Aston, West Midlands
up to £54000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new position of Director of People, Culture, and Inclusion for YMCA Heart of England, based in Birmingham, West Midlands.

Who are we?

YMCA Heart of England, part of the global YMCA movement, aims to inspire young people to discover their potential so that they can live life in all its fullness. The YMCA’s vision is of an inclusive Christian Movement, transforming communities so that all young people truly belong, contribute, and thrive.

We provide accommodation for more than 340 young people, many of whom have experienced homelessness, and support them to get their lives back on track.  We also provide a range of services across Birmingham and Coventry including class leading conferencing facilities, training and education for life and employability skills, health and well-being programmes and extensive youth work projects.

Your role

Following a merger between YMCA Birmingham and YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire in 2020, we’re now looking for a dynamic and ambitious Director of People, Culture, and Inclusion to lead on culture practices and behaviours within the organisation and provide expertise and support in areas of performance management, employee relations, employee engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion, policy and procedure development and HR compliance.       

A key role expectation is to ensure that the Christian ethos of the organisation is embedded throughout and that this can be evidenced through the behaviours of staff and volunteers including and importantly within leadership and management roles. It also includes oversight of YMCA Heart of England’s HR and chaplaincy team.

In this role, you'll report directly to the Chief Executive as part of the Executive leadership Team.  You will lead our HR and People strategies, including:

  • Culture and Values - ensure our core principles remain core to everything we do.
  • HR - build clear, robust, and inclusive HR practices that unlock high performance.
  • Leadership - model and drive our culture and ethos with all stakeholders.
  • Equity and inclusion – design our organisation for inclusion as your start point.
  • Wellbeing - support our team’s wellbeing, including mental health at work.
  • People development – ensure everyone has access to the knowledge and training they need to continue to grow themselves, our service users, and our organisation.


You’ll have significant HR & OD leadership experience gained in a complex, people-focused organisation with a proven track record of pursuing creative strategies that deliver progressive organisational development, cohesive culture with broad diversity and inclusion.

Intellectually curious and a strategic thinker, you will bring excellent communication skills and stakeholder management experience and will have a genuine commitment to the transformative vision and mission of the YMCA.

The Benefits

Along with a competitive salary based on your experience, we will also invest in your continued personal development ensuring that you remain at the forefront of key issues surrounding people and culture. We’ll also provide: -

  • 25 days holidays
  • Pension
  • Car Allowance
  • Ability to develop and grow your career within the organisation and wider YMCA movement
  • Mentoring opportunity with our Chair of the Board of Trustees.

If you have the right skills and experience for the role, share our values, and want to contribute to our mission, we’d love to hear from you.

Please provide a covering letter explaining why you believe you can deliver in this role.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9.00am on Friday September 24th, 2021.  Successful applicants will be invited to interview on Friday October 8th, 2021.

Please note: As an organisation fully committed to the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, a thorough vetting process is carried out as part of the appointment process, including verification of any required qualifications, verification of identity, taking of references and a DBS check as appropriate

Posted on: 01 September 2021
Closed date: 24 September 2021
Job ref: YMCA HOE - People & Culture
Tags: Human Resources, Senior Management