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Youth Engagement Officer

Salford, Greater Manchester (On-site)
£13.50 per hour
Part-time (6 hours per week)
Contract (6 months contract which may be extended depending on funding)
Job description


This post holder will be a key member of our delivery team working across a portfolio of our inspiring projects and programmes that support young people to develop their skills, empower their potential and influence change. 

We are looking for a fun and enthusiastic individual with excellent communication and time management skills and someone with an understanding of the issues facing young people, and how these can be addressed through our programmes.

The post holder will also:

  • Assist in the design and delivery of activities

  • Work with young people to co-produce pieces of work that will lead to them influencing change

  • Engage, train and support young people with diverse needs

  • Establish positive relationships with young people and promote active participation

  • Work collaboratively with a range of organisations, including but not limited to schools, youth services and local councils

  • Complete all required documentation accurately and within agreed timescales

  • Bring new ideas and approaches to our work

  • Translate complex issues (like gender inequality), campaigns and policies into workshops and digital content

  • Undertake any other duties as required and commensurate with the level of this post


  • Ensure young people play a strong leadership role across our work

  • Keep up to date on new developments and trends within the youth sector

  • Administrative duties as required, such as minute taking and completing end of session reports

  • Representing Youth Leads UK at conferences and events such as school job fairs

  • Act as an ambassador for the organisation

  • Ensure Youth Leads UK’s Health and Safety and Safeguarding and any other appropriate policies are adhered to where necessary

  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others who might be affected by your work as required by law and described in the relevant operating policies and procedures

  • Be committed to safeguarding principles and be willing to put the welfare of children and young people at the forefront of your work

  • An understanding and belief in the inclusion of all staff, partners and young people irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, ability, identity and experience

  • Actively promotes and embeds an understanding of equality, diversity, and an inclusive culture

  • Able to take personal accountability for key work areas


  • Experience of working with young people in a range of settings including group and individually (this could be voluntary work or paid work)

  • Confident IT and social media user

  • Excellent communication skills – spoken, written and presentational

  • A passion and enthusiasm for working with young people

  • Resilience, tenacity and strong influencing skills

  • Excellent collaborative worker

  • Understanding of community engagement, volunteering and social action

  • Ability to determine priorities and targets

  • Understanding of inclusion and differing needs of young people from varying backgrounds, cultures and experiences

  • Understanding of child protection and safeguarding (training will be provided)

We recruit based on potential, not polish - so don’t worry if one or two of the above are missing - most things can be taught!


We don’t call these things staff or employee ‘benefits’. We believe they are crucial to helping you bring your best self to work:

  • 30 days annual leave including all 8 bank holidays and a part-closure over Christmas and New Year (pro rata)

  • An additional day off for your birthday*

  • Up to 3 Mental Health Days per year

  • A wellbeing programme (which includes free office snacks!)

  • Working within one of the newest, greenest and well-connected places in Greater Manchester, Media City UK

*On successfully completing your probationary period 


Everyone at Youth Leads UK is passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion. Our Trustees, staff and the young people we support are diverse in many different ways, and we want to continue representing the community we serve.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from people who identify as BAME or have any additional needs or disabilities. We also encourage individuals who have benefited from our programmes to apply.

We encourage applications from everyone - regardless of disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief or race.

Youth Leads UK recognises the unique perspective and relatability that comes with being closer in age to the individuals we serve. Therefore, in accordance with our youth-led mission, we exercise an exception from the Equality Act, enabling us to prioritise employing individuals under the age of 30, fostering a deeper connection and understanding within our organisation.


One of the factors which make Youth Leads UK’s approach different is our belief in the value of youth insights and input to guide our work. The post holder will be expected to understand youth involvement and be an advocate for youth involvement which will include a flexible approach to work, including a willingness to take on tasks outside the normal remit, to work irregular hours, often evenings and weekends.

More about Youth Leads UK

Youth Leads (formerly Xplode) is an award-winning charity getting the voice of young people heard and acted upon. We run skills development pro...

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Posted on: 04 January 2024
Closed date: 03 February 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Training, Practitioner, Operations

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