Assistant Director of the Young Leaders Award

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Bishopthorpe Palace, York

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Trust at an exciting and critical time. The successful applicant will be a key part of the team that will shape the future of the Archbishop’s charity, as we grow in our effectiveness and impact as a national initiative. We believe that young people have the potential to change our world for the better and we seek to raise a generation of young people empowered to transform society.

This is a full-time post working within the Young Leaders Award (YLA) team. The post-holder will play a key part in supporting the Director of the YLA with the strategic leadership of the YLA Portfolio, working to maximise the growth, sustainability and performance of the Young Leaders Awards. This includes the promotion and marketing of the YLA at both Primary and Secondary level across the country; line management, training and support of a new team of Regional Schools Workers to be based in the south, and; visits, training and support of new and active schools in the north. The post will involve some travel and during the first year of employment, this will predominately be to the southern region, including London.

Main Duties and Responsibilities :

In collaboration with the Director of the Young Leaders Award (YLA), the Primary Strategic Lead and the Young Leaders Award team, you will be expected to

  • Assist the Director of the YLA and Primary Strategic Lead in implementing the YLA strategy and achieving Work Programme goals in the YLA Team to ensure the YLA grows and adheres to the Trust’s wider vision.
  • Promote, develop and retain interest in all levels of the YLA (KS1,2,3,4/+16) through working closely with schools, diocese teams and other key providers and partners.
  • Provide visible and confident leadership to our staff, schools, partners and sponsors, speaking at both internal and external events.
  • Conduct school visits, training and support for all YLA programmes in the North and in the Midlands and South when required.
  • Assist the Director of the YLA with the monitoring, tracking and reviewing of the YLA’s effectiveness, including the evidence collection process and retention levels across the Awards.
  • Lead the induction programme, training, ongoing support and line management of a YLA regional team in the southern region, including London.
  • Assist the Director of the YLA in the creation, coordination and implementation of the YLA marketing strategy across the regions, taking responsibility for generating a new marketing programme of events and activities for the southern region.
  • Oversee funding opportunities and projects from the Director of Fundraising that require YLA team involvement and coordinate funding partnerships and the renewal of Memorandums of Understanding with dioceses, when required.
  • Embed the Youth Trust’s Vision, Mission and Values into all managerial systems and processes.

Specific Tasks (Leadership and Management) :

YLA Strategy

  • Support the Director of the YLA and the Primary Strategic Lead, to deliver and implement an ambitious national strategy that sustains the Trust’s plans for growth across new and current regions in both Primary and Secondary schools.
  • Collaborate with the Director of the YLA on the YLA marketing strategy and its implementation across the three regions in which we operate: North, Midlands and South.
  • Lead and develop a marketing strategy for the South collaborating with key partners in that region.
  • Establish a YLA conference and event structure in the South to provide marketing opportunities.


  • Support the Director of the YLA in the monitoring and tracking of new schools; the school support process, and; retention of schools. Evaluate the half-termly data and reports created for each Award and region and use this information to generate potential strategies that will support the YLA team to achieve its goals.
  • Support the Director of the YLA in budgeting and forecasting YLA income, expenditure and retention figures.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Educated to at least degree level or equivalent.
  • Experience of working with schools or elsewhere in the education sector.
  • Experience of line management and strategic leadership of a team.
  • Understanding of the school education system with a focus on RE, Citizenship, Character education and PSHE curriculum areas.
  • Understanding of broader whole school curriculum and inspection measures including Ofsted’s SMSC framework and the Church of England’s SIAMS schedule.
  • Competent IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  • Full driving licence.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Commitment to the Christian founding aims, values and purpose of the Trust.
  • A passion to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.
  • A self-starter, highly motivated and able to work well independently as well as part of a wider team.
  • Strong, effective and compassionate leadership skills and attributes.
  • Strong team player with a good level of emotional intelligence.
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Appreciation of the importance of a healthy work-life balance and maintaining the well-being of themselves and the staff team.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to working hours.

Communication and Soft Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to engage and work with people in different contexts, and in teams, confidently and professionally.
  • Strong presentation skills: confident in addressing educational leaders, Head teachers and classroom teachers.
  • Ability to address Primary and Secondary school age pupils, inspiring them to be agents of change in their communities.
  • Excellent networking and negotiation skills.
  • High degree of integrity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills.