OSARCC is hiring a Counsellor

OSARCC is hiring a Counsellor

This post is open to women only and is exempt under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010. 


We are delighted to be recruiting a Counsellor to join our specialist service, as part of our vibrant team.  

Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) is a small but mighty team of trauma-informed specialists who provide independent, free and confidential services.  We have been supporting and empowering survivors of sexual violence in Oxfordshire since 1979.

This role would be ideal for someone who is: 

  • A qualified counsellor with at least two years post-qualifying experience 
  • The ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. 
  • Passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence 

In return, we offer: 

  • Truly flexible working in a supportive, feminist environment, including up to ten days of emergency leave for those with caring responsibilities 
  • A healthcare plan which provides cashback for dental care, physiotherapy, optical care and access to a 24-hour doctor 
  • Regular counselling and mental health support, with access to our Employee Assistance Programme 
  • An individual wellbeing plan to help fit your wellbeing needs in around work
  • 5% employer contributions to your pension and incremental pay rises  
  • A cycle-to-work scheme 

It’s important to us that our OSARCC teams include women from across the diverse Oxford communities we serve. We particularly welcome applications for this role from Black and racially minoritized women, Disabled women, LGBTQI+ women, and others whose intersecting experiences reflect those of the sexual violence and abuse survivors we work with. 

The closing date for applications is: 9am on Friday 7th June 2024, if you are interested you can complete an application form on our website. If you have any queries, or want to discuss the role further, please do contact our office at 

Interviews will be held on Friday 14th June 2024.

To apply, please download the Job Description and Person Specification here and complete our online application form below.

For more information about how to complete an OSARCC Recruitment Application, please see Guidance notes for completing an OSARCC application form.

The recruitment monitoring section of the application form (which gives details of your sex, ethnic origin, date of birth and any disability) will be detached before the form reaches the Selection Committee. This information will not be made available to the Selection Committee. If you have indicated that you have a disability, the recruiting manager will be made aware of this to ensure that you are given an interview in an appropriate, accessible location. The information you provide on the recruitment monitoring section will be held in confidence by OSARCC and the details logged onto a confidential recruitment database. The information will be used for statistical purposes to enable OSARCC to carry out its equal opportunities monitoring obligations.

Application - Employment

Step 1 of 2

  • Personal information

  • References

    Two referees are required. One of these should be your present or most recent employer. These will not be contacted until after the interview.
  • Present/most recent employer

  • Second referee

  • Education

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  • Training

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  • Current Employment

  • Previous Employment

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  • Supporting Statement

    Please give further information in support of your application, addressing each requirement listed in the person specification. Use this section to tell us how your experience, main achievements, skills and knowledge make you a suitable candidate for this post. You may draw on all aspects of your experience and education and include paid and unpaid employment. Use no more than 3,000 words (excluding headings from the person specification) for this section.
  • Additional information

  • Health

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  • Declaration

    I declare that the information provided on this form, and on any accompanying documents, is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that false information may lead to the termination of employment or withdrawal of a job offer. I agree that the content of this form and of any accompanying documents may be treated as part of any Contract of Employment agreed between myself and OSARCC.

Salary: £27,560 FTE (£6,703.78 Actual) rising incrementally to £31,720 FTE (£7,715.68 Actual) with long service.

Hours: 0.24 FTE (9 hours)

Location: A mixture of home-based and East Oxford with some travel across Oxfordshire

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 9am on Friday 7th June 2024

Interview date: Friday 14th June 2024


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