Imagine a world where people say: ‘I can live the life I want to lead’ and ‘I’m valued for who I am, not identified by the disabilities I’ve overcome’.
We’ll lead the creation of a world where there are no barriers for people with sight loss.
In 2018, alongside re-launching our brand to encourage people to “See Differently,” we launched a bold new strategy to achieve a world with no barriers to people with sight loss.
Continuing our transformation to reach the majority of people in the UK living with sight loss, our strategy focuses us on being a catalyst for change: to the lives of people with sight loss, through equipping and enabling them to live the lives they want to; to communities, by connecting people with sight loss to each other and to wider networks; and to society, by concentrating our efforts on campaigns and relationships with those who have the power to remove barriers ‘at source.’ Underpinning our strategy is a rolling 3-year business plan, produced with the involvement of customers, which also continues our financial transformation and the re-focusing of our services to reach everyone who needs us, whenever they need us.
Around two million people live with sight loss in the UK today. And it can be tough. From difficulty accessing treatment and services, to a lack of emotional and practical support, blind and partially sighted people each face their own set of challenges every day. Feelings of isolation are unacceptably high, and only one in four blind or partially sighted people of working age have a job.
And we know the numbers will increase dramatically. By 2050, around 500 people could start to lose their sight every day – that’s one every three minutes. The world and everything in it are changing rapidly and our customers and their expectations are no exception.
Our context is becoming ever more complex: changes in giving trends, increased regulation and public scrutiny and uncertainties around Brexit make it even more important that we are the best we can be.
We are finding new solutions, new ways to build a world where the equal participation of blind and partially sighted people is the norm.
Working for RNIB means working towards a world where there are no barriers to people with sight loss.
We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop.
There are a whole range of functions and services that support the vital work that we do; whether you’re at the start of your career or you have years of work experience, we can help you to use your strengths, enthusiasm and skills to their maximum potential.
We're looking for talented, enthusiastic people who love a challenge and want to make a real difference.
Whatever job you apply for, you will have a crucial role to play in one of the UK's leading sight loss charities.
What we can offer you
We offer competitive salaries which are benchmarked against similar organisations and are reviewed annually. All staff on RNIB payscales receive a minimum of the living wage.
Excellent pension schemes
RNIB offers a range of generous pension scheme plans with varying amounts that you and RNIB contribute. Employer contributions range from 5 per cent to 11 per cent, depending on the contribution that the employee makes.
BucksVision employees can join the staff pension scheme immediately and contribute up to 10 percent of gross earnings which BucksVision will match. The scheme is the Flexible Retirement Plan invested and administered TPT (formerly The Pensions Trust). You will be automatically enrolled immediately but you will have the option to increase you contributions or should you wish to opt out.
For CIB employees, if you are eligible you’ll be automatically enrolled into the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) workplace pension scheme. NEST is a straightforward pension scheme that gives you one retirement pot for life.
All eligible teaching staff will be automatically enrolled into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). You will have the option to opt out.
Details relating to TPS can be found by clicking through to their website: https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/members/your-scheme.aspx
All non-teaching staff employed on a Specialist Learning Trust contract will be given the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). You will have the option to opt out.
Generous holiday entitlement
Our holiday entitlement starts at 26 days per year plus bank holidays which increases with service. Part-time employees receive a pro-rata entitlement. The holiday year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Annual Leave Trading
In April of each year, staff will have the opportunity to sell up to 5 days leave back to the organisation or alternatively to buy up to an additional 5 days annual leave.
In addition to the statutory maternity leave entitlement for staff who become pregnant, we also provide enhanced maternity benefit for staff who have more than 1 year’s service. We provide up to 2 weeks full paid paternity leave to staff whose partner is pregnant.
Flexible working arrangements
We offer a wide range of flexible working hours, including flexi-time and time off in lieu for many posts.
All staff are covered under the life assurance policy for 4 times their annual salary.
Assistance with travel costs
We also offer our employees interest-free season ticket loans for rail and bus travel and car parking, following 6 months of employment.
In-house training and development opportunities
Throughout the RNIB Group, we understand the value of developing our employees’ skills and knowledge. Therefore, we invest a lot of resources every year in order to offer our staff a wide range of in-house training and development opportunities, including the opportunity to apply for interest-free loans for external job related training. As part of our development and support initiatives, we promote coaching, mentoring, secondments and job shadowing.
Employee Assistance Programme
The RNIB Group also offers free of charge an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Helpline, which is confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all RNIB employees, their immediate family members (living in the same household) and dependent children.
Free eye tests for all staff members
All RNIB Group staff are entitled to a regular eye test, paid for by the organisation.
If you have children, we can offer access to a government approved employee benefit offered by Childcare-Plus, that allows you to receive part of your salary free of Tax and National Insurance saving you money.
Cycle to Work scheme
RNIB Group offers the Cycle2work/Cycleplus scheme to all employees, providing the opportunity to purchase a new bike with a tax saving.
Health Cash Plans
Holiday Saturday Fund (HSF) Health Cash Plan is an easy and affordable way to help you spread the cost of health care not covered free by the NHS, The HSF health plan is an inexpensive health cash plan which helps to cover the cost of health care for you and your family.