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Due to continued growth, the Positive Youth Foundation are looking to recruit candidates to join our growing team based in central Coventry.

Due to continued growth, the Positive Youth Foundation are looking to recruit candidates to join our growing, sociable team based in central Coventry. The foundation is more active than ever, taking a key role as honorary partner of Coventry’s successful bid to become the UK City of Culture and lead agency of the newly formed Coventry Youth Partnership, designed to help young people across Coventry access opportunities.

 We are dedicated in working with young people from the ages of 8-25 across a variety of disciplines including health, community safety and education. Candidates must have a genuine interest in working with young people, the personality to build relationships and relish the opportunity to manage your own workload with minimum supervision.

As an employee at the Positive Youth Foundation, you’ll play a part in delivering our nationally recognized, award winning sessions which receive accolades for their creativity, innovation and ability to produce impressive outcomes for young people. You will be rewarded to see the positive impact you have on young people, first-hand.

We meet the needs of young people by making our sessions accessible in every way; therefore, you will need flexibility to work at varied times, which could include evenings and weekends where necessary. We’re looking for people who want to work alongside a motivated team and can hit the ground running.

If this sounds like an organisation you’d like to work for, we’d invite you to send in an application by clicking on the respective job role below for the relevant job description and person specification.


Senior Youth Engagement Officer (Supporting Refugee Mental Health)

Salary £19,370 - £22,511
40 Hours per week 

Contract: 20 Months (with potential for extension)

T H E  R O L E :

Under the supervision of the PYF Management Team, the post holder will lead on the delivery of a range of youth focused programmes that holistically support the mental health and emotional well-being of newly arrived refugee young people, aged 8-13. Design and implement community based programmes that will target both newly arrived refugee and host community young people who are identified to be in need of support services due to living in challenging circumstances.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. To directly deliver a range of healthy-lifestyle, social action and mentoring programmes ensuring that they run smoothly and safely, in particular with young people who may have challenging lifestyle circumstances.

2. To motivate and encourage participants to take part in activity sessions, volunteering and social actions projects.

3. To plan and prepare for sessions both individually and as part of a team

4. To ensure satisfactory levels of health and safety at sessions in accordance with PYF procedures

5. To build and maintain healthy relationships with young people.

6. To possess the right commitment and skills to be able to involve young people in decisions that directly affect them.

7. To be fully aware of, and understand emergency procedures at session venues and then be able to deal with emergencies quickly and efficiently.

8. To confidently communicate verbally with participant groups, parents/guardians and partner agencies

9. To keep the PYF management team regularly informed on progress, problems and incidents at sessions, either in person or by telephone.

10. To maintain a professional appearance by wearing uniform and carrying an ID badge at all times having a positive presence at all sessions

11. To carry out all duties of the job with due regard to PYF’s Equal Opportunities Policy

All duties and responsibilities must be carried out with due regard to PYF’s Policies and Procedures.

Person Specification:


1. Knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities and its practical application, in particular to young people with challenging circumstances.

2. Knowledge and awareness of issues surrounding safeguarding children, in particular within a targeted youth work setting.

3. Knowledge and awareness of issues surrounding newly arrived refugee young people.

3. Knowledge of how to deliver a safe and engaging programme that promotes positive mental health and emotional well-being.

4. Knowledge of how the PYF approach to supporting young people is relevant and credible

Skills and Abilities:

1. To accurately record information in writing.

2. Verbal communication and listening skills, in particular with vulnerable young people

3. Ability to engage with a variety of target groups including young people, partner agencies and colleagues

4. Ability to plan activities at a team level, motivating staff and volunteers to deliver high quality provision

5. Ability to respond effectively and quickly to emergencies.

6. Ability to work within and contribute towards a team approach

7.Ability to motivate participants to take part in positive activity

8.To be punctual and reliable when delivering sessions

9. To be able to consult and involve young people and relevant partners to get their feedback and thoughts which will help them to be involved decisions.


At least two years paid experience of delivering targeted youth-based interventions.


Hold a minimum Level 2 Leadership Award or industry equivalent

Special Requirements:

This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. A Criminal Record Disclosure will be required prior to appointment.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter.

Application deadline: 20/08/2020

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: £19,370.00 - £22,511.00 per year


  • Company Pension

  • Flexible Schedule

  • Gym Membership

  • On-site Parking

  • Sick Pay


  • delivering targeted youth-based interventions.: 2 years (Required)

Work remotely:

  • No


Please submit a cover letter and CV to  info@positiveyouthfoundation.org

Deadline for applications: Thursday 20th August at 5pm.