Canal & River Trust

  • Youth Development Officer

    Job Locations UK-Wigan | UK-Ellesmere Port | UK-Cheshire-Northwich | UK-Leeds | UK-Stoke on Trent
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary FT
    Customer Service & Operations
    Advertised Salary
    £32,680.00 Inclusive of Allowances
  • Job Purpose

    The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings – preserving them for future generations


    We are currently recruiting for a Youth Development Officer (North).


    The successful candidate will provide specialist support to central and local teams relating to all aspects of youth engagement whilst building effective relationships with partner organisations to deliver a range of projects/interventions for young people between 13 & 25 years old; increasing youth engagement and informal/non-formal learning opportunities across the Trust.

    This post is a 12 month temporary vacancy & can be based at our Northwich, Ellesmere Port, Leeds, Red Bull or Wigan office.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    Key accountabilities:

    • Identify and develop strong working relationships with a wide range of youth organisations in the designated areas.
    • Provide advice, support and guidance to teams within the Trust around key issues of working with & engaging young people.
    • Identify and build relationships with a range of external organisations and agencies who can deliver youth engagement opportunities within the Trust.
    • Work with the Trust’s internal Project Management team to manage project budgets and ensure the work completed complements the wider aims and objectives of the Trust.
    • Promote the successes and progress of youth engagement within the Trust externally and internally.
    • Complete and submit regular project monitoring and reporting in line with Lead Partner and Funder requirements.
    • Work with the Trust’s National Youth Engagement Manager and Fundraising / Enterprise Teams to identify and secure additional funding for youth engagement.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to creating a culture of youth engagement within a non-youth organisation
    • Build internal capacity to increase the quality and quantity of needs-led, mutually beneficial youth engagement opportunities across the Trust

    This job involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment.

    A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. HR will advise, and decisions made on a case by case basis.


    Knowledge, Experience & Skills:


     Work experience:

    • Substantial experience of working with young people including developing and delivering youth programmes and activities.
    • Considerable experience of networking with a wide range of youth organisations
    • Considerable experience of marketing / comms / promotion of youth engagement opportunities including through social media
    • Considerable experience of delivering youth projects in partnership with other relevant organisations
    • Considerable experience of sourcing and coordinating social action/volunteer projects for young people
    • Considerable experience of project management, delivery, reporting and evaluation
    • Comprehensive working knowledge of issues relating to young people including safeguarding
    • Experience of working within the Third Sector/Voluntary organisations is desirable
    • Experience of managing people (employees or volunteers)
    • Experience of supporting young people in leadership / advisory / governance roles (eg: youth management board, youth forums) is desirable
    • Experience of developing and delivering training to young people and / or colleagues / volunteers is desirable
    • Experience of coordinating / organising mass participation events is desirable


    • Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of internal and external contacts.
    • Ability to align organisational strategy with local / regional needs and priorities
    • Ability to support, motivate and encourage others to involve young people in their work
    • Willingness and commitment to creating a culture of youth engagement within a non-youth organisation
    • Ability to manage a diverse workload
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent marketing / IT skills
    • Ability to create promotional materials for young people and youth leaders
    • Ability to create resources and toolkits to support others to engage young people
    • Ability and willingness to work evenings / weekends as required
    • Ability to work unsupervised and alone when appropriate
    • Excellent time management, prioritisation and organisational skills.
    • Ability to record activity and produce regular reports

    What We Offer

    In addition to your annual salary, we can offer Car Cash Allowance, competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.


    We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


    When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.  Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.


    Find out more about the work we do on our website:


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