Lead Youth Worker

Rio Ferdinand Foundation -

Full-time (Permanent)
£23,000.00 - £26,000.00


The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is recruiting a Lead Youth Worker to support the delivery of our youth engagement and empowerment programmes working across Greater Manchester, with our regional office based in Salford.

The central focus of the role includes the implementation and delivery of;

  • Leading targeted youth engagement and outreach programmes using sports, arts and media to build relationships with young people aged 11-25 from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
  • Staff and support specific mental health and wellbeing workshops for cohorts of young people aged 11-25 from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
  • Provide mentoring and personal development opportunities including;
  • Supporting young people to design and deliver their own social action projects in cooperation with their peers, other young people and the wider community.
  • Link/support young people into wider progression pathways.
  • With key responsibilities around programme delivery, monitoring and evaluation the Lead Youth Worker will also support the development of positive relationships with project partners. As well as ensuring young people are engaged in opportunities that are developmental, innovative and meaningful. The successful candidate will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS disclosure.


  • Recruit, organise and lead creative workshops and engagement activities (involving sports, arts and media) with existing/new cohorts of young people from targeted marginalized communities across Greater Manchester.
  • Lead on the planning and delivery of our projects alongside a range of local delivery partners.
  • Support young people to plan, fundraise, deliver and evaluate their own social action project.
  • Work with the RFF team to develop/support our Ambassador group, hosting monthly meetings with young people to ensure youth voice/representation throughout RFF’s engagement opportunities.
  • Devise appropriate and sensitive action plans to support young people through each stage of their developmental journey including 1-2-1 meetings, focused groups, emails/phone calls, home visits etc.
  • Work in partnership with local services and provision to ensure RFF is linking into and enhancing local opportunities for young people.
  • Work with the Programme Manager and wider team to source and support sessional’s/facilitators within a range of accredited and non-accredited training for young people involved in our programmes.
  • Work with the team in the development of new projects, new/existing partnerships/stakeholders.
  • Lead on monitoring for programmes and initiatives, including registers/consent forms, updating and maintaining RFF’s online secure system and provide any supporting information for evaluation purposes i.e. case studies to Programme Manager.
  • Promote the profile of RFF and our engagement programmes through public speaking events, taster sessions, meetings, conferences.
  • Source and refer young people onto progression pathways within either further volunteering, training, employment or enterprise.
  • Ensure compliance with RFF polices in relation to health and safety, equal opportunities and working with volunteers and young people.


  • Work flexibly where appropriate on evening, weekends and during school holidays to ensure full and supportive delivery of the programme.
  • Work with the team to deliver programmes within budget/timescales
  • Undertake new training to develop work related skills and knowledge
  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the Foundation, as may reasonably be requested by the Programme Manager.
  • Work with due regard for RFF’s core values and objectives
  • Ensure the effective implementation of, and adherence to RFF’s Equal Opportunities, Child Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures.


  • Have at least two years’ experience of leading/delivering creative youth work programmes across multiple/complex communities.
  • Have excellent knowledge in relation to social issues and challenges faced by young people and communities across Greater Manchester.
  • Have at least two years’ experience of engaging and mentoring young people from a variety of complex backgrounds and diverse communities.
  • Have an understanding of the sport for development and youth work sectors.
  • Have experience in facilitation, monitoring and evaluating projects and demonstrate an understanding and experience of managing information using computer software/systems.
  • Evidence a skills base in networking and building new partnerships with the voluntary and statutory sectors.
  • Evidence an ability to coordinate sessional staff and volunteers.
  • Clearly demonstrate an ability to build trusting relationships and deliver high quality activities for young people.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to use initiative and manage multiple work loads
  • Proactive, resilient and able to work well within a close-knit team.
  • Express a willingness to work out of office hours including weekends, evenings and some bank holidays if needed.
  • PC literate using MS Office (word, excel, power point, outlook)
  • Car driver and clean drivers’ license (desirable)

How to apply:

If you’re interested in the above role please submit your CV and cover letter (max 2 pages) explaining your suitability in line with the person specification by 5pm on Thursday 30th July.

Successful applicants will be contacted and interviews will take place from 10th August 2020.

Anticipated start date 14/09/20 or before.

Expected start date: 14/09/2020

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: £23,000.00 - £26,000.00 per yea


Casual Dress

Company Pension


Monday to Friday


COVID-19 considerations:

These programmes will include online remote delivery (digital training workshops and campaigns) as well as fully risk assessed face to face delivery with PPE and other precautions in place as necessary.


mentoring young people: 2 years (Required)

youth work : 2 years (Required)

Work remotely:

Temporarily due to COVID-19

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