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Background to Fitzrovia Youth in Action
Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) is central London’s leading youth action charity that empowers young people to fulfil their potential and create positive change for themselves, their peers and the community.
FYA was launched in 1997 and over the last 21 years, the charity has grown into an organisation that supports hundreds of young volunteers each year in tackling issues that matter to them. We believe in the power of young people to lead positive change. FYA has its roots in the act of young people coming together and it is this approach that runs through all of our work.
Our young volunteer journey starts when our beneficiaries from as young as eight years old are engaged in sports and physical activities. From there, they progress through our range of youth-led volunteering programmes. Young people learn about the issues that matter to them and share their knowledge to over 1000 other young people annually through workshops they deliver themselves. As part of this, young people create short films and soundtracks to get their message across to their peers. In addition, we train young people to provide mentoring support to help other young people face challenges at school, with friends or with their feelings. Young people also organise street parties, festivals and sporting events which bring together thousands of people from different backgrounds.
We have ambitious goals for the next three years. We are developing new models of youth-led community action and create more leadership opportunities for young people. We are developing the way we evaluate our work. By 2019, we will achieve Project Oracle Level 2 accreditation for applying our new validated evaluation tool to show how youth action impacts on wellbeing, community belonging and skills development.
Our current annual income is around £700,000 and most of this has been raised through grant applications to trusts and foundations and Local Authority commissioning. While aiming to increase income from trusts and foundations, the charity also intends to broaden its funding base through income generation from non-grant based fundraising such as corporate business sponsorship and individual giving. The organisation currently has ten full time members of staff.
Purpose of the post
We are going through an exciting period of growth and have ambitious plans to diversify in how we offer to reach more disadvantaged young people. To support us in our efforts, we are seeking to appoint a part-time finance manager.
Reporting to the CEO, the successful candidate will be an exceptional accountant with proven commercial awareness. With overall responsibility for the charity’s finance function, you will play a significant role as a senior member of the leadership team to ensure the charity can achieve its mission in the most effective and efficient way possible, however you will also be expected to fulfil basic accounting duties as this is the only finance position in the organisation.
This is a unique time in the charity's journey when your role could make a significant difference to our future achievements.
Approximately one third of the role will be day to day book-keeping, 1/3 will be working with the programme managers on expenditures tracking and grant management and the remaining 1/3 will be on financial reporting. We are open to applicants who prefer to work only for 14 hours/week and would not be responsible for the day to day book keeping (for which we would then employ a separate person for 7 hours/week).