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TPP are delighted to be working with the National Youth Agency, who are an educational charity that exists to professionalise, support & champion youth work in England & Wales. They are seeking to hire a Director of Policy & Communications. Reporting directly into the CEO, you will be responsible for leading two matrix connected teams which are focused on ensuring the voice of the NYA is heard and acted upon across government, local councils and important points of influence.
This is an excellent time to join the organisation at a time when our client has secured £368 million of funding from DCMS to improve youth services in underserved areas. Our client is based in Leicester, but this role is home based, with occasional travel into Leicester for meetings.
Your duties and responsibilities will include:
Member of the senior management team, and leader of the policy & communications directorate.
Work with the CEO to report to the board regarding progress towards strategic priorities.
Strategic lead for the policy and influencing strategy, working with parliamentarians, government officials and arm’s length bodies to secure greater prominence and investment in youth work.
Establish networks of policy advisors, Special Advisors, NYA Associates, officials and partners to support NYA’s goals.
National lead for Youth Work policy in England, developing campaigns and political engagement activities.
Delivering an ambitious new communications strategy to double the reach of NYA across England by 2025.
Defining key messages and positioning of NYA, enhancing their reputation and relationships.
Providing people management and leadership to a growing team of policy and communications professionals.
Your experience and skillsets and experience will include:
Experienced leader and influencer at a senior level with experience of influencing government and politicians.
Proven forward-thinking, and dynamic individual who can provide proactive leadership to evolve an innovative programme.
Demonstrable experience setting strategies and plans.
Demonstrable track record of engaging with decision makers and key influencers.
Proven experience in building effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
Experience of working across all communications disciplines including media, PR, internal communications, brand, stakeholder engagement, partnership development and digital.
A strong track record of positioning an organisation to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.
We have two leadership vacancies where you have the opportunity to come and join us on either our Board or our newly formed Operations Committee, where you will play a key role in strengthening our Governance Framework on our mission to Transform Lives.
The Salvation Army Housing Association (Saha) is a Registered Provider of social housing that is part of the wider Salvation Army family. We started developing housing and services in 1959. We currently own over 4,000 homes and are a specialist provider of support and housing across England.
We’d love to hear from you if you have strong housing sector experience, have held a senior leadership position in another Registered Provider, experience of overseeing high quality services to those in greatest need in our society, and are able to commit up to around 15 days /8 days per year respectively to this work, then we would love to hear from you.
Please review our recruitment packs where you will find more information about these positions and how to apply.
You can also visit our website for more information about Saha.
Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 19th August 2022
Operations Committee Member Interview date: Tuesday 13th September 2022
Board Member Interview Date: Tuesday 20th September 2022
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Job title: Social Impact Recruitment Consultant
Reporting to: Director of Careers4Change
Based: Remote working, some travel to meetings with clients
Salary: £40,000 to £45,000
Closing date for applications: 1st September 2022
We have an exciting opportunity to join our fast-growing team at Careers4Change (C4C) as a Social Impact Recruitment Consultant. We work with some of the leading social impact and impact investment organisations that are scaling up and looking for professionals with the right skill sets and the required social motivation. We are seeking a proactive team player who can bring genuine enthusiasm, energy and innovation to our agile, impact-first organisation.
Since we work on various important job roles, your professional background and specific sector experience is less important than your adaptability and willingness to learn. What’s vital is your ambition to help contribute to social change through the placement of qualified talent.
Working in a niche specialist recruitment consultancy, you will have the opportunity to manage recruitment drives on behalf of our clients across the social economy, including for social investors, impact investment firms, foundations, trusts, social enterprises, and charities. You will work closely with the C4C recruitment and senior management team, contributing to recruitment strategy, refining our impact-led proposition, and fostering our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. You will help to strengthen our reputation as the leading recruiter for social impact/investment jobs and further develop strategic partnerships across the sector to expand our growing client base.
Work in the social sector already? Or been questioning the impact of your current work in the commercial sector and considering using your skills to pursue a different career path? Perhaps this social impact recruiter role is for you. At C4C, we are experiencing unprecedented demand for what we offer our clients—a bespoke recruitment solution, which is rigorous and purpose-led.
- Oversee and lead the recruitment process for designated roles, from initial client briefing to candidate sourcing, screening, shortlisting, interviewing and salary negotiation, providing People & Talent Managers as well as Line Managers with access to a rigorous hiring process with optimum results.
- Assist with the scoping of job descriptions.
- Use our creative sourcing techniques to build effective candidate pipelines that identify and engage both active and passive candidates from diverse backgrounds. You will work with our C4C specialists using social media, jobs boards, search techniques, referrals, and communicate with the wider C4C network.
- Develop strong working relationships with multiple stakeholders in the social impact ecosystem
- Communicate with candidates both within the social and commercial sectors in a professional and thoughtful manner, review job applications, organise pre-interviews to ensure thorough assessment of skill sets and motivation before introducing them to clients.
- Build pools of top candidates for current and future vacancies, becoming an expert in talent management for the social impact market.
- Be responsible for ensuring a positive and fair experience for all candidates.
- Keep candidates informed of their progress throughout the recruitment process, managing expectations.
- Manage candidate information using our CRM/ATS system and ensure that our system is continually updated.
- Collaborate with the recruiting team, including the Director of C4C, associates and consultants working across the business.
- Research and implement new techniques to identify leading talent
- Seek opportunities to develop the C4C brand and reputation and grow our client base.
- Keep up to date on HR analytics tools to assess the impact and effectiveness of our recruitment strategies.
Skills and experience:
- 3 years+ professional experience in business development or account management
- Experience of operating in a client-facing role, whether in the social impact or commercial sector
- Experience of leading, or participating in, professional recruitment processes
- An advocate of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and fair recruitment practices
- Experience of managing a variety of senior external stakeholders
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a confident communicator
- Understanding of, and demonstrable interest in, the social/impact investment, not-for-profit, social enterprise, or charity sector
- Potential to identify and implement creative solutions for talent acquisition
- Familiar with GDPR and competent in dealing with contracts and managing data
- Proficient with CRM/ATS platforms
- A strong sense of social motivation and passion for positive social change
- A willingness to solve problems and work proactively with minimal supervision
- Excellent attention to detail
- Clear written and verbal communication skills
- Flexible, adaptable, with a willingness to learn new skills
- Energetic, enthusiastic, and innovative
- Ambitious and self-motivated
C4C is a specialist recruitment consultancy connecting purpose-driven individuals with social impact organisations in the UK.
C4C endeavours to accelerate the pace of change by delivering talented professionals who offer a combination of both the required skill sets and a passion for social change. We are committed to building diverse teams that are more representative of the communities our clients serve, and we encourage the transition of human capital across sectors.
C4C is going through a period of transition and growth as the social impact/ investment market develops and the search for talented individuals with the right social motivation becomes ever more crucial. We have led recruitment processes for organisations such as Power to Change, an independent charitable trust, Big Society Capital, the UK’s leading social impact investor, and Fair4All Finance, a non-profit organisation founded to increase the financial wellbeing of people in vulnerable circumstances—and our client base is growing fast.
Please send your CV and one page Cover Letter to Careers4Change
Head of Learning and Impact
Salary/Rate: £40,000 pa
Holidays: 25 days + bank holidays (pro rata)
Location: Home-based with access to co-work spaces in Manchester, Reading or London and regular travel to Foyers and events.
Reporting to: Chief Executive
You are someone with a passion for social change and young people, and a fascination for impact measurement, learning and quality development. You are able to evidence this through your writing and professional or voluntary experience. You are intellectually curious, with the energy and determination to deepen our shared understanding of how young people experiencing homelessness can be best supported to realise their power and purpose.
You have a deep commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and to understanding the barriers and enablers to participation.
You will thrive in a small, creative and ambitious team working on multiple projects and assignments, and have the flexibility to handle a broad and changeable workload. You’ll be able to jump right in, working closely with the team to deliver at an exciting phase of our strategic development and organisational growth.
We are aware of the ambition and breadth of this role and are interested in hearing from candidates who feel they have the skills to grow into the role but who maybe don’t have all the experience described.
Who We Are
The Foyer Federation is a small, innovative youth charity working to improve the lives of young people who can’t live at home. Since 1992, we have worked with a network of Foyers to inspire, challenge and quality assure approaches to developing the skills and resources young people need to thrive, not just cope.
We believe all young people can shape a successful journey into adulthood if they have access to the right training, contacts and opportunities to invest in their talents. We’re leading a movement of like-minded organisations and individuals who want to improve the prospects of all young people through an asset-based approach, which we call ‘Advantaged Thinking’. We’re committed to working with our network of Foyers and external experts to improve the ‘offer’ for young people.
We are looking for individuals who resonate with our core values: Maverick, Savvy, Authentic, Loving and Brave.
As Head of Learning and Impact you will play a crucial role as we establish a more insight led and evidence based approach to our activities. In the role you will lead on shaping how we gather data and insights from our network of youth accommodation projects (Foyers) and the young people they support.
You will help us develop existing systems (such as the data we gather through our accreditation scheme) and establish new impact measurement tools (through a new development programme to capture and improve learning in Foyers). By tracking and understanding the trends and capturing the learning and evidence at a local level we will improve our programmes and network offering and open up new opportunities for young people who have experienced homelessness.
To effectively manage and deliver a national development programme to increase and improve the learning offer in Foyers (and beyond) and capture the insights, impacts and voice of young people directly.
To oversee and manage our quality development and accreditation offering (FOR Youth); ensuring the quality and impact of Foyers across the country and effectively and efficiently capturing service level data to enable benchmarking, service improvement and evidencing of current impact.
To support the overall insight gathering, reflective learning and impact measurement of the Foyer Federation across our activities developing our theory of change at a national level and integrating it with the local Foyer theory of change model.
Please note: we envisage that the priorities and time spent on each of these objectives will change over the next few years with a higher priority given to objective 1 in the first two years
Duties & Accountabilities
Lead on the detailed design and implementation of the new Advantaged Thinking Development Framework project (ATDF), funded by the National Lottery, to increase and improve the learning offer in Foyers and enable young people to become Advantaged Thinking leaders.
Build an effective project delivery team alongside the Head of Programmes and Network, young people, Foyers and external specialists to deliver the development programme initially with a pilot group of Foyers and then rolling it out to the wider network.
Work alongside our Specialist Consultant to collect insights and evidence of the current learning offer in Foyers and map out a learning framework with the project team.
Work alongside our Head of Programmes and Network to create and implement engaging and effective workshops with the staff and young people in the pilot Foyers for the purpose of establishing the learning framework and ways to endorse existing (or create new) learning content .
Oversee the tendering for a creative digital design partner to build a digital interface / platform for the learning framework and content to be hosted on.
Oversee the project development, testing of the platform and roll out of the ATDF across the network, liaising with the Head of Development and Partnerships on any associated licensing or income generation strategies.
Co-create and co-deliver key elements of the ATDF project with young people where it is appropriate and meaningful to do so, in line with our strategy and policies.
Build positive working relationships with external consultants, the Foyer network and peer organisations who are supporting the ATDF project.
Build and maintain positive relationships with the National Lottery Community Fund grants manager, reporting to them in a timely manner and sharing our learnings openly.
Quality and impact:
Design and develop new effective impact monitoring tools as part of the ATDF project that capture the needs, aspirations, learning and achievements of young people in our network.
Ensure that the ATDF framework includes tools and resources for young people to actively engage with the learning, to track their own progress and knowledge, and to understand the value of engaging with the framework.
Deliver and develop our existing quality development and accreditation scheme (FOR Youth) in partnership with our Specialist Consultant by:
a) ensuring the qualitative and quantitative data collection and presentation is streamlined, accurate, user friendly and embedded in the Advantaged Thinking approach.
b) developing the accreditation process to be fit for purpose for use beyond the youth supported housing sector.
Ensure and safeguard the longevity of the quality development programme so that it can continue to be used by the network in future years to effectively assess, reflect on and improve the quality of their services.
Work alongside the Specialist Consultant to assess and improve services as part of the quality development programme by: conducting group support sessions, face to face interviews and effectively analysing data in order to identify trends, themes and emerging areas for improvement, then present findings as clear and comprehensive reports.
Learning and insight
Work with the Head of Programmes and Network to identify opportunities for new programmes in line with the insights gathered from the ATDF and the accreditation data.
To understand and champion the use of data directly from young people and how to get the best from it, making recommendations for future activity based on detailed scrutiny.
To develop a new and improved theory of change for the Foyer Federation that integrates the local Foyer theory of change model developed previously with the University of East Cumbria
To work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to agree data sets and requirements for KPI monitoring and measurement in line with the agreed Foyer Federation theory of change.
From time to time, attend and support the delivery of network events, training and Foyer visits to deepen your working knowledge and relationships with Foyers and young people across the entirety of our network.
Influence the organisation’s strategic direction using the learning from day-to-day interactions with our network.
Act as a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) attending SLT and board meetings (when required).
Be a generous leader using your skills, experiences and knowledge to enable other staff members to thrive.
To apply the Foyer Federation’s policies and procedures and ensure compliance with relevant obligations, including Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Data Protection and Equal Opportunities.
To ensure your own continuing professional development by undergoing training and other activities.
To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required.
This job description may be amended from time to time, as the needs of the organisation require.
Experience and Skills: Essential (E) or Desirable (D)
1. Experience in building, nurturing and managing complex relationships both with youth work and/or housing professionals and young people. (E)
2. Demonstrable expertise in all of the following areas:
- Project management
- Programme delivery including support and facilitation
- Building positive relationships
- Learning and outcome management.
3. Recent professional experience and knowledge of theory of change / logic models, impact measurement and data collection and analysis. (E)
4. Experience of securing buy-in and engagement in programmes and events involving young people and practitioners. (E)
5. A good understanding of using and developing digital tools and systems. (D)
6. Experience of communicating with and influencing practitioners, managers, commissioners, statutory agencies and other stakeholders involved in developing and delivering young people’s services. (D)
7. Knowledge of online learning platforms and / or virtual learning environments in practice - both their development and implementation. (D)
8. Capable of using various technology platforms (e.g. Microsoft, Apple products, Zoom, Google suite) and other communications tools and approaches including Social Media platforms. (E)
Attitudes and Behaviours:
8. A proactive and determined team player with a can-do attitude, who has a strong drive to improve the quality of services and opportunities for young people.
9. Exceptional planning and organisational skills, able to work under pressure and prioritise competing tasks to meet deadlines, with a flexible approach to meeting the changing demands of project activity.
10. A keen eye for detail and accuracy. Able to distil and communicate the key information and learnings to a wide range of audiences in a concise manner.
11. Clear and personable communicator and relationship-builder, both orally and written. Empathetic with good listening skills – able to understand the different needs and perspectives of others and to influence a range of audiences.
12. Applies Advantaged Thinking in practice, communicating it with others and spotting and developing potential Advantaged Thinkers.
13. An individual who lives the values of the organisation personally and has a strong commitment to the Foyer Federation’s mission and purpose with an active interest in developing innovative solutions and more effective investment in young people.
14. Collaborative and flexible approach, able to listen, engage and demonstrate tact and diplomacy
15. Building and maintaining relationships
16. Programme delivery and project management
17. Detail-driven and organised
18. Creative and savvy thinker
19. Communicating and influencing
20. Proactive and determined
To apply, download and read the full job description, application form and equal opportunities form, and return the completed form and a copy of your CV to our inbox by Monday 15th August. Interviews will be arranged on a bespoke basis between 1st and 19th August as the applications arrive.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
DFN Project SEARCH is the largest transition to work programme for people with learning disabilities and autism in the world! We are a community that gives voice to a social injustice – did you know that only 5.1% of people a learning disability and or autism, known to adult services, are in work in the UK? Yet 70% of those on our programme secure paid work, at above the minimum wage and an incredible 60% are full time roles.
We are really proud to be a social movement for change that makes clear economic sense, is the right thing to do and enables people to be the best that they can be.
We are evidence based, high aiming and everything we do is based on research. We are committed to continuous improvement and are pace setters in this area. Our programme is based on strong partnerships and our role is to provide the model, tools, training, and quality assurance to enable each participant to flourish. This model has been running for 25 years and once a programme is established it is evidently sustainable.
Establish, Promote, Support & Develop DFN Project SEARCH Programmes.
You will be required to identify opportunities to develop and grow DFN Project SEARCH programmes across a geographical area with the aim of supporting the organisation to ensure that as many people as need it have access to DFN Project SEARCH programmes. In addition, you will be required to develop strategies to ensure that the operational programmes in your area are achieving at least the average outcomes expected for young people in our programmes and so you must be committed to continuous improvement.
You will be specifically required to develop strong partnerships and train and support colleagues within your area. You may also be required to support colleagues promoting DFN Project SEARCH in other areas, further European projects as required and contribute to the development of relevant new UK focussed materials.
As a Programme Specialist you will be expected to:
- Demonstrate effective project planning and preparation so that each project delivers achieves the highest quality programme possible and great employment outcomes for the interns.
- Establish effective working relationships with schools, colleges, local authorities, employers and the project professional staff to promote the building of excellent partnerships at each site to ensure the effective running of programmes and promote sustainability in a volatile environment.
- Take an active part in decision making, planning and audit processes of each project.
- Ensure that you implement DFN Project SEARCH policy and have a clear understanding of required quality standards and criteria which constitute effective teaching and learning
- To contribute to the development of a new enhanced UK offer to new and current projects to better prepare our interns for employment.
This is home-based working with travel to sites within a specific region