Administration Assistant

EDP is a high performing social enterprise, providing substance misuse services within the Dorset Community and in partnership with CareUK a number of prisons across Devon and Dorset.  Our mission is: To open doors for people affected by substance misuse so they can improve their lives and those of their families and communities.

The type of service that our EDP teams carry out is highly valued by service users and prison staff. As part of our team, you can make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing, perspectives on their long term potential, and ultimately their lives.

EDP can offer you a real opportunity for new, challenging and highly rewarding experiences. For all roles, in return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we offer a comprehensive training & development programme, a generous leave package, child care vouchers, pension scheme, and a positive, friendly working environment.

We are currently seeking to fill the following roles at HMP Exeter: 

Admin Assistant

Hours:            Part Time, 17.5 hours per week
Salary:            £16,000 – £17,000 pro-rata per annum
Contract:        Permanent

The main focus of the Administration Assistant is to provide high quality, consistent and essential administrative support for the Substance Misuse Service team.

Key tasks will include:

  • Using the service database to input and report on data, statistics and other relevant information;
  • Preparing and maintaining paperwork related to the various services provided for service users;
  • Organising team meetings, maintaining diaries, logs and other administrative duties to support the smooth running of the team
  • Communicating effectively with other teams and colleagues within the Prison and relevant community links.

The role of Administration Assistant will suit someone with previous team administrative experience and who can thrive in a busy environment where they can organise their own workload and priorities to ensure that all work tasks are completed to a high standard on a consistent basis.

To be successful in the this role, you will need to be an excellent communicator,   able to build effective working relationships with a range of people,  have excellent all round administration, typing and IT skills,  (including being highly proficient at using Microsoft Office ie: Word, Excel, Outlook, databases and data entry).

In addition, you will have a good general standard of education, and this may be enhanced with an additional office, administration or customer service qualification to demonstrate your interest in and commitment to this type of work. You will also be keen to continue to develop your administration skills and experience through our ongoing internal training programme  as well as demonstrating a high level of integrity and  enthusiasm for working within the structured environment of a prison.

Whilst previous experience in a similar substance misuse and/or custodial environment is not essential, it would be an advantage.  More important is a genuine interest in substance misuse services and a positive recovery focused attitude.

If you wish to apply for this position please download and complete the Application Form, Job Specific Application Form along with the Equal Ops Form and e-mail to

For internal candidates please complete the Internal Application Form, Job Specific Application form and Equal Ops Form.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: Noon on 23rd August 2017

Interview date to be confirmed – If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been successful

Please ensure that you quote reference number 33.17

EDP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed.

Recruitment Specification – Admin Assistant
Job Specific Application Form
Application Form
Internal Application Form
Equal Ops Form