As principle youth officer our Youth Services Manager is responsible for the strategic development of youth provision in Essex, devising innovative approaches with partners with a particular focus on the development of provision for the more vulnerable young people.
This role will lead on the management and continued strategic development of youth work and associated provision. It has responsibility for engaging with partners across the system to ensure that provision responds to the key challenges around youth attainment, community engagement, and inclusion as well as maximising available funding opportunities whilst effectively managing the youth work teams.
As an experienced manager within the Youth Services and Education environment, influencing partners and stakeholders will be a critical aspect of the role as well as engaging and building effective relationships within the local community. This role will strategically lead on the Essex response to national and local priorities such as the National Citizenship Service (NCS) and young carers. It is essential you have an understanding how community capacity building can help to reduce dependency on the local authority.
- Work with other team leaders to develop flexible provision to support more young people to access and achieve in main stream education and to work with schools and partners to prevent the exclusion of young people from education.
- Help to reduce the communities' dependence on the local authority by enabling and facilitating the development and implementation of the community capacity building model to ensure the delivery of the youth offer across Essex
- Responsible for ensuring appropriate mechanisms and protocols are in place with all other partnership agencies to ensure effective discharge of statutory joint obligations and duties.
- To ensure community is given a voice and able to set and develop solutions to their own locally identified priorities through bodies such as the YSG's and YEA.
- Lead and manage the community capacity building model, taking responsibility for delivering a high quality and cost-effective service to enable individuals to achieve their ambitions through education
- Lead, manage and motivate a team, to ensure working flexibly and collaboratively to ensure the successful delivery of local and national priorities in relation to young people. These include delivery of D of E, NCS, Plan B and other informal education personal development programmes contributing to school improvement
Knowlege, skills and experience
- Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
- Very strong knowledge of youth work practice and able to recognise and identify good youth work practice.
- Knowledge of commissioning-based service models and their application in a public and/or private sector context.
- Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams in the public and/or private sector.
- Demonstrable achievement of outcomes for customers with a strong focus on evidence based decision making and maximising value for money.
- Experience of business transformation and change projects and programmes, and influencing cultural change in a complex organisation.
Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.
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