Jobs and careers

At Epilepsy Action we know having the best people working for us is key to achieving our goals and ambitions.

If you are considering a new role in a fantastic team, you will find everything you need to know about working for Epilepsy Action here.

Our vacancies
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Find out more about opportunities at Epilepsy Action

Working with us

Join our team and help us to create a world without limits for people with epilepsy.

We understand the importance of a work life balance, and that’s why we have a number of ways to support our people to achieve this.

Our standard full time working hours are less than the average job, at 34.5 hours per week. We strongly believe that ensuring people can rest and take time to enjoy life means they are able to be their best at work.

By operating a flexible and supportive approach, we empower people to work in a way that suits them that also meets the need of the organisation.

If you would like to find out more information about working with us, please download our recruitment pack here.

Our current vacancies

  • Marketing and Brand Manager

    Hours:                    Full-time 34.5 hours per week

    Location:               Hybrid working / Leeds, West Yorkshire

    Salary:                   £42,000 – £45,000

    Contract:               Permanent

    DBS:                      A basic DBS check is required for this role

    (For more information please read our Policy Statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders or our FAQs)             

    About us

    At Epilepsy Action we are inclusive, supportive, and committed to creating a world without limits for people affected by epilepsy. As we embark on our new 2024 – 2030 strategy we are excited to welcome you to our passionate, supportive and committed team.

    You don’t have to take our word for it, 99% of our staff told us they are proud to work for us in our 2023 staff survey!

    If you are interested in building a career you can be proud of in an inclusive and ambitious organisation we might have the role for you!

    About the role

    A brand new and exciting role has been created in our Communications and Digital Engagement department to help us to achieve our strategic ambitions and create a world without limits for people affected by epilepsy.

    We are looking for someone with fantastic creativity and positivity and in return we have a really exciting role. Epilepsy has for too long been the forgotten neurological condition. It has a profound impact on people’s lives. It is really common too, with 1 in 100 people (or 630,000 individuals) living with the condition.

    The first challenge will be helping us to build an iconic charity brand. We have recently undergone a big consultation exercise and are close to agreeing a new visual identity. But a new logo and colours will only take us so far. We need your flair for storytelling and creating campaign messages that cut through. Consistently being bold and brave will help us to make epilepsy more visible and understood and our Marketing and Brand Manager will be at the heart of making this happen.

    This role will report to the Director of Communications and Digital Engagement and will have three direct reports. If you have any questions about our values or culture that you would like to ask before applying please get in touch.

    About you?

    We are looking for someone who:

    • Is excited and passionate about developing Epilepsy Action’s new brand 
    • Is creative, ambitious and committed to helping us to achieve our bold new strategy 
    • Has experience of running multi-channel marketing campaigns
    • Is able to bring our brand and user stories to life, creating emotional response and resonance from the audience
    • Who has excellent leadership skills and can generate buy-in and engagement from all teams

    Click here for the job description and person specification

    Interested?

    If you are interested in what you have read so far, you can either submit your application via our online portal or, if you still have questions before applying, you can contact us for a friendly informal chat at recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk 

    Being an Inclusive Organisation

    We want everyone in our community regardless of their backgrounds, identities, abilities, or circumstances, to feel valued and respected to participate fully. We know that inclusivity isn’t about numbers; it’s about embracing diversity and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, needs are met, and contributions are acknowledged.

    We recognise that each person’s experiences shape how they think and having diverse representation across the organisation is fundamental to achieving our ambitions.

    Despite this we are not as diverse as we would like and we actively encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and cultures, in particular those from ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented.

    We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Leader, this means we encourage applications from disabled people, and we are committed to interviewing disabled applicants who demonstrate through their application that they meet the essential criteria in the person specification. We want to support you to perform your best so if you require any reasonable adjustments please let us know.   

     

    Closing Date: 27th May (noon)

    Interviews: Week commencing 10th June

    Recruitment process: We want to encourage and support you to be the best version of yourself so the interview will consist of a range of activities including a panel interview and presentation.

    We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications therefore early applications are advised.

     

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  • Team Leader - 1:1 Services and Projects

    Hours:                    Full-time 34.5 hours per week

    Location:               Hybrid working / Leeds, West Yorkshire

    Salary:                   £34,000 – £36,000

    Contract:               Permanent

    DBS:                      A enhanced DBS check is required for this role

    (For more information please read our Policy Statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders or our FAQs)       

    About us

    At Epilepsy Action we are inclusive, supportive, and committed to creating a world without limits for people affected by epilepsy. As we embark on our new 2024 – 2030 strategy we are excited to welcome you to our passionate, supportive and committed team.

    You don’t have to take our word for it, 99% of our staff told us they are proud to work for us in our 2023 staff survey!

    If you are interested in building a career you can be proud of in an inclusive and ambitious organisation we might have the role for you!

    About the role

    You’ll be stepping into the role of Team Leader becoming the driving force behind the day-to-day delivery of our UK-wide 1:1 support services and projects!

    Our services span the length and breadth of the UK, delivered with by our dedicated staff and volunteers. You’ll be leading our befriending service and support the development of exciting new initiatives. Whether it’s through the telephone, online platforms, or face-to-face interactions, you’ll be at the forefront of touching lives and making a difference.

    As part of our dynamic services department, your mission will be to:

    • Lead and inspire a team of staff and volunteers, based across the UK, empowering them to deliver exceptional support.
    • Ensure that our services consistently meet the highest quality standards, leaving a positive impact on every individual we serve.
    • Forge strong partnerships with stakeholders both internally and externally, ensuring our services resonate with diverse communities across the UK.
    • Play a pivotal role in crafting innovative service proposals and supporting funding applications to bring our vision to life.

    About you?

    We’re seeking an exceptional individual who thrives on building relationships, including over the phone and online. A brilliant communicator, with a passion for supporting staff and volunteers. Tackles challenges head-on with excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills.

    As a crucial member of our team, flexibility is key. A skilled collaborator, who can embrace occasional evening work with enthusiasm.

    What do we look for in our ideal candidate?

    Experience of managing person-centred services is a huge plus. Your interpersonal skills are second to none, you are able to work brilliantly with individuals from all walks of life. Managing staff and volunteers is where you shine, and you thrive in a fast-paced environment where adaptability key.

    Above all, you exude professionalism in everything you do. Your integrity, conscientiousness, self-motivation, and reliability set you apart as a true asset to our team.

    If you’re ready to take on a role where every day brings new challenges and opportunities to make a meaningful difference, join us on this rewarding journey!

    Click here for the job description and person specification

    Interested?

    If you are interested in what you have read so far you can either submit your application via our online portal or alternatively if you still have some questions before applying you can contact us for a friendly informal chat at recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk 

    Being an Inclusive Organisation

    We want everyone in our community regardless of their backgrounds, identities, abilities, or circumstances, to feel valued and respected to participate fully. We know that inclusivity isn’t about numbers; it’s about embracing diversity and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, needs are met, and contributions are acknowledged.

    We recognise that each person’s experiences shape how they think and having diverse representation across the organisation is fundamental to achieving our ambitions.

    Despite this we are not as diverse as we would like and we actively encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and cultures, in particular those from ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented.

    We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Leader, this means we encourage applications from disabled people, and we are committed to interviewing disabled applicants who demonstrate through their application that they meet the essential criteria in the person specification. We want to support you to perform your best so if you require any reasonable adjustments please let us know.   

     

    Closing Date: Monday 10th June 2024 at noon

    Interviews: Wednesday 19th June 2024

    Recruitment process: We want to provide you with the best opportunity to share your skills, knowledge and experience so our recruitment process will include various activities. These will be completed on the same day.

    • Panel Interview
    • Presentation

    We want to make sure you are given the opportunity to thrive in our recruitment process so we will share an overview of the discussion topics in advance. 

    We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications therefore early applications are advised.

    APPLY NOW

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Hear from our team

“We provide excellent support for people with epilepsy. We have good people working for the organisation that support each other and want to do a good job. I love the flexibility of my role and the mix of home and office working.” – Jenny (Fundraising Team)

 

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“The approach to flexible working is great, it really creates a brill home/work balance that I’ve never had in a job before. The opportunities for external training are great, and it makes you feel valued. Thank you!” – Ruthanna  (Health Improvement Team)

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“The chance to learn new things, be it work related, seeing how things work in within the charity itself, and the fact that being an Epilepsy sufferer myself it has offered me more chance to learn much more about my condition in my 6 years here than I have from my specialists over the last 20 years.” – Antony (Corporate Services Team)

 

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“To do better for the epilepsy community. To improve services and benefit the lives of people with epilepsy across the country. In the words of Carlos Santana, “There is no greater reward than working from the heart and making a difference in the world.” – Simon (Health Improvement Team)

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Our culture

We are incredibly proud of our culture which puts people at the heart of the organisation. We do this through:

 

  • Diversity and inclusion

    To create a world without limits we know that it is important that we are inclusive in who we are and who we support.

    As such we are committed to working with people from all backgrounds and communities ensuring everyone feels valued and respected to participate and engage in our work, and by doing this we will ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, needs are met, and contributions acknowledged.

    Each person’s experiences shape how they think and having diverse representation at all levels and in all areas of our work is fundamental to achieving our ambitions.

    We know our culture is key to ensuring we can achieve our diversity and inclusion goals and our team of Inclusion Champions provide support, guidance, and insight into making this happen.

    Epilepsy Action is a Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from disabled people. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in the person specification.

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  • Wellbeing and staff support

    We are committed to a healthy happy engaged team and according to our 2023 staff survey, 95% of people said the organisation takes a positive approach to health and wellbeing.

    We also demonstrate our commitment through subscriptions to the Leeds Mindful Employer Network and also pledged our commitment to the Mental Health at Work Campaign.

    In addition to a manageable working week we also place emphasis on employee wellbeing through:

    • Monthly wellbeing walks
    • Wellbeing resources
    • Mental Health First-aiders
    • Employee Assistance Programme (inc wellbeing and counselling offer)
    • Ensuring people feel a sense of belonging
    • Relaxed and comfortable dress code
    • Culture of recognition and valuing people
    • Ongoing employee engagement and feedback
  • Learning and development

    We strive to ensure that people are able to be the best versions of themselves through a culture of ongoing learning, development and reflection.

    Not only do we offer a range of internal learning opportunities through online platforms, peer support and development programmes, but we also offer external opportunities through apprenticeships, qualifications and coaching.

    We are a member of the Charity Learning Consortium and the Charity Mentoring Network, that all of our team have access to.

    All our people will have a personal development plan that will be reviewed regularly.

    We are still working on this commitment, and 75% of people said that learning and training opportunities are very good or excellent.

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Our values

  • Ambitious – We will do whatever is needed to create a world without limits for people with epilepsy.
  • Inclusive – We will be here for everyone affected by epilepsy.
  • Empowering – We will put people with epilepsy in control of creating the world, community and life that they choose.
  • Supportive –We will be by your side every step of the way.

Employee benefits

We recognise and want to thank our people for all of their hard work by offering them a range of benefits.

  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays
  • 3 additional days leave in December
  • Contribution to stakeholder pension scheme, including a salary sacrifice option
  • Family friendly policies such as flexitime / hybrid
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Access to the employee assistance programme
  • Death in service insurance
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary benchmarking and pay reviews
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Applying for a role

  • The application process

    All applications are made online via our applications portal.

    For most of our vacancies we will ask you to upload a copy of your CV and you will be required to answer supporting questions.

    It is important that you do this thoroughly and answer questions in relation to the job description and person specification as supplied in the advertisement, as this will be a determining factor in the shortlisting process. Your CV and supporting questions should reflect well in terms of experience and skills.

  • How do I apply?

    All applications are completed online via our portal. There will always be a link to these in each vacancy advert.

    If you have any disabilities which you would require us to make reasonable adjustments in order for you to apply for a role, please let us know.

    If you are shortlisted you will be invited to the next stage in the recruitment process via email, so please keep checking your junk mail.

  • Do you accept applications from candidates outside of the UK?

    We accept all applications from individuals who have the right to work in the UK without restrictions.

    We currently do not hold a sponsor license and therefore cannot accept applications from individuals who do not have the right to work in the UK.

    Some of our roles do have a specific location from which they need to be performed so please read the advert carefully before you apply.

    If you are unsure or have any questions about a role please contact us at recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk

  • How will you complete the interview?

    We want to ensure each candidate has the best opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and how they will complete the role, so we use a range of interview and assessment techniques.

    We will also provide support and an inclusive process to encourage candidates to do their best.

    Some of the ways we might assess you include a panel interview, presentations and ability tests, sharing previous work/portfolios, or personality and integrity assessments.

    To allow you the chance to prepare and be the best version of you at interview, we send the interview questions in advance to our candidates by email.

  • Can my interview be virtual?

    Depending on the role location will be the key factor in deciding how the interview will take place.

    However, if you are invited to an interview in person but would prefer a virtual process, please do let us know.

    We also offer an inclusive approach to interviewing, so if you have any disabilities which you would require us to make reasonable adjustments in order for you to attend an interview, please let us know.

    If your interview is to take place virtually, please ensure you have access to and are able to use Microsoft TEAMS.

     

  • What shall I wear to interview?

    We encourage you to dress smart/casual for the interview, even if it is taking place virtually.

  • Where are you based?

    Our office where we complete the majority of interviews is in Yeadon which is a suburb in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

    We have free on-site parking available, as well as public transport links from the city centre.

  • I am applying but it won’t let me upload my CV?

    If you have an issue with the system please email recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk

  • I have a question who can I contact?

    If you have any questions about one of our vacancies please email recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk

  • Can I volunteer for Epilepsy Action?

    We have a number of volunteer vacancies so please check out our volunteering page for more details.

  • How will I hear updates about my application?

    The main updates will be sent to you via email so please ensure you check your junk inbox. We may also contact you by telephone.

  • How will you use my data?

    Please refer to our privacy statement for more details.

  • Will I need a criminal check completing?

    All roles are different. For any role that requires a criminal conviction check (DBS/Access NI) this would be highlighted in the vacancy information.

    Please find a copy of our policy statement on recruitment of ex-offenders

    Download frequently asked questions on DBS

    For a copy of our DBS policy or if you have any other questions please email recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk

  • I have a disability and your application process isn’t accessible to me?

    We encourage applications from all candidates and will support people to present their skills and knowledge to us in the best way possible.

     

    We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities so if you have any questions about the application process just let us know so that we can discuss how best to facilitate your application.

  • What is the Disability Confident Scheme?

    When applying for a job with us, if an applicant has a disability covered by the definition outlined within the Equality Act 2010 and can show that they meet the ‘essential criteria’ described in the person specification, they are guaranteed a priority interview for the job for which they are applying, through our Disability Confident scheme (formerly known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme). This decision is based on our scoring criteria when shortlisting.

    Under the Equality Act 2010, a disabled person is someone who has – or has had in the past – a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

    As an inclusive and disability confident employer, we actively encourage applications from people who consider themselves to have a disability falling within that broad definition.

    The Disability Confident scheme only guarantees progression to to the next stage of selection (e.g interview or other task) in line with the criteria set – it does not automatically mean that applicants interviewed will gain employment as this will be based on scoring during the full selection process. We will feedback on the results of the interview will to each candidate if requested.

    In order to opt-in to this scheme, you need to complete the relevant criteria during the application process.

    If you have any questions regarding this, our recruitment can be contacted through recruitment@epilepsy.org.uk

Epilepsy Action is a Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from disabled people. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in the person specification.

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