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Engagement Manager, Youth Social Action (YSA)

Closing date
3 Aug 2021

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Permanent Contract

Engagement Manager, YSA

Job ref: V330

Start date: ASAP

Hours/Days per week: 35 hours per week

Salary: £24,000 Per annum

Location: Old Crown Court House, Civic Drive, Ipswich

Closing date: 24 July 2021 - 5pm

Interview date and Location: Microsoft Teams, date to be advised

Volunteering Matters placed based direct work

Volunteering Matters is a national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice. We make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people every year, and support some of the most vulnerable people in society - supporting families in difficulty, young people, disabled and vulnerable adults and isolated older people.

Volunteering Matters is a values-based organisation; our staff and volunteers are committed to our values and demonstrate this through the way we work and our commitment to providing high quality experiences for our volunteers, beneficiaries and partners.

Youth Social Action Ipswich

Youth Social Action Ipswich will build on the success and experience of WASSUP (Women Against Sexual Violence Speak Up) and We Are Patrick, which are multi award-winning youth social action projects facilitated and supported by Volunteering Matters. They form part of the Charity's broader Youth Social Action programme, which develops and oversees transformational and proven peer to peer focused projects around the UK. WASSUP and We Are Patrick projects have been devised and are delivered by young people. These projects share three principle aims:

Educate peers on issues of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honour-based violence and gang grooming,

Lobby for changes to social policy and practice on these issues promoting young people's voice,

Raise awareness in the wider community.

Volunteering Matters has been awarded funding to develop Youth Social Action across Suffolk. We are looking to recruit an Engagement Manager that can facilitate sessions which activate young people into youth social action. The successful applicant will be skilled in recruiting, training and managing young people. Their role will be to listen to young people's issues and support them to raise awareness and campaign for change. They will need to be innovative and creative to ensure that young people are kept invested in the programme.

In addition, they will encourage young people to understand the power of their voice or action and support with the transformation of services for young people in Suffolk. Providing young people with opportunities to inform system change.

Adapted to be more accessible during the pandemic, our engagement manager will have the opportunity to work from home and the office. They will be creative, innovative, open minded and work towards inclusion and equality. They will have an understanding of the barriers faced by young people from marginalized communities and be skilled at encouraging young people to explore these issues to raise the profile and lobby for change.

We believe that youth social action should target young people from all communities, and we are passionate about creating an inclusive youth social action team. This role would suit someone who believes in true equity. We are looking for someone who can engage with young people to create meaningful youth social action.

An important part of this role is developing links within education, businesses, funders, social care, health, families, and other organizations, to support with our vision of youth empowerment.

This post will include networking, report writing, monitoring impact, recording data, safeguarding and involve some travelling.

Purpose of the post

The successful applicant will divide their time to meet the complex needs of all the programmes in YSA Team. They will engage with young people and understand the complexities of diversity and the importance of inclusion. Promoting opportunities that combine youth social action, volunteering, and learning. The successful applicant will support young people across Suffolk to develop progressive and socially impactful programmes, encouraging them to be at the centre of decision making, producing creative content, and influencing their peers. Building on our success and experience of our National Award-winning programme WASSUP, they will be instrumental in the delivering of our Suffolk Young Ambassador programme.

This job is a wonderful opportunity for an individual who is passionate about empowerment and enabling young people to be ambitious for themselves and their community.

  • To attend all relevant meetings on behalf of Volunteering Matters as and when required.
  • Network and ensure positive partnerships and funding opportunities with external agencies
  • To promote safeguarding throughout all delivery and commit to continuous professional development
  • To understand the impact of how unconscious bias, diversity, and trauma informed decision affect volunteers/young people.
  • To represent Volunteering Matters with partner organisations supporting young
  • To maintain database and files adhering to GDPR regulations.
  • To engage with a host of external organisations to provide volunteering opportunities for volunteers/young people
  • To assist with the evaluation and monitoring of the project and its deliverables.
  • To ensure appropriate health and safety checks and risk assessments take place.
  • To recruit, train, match and monitor participants into meaningful YSA, placements and opportunities
  • To work with volunteers/young people identifying suitable opportunities and providing ongoing support and supervision.
  • To work with volunteers/young people to create innovative and creative delivery packages for their peers and community.

The job description gives an outline of key duties and is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The post holder may be asked from time to time to take on other responsibilities as reasonably requested by their manager.

Appointment to this position is subject to an enhanced disclosure check. Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.

Person specification

In deciding who to shortlist and appoint to this post, we will be looking for evidence of the following skills, knowledge, experience and personal qualities.

  • Experience of working with communities and the ability to motivate, enthuse and develop positive attitudes in young people, organisations and adult volunteers
  • Passionate about volunteering and the opportunities it can offer to shape life choices
  • Understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by individuals from our culturally diverse backgrounds, accessing support and creative pathways
  • Committed to a strengths-based approach
  • Knowledge of issues relating to individuals who may have encountered trauma such as domestic abuse, exploitation, gang culture
  • Experience of supporting project delivery and working to agreed targets, outcomes and deadlines
  • Experience of elevating people's opportunities and voices through volunteering or project-based work
  • An in-depth knowledge of safeguarding and how to embed this within programme delivery
  • Understand financial processes
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of developing and maintaining database applications
  • A good, practical working knowledge of health and safety and Risk Assessments
  • Understanding and commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding and Commitment to Data Protection and confidentiality
  • Well-organised and efficient; able to manage own workload, with good attention to detail
  • Self-motivation, resilience and the ability to keep a positive outlook when working with hard to reach adults or young people
  • Ability to work out of office hours and on a digital platform or in person if required
  • Knowledge of the Voluntary Community Sector

  • Experience of working in an educational and /or volunteering environment
  • Good working knowledge of accreditation opportunities
  • Additional language other than English

Appointment to this position is subject to an enhanced disclosure check (DBS). Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.

Benefits package:Pension, Unlimited annual leave, fully flexible working, cycle to work & season ticket loan.

Your supporting statement is of equal importance to us as your CV and is a key part of our shortlisting process. It is an opportunity for you to outline your experience and credentials directly to the details of the post.

Volunteering Matters is committed to the provision of equal opportunities in employment and accordingly wishes to ensure that no job applicant is treated less favourably on unjustifiable grounds. To assist in the monitoring of our performance in relation to equal opportunities you are requested to complete the enclosed monitoring form. The questionnaire is for statistical purposes only. Upon receipt it will be separated from your CV and cover letter and will not form part of the selection process.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive if we have not contacted you by the interview date it means that on this occasion, we are unable to take your application further.

GDPR Statement

If you apply for a role with us, we will retain your contact details including your name, address, email address and phone number to help us manage your application for up to 6 months. We will not use your personal data for any other purpose or share it with any third party. You can contact us at any point to update your personal information or ask us to delete it from our records.
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