Youth Work Manager Ref: YWM1

Job Description 

Salary: £28,000 - £30,000 annually.   

Main purpose of the post: Managing and delivering Youth Cymru projects and programs. Support funding bids and participation across operations.

Location: Office based in Treforest; home working and travel throughout Wales an on occasions Europe will be required.

Hours of Work: 35 hours a week.  Annual rolling contract

Annual Leave: Annual leave 20 days a year

Responsible to:

  • Joint CEOs who in turn are responsible to the Board of Trustees

Specifically, responsible to

  • Development Manager – report on plans across projects.
  • Quality and funding manager – update and report on monitoring, evaluation quality and participation, NVYO and submission of funding applications.
  • Finance Manager – Budgets and expenses.

Key responsibilities, tasks and activities :

  • Contribute to the production and implementation of strategies, policies, practices and actions aligned with internal and external requirements
  • Manage the development and implementation of project delivery, monitoring and evaluation plans; in line with Youth Cymru’s Business Plan, Fundraising Strategy, Marketing and Communication Plan and Strategy
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate projects in line with individual project plans.
  • Embed participation across all operations
  • Communicate with funders, stakeholder and partners in relation to development, funding and project management
  • Contribute to line management of team as part of the Senior Team
  • Contribute to the management of Youth Cymru’s wider activities and events informed by Youth Cymru’s Business Plan.

Organisational Responsibilities, Tasks & Activities

  • Plan and organise appropriate youth and community events, projects and delivery
  • Contribute to the development, design and delivery of accreditation to the sector
  • Establish and develop new youth opportunities and projects
  • Liaise with charities, community workers, Members of the Senedd (MS), MPs, Hubs, and other interested parties, ensuring all are regularly informed of project developments
  • Respond to enquiries from affiliated members and individuals about projects, maintaining a lively relationship with participating hubs, clubs and schools
  • Recruit, train and supervise members, sessional workers and volunteers
  • Undertake detached ‘outreach' with our Youth Cymru members
  • Produce reports and information to support projects and business plan
  • Produce, support and deliver presentations for internal and external purposes
  • Promote the principles and purposes of youth work in Wales
  • Maintaining project proformas/CRM and records internally
  • Represent Youth Cymru at networking events, external meetings, phone and virtual conferencing, and public forums such as conferences, events and meetings
  • Manage and administer budgets and resources
  • Prepare and distribute publicity materials and displays
  • Analyse risks and opportunities of the project and young people and monitor project progress to handle any issues that arise
  • Create and use tools to monitor plans and expenditures within Youth Cymru on many different projects
  • Liaise with all different funders throughout the life of the project and build strong relationships, creating opportunities to apply for any potential continuation funding
  • Liaising and working with members, young people, formal and informal educational facilities, and other community groups/organisations either directly or virtually
  • Providing mentoring, advocacy, and information to the sector.
  • Support and identify fundraising opportunities and bids
  • Working aligned with relevant youth work quality standards.

Performance Standards


  • Activities are expected to be carried out with minor supervision.
  • Must be capable of setting priorities and working under pressure
  • Must be able to multi-task plan and work on tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants is essential
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Use of Youth Cymru’s CRM system, based on Charity Log



  • Commitment to human rights and rights of children and young people
  • Respect for the agency of children and young people
  • Commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and inclusivity
  • Commitment to democratic engagement
  • Commitment to developing the strength of democratic engagement in Wales.



  • Working in a team.
  • Working effectively in a role requiring self-motivation and exercise of own initiative.


Knowledge and skills: 

  • Knowledge of the youth sector in Wales
  • Understanding of safeguarding in a multi-agency youth facing context
  • Awareness of Welsh political context and arena including, policies, priorities and devolved issues
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Proficiency in IT: Office; multi-media, etc.

Qualification, Experience & Knowledge

  • Professionally qualified Youth Worker
  • Eligible and willing for EWC Registered
  • Experience of providing project management in a youth work/youth facing setting
  • Knowledge of IT and media platforms to record promote and deliver projects, including virtually
  • Level 2 safeguarding training (willingness to achieve within 3 months of commencement of employment)
  • Experience of consultation in youth work settings.



These duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time.

The scope of the job may change as necessitated by operational, organisational demands or the needs of young people; this will be negotiated and will aim not to place the employee at a disadvantage. Changes could include; job title, location, operational responsibilities in line with the NVYO and funding, hours of work and pay.

Personal Specification 

Education and training

Essential Requirements: Professionally qualified Youth Worker e.g. Level 6 Youth and Community


A management qualification

Ability to speak Welsh

How it will be assessed: Application form

Experience and knowledge

Essential Requirements:

Experience of managing the development and implementation of youth and community projects and programmes, including in a national and/or local context.

Experience of developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation, demonstrating impact and developing new insights and learning.

Partnership working with the private sector and local/national voluntary and statutory sector organisations.

Responding appropriately to safeguarding issues.

How it will be assessed:

Application form and interview

Skills and abilities

Essential Requirements:

Ability to provide effective line management support for staff, managing performance and setting clear direction, in a range of contexts.

Ability to contribute to the production and implementation of strategies, policies, practices and actions aligned with internal and external drivers.

Organisational skills and ability to set priorities in relation to own workload.

The ability to communicate and interact confidently and clearly with colleagues and partners enabling motivation for teams and individuals, both in writing and verbally.

Knowledge of IT and media platforms to record, promote and deliver projects. e.g. CRM


Ability to use a CRM system.

How it will be assessed:

Application form and interview

Personal attributes

Essential Requirements:

Interest in the development of youth work project and services and commitment to achieving equality standards and to valuing diversity.

Motivated to work on own initiative whilst maintaining collaborative relationships with colleagues.

Ability to meet deadlines, to be persuasive and diplomatic and to gain co-operation from others.

Commitment to continuous organisational improvement.


Be willing to undertake further training.

Knowledge of Welsh culture and language, an ability to speak Welsh would be an advantage.

How it will be assessed:

Application form and interview

Special circumstance

Essential Requirements:

Ability to travel to various location across Wales and if required Europe.

How it will be assessed:

Application form and interview

To apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application form below with as much detail as possible. To ensure a fair and equitable shortlisting process personal information will be withheld during the selection process. Please also complete our equal opportunities form below

Please note CV’s and automated applications will not be accepted

If you have any questions about the post and would like to arrange to discuss the vacancy or simply to find out more about Youth Cymru please email

Application deadline: 29th July 2020 by Midday.  If successful we will contact you on the 30th of July

Interviews: Interviews will be held digitally via Zoom or Microsoft Teams on 3rd and 4th August 2020. A pre-interview task will also be send to you

Appointment will be subject to 2 references and an Enhanced DBS check.

Your Personal Statement

To ensure you are selected for interview it is important that you write a personal statement. As well as providing any additional information about you, which you feel is relevant to the role, please ensure that you have provided information, examples and evidence to illustrate how you meet each of the elements of the person specification and can also meet the values of Youth Cymru. You should refer to any relevant experience acquired inside work and if appropriate, outside of work, (e.g. community, voluntary or leisure interests). To be selected for interview you must demonstrate that you meet these criteria to a greater relevance and/or depth than others who are also applying. Evidence your suitability, by going beyond making simple statements. For example, if the job description requires that you are “highly motivated with excellent communication and numeracy skills”, simply saying “I am highly motivated with excellent communication and numeracy skills”, will not be sufficient. You must include descriptions and examples from your experience (in and/or out of work), which illustrate you having and using these skills.