Head of Education and Training
Dated: June 2022
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £48,000-50,000 per annum
Start date: Immediate
Location: Home based with potential access to desk space in central London, if required; travel across the UK may be required from time to time as part of role (subject to covid guidance)
Reporting to: Director of Strategy and Learning
Direct reports: None at this time
Annual leave: 25 days per year plus bank holidays
About the role
The Head of Education and Training is a new and critical role, created as part of our merger with YMCA George Williams College. By bringing together the College’s teaching legacy (including extensive course materials and associated learning platform) with the Centre’s research and insight, we hope to re-establish an education and training function that supports quality relational practice within the YMCA movement and beyond. As such, we have created a dedicated post to lead, design and develop our education and training offer and approach, including the partnerships and relationships that will support it.
Training and capacity building has long been part of the Centre for Youth Impact’s work, but this has historically focused more on skills for evaluation and learning rather than quality practice in informal and non-formal learning. Our merger with the College creates an exciting opportunity to broaden our education and training activity in response to our learning about quality and impact over the past eight years. It also creates new potential for international learning partnerships to advance and extend our collective understanding.
The Head of Education and Training will be responsible for designing, developing and implementing a new education strategy, working closely with the Director of Strategy and Learning. This strategy will include the education and training ‘offer’, the partnerships and relationships that support it, a solid understanding of the context/need/demand, and a robust approach to quality assurance.
We want our education and training offer to encompass a range of modalities, including training courses, programmes of study, modules (that could stand alone or be incorporated into partners’ training offers), workshops, webinars and self-study resources. We would like to explore the role of and potential for accreditation, and for our offer to reflect our range of expertise. This includes:
- The ‘impact to improvement journey’: the design, delivery, and improvement of informal and non-formal provision to ensure that evaluation informs organisational learning;
- A ‘leading for impact’ programme: leadership, team development, collaborative working and shared learning across organisations to facilitate impact;
- A continuous quality improvement offer focused on the core ‘mechanisms of change’ that evidence suggest support positive outcomes for young people; and
- Our socio-emotional learning framework that supports practitioners and volunteers to create safe and supportive environments, role model socio-emotional skills, and offer engaging opportunities for young people.
The Head of Education and Training will play a strong role in supporting income generation, and will work closely with colleagues across the organisation to embed insights from our research and evaluation activity into our education and training offer, alongside communicating with and reaching out to our networks.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a deep understanding of relational practice, and how adults and young people learn and develop, social and emotionally. You will need to be imaginative and proactive, with strong interest and high-level skills in building alliances and collaborations. You will need well-developed skills in designing learning content and associated resources, alongside being an exceptional facilitator, trainer and coach. You will need to understand the world of further and higher education, and continuing professional development for youth workers in particular. You will also need to be comfortable bringing those skills into a fast-paced charity setting. An interest in and solid understanding of evaluation would be a distinct plus, as would an awareness of youth-focused public policy and system dynamics.
You will have the ability to engage with humility and authenticity with a wide range of people and organisations working to support young people and their communities. You will be able to spot and make connections between relationships and areas of work and be alive to changes and patterns in the external policy and practice context and the opportunities they present for our charity.
Finally, you will also need to be a strong and confident project manager and a compelling and confident writer and presenter who can communicate the breadth of our work. You will be comfortable representing us externally, and acting as a ‘thought leader’: openly reflecting the evolution of your ideas and thinking, and generously sharing your learning with others.
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