Head of National Programmes (Maternity Cover)

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people?

UK Youth is looking for a positive, proactive and highly efficient individual to join our National Programmes Team as Head of National Programmes (Maternity Cover).

You will be a key member of the National Programmes Team working across a portfolio of our inspiring projects that give young people the skills they need to grow into confident and capable adults who lead fulfilling lives. Our programmes tackle widespread issues and range from music and sport engagement, coding, social action, road safety, financial education and employability.  Our partners and funders include Global Radio, Microsoft, UPS, Starbucks, The Big Lottery Fund, Sport England and Google.

Founded in 1911, UK Youth provides young people aged 9-25 with high quality services, delivered through a network of locally accessible youth organisations across the UK. Together we offer support, advice and training to over 840,000 young people to equip them with vital life skills and help them engage in education, volunteering and employment. Our mission is to provide access to appropriate, high quality services for young people in every community so that all young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstances.

In this exciting and flexible role, you will work closely with National Programmes team, as well as with the Finance, Membership and Communications teams, to lead the delivery of a number of programmes within UK Youth. You will provide support and direction to project managers, coordinators and interns, depending on the projects that you are responsible for. You will report to the Director of National Programmes.

We are looking for someone who has experience of overseeing a portfolio of programmes with excellent project management skills, as well as strong line management experience. You will have an understanding of the issues facing young people, and how these can be addressed through programme design and delivery.


Salary:              £35,000 - £40,000, dependant on experience

Location:          London, but some travel is required across the UK

Benefits:           27 Days Annual Leave plus bank holidays (per annum), Pension Scheme and Life insurance


Closing Date:                Tuesday 12 December

Interviews:                    Tuesday 19 December

Preferred start date:     w/c 19 February


In return for your expertise, experience, initiative and drive, we can offer you a friendly, supportive, vibrant environment, and genuinely interesting work within an ambitious charity with a proud history and an exciting future.

Please forward a CV together with a one page supporting statement to hr@ukyouth.org . Please ensure you fully addresses the criteria in the person specification and to state your current salary. 

Please download the Job Description and Personal Specification for full details of the role. You are also invited to complete and return the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form. The information on the form will be treated as confidential, and used for statistical purposes. The form will not be treated as part of the application.

As this role involves working in a regulated environment any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks which include criminal record check and employment reference.

UK Youth is an equal opportunities employer

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