This is an exciting and busy time to be joining UK Youth and we are transforming the way we work following a reorganisation and we are recruiting for a number of new roles designed to enable the organisation to grow, improve our ways of working and enable us to deliver our ambitious 2025 strategic plan.
The new Assistant Director of People is responsible for developing and delivering a people strategy that supports all staff at UK Youth to thrive in their roles; enabling them to deliver our vision and aims. This role reports into the Chief Operating Officer and will be delivered in partnership with staff, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team. The role will provide strategic and operational leadership across the whole people lifecycle. Looking at how we recruit, onboard, develop and retain highly engaged staff.
The role will work with the COO and lead on developing a truly inclusive and dynamic working culture, taking the organisation forward in our ambitions to deliver on our transformational strategy of impact and support for young people across the UK. We are looking for candidates who have excellent HR knowledge and experience of implementing best practice HR solutions to drive a high-performance culture. To thrive in this role you will need experience in effectively embedding EDI commitments across organisational culture and ways of working, as well as a can-do attitude, proactively responding to change and an ability to establish professional credibility quickly with colleagues.
We are open to applications from staff throughout the UK. Our main office is based in central London, however we work within an agile working policy, which means we will consider staff based throughout the UK, as long as they are willing to travel to the office as agreed with your line manager.
Who we are
UK Youth is a leading charity that exists to ensure all young people are equipped to thrive and
empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. We work with others to ensure that the youth sector is strengthened, supported, and that provision is youth-led, evidence-informed and delivers high-quality outcomes.
UK Youth plays a unique role in addressing; the lack of investment in the youth sector, the lack of cross sector understanding in how youth work makes a difference and the limited opportunities to embed effective solutions. These factors lead to mass inequality of access to youth services for young people. To find more about us and how we make an impact, please visit UK Youth Website.
Why work at UK Youth?
We are a value-based, passionate and committed organisation offering a friendly working environment with lots of opportunities for professional development and socialising (even whilst we are all working remotely!) from lunch and learn sessions, staff quizzes to virtual coffee meet ups.
UK Youth prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity employer and we would particularly welcome applications for this role from those who identify under one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to inclusivity, and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. Our selection procedures ensure that people are treated on the basis of their relevant merits, experience, skills and abilities and that no individual receives more or less favourable treatment.
We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in our organisation including Black, Asian, minority ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are also currently underrepresented by men, and so are seeking applications from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identity to bring a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights to UK Youth.
What we can offer you
We offer a competitive range of benefits, good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and vibrant organisational culture.
- Flexible/Agile Working
- 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays
- Pension scheme (currently UK Youth match employee contributions up to 5%)
- Membership of our life insurance scheme which would pay-out up to 4 times your salary
- Employee Assistance Programme to support employees both professionally and personally
- 20% discount off bookings at Avon Tyrrell our New Forest Outdoor Centre including, camping, lodges and outdoor activities.
- Cyclescheme and Techscheme
How to apply
Candidates are encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description for this role. Your experience, skills and passion will set you apart so tell us about your achievements, irrespective of whether they are personal or work-related, about your journey to date; how this has shaped you and the things you learnt along the way.
If you would like to be considered for this fantastic opportunity, please read the job description, and then click here and complete an application via our completely anonymised recruitment system (provided by Applied).
- Closing date for applications will be 9am Monday 19th July 2021
- First round interviews are due to take place week commencing 26th July 2021
- Second round interviews are likely to take place week commencing 2nd August 2021
As this role involves working in a regulated environment with young people, any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks which include criminal record check and employment reference. However, we welcome applications from those with previous criminal convictions.
As part of the recruitment process UK Youth will be gathering and uses certain information about you. For further information regarding this please review our Data Protection Privacy Notice which explains what data of yours we process and how we use it.