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We're Hiring! - Youth Work Project Coordinator Vacancy

on Fri, 2016-05-13 12:25

Were on the look out for a new project coordinator!

Youth Work Project Coordinator - Scarborough, North Yorkshire

We are seeking a pioneering and committed individual to lead our work with young people.

In this unique and exciting role you will be responsible for the day to day running of the project including, leading face-to-face youth work, fundraising and managing a small staff team.

Sidewalk is a successful Christian charity (700733) that has been working in Scarborough for over 25 years. Our aim is to support, challenge and encourage young people to build stronger communities together.  We do this through the core strands of detached street work, mentoring, creative group work and activity trips.

Salary: £21,500 per annum (30 hours per week).  18 month contract with a view to continuing beyond this (dependent on funding). 

Level 3 youth work qualification extremely desirable. Must have a deep respect and understanding for our spiritual identity as a Christian project.  

Closing Date:  June 30th 

Interviews:  14th and 15th July

Start date: September 2016  


You can download an application form (docx) HERE

You can download an application form (pdf) HERE

For further information or any questions please email

Check out our website, facebook and video:

I will be away on annual leave until the 2nd of June so any questions may have to wait til then.

We'd love to hear from you!

Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded HERE


Job Description

Role: Sidewalk Project Co-ordinator


Main purpose of role: You will be responsible for the day to day running of this successful Christian youth project. The role includes three core elements:


1. Delivering face-to-face youth work, including detached sessions, group work and activity trips.

2. Managing a staff team of 5 sessional worker (including volunteers)

3. Administration, fundraising and organisational development

Accountable to: The Management Committee (Trustees) through the Chairperson.

Responsible for: The management of the project, including oversight of the staff team and volunteers.


Main responsibilities and duties:

Supporting young people

1. You will be working with young people (predominantly aged 13-19) from a variety of backgrounds, some of whom may display challenging behaviour. Your primary role is to work alongside young people in a non judgemental manner developing professional relationships that are founded on youth work values.

2.  Through a process of informal learning, you will enable young people to identify their own needs and develop initiatives to further their personal, social and spiritual education.

3. Undertake detached youth work sessions each week.

4. Deliver and create group work sessions.

5. Organise and deliver activity trips.  

6. Work on a one-to-one with young people (where appropriate).

7. Develop new provision in collaboration with young people and other members of staff team.


Managing and leading the staff team


1. Effectively manage the staff team

2. Recruiting and training volunteers to support activities

3. Enable staff and volunteers to access relevant training.

4. Conduct regular supervision sessions and yearly appraisals.

5. Access and where appropriate deliver relevant training for staff members.


Administrative Duties

1. Ensure staff wages are correctly processed with the accountants.

2. Meaningfully monitor and evaluate youth work activities and keep accurate records.

3. Plan and compile newsletters and the annual reports.

4. Give update reports at management committee meetings.

6. Compile reports for funders, local churches and supporters.

7. Work with the management committee to ensure the project’s policies and procedures are kept up to date

8. Undertake risk assessments for activities.

9. Ensure that correspondence is kept up to date. This includes thank you letters to supporters, trip letters to young people and updated rotas to staff team.

10. Regularly update the website and social media pages.




1. Sourcing, planning and writing funding bids to ensure the continuation of the project.

2. Effectively managing the funding available to the project, including budgeting for the year, recording petty cash on and assisting the treasurer in keeping accurate accounts.

3. Attending funding seminars, conferences and training as appropriate




1. Attend the bi-monthly management committee meeting

2. Help to plan the Annual General Meeting

3. Lead the staff team meetings

4. Attend networking meetings in the local community as appropriate

5. Develop links with other youth and children’s workers in the local area of Scarborough and arrange meetings as appropriate

6. Actively seek to promote the work of Sidewalk at local churches and events.


Project Coordinator - Person Specification

Personal Qualities    

- Have an understanding and deep respect for the Christian ethos of the project and be committed to Sidewalk's collective journey of discovery and faith
- Have a positive and empathic attitude towards young people
- Be professional and reliable
-  Be able to work with young people from a variety of backgrounds, some of whom can display challenging behaviour
-  Be able to work in a non-judgemental and empowering manner that encourages equality of opportunity
- Be patient and persevering
- Be committed and enthusiastic
- Have a good sense of humour
- Be a good listener

 Skills and Abilities    

- Be flexible with your hours and willing to work two evenings a week and occasional weekends
- Be computer literate
- Have clear and concise written and spoken communication skills
- Have the ability to present information in a structured and balanced way
- Be able to meet deadlines
- Be able to handle a variety of administrative duties in an efficient manner
- Be able to work as part of a team
- Be self motivated and able to work independently
- Be able and willing to talk about the work and valuesof Sidewalk in local churches and community groups
- Be able to maintain appropriate boundaries and conduct yourself with professionalism at all times
- Hold a current driving license and willing to drive a minibus (Desirable)


- Experience working with young people in a youth and community setting (Essential)
- Experience of managing people (Highly desirable)
- Experience of fundraising (Desirable)

Knowledge and Qualifications    

- Hold a relevant qualification in youth work and community work (Level 3 and above extremely desirable)
- Have an understanding of safeguarding principles and procedures

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