We’re Hiring! Youth Project Officer

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The Community Plan for Holloway was set up to work alongside the local community to achieve the best possible outcomes from the Holloway Prison redevelopment for the local community. We are now recruiting for a part-time Youth Project Officer. This is an exciting new role which will focus on our Youth Research Project.

We’d love to hear from you if you are ready to take on the challenge of developing a newly funded project with the potential for real local impact. To apply, please send your CV with a letter of introduction telling us about your skills and experience from both paid and voluntary employment, addressing the different aspects of the Job Description below (no more than 2 sides of A4). 

For an informal discussion, to ask us any questions, or to send us your application, please email Melissa at engage.plan4holloway@gmail.com. 

Deadline for applications: Monday 22nd July 

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30th July or Friday 2nd August

Project description: 

Young people should be able to have a say in how their community is run, but their voices are often not heard. The Youth Research Project is a brand-new project, and part of the broader mission of Community Plan for Holloway to amplify local voices. You can read more about us here

A group of 10-15 young people aged between 14-19 years living or studying in the Holloway area will be trained to carry out research activities with the aim of highlighting the views of local young people around the new Holloway development, Holloway Park. The youth research team will find out about and raise awareness of the experiences, needs and ideas of local young people around a range of issues including what young people feel is important in a community and what community facilities local young people would want on the Holloway site. 

Youth Project Officer – Role Description:
You will lead on the planning, delivery, facilitation and administration of the Youth Research Project. This will include inputting into project design, as well as planning and facilitating events and workshops, to recruit, train and support a group of young people to carry out research and share the research outcomes. The successful candidate will have demonstrable competencies gained through voluntary or paid roles in working directly with young people on community projects, as well as research experience. You will be comfortable working with a high level of autonomy and report to the Board of Trustees. 

We are keen to include neurodiverse and disabled young people within the research project cohort and the selected candidate will need to demonstrate understanding and willingness to engage with a diverse group of young people. 

Job Description

You will need appropriate skills and experience to carry out the following activities: 

  • Work with a high level of autonomy to design, plan and manage the Youth Project in a safe, accessible and effective way following statutory guidelines
  • Identify and recruit a group of young people between 14-19 years living or studying in the local area through a launch event and other outreach activities to ensure the group is diverse and representative
  • Plan and facilitate events, meetings and workshops using a range of approaches to train and support the young researchers 
  • Carry out a range of research activities, in ways that prioritise the learning and participation of young people e.g. including organising and supporting young people to conduct interviews, focus groups and other participatory research approaches
  • Analyse data and collaborate with CP4H in disseminating research findings to a range of audiences using appropriate methods and media 
  • Work in partnership with local organisations as required including to evaluate the project 
  • Provide one-to-one support as needed to 10-15 young people to support them to participate in the research project through phone calls, individual meetings, training and other approaches
  • Keep appropriate records, develop documentation and work with the CP4H Safeguarding Lead as needed 
  • Attend regular meetings with the Board of trustees and staff team to keep the organisation informed about the project’s progress and to ensure the project remains within the organisation’s remit 
  • Contributing project-associated comms including: creating and delivering presentations, using social media, creating content for and updating websites, developing press releases for local, specialist and national media and ensuring the local community are aware of the project’s progress
  • Other reasonable activities to ensure young people are involved meaningfully in the redevelopment of the Holloway Prison site. 

Please supply the contact details for one personal and two professional referees. The successful candidate must pass an enhanced DBS check.

Salary: £34,671 FT equivalent – pro rata to £13,868.40 per year, for 14 hours a week (some flexibility here if needed). Paid via PAYE. Plus pension and paid holidays (national average, pro rata).  

Period of employment: Fixed term contract for 12 months. There will be a 2-month probation period, with regular support and reviews.  

Hours: 14 hours per week. To be worked flexibly, but evening and weekend working will be required, in order to fit in with the availability of young people.

Location: Office space in St George’s Church, N7 0ND, with ability to do some work from home. Attendance at meetings in the local area and occasionally other parts of Central / North London.

Accessibility: Our office is not fully accessible but we welcome discussion about potential adjustments to meet any needs.