YEM Aberdeen

V315 Recruitment Monitoring Form

Fixed-term contract – 12 months
Youth Engagement Manager (Aberdeen)
Ref: V315
Start date: As soon as possible
Hours/Days per week: 35 hours per week (flexible days/hours)
Salary: £24,000 
Location: Home-based close to Aberdeen
Closing date: 28 June 2021 – 9.00 am 
Interview date and Location:  online interviews, Friday 2 July 2021 

Volunteering Matters
Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We use the unique power of volunteering to bring people together and build stronger, more resilient communities across the UK.  

We bring people together to resolve some of society’s most complex issues. From social isolation and loneliness; improving health and wellbeing; building skills, confidence and opportunity and ensuring young people can become change makers in their community, the impact that we make is great. 

And we won’t stop until everyone in the UK has the opportunity to thrive. 

Since April 2021, the charity ProjectScotland is now part of the Volunteering Matters family.  ProjectScotland gives young people the chance to learn new skills and to get on in life through volunteering placements and mentoring opportunities. 

Purpose of the role
We are delighted to be working in a fresh initiative in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to support their “virtual school” initiative for care experienced young people, providing them and other young people in Aberdeen with opportunities to take part in volunteering placements and mentoring support as part of a pathway to improving their lives, and life chances.

We are therefore looking for a talented, dynamic and professional Youth Engagement Manager to join our team. The right candidate would be someone who can work flexibly and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to our organisational values. You will be leading the work to establish our presence in Aberdeen, working with the local authority education, social work, and employability teams to identify young people who might benefit from the programme and designing our contribution to the work. 
This will require strong leadership, and the ability to build partnership, and collaborating positively to add value to existing provision. 

As our Youth Engagement Manager, you will directly support young people with complex and challenging barriers to securing a positive pathway from school.  This will include barrier identification and removal, supporting pre volunteering activity as well as volunteering placements in their local area. Young people will also be supported by a dedicated ProjectScotland volunteer Mentor, and post placement, your role will be to support a positive bridge to further employability programmes or opportunities.  

You will identify, develop, and manage partnerships with charitable and not-for-profit organisations across Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, building an effective presence within the third sector interface, and across its networks.  You will create diverse, high-quality, structured volunteering opportunities with partner organisations, ensuring that volunteering roles reflect the needs and interests of young people.   You will also support the creation of strong referral pathways into our service, and beyond it, building on a knowledge of existing provision.  

Key Duties:  

  • To meet specified targets in supporting young people, achieving positive outcomes for all  
  • To work on to one with care experienced and other young people to identify the barriers they face, and provide support and strategies to overcome them, 
  • To engage directly with young people to understand their wants, needs and aspirations and determine the best opportunity for each to volunteer, and provide the support they need in advance of volunteering 
  • To work alongside ProjectScotland mentoring team to ensure young people have the opportunity to benefit from the experience and skills of a dedicated volunteer mentor if appropriate 
  • To manage all elements of the young person’s experience from application and induction to completion of their volunteering opportunity, and beyond 
  • To develop and maintain excellent relationships with the third sector interface, charity partners and referral partners  
  • To identify, create and develop relationships with new partners or agencies to provide additional volunteering opportunities as required 
  • To research and engage with partners to provide required coverage of placement sector and geography 
  • To manage the risk assessment, quality assurance and audit processes as appropriate 
  • Ensure monitoring, impact and evaluation information and data is collected and that the project meets it’s agreed targets, reporting format and schedule.  Assist the Delivery Leader by preparing reports to funders 
  • To ensure all the above is done with excellent record keeping, in accordance with compliance requirements  
  • Promoting and representing Volunteering Matters and ProjectScotland across the region 
  • Contribute to the wider Volunteering Matters and ProjectScotland staff teams, upholding our values at all times 

Person Specification
Your statement of suitability should demonstrate how you fulfil these requirements. 

Skills   

  • A sound and comprehensive understanding of the particular challenges and barriers that young people face, particularly those who are care experienced    
  • Understanding of how to assess the needs of an individual using a person-centered approach   
  • Strong organisational and IT skills  
  • Excellent people skills and ability to build professional relationships with others   
  • Customer-focused with an ability to have strategic conversations with key partners one minute and talk to a young nervous potential volunteer the next  
  • Ability to manage a busy workload and prioritise accordingly  
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to accurately record all interactions  
  • Experience of project management and working to deadlines 

Experience   

  • Significant expertise working directly with young people, particularly those who are care experienced    
  • Demonstratable relationship management experience with a wide range of stakeholders 
  • Experience in using a CRM (customer relationship management) system 
  • Experience of project management and working to strict deadlines  
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team  

 Qualifications  

Relevant experience and values alignment is more important for this role than specific qualifications 
Other  

The post will be home based with frequent travel and time spent around Aberdeen City Centre and the surrounding areas.  Internet access to enable remote working is a requirement.   

 IT equipment and infrastructure will be supplied.  Post COVID-19 and in accordance with any social distancing guidelines there may be an expectation to travel further across Scotland to engage with colleagues, volunteers and beneficiaries.    

This role requires membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. Having a conviction will not necessarily cause a bar to employment.  

Volunteering Matters is committed to Equal Opportunities.

As users of the disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancies.

As an organisation which prides itself on inclusiveness, we aim to make our recruitment process as accessible as possible. Therefore, if you would prefer to submit your expression of interest in a way other than a standard cover letter, please contact us to discuss what would work best for you.

Benefits package: Pension, unlimited annual leave, fully flexible working, cycle to work & season ticket loan.

To apply please email join@volunteeringmatters.org.uk with your CV, supporting statement and recruitment monitoring form. 

Your supporting statement is of equal importance to us as your CV and is a key part of our shortlisting process. It is an opportunity for you to outline your experience and credentials directly to the details of the post.

Volunteering Matters is committed to the provision of equal opportunities in employment and accordingly wishes to ensure that no job applicant is treated less favourably on unjustifiable grounds. To assist in the monitoring of our performance in relation to equal opportunities you are requested to complete the enclosed monitoring form. The questionnaire is for statistical purposes only. Upon receipt it will be separated from your CV and cover letter and will not form part of the selection process.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive if we have not contacted you by the interview date it means that on this occasion, we are unable to take your application further.