JOB VACANCY: Youth Challenge Oxfordshire – Project Director

Youth Challenge Oxfordshire (YoCO) Project Director

Opportunity for the right person to grow a successful young charity working with enthusiastic volunteers.

The project director will develop, support and deliver the YoCO Programme. with responsibility for the recruitment, induction and on going support of the volunteer Group Leaders. They will report to the Board of Trustees and be responsible for managing the Group Leaders, other volunteers and, when appointed, an administrator.

Job location (usual place of work): Home Based (Oxfordshire)

Pay rate: £25 – £30k FTE (Job Share Considered)

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Project Director

Applications close on date: Monday 24th June

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Overview of the Role
• Following a recent review of its strategy and structure, YoCO is looking to appoint a Project Director to develop, support and deliver the YoCO Programme. The Project Director will have responsibility for the recruitment, induction and on-going support of the volunteer Group Leaders in delivering the YoCO Programme.
• The Project Director will report to the Board of Trustees and will be responsible for managing YoCO’s Group Leaders, other volunteers and, when appointed, an administrator.
• The role requires attendance at some evening Youth Group meetings and some fundraising events at weekends. Hours will not be 9-5.

Key Responsibilities
Youth Groups
1. Establish Youth Groups in areas of Oxfordshire where it has been identified that there are vulnerable young people who would benefit from the YoCO Programme.
2. Ensure that the volunteer Group Leaders are appropriately recruited, inducted, trained and DBS checked.
3. Register all young people on to the Programme and ensure that appropriate records are maintained.
4. Continue to develop the Programme for each group based on the existing template in conjunction with the Group Leaders and support them in delivering the Programme through regular liaison, support and attendance at Group Meetings.
5. Be responsible for the booking of external providers and speakers on the Programme.
6. Ensure that all fundraising events are suitably managed and attend some fundraising events organised by Youth Groups as required.
7. Work with the Group Leaders to establish appropriate procedures to track each Youth Group’s fundraising, maintain the relevant Virgin Money pages and bank all funds raised.
8. Work closely with the Nasio Trust in the UK and Kenya to plan and coordinate each Youth Group’s 10 days volunteering in Kenya.
9. Be responsible for the booking of flights for each Youth Group.
10. Act as the UK link with parents and guardians for the 10 days when each Youth Group is in Kenya.
11. Evaluate every Programme and maintain data on the impact of the Programme on the young people.
12. Work with the Group Leaders to maintain contact with the young people after the Programme wherever possible and encourage them to maintain their link with YoCO.

13. Develop effective working relationships and practices with Nasio Trust to ensure that each Youth Group’s stay in Kenya runs smoothly.
14. Attend regular management meetings with Nasio Trust.

15. Undertake necessary Safeguarding training. (A trustee is the lead safeguarding officer)
16. Attend meetings as required with social workers and young persons
17. Ensure that appropriate insurance cover is in place at all times.

18. Work with the Board of Trustees to agree and implement a publicity and communications plan for YoCO. This plan should consider, as appropriate, the YoCO website, communications with Friends of YoCO and past donors, the production of appropriate YoCO materials (e.g. fliers), the production of a YoCO newsletter, and the use of social media.

Fundraising for YoCO
19. Lead YoCO’s fundraising activities (as distinct from the fundraising activities of the Youth Groups). These could include preparing applications to grant giving bodies, attendance at networking events, presentations to potential donors.
20. Organise central fundraising events.

YoCO Administration
21. Be responsible for ensuring that YoCO has appropriate operating procedures and policies in place and that these are followed in practice.
22. Attend the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees and provide a report for circulation ahead of each meeting.
23. Be responsible for managing and tracking YoCO’s equipment and materials.
24. Assist in appointing an administrative assistant

Essential Skills and Qualifications
• Experience of programme and/or project delivery
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Strong organisational skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
• Self-motivation
• Valid driving licence

Desirable Skills, Experience and Qualifications
• Knowledge and experience of safeguarding issues
• Experience of working with young people
• Proven track record of generating income through grants and trusts
• Managing a team of volunteers both adult and youth
• Experience of donor care
• Experience of managing budgets
• Experience of setting strategic aims
• Experience of working across cultures – overseas travel

Personal Attributes
• Flexible
• Proactive
• Articulate and able to communicate effectively to a diverse audience
• Ability to inspire others
• Commitment to supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate
• Committed to equality in practice,
• Able to work effectively in a team or independently as required

Full Job Description YoCO Project Director Job Description

To apply, please contact: Jane Cranston