract and claim issues, communicate healthplan updates and changes to the field and monitor managed care issues to assist in tracking and prioritizing solutions.Additionally, the Liaison will provide training and assist facilities with setting up healthplan trainings regarding managed care operations.About the CompanyEnsign Services, Inc. is the most progressive company in the exploding healthcare services field today, serving over 250+ long-term care facilities and other affiliated entities with over 28,000 employees. --Our affiliated entities are located across more than a dozen states, and we are continuing to grow. These operations have no corporate headquarters or traditional management hierarchy. Instead, they operate independently with support from the shared "Service Centers", a world-class service team that provides the centralized clinical, legal, risk management, HR, training, accounting, IT and other resources necessary to allow on-site leaders and caregivers to focus squarely on day-to-day care and business issues in their individual operations.What sets Ensign Services apart from other companies is the quality of our most valuable resource-our people. On a daily basis, we focus on living out our Culture:C - Celebration--A - Accountability --P - Passion for Learning--L - Love One Another--I - Intelligent Risk Taking--C - Customer Second--O - Ownership--The incorporation of these principles at all levels of our organization allows our employees to feel valued and excited about their impact on the operational partners and service center team members. Our culture fosters excellence personally and professionally and promotes development that leads to continued success. Total RewardsWe are committed to providing a competitive Total Rewards Package that meets our employees' needs. From a choice of medical, dental and vision plans to retirement savings opportunities through a 401(k), company match and various other features, we offer a comprehensive benefits package. We believe in great work and we celebrate our employees' efforts and accomplishments both locally and company-wide, recognizing people daily through our Moments of Truth Program. In addition to recognition we believe in supporting our employee's professional growth and development. We provide employees a wide range of free e-courses through our Learning Management System as well as training sessions and seminars.Primary DutiesEvaluate root cause issues regarding managed care contract operations and assist in developing a strategic plan(s) that will ensure each local operation has the ability to optimize financial performance through rates and increased census.Assist in identifying, developing and maintaining effective relationships with local contracted health plans.Assist in analysis and coordination of managed care contract amendments, reimbursement, and language changes.Assist in providing corrective action to managed care claim resolution workflow.Monitor industry changes, trends and events to proactively identify opportunities and communicate the opportunities to the field.Identify barriers and strategize for facility census growth and retention regarding managed care contracts.Teach, Train and Instruct facility level personnel on how to operationalize the contract.Interact with facility personnel on utilization, clinical results and managed care census.Work collaboratively as part of the Texas Managed Care team to provide Texas-wide support and training as needed.Required SkillsKnowledge of managed care contracting language, requirements, and methods to support the development and maintenance of contract compliance, contract language review and contract analysis.Must be knowledgeable about the managed care environment; including capitation, PPO, HMO, IPA, ACO and POS.Knowledge of CPT-4, HCPCS, Revenue and ICD coding.Expert in Skilled Nursing Managed care plans.Experience in successful operationalizing managed care contracts in the skilled nursing environment.Knowledge of contracts and contractual interpretations for payment and benefit issues.Working knowledge of medical terminology, claims payment and problem resolution; ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.Communicate effectively at all organizational levels and in situations requiring instructing, persuading and advising. --Comfortable leading in-person training in front of large groups.--Ability to manage confidential matters responsibly. Maintain confidentiality and comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).Strong analytical mind, with problem solving skills, an aptitude for accuracy, and attention to detail.Must be able to prioritize, plan, and handle multiple tasks/demands simultaneously.Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent critical thinking skills.Computer savvy (MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel and Webex).Ability to be flexible, be readily adaptable, and work in a rapidly and constantly changing environment.Present in facilities on a weekly basis.Desired QualificationsPreference for bachelor's degree in business administration, management or health care administration.Willing to travel 80% of the time.Minimum 5 years' experience with Managed Care contracting. The employer for this position is stated in the job posting. Ensign Services, Inc. provides recruiting services for operations in the skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice industries.The employer for this position is stated in the job posting. Ensign Services, Inc. provides recruiting services for operations in the skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice industries.Back to Jobs ()
          

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Should teachers be apolitical?   

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A few years ago, a first-grader asked me if I'd heard about what President Trump said on TV the night before. I hesitated. I was right in the middle of a lesson that had nothing to do with politics — it was math — but the bigger issue was how deeply to engage.

"No," I finally said. "What did he say?"

The student took a deep breath, looked around at his peers, and said: "Trump got on the TV and said he was going to get on a plane to come here, then when he got off he was going to shoot all the black and brown kids he could find until they were dead."

I was stunned. By then, I was accustomed to Trump's provocative statements — and I'll admit to entertaining the fleeting thought — Wait … DID he say that? — before eventually coming to the understanding that the student had taken bits and pieces from all over the place and combined them into one truly alarming statement.

He was misinformed, but he was also scared — being a young boy of color, surrounded by stories of mass shootings, deportations, children being separated from their families, and so much more, he'd cobbled together a fear of his president personally coming to kill him. He was visibly nervous, worried enough that he took some deep breaths as I tried to gather myself to give a measured, reassuring response.

It's a tricky time to be a teacher in the United States. A convergence of hyper-visible events — gun violence, elections, impeachment, rumblings about war — and ever-present media makes it so that students, even our very youngest, walk into the classroom with a lot of information and even more questions, along with strong emotions.

Sometimes the information is inaccurate. And as much as teachers need to let students construct their own knowledge, and as much as we strive to be moderators and facilitators of learning — rather than being authoritarian — there are times when we have to be clear and unequivocal about facts. As a country we are grappling with serious issues of honesty, authenticity, apology, and the very fabric of truth, and kids need it all modeled consistently and decisively.

So I told the student that no, Trump hadn't said that, and he wasn't in any danger. He seemed to understand. But I'd only removed an immediate fear; what still remained was a deeper worry about his safety in the world.

It's become clearer than ever that the realm of politics intersects with daily life in real, tangible, immediate ways. As much as politicians sometimes seem like distant players of a game that has no real consequences for daily life, the clichés endure for a reason: Politics is life, and everything is political. And here's the main crux of the issue, for teachers: Politics affect some of us far more than others.

My life experience, as a white male teacher, will never compare to what some of my students will live. They will face prejudice, discrimination, and systemic exclusion in ways I never have and never will. They don't have the luxury of avoiding topics of racism, police brutality, Islamophobia, sexism, gun violence, and the other barriers that are still insidious realities of our society. So as a trusted adult figure in kids' lives, when I come across as apolitical, it recalls Bishop Desmond Tutu's famous quote: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."

So, what do teachers do when politics and classroom life collide? When students are being harmed by the words of politicians? When the actions of our leaders stand in direct contrast to our classroom, school, and broader community values? There are a number of ways for teachers to responsibly entertain debates about politics, but we have to protect our most vulnerable — the ones who stand to lose the most if we invoke "both sides" and move along with our day.

When teachers have robust classroom rules and agreements, and when a school or district's mission statement is thoughtful and authentic, teachers have a reference point for the tough moments. If a student comes in sharing a story of a police shooting with classmates, but has little to no frame of reference for how to talk about it, you can point to your rules — a shared charter — as a starting point. When this came up, as it often did, I'd ask: "Does violence match with how we've agreed to treat one another in this class? With how we've agreed to try to solve our problems?"

Kids have an easy time saying that no, it doesn't. I'd follow up with other discussion points including, "What about what we've agreed to do when people need help?" and kids, always astute, can explain in detail that we have an obligation to help anyone who's hurt, whether in their body or their thoughts and feelings. This particular conversation might continue around what kids think of guns and how guns make them feel; it always ended with reassurances that their fears are real and valid, that it's not fair they have to feel this way, that some people are less afraid and that's also not fair, and that adults in their lives will protect them as much as they can.

These are hard conversations to have with young kids, but by brushing them aside, we inadvertently teach kids that talking about fear is taboo. That the hard things we hear about in the news are not to be discussed, that they are secret and only for grownups, and that we can't talk about them. This only makes kids more curious, and unfortunately, less prepared — and less emotionally safe.

Any time political topics like this come up — and gun violence is always political, as is immigration, war, and what the president tweeted — each teacher has a choice about how to handle it. But staying neutral, or sweeping it under the rug, is a cop out. Kids, especially young ones, often love their teachers so much, they'll side with them on anything, so educators need to be careful — you don't need to tell kids who you voted for, or what political party you belong to. But when you see injustices, unkind words, and threats to the safety of your students, just saying "everyone can believe what they want" actually does more harm than good.

As James Baldwin said: "We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist."

Disagreement is only valid when everyone is safe. Until then, teachers need to protect vulnerable students — and in doing that, we will sometimes take political stances in the classroom.

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27. Replace My Barriers with Building Blocks?   

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We want you to replace your safe barriers with evolving building blocks, because a core foundation integrates your life, your character and your vision. The blocks begin with the basis of who you are, a decision to engage in life, understanding the importance of meaning which comes from serving something more than yourself and working toward goals.
          

Accommodation & Lettings Officer (18.5 hours) (Fixed Term) (Wimborne/Various) (Internal applicants only)    

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Closing date: 25 February 2020

Looking for a new role? …

If so, why not join our Housing Team, working to make a positive professional contribution to providing an efficient housing service to our community.

Internal applicants only 

Accommodation & Lettings Officer (18.5 hours per week) (Fixed term for 12 months)

Salary: £10,794 - £12,647

Location: This post will initially be based at Allenview, Wimborne. Please note that this may be subject to change within the next 2 months.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Housing Team as an Accommodation and Lettings Officer. You will be involved with managing and administering of temporary accommodation including managing voids and lettings, income management and tenancy management. This will include sign-ups, end of tenancy visits, monitoring and assistance with benefit claims, implementing move on strategies for our tenants, inputting tenant rents, and organising removals and storage. This role also encompasses administering the Councils’ choice based lettings scheme, including maintaining all necessary records, and nominating all properties available to the Council in line with the Dorset Home Choice Allocations Policy. 

You will also be responsible for providing advice to Housing Register applicants and colleagues on matters relating to allocations, bidding, applications and interviewing where necessary. This may include housing register, choice based lettings, housing benefit, specialist housing providers, social housing providers, homeswapper, homebuy, shared ownership and mutual exchanges.

You will have high standards of written and spoken communication and have a good level of numeracy, and IT skills including the use of databases, spreadsheets and all other Microsoft applications.

You will require a good understanding of the current Housing legislation and up to date knowledge of welfare benefits. You will need to be confident and self-motivated when dealing with the public and a wide range of stakeholders. 

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

Internal only

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council and agency or casual workers currently engaged by Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Arborist (Dorset)   

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Closing date: 25 February 2020

Arborist

Permanent/ Full time

£18,065 - £18,795

Dorset

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our tree team in helping to maintain the Council's tree stock. Training will be provided, as will the opportunity to gain further qualifications. A clean driving license is also required.

What you will be doing

You will be assisting the team in undertaking a wide range of tree related tasks. These will include chipping, site clearance, use of hand tools, using a leaf blower, tree planting, erecting signs and cones and managing the public around the site. Depending upon exisiting qualifications, there will be te opportunity to use chainsaws. The post holder requires the ability to climb or be able to learn to climb as part of the job, therefore a head for heights is essential.

About you

An interest in working with trees is essential. As is the ability to work as part of a small team. Chainsaw qualifications are desirable. Good communication skills are essential. A clean dricing licence is required. All necessary training will be provided, as will the opportunity to gain qualifications.

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Assessment and Support Co-ordinator (Internal Candidates Only) (30 hours per week) (Dorchester)   

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Closing date: 02 March 2020

Assessment & Support Co-ordinator

Internal Candidates Only

30 hours per week - Permanent

£16,171 - £20,509

Dorchester Area

 

Summary 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time, Assessment and Support Co-ordinator to join our busy customer focussed team based within Dorset Council’s Adult Access Team.

What you will be doing 

The Adult Access Team is the first point of contact for people with Social Care queries. We are a supportive team and are committed to delivering an effective and high quality service for customers.
The Adult Access Team responds to a wide range of enquiries by gathering information and promoting early help through information and advice, signposting, linking with community organisations and the issuing of basic equipment and assistive technology.
Where unable to resolve the enquiry through early intervention, the Adult Access Team will refer longer term, more complex work to locality teams.

About you  

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, good organisational skills, a keenness to learn and be a team player. Experience not essential as a thorough induction and training programme is offered however a knowledge and understanding of Adult Social care would be advantageous.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council and agency or casual workers currently engaged by Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Peripatetic Passenger Assistant (Dorchester) (Term Time Only)   

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Closing date: 01 March 2020

Dorset Travel is looking for caring, flexible and responsible passenger assistant to support young people with special educational needs travelling from the Dorchester Area.

The vacancy is for a Peripatetic Passenger Assistant living in the Dorchester Area contracted at 18 hours per week - Term Time Only commencing at £9.00 per hour.

The role of a Passenger Assistant is to support young people providing additional assistance in maintaining a safe environment in the journey from/to home/school.

Candidates need to be available morning and afternoon to coincide with school opening and closing times with all holiday leave to be taken in the school holidays.

The post requires the successful candidate to have a Full Driving Licence with use of a vehicle and must have Business Use Insurance.

Should you wish further information about this rewarding position please contact Ad Sheppard - Compliance Officer - 07776132636 for an informal discussion.

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

The pro rata salary shown is based on the number of hours and weeks worked and paid annual leave entitlement for an employee under 5 years’ service.

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required. 

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.  

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance.  


          

Corporate Director for Property & Assets (Dorchester)   

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Closing date: 28 February 2020 12:00 PM

Corporate Director for Property and Assets

Fixed term – 2 years

Salary £86,700 - £112,000

Dorset Council is on a journey to transform. This opportunity presents the chance to not only streamline costs, but for area-wide collaboration in order to transform and redefine public services for residents in Dorset. This means reforming our services, updating our infrastructure and technology, making better use of our assets and changing the way we work with our partners, collectively providing public services in Dorset.

This is a new interim post reporting directly into the Executive Director of Place, to lead the delivery of the Capital disposal programme. As part of our committed Corporate Leadership team you will play a pivotal role in leading and shaping the Property and Assets service.

You will be a skilled ambassador for the council, a strong, visible and collaborative leader. With a professional qualification, you will be financially astute and adept at leading large-scale transformation programmes and implementing new and alternative delivery models for council led services. You will have the credibility, political awareness and communication skills to develop effective working relationships, building trust and influencing partnerships to deliver services. Collaborative, innovative and flexible, you will be able to build a positive organisational culture and develop initiatives to support the achievement of organisational goals in an ever-changing environment.

You will be passionate about making Dorset a place where people want to live, work and visit.

In return we offer a range of benefits including flexible working arrangements, a supportive and empowering working environment as well as the opportunity to live and work in Dorset, home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

For more information or an informal discussion please contact John Sellgren, Executive Director for Place, 01305 838208

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Secondary) - Atlantic Academy Portland   

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Closing date: 25 February 2020 12:00 PM

Start Date: Immediate

Looking to be part of an amazing journey? Needing an exciting new challenge?

Thank you for considering Atlantic Academy Portland for your next appointment.

Atlantic Academy Portland has already made great waves in transforming the education of the students in Portland in the last 2 years, leading the way in the highest standards of education. We are looking for somebody to join our amazing journey and be proud of the substantial impact they make to the outcomes and aspirations for our students.

Last year we were most improved School in the county for progress, moving from a P8 score of 0.19 to 0.40 as Atlantic. In Primary 70% of students have achieved in Reading, Writing and Maths. Individual groups of students performed extremely well, SEN students are making progress well above national expectations.

Atlantic Academy Portland is gaining a local and national reputation for rapid sustained improvement.

The Academy is located in stunning buildings, having benefited from a £20 million plus full renovation program. It is situated on the beautiful Isle of Portland, at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset. Within easy reach of Weymouth, Dorchester, Yeovil, Poole and Bournemouth. This really is an Academy at the very heart of the community.

The Academy is sponsored by the Aspirations Academies Trust ( www.aspirationsacademies.org ) and is a member of one of their three clusters: The South Coast District, which consists of Jewell Academy Bournemouth (Primary), Ocean Academy Poole (Junior), Magna Academy Poole (Secondary) and most recently Budmouth Academy (Secondary) and Bovington Academy (Primary).

Here at Atlantic Academy Portland, we are seeking to appoint a highly skilled, professional and team orientated person. We need a High Level Teaching Assistant that understands and can meet the needs of specific children. With and without Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND) and experience of nurture provision would be desirable.

Specifically we are looking for someone who:

● Who has experience of working with and supporting children with SEND perhaps with some specific skill sets and qualifications;
● Is naturally cheerful and optimistic, with evidence of the positive contribution that you can bring to our team;
● Is hardworking, dedicated, committed to inclusion with a child-orientated outlook.
● Wants to be valued, train further and help us make a difference.

We are looking to appoint a candidate that puts children first, mitigates barriers to learning, has a can-do approach and will help an individual and individuals make academic progress.

If you are up for a challenge and want to make a difference then you really should come and work in our terrific academy on the next step of its journey.

We value our staff and we want to ensure that we attract the right people to join our academy. This is an exciting opportunity.

Atlantic Academy values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Atlantic Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which we expect all staff and volunteers to share. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the Government's safer recruitment guidelines.

How to Apply

If you would like to take part in this unique opportunity then please send completed application forms to:
cbutler@atlantic-aspirations.org

For further information, please contact Sam Hendrie, 01305 820262 or shendrie@atlantic-aspirations.org

Learn more about Aspirations Academies at: www.aspirationsacademies.org

Interview: TBC


          

Various Adult Social Workers Positions (Various Hours) (Location Negotiable)   

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Closing date: 08 March 2020 11:00 PM

 Social Worker positions in Adult Care

 Full and Part time hours available

£24,799 to £37,849 (pro rata)

Dorset

Permanent

 

Summary

Working within Adult Social Care, staff are actively encouraged to participate in shaping services for the future to provide the best value care and support for individuals enabling them to live independent and safe lives. Initiatives such as Community Catalysts and the Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Team are at the forefront of our drive and digital aspirations to ensure we meet our customer’s needs.

Underpinned by a corporate commitment to professional values, the Council promotes a strengths-based approach fostering a vibrant, happy and high achieving workforce. We support the professional development of newly qualified and experienced practitioners to continue learning and refreshing with opportunities for growth and development.

Our social work offer includes:

  • Planned induction for new staff
  • Quality regular supervision
  • An excellent learning and development programme including the Annual Festival of Learning, practice development forums and bespoke development plans for people returning to social work after a break in practice
  • Good Practice Awards
  • Coaching and mentoring support
  • Managers who actively encourage best practice and professional growth
  • ASYE programme for Newly Qualified Social Workers
  • Flexible working contracts facilitated by mobile working using tablets and smartphones
  • Experience across different social care settings through working in our Peripatetic Team
  • A generous re-location package

What you will be doing

Whether you are newly qualified, an experienced Social Worker or are considering returning to Social Work, we want to hear from you. We offer roles across a range of specialisms and provide opportunities to progress and work towards your career goals. 

  • Transitions
  • Community Social Work
  • Hospital Social Work
  • Substance Misuse
  • Working with people with Learning Disabilities

Current Opportunities available in the following teams:

Social Worker Vacancies:

  • SW Adults Team West,  Bridport – Level 1 / Grade 9 – Full Time (37 Hours)
  • Ferndown (East Dorset) – Level 2 / Grade 10 – Part Time (18.5 Hours)

  • Peripatetic Team (West Dorset) – Level 1 / Grade 9 – Full Time (37 Hours)

Other opportunities may become available and we would welcome your application to be considered for roles that suit your experience in adults’ social work.

When applying, please make clear what position you are applying for.

If you would like to find out more about the positions and meet the team. Why don’t you Try Before You Apply!

Working at Dorset Council

Dorset is one of the most beautiful counties in the country to live and work. With award winning beaches, stunning countryside and vibrant markets towns, Dorset offers a rich quality of life. The county boasts the scenic Jurassic Coast, Bestival, the Dorset Seafood Festival, historic castles and lots of family attractions. New housing developments provide a range of housing types contributing to Dorset’s thriving communities.

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand-new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils came together to form Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services. 

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here.

You must have a degree in social work/Occupational Therapy or equivalent, be registered with Social Work England and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

Dorset Council requires all newly qualified social workers to undertake the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) and meet the expected standards during the ASYE period. The ASYE arrangements should normally apply to the appointment of all newly qualified social workers who qualified after September 2012 unless they can demonstrate that they already fully meet the standards laid out in the professional capabilities framework (PCF). Please click here for additional details of the ASYE scheme and the children’s social worker framework (if children’s SW post).

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance.   

To make an appointment, arrange an informal chat or to discuss where our latest vacancies are, please contact Ryan Blair on 01305 22 5496 or email ryan.blair@dorsetcc.gov.uk

If you are interested in specific roles or vacancies, please state this in your application.

Please note there may be 4 people on the interview panel in order for us to consider applicants for multiple posts.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Application closing date: 9th February 2020


          

Business Support Assistant (Internal Candidates Only) (30 hours per week) (Dorchester)   

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Closing date: 20 February 2020

Business Support Assistant

Internal Candidates Only

Part Time - Permanent

£14,940 to £15,544

Dorchester Area

 

Summary 

This is an ideal opportunity to become part of a busy team who collectively provide an essential service within the Dorset Travel. Dorset Travel organises school transport to mainstream schools and for children with Special Educational needs and Disabilities. The team also arranges transport for adult social care and children in care.

What you will be doing 

Refer to Job Description and Context Statement

About you  

A flexible and positive attitude is vital, as is the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines. the successful applicants will be well organised and computer literate. The ability to communicate effectively and politely is essential. Ideally you will have relevant experience within the area.

Additional Information

A Basic DBS check is a requirement for the role. 

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council and agency or casual workers currently engaged by Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Service Improvement Analyst (Internal applicants only)(Dorchester)   

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Closing date: 23 February 2020

‘If you are bursting with innovation and creativity, then check out the Service Improvement Analyst role, it could be the job for you. We believe residents deserve access to user-centred products and services, delivered by a Council that uses modern technology and is rethinking what’s it’s like to deliver services in the 21st Century. Our team is dedicated and passionate about creating public services that are designed end to end, with the people that use them. 

You will have experience of delivering service improvement, interpreting data, and be an excellent communicator with the ability to quickly form good working relationships. We will provide you with space to innovate and promote empowerment to help shift the organisation to think differently about the way we deliver services. If you care about making a difference and want to work in a team with supportive and dedicated people, then we’d love to hear from you.’

What you will be doing 

Under direction from the Service Design and Adoption Manager and/or Service Designers, delivery of service improvement work across the organisation based on customer/user research and making the most of modern technology to enable the organisation to become more efficient and effective.

Delivering service design work undertaking various aspects including, conducting user research, problem definition, business analysis, idea generation, prototyping, testing and co-designing the ‘to be’ customer journey. Working in a multidisciplinary way.

To bring creativity and innovation enabling services to transform their ways of working, through the creation and testing of customer focused solutions (digital and non-digital) using prototypes, to ensure they meet stakeholder needs and improve outcomes for people.

About you  

  • Experience of delivering customer focused design, working in an agile manner, making improvements to processes and services
  • Experience of collecting and analysing data to understand what is happening now and future requirements
  • Experience of effective collaborative/partnership working
  • Understands design and how it can provide opportunities in the public sector to deliver customer centred services
  • Experience of contributing to improved outcomes for people by applying creativity and innovation
  • Experience of effective collaborative/partnership working
  • Establishing baselines and metrics to qualify benefits/outcomes and ensuring

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

Internal applicants only

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Transport Contracts Team Leader (Internal Candidates Only) (Dorchester)   

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Closing date: 20 February 2020

Transport Contracts Team Leader

Internal Candidates Only

Full Time - Permanent

£27,905 to £32,029

Dorchester Area

 

Summary 

We are seeking a well-motivated, dynamic person to work as a senior contracts officer in a busy office environment.

Dorset Travel is involved in transport for around 9000 people every day. The team is responsible for providing home to school transport for both mainstream and SEND children, as well as transport for children in care and adults attending day centres.

The team is also responsible for supported public transport routes, overseeing the national concessionary bus pass scheme, bus stop infrastructure and community transport.

What you will be doing 

The post holder will be responsible for managing transport contracts with various local transport operators, including publishing contracts and evaluating tender returns. Dorset Travel has a Dynamic Purchasing System with around 70 contractors that can be called upon to fulfil a transport contract. At any one time, the team has about 500 live contracts with a total annual value of around £22 million. 

About you  

Candidates must be familiar with contract management procedures and have a good understanding of Dorset Council procurement regulations and processes, preferably with experience of using DC procurement systems such as Accord and ProContract. They must be able to work in a fast-paced, frequently changing and challenging environment where decisions have to be made quickly.

Additional Information

A Basic DBS check is required. 

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council and agency or casual workers currently engaged by Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Apprentice L & OD Assistant (Dorchester) (Fixed Term 18 Months)   

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Closing date: 01 March 2020 11:00 PM

Apprentice L & OD Assistant, Dorchester (Fixed Term 18 Months)

Permanent, 37 hours per week

Salary £17,711 - £18,426

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the People- Adults, Learning and Organisational Development Team for a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.

The team support the learning and development needs of Dorset Council's People-Adults directorate through a range of learning and organisational development activities. These include designing and delivering learning events, commissioning external training and providing information, advice and guidance on continuing professional development. The team work collaboratively with colleagues in other parts of the council and with partner agencies and some of our courses are available to colleagues outside of the council.

The team aims to facilitate learning that fosters good practice and makes a difference to Dorset residents. Our mission statement says that we will ‘develop, support and inspires a competent and confident workforce that provides first class services to the people of Dorset.

The team comprises of 1 L&OD Team Manager, 3 L&OD Advisors, 1 Office Manager, 2 Senior L&OD Assistants, 1 L&OD Assistant and 1 Apprentice L&OD Assistant.

L&OD Assistants work closely with other administration colleagues, L&OD Advisors, internal & external trainers, venues, and customers, contributing to the successful delivery of our services.

The role includes:

• Dealing with course related queries coming in via telephone and monitoring and responding to email queries in the team inbox.

• Booking venues for agreed course dates.

• Advertising courses through emails, websites and internal systems.

• Collating course nominations which are received via telephone, emails and e-forms.

• Using our internal system SAP to set up the course events, enter course attendees once nominations are received and shortlisted, send out joining instructions and record course attendance, which then provides comprehensive data on customers training qualifications.

• Preparing packs and signing in lists for each training course and ensuring they are received by the trainer.

• Meeting and greeting trainers / delegates at our local training venues.

• Producing and sending evaluations and impact assessments.

• Producing and distributing certificates.

• Raising invoices for external customer recharges and paying invoices.

You will be someone who enjoys working in a busy role whilst being part of a supportive team. You will be confident when communicating with internal & external customers, have a good knowledge of digital systems, with a high attention to detail and organisational skills. You will be positive, adaptable, proactive and willing to learn.

For further information on the Business Administrator Apprenticeship, please visit https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/business-administrator/.

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.   

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance

 


          

SIMS Co-ordinator (Dorchester) (Internal applicants only)   

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Closing date: 01 March 2020

Are you a dynamic, motivated IT professional? Good technical skills are not enough – you must be an excellent communicator, delivering high quality support and training for schools’ support staff. As part of a busy, friendly and client-focused team, you will help support SIMS usage in Dorset and service the growing demand in schools for the effective use of Management Information Systems.
We are seeking to appoint a SIMS Co-ordinator to our Schools Administration & Financial Support (SAFSO) Team which provides a traded support service to schools.

An enthusiastic SIMS Co-ordinator is required to develop, promote and assist schools in their use of SIMS software, including business and technical support, and user training. The post-holder will also promote the use of SIMS within the Local Authority and its schools and should be aware of the fundamentals of managing databases. As part of a busy, friendly and client-focused team, you will help support SIMS usage in Dorset and service the growing demand in schools for the effective use of Management Information Systems.

We are looking for someone who is qualified to ‘A’ level, NVQ Level 3, or equivalent, and has substantial experience of using or supporting SIMS in a school or local authority (or other suitably transferable skills, knowledge or experience).

Good technical skills are not enough – you must also be an excellent communicator, with first class customer service skills. As part of the high performing SAFSO team you will help support a comprehensive range of Capita SIMS software, deliver user training and guidance to schools and benefit from working with a group of professionals committed to raising standards in Dorset schools and academies.
You should also be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of how schools manage their ever increasing need for management information to support school improvement and meet OFSTED requirements, along with a degree of technical ability working with SIMS on windows based systems.

Interview date: 12 March 2020

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

Internal only

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council and agency or casual workers currently engaged by Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance

 

 


          

Wild Purbeck Project Coordinator (Internal Applicants Only) (Dorchester)   

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Closing date: 23 February 2020

Internal Applicants Only

Area of Natural Beauty Wild Purbeck Project Coordinator

Temporary until 31 March 2023 - Part time 18.50 hours

£24,799 - £28,785

Dorchester

The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team is looking for an engaging self-starter to join them on a 3-year, fixed term basis to coordinate and support landscape and access enhancement in Purbeck. This post is alongside 4 others in the team working on dedicated projects, managed and supported by a core team of 6.

The Dorset AONB Team is the dedicated staff team for the AONB partnership, hosted by Dorset Council. The Partnership comprises Natural England, Dorset Council and various representatives of landowners, farmers, tourism providers, local communities, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the biodiversity sector.

The Project Coordinator role has no direct staff management responsibility although is likely to be 'soft-managing' e.g. community projects, and possibly responsible for contractors and volunteers when required.

What you will be doing

The purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the area's natural beauty. As part of a planning agreement with the operators of the Wytch Farm oilfield, a compensation fun was established (£1.7M) to be used for projects which strengthen landscape character and enhance non-car access in the area affected by the oilfield's extended operation. Find out more about it on the Dorset AONB website https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/resource/wytch-farm-fund/

A panel of representatives of the AONB team, Dorset Councils's mineral planners, Countryside Rangers and Natural Environment Team, and the Wytch Farm operator Perenco makes recommendations to Dorset Council for the allocation of this fund, responding to applications made to it.

the Project Coordinatior's roles are to:

  • Promote the Wytch Farm Landscape & Access Enhancement Fund. The fund is open for applications from community groups, landowners, NGOs etc.
  • Work with potential applicants to bring forward suitable applications to the fund.
  • Acting as secretariat for the fund's panel (preparation of application assessment information, provision of reports on project process, project pipeline, minute-taking etc).
  • Supporting the grant-giving process (notifying and liaising with applicants, drafting offer letter etc).
  • Oversee implementation of funded projects and collect necessary monitoring information.
  • To work with other members of the team and partner organisations to ensure good working relationships with the area's stakeholders.

About you

You will be well-organised, financially literate and have good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of ecology and experience of designing conservation projects is required. You will also have experience of managing a grant scheme and partnership working with NGOs, landowners and community groups.

Additional Information

Please download the Context Statement, Job Description and Person Specification for full details of position advertised.

This is a part time position (18.5 hours / week) fixed term for 36 months due to restricted funding.  It is based in County Hall, Dorchester, but will require site visits and travel to meetings etc: a full driving licence and access to a vehicle is required.  

Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

The post reports to Tom Munro, AONB Manager who can be contact on tom.munro@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk / 01305 228237 before 2pm Friday 14 February if you have any further questions about the post.

Closing date: Sunday 23 February

Interview date: Thursday 27 February

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

If you are an existing employee TUPE transferred to Dorset Council, please be aware that if you are successfully appointed to this role you will be appointed to Dorset Council terms and conditions. Further information about Dorset Council terms and conditions can be found here.

Please note that employees working within a school are not considered as internal applicants as there are no reciprocal arrangements between schools and Dorset Council for redeployment. If you apply for this position and are not an internal applicant by this description your application will not be processed. To receive regular updates on any council vacancies, open to external candidates, please register to receive email alerts

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Executive Support Team Apprentice (x2 posts) (Dorchester)    

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Closing date: 29 February 2020

Are you highly organised and motivated? ...

Are you looking for a new challenge? …

Apprentice PA's (x2 vacancies)

Full time, Fixed term for 2 years, Dorchester


Dorset Council is seeking to appoint two proactive, organised individuals with good attention to detail and a keen interest to learn. As an Apprentice PA, you will be reporting to one of the Executive Assistants to the Chief Executive and you will join the Leadership Support Team of enthusiastic PA’s who will help to support and guide you as you progress in the role to ensure the delivery of a high quality customer focused service.

These are excellent opportunities to gain exposure at a senior level in a Local Government environment, to improve your skills and knowledge in order to develop your career. You will work towards completing a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.

What you will be doing 

These are exciting opportunities for an apprentice to primarily assist with work demands for the Senior Leadership Team (Chief Executive and Executive Directors) and the overall organisational effectiveness across the Council. You will work on a variety of tasks including:

• Providing a range of administrative support to the Executive Assistants to Chief Executive and Leadership Support Team.

• Assisting with correspondence monitoring.

• Assisting with organising meetings and events.

There will be the opportunity to build on customer care skills by way of answering calls, collecting visitors and providing hospitality.

Under supervision and guidance you will assist with diary & task management, being a first point of contact (screening telephone calls & emails), meeting co-ordination & management (including arranging hospitality), distributing agendas, minute taking etc. There may also be the opportunity to assist with duties for the wider Corporate Leadership Team.

About you  

You will have good working knowledge and experience of using a wide range of IT applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel with a positive ‘can do’ attitude. Good written communication skills are equally essential.

You will work with colleagues to resolve problems and support improvements to efficiency. You will be able to prioritise and work to deadlines as well as working on your own initiative and as part of a team.

Ideally you will possess the skills to deal with difficult people sensitively and assertively.

These posts will be based at County Hall, Dorchester, however, occasional travel may be required to attend meeting and events. 

These posts require you to have access to sensitive information and will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

Apprenticeship Details:

As an Apprentice PA, you will be reporting to one of the Executive Assistants and will join the Leadership Support Team who will help to support you to ensure the delivery of a high quality customer focused service. 

Skills Required:

You will have good working knowledge and experience of using a wide range of IT applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel with a positive ‘can do’ attitude. Good written communication skills are equally essential. 

You will work with colleagues to resolve problems and support the removal of blockages to efficiency. You will be able to prioritise and work to deadlines as well as working on your own initiative and as part of a team.

  • Ideally you will possess the skills to deal with difficult people sensitively and assertively.
  • Knowledge of computer software packages including Windows, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • High degree of computer literacy.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to minute-take at meetings.

Personal Qualities:

You will be working in a busy and high profile environment and therefore you will need to be organised and resilient as well as having an approachable and friendly manner. You will be hardworking, flexible and presentable and have confidence in dealing with people.

Qualifications Required:

  • RSA Stage II in typing / word-processing or ECDL (standard level), or equivalent qualification, or evidence of equivalent skill level 2.
  • Four GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English, or equivalent.

On your application please provide answers to the following 2 questions:

1. What attracted you to apply for this apprenticeship?

2. What skills do you think you can bring to the team?

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

If you require any further details or would like an informal chat regarding these roles please contact our Executive Assistants, Louise Dixon on 01305 224196 or Liza Knight on 01305 224195. 

Closing date: Saturday 29th February 2020

Interview date: Wednesday 11th March 2020

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Harbour Assistants (Seasonal) (2 posts)   

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Closing date: 01 March 2020

Seasonal Harbour Assistants (2 posts)

Lyme Regis (and possibly Bridport)

Rate of pay £9.55 per hour

 

During the summer months the historic harbour becomes busy with holiday makers, popular events and increased vessel use, requiring the essential support of seasonal harbour assistants.

 What you will be doing

You will be assisting the Harbour Master in all aspects of managing the day-to-day harbour operations and maintenance activities. Duties will include assisting harbour users and members of the public to supporting during emergencies and bad weather conditions.

 About you

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Lyme Regis and have experience of marine activities.

You will be able to demonstrate a general understanding of the workings of the maritime industry ashore, as well as an understanding of small boats and basic ship requirements.

You will be flexible and tactful and be able to deal effectively with a wide range of people. 

Exact working hours have to be flexible, being affected by tides, weather and boat activity. 

To cover the contingencies of the service the postholder will be required to work evenings, weekends, Bank Holidays and statutory day working, payment for which is inclusive in the salary. 

Interview date week commencing 9th March 2020

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance

 

 

 


          

KS3 and KS4 Subject Specialist Tutors and Supply Teachers KS 2/3/4 - The Stable School   

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Closing date: 06 March 2020 11:00 PM

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

The Stable School is an independent school specialising in provision for children with social, emotional and mental health barriers to learning. We opened the Stable School in September 2019 and currently have 30 pupils and will be opening a new site nearby for another 30 pupils in September 2020.

We are recruiting for a variety of subject specialists/ tutors who are looking for a role within our schools. We offer an exciting alternative approach to educating children and help shape and deliver a creative, dynamic curriculum designed to engage and excite children who have struggled to thrive in mainstream schools. We require a team of tutors who can work 1:1 or 2:1 to for short blocks of learning. Many of our learners have huge potential however need to reassurance and support that a 1:1 can provide. Our learners benefit from shorter lessons to help stay focused and achieve. Our ethos is that we make the provision fit the child and not the child fit the provision, and this is why we need you!

We are open to offering a variety of contracts for the right candidates including part time, fixed term or self-employed. We can be flexible with hours.

Subject specialist teachers/tutors: History/Science/Music/Maths/English

We are looking to recruit subject teachers to join our team. This role would suit someone who wants part time hours. You would be working with very small groups or even 1:1 teaching KS3 and KS4 pupils who wish to work towards their GCSE or functional skills.

Supply teachers

We require teachers to cover for staff absences at short notice. We would like to build relationships between staff and pupils so are hoping to use a consistent group of supply staff.

The successful candidates will be able to offer engagement, support and challenge to all learners, some of whom have not been in mainstream school for some time. The pupils you will be working with will have complex needs and backgrounds including high functioning Autism. We are looking for conscientious and reliable individuals with a kind and caring nature as well as excellent inter-personal and communication skills.

A DBS on the update service is required.

Ultimately, we are looking for committed teachers with an uncompromising belief that all students deserve an outstanding education. They will uphold our inclusive ethos and provide opportunities for all students to progress well.

All these roles offer the successful candidates a chance to be part of our exciting team and to develop a service for our children that offers creative, reactive and proactive approaches to their challenges. We can offer a place of work where staff and colleagues share a determination to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children.

How to apply

To show an expression of interest please send a CV and covering letter, telling us about yourself, interests and passions to jane@thestableschool.co.uk, If you would like more information on this, please email Jane Ludford or phone and speak to her on 01202 116274.

The Stable School is committed to Safeguarding and protecting the young people and service users within our care. All candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and reference checks.


          

Marketing and Communications Ranger   

Cache   
Closing date: 08 March 2020

Marketing and Communications Ranger

(Moors Valley Country Park)

Full Time/Permanent

£27,905 - 32,029

 

Summary 

Moors Valley Country Park is situated on the Dorset / Hampshire border and boasts a wealth of adventurous play, way-marked walks and cycles, a ‘Go Ape!’ high ropes course, narrow-gauge steam railway and an abundance of health and wellbeing opportunities.

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced communications and marketing professional to join our ranger team. This is a wide-ranging and challenging role in which no two days will be the same and where you will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of a brand-new marketing strategy. 

What you will be doing 

As our lead advisor on the parks marketing, you will work closely with rangers, the park’s joint partner, Forestry England and Dorset Council’s corporate communications team to explore opportunities for growth and public visibility, ultimately increasing visitor numbers and revenue. Exceptional marketing knowledge and a passion for the environment are crucial for this role.

If you’ve got experience of working in a marketing role, able to handle multiple campaigns simultaneously, and fancy helping to promote our much-loved country park, we want to hear from you! 

About you  

The ideal candidate will have experience in communication and marketing, ideally in the leisure and tourism sector, with specific experience in developing and leading on diverse marketing strategies. The ability to display innovative, creative thinking, alongside a passion to work collaboratively will be essential. 

This post will involve working 37hrs per week, spread over 5 days, to include varied weekends and evenings where required. You must be willing and able to work during school holidays. 

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


          

Partnership Support Officer - Dorset Care Record (Dorchester)   

Cache   
Closing date: 26 February 2020

Project Support Officer – Dorset Care Record

Full Time / Permanent

£21,589 - £25,295

A Partnership Support Officer is required for the Dorset Care Record programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our programme team working for a partnership of eight large organisations across health and social care in Dorset. The Dorset Care Record (DCR) is a system used to provide a holistic view of the ‘citizen’ to professionals. The DCR brings together key information from existing systems across the partnership to enable better sharing of information across the core disciplines, supporting effective decision making and ultimately contributing to improving the provision of care to Dorset’s residents.

We need a Partnership Support Officer who can support the programme team by coordinating meetings with the ability to take accurate notes and ensure that all notes and actions are distributed promptly. This will require excellent communication and organisational skills. 

What you will be doing

The purpose of the role is to:

Maintain security and integrity of all programme information such as project plans, risks issues, actions, project briefs, highlight reports, budgets and contracts as required.

Deal credibly with all stakeholders with regards to running of board meetings and other governance meetings.

Direct Project Managers and Project Support Officers across the partnership to ensure they provide all data required by the PMO on time.

Prepare and disseminate reports, agendas, papers, action logs and other information for all meetings.

Track actions and documents required by the Programme Management Office (PMO) including budget, supplier, employee and general office information. Influence people to complete their actions and provide relevant information as required by the PMO.

To liaise, communicate and negotiate with project and programme colleagues, partners and stakeholders as required.

Carry out tasks required to facilitate the smooth running of the PMO office. 

About you

We are looking for someone who is an experienced of coordinating meetings and who can accurately take notes of meetings. This role would be suitable for someone who is looking to develop their skills in a project environment. 

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

Additional Information

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

For more information regarding Dorset Council’s rewards and benefits click here.

For further information regarding Dorset Council’s commitment to Equality & Diversity click here.

NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed. We cannot accept CVs in place of an application form as we require the same range of information from all our candidates.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance


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