This role sits in the newly formed Design and Delivery team, responsible for designing, developing and delivering provision that strengthens and supports youth work and outdoor learning. Taking a human-centred design approach, the department works to translate evidence and insight, into solutions that tackle the sector’s biggest problem statements. We lead on the co-creation of high quality youth development content, workforce support tools and grant distribution models, to ensure youth work becomes more appealing, accessible and impactful.
Reporting to the Design Project Manager, the Design Officer will create a positive impact on young people by supporting the design of provision for the youth sector and support the creation of youth development content and workforce support tools. You will be part of a team that thinks through problems and builds inclusive, deliverable and effective solutions.
We are looking for candidates with a passion for human-centred design, significant expertise in youth work and/or outdoor learning and experience of developing high quality initiatives for young people and/or the workforce that supports them. We are looking for creative thinkers, willing to challenge and disrupt the status quo, and confident with use of digital in development of solutions for the sector.
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 Weds 23rd June 5pm
- First round interviews are due to take place 29th June and 1st July
- Second round interviews are likely to take place N/A
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.