Department: Saints Foundation
Hours: Full Time 37.5 hours per week, variable (to include evenings & some weekend work)
Contract Type: Permanent
Level of Criminal Record Check Required: Enhanced with Children’s Barred List
Salary range: £21,000 - £24,000
Saints Foundation is an independent charity aligned to Southampton Football Club. Harnessing the passion of the Club and its fans we aim to inspire, support and deliver positive change and equality of opportunity for young people and adults at risk across Southampton and surrounding areas.
What is the role?
We have a very exciting opportunity for a Youth Engagement Officer to come on board and join the Saints Foundation. In this role you will be working as part of the Saints Foundation Premier League Kicks team to deliver positive activities including football sessions, workshops and mentoring projects across the city.
We aim to use the power of the Southampton FC brand to work with 8–18-year old’s who are at risk of anti-social behaviour, youth violence and/or from high-need areas.
We are looking for someone who has a genuine passion to support young people to achieve their potential and improve their wellbeing and in doing so, working together to build a stronger, safer and more inclusive Southampton.
What are we looking for?
The ideal candidate will be able to deliver exciting and engaging sessions, including 1 to 1 and group mentoring, and have the ability to build strong rapport with hard to engage young people within their own communities.
We are looking for an organised individual who can keep track of each session and report back to the project lead when needed. Ideally this person needs to have previous experience working with a variety of age groups particularly young children. We are looking for an individual with a positive attitude and a confident personality with the ability to overcome challenges and be a positive role model. Finally this role requires a creative individual, in order to deliver engaging sessions and be confident in sourcing and suggesting new leads and ideas to the project lead.
Experience of successfully delivering or providing targeted interventions to young people in community settings is preferred.
Qualified or working towards a minimum UEFA C License (previously known as FA Level 2) or another sport and/or Level 2 Youth Work qualification. Alternatively, a strong interest and understanding of football as a whole – we can then support you with getting started on this qualification.
Communication and organization skills are essential in order to support the project lead with managing sessions.
Experience in working with young people and the ability to engage with them, inspire and hold a true understanding of the challenges young people in the community are facing.
We encourage anyone who is interested in this role to apply. We are very keen to get a diversity of background, culture, experiences and ideas into all areas of the club. This is a role that will offer development, mentoring and training to the successful candidates. We’ve all had different experiences and backgrounds, but we share the same values and it’s these shared values that bring us together as Saints Foundation.
What do you get in return?
Access to x2 free match tickets for every home league game
Access to our staff Health & Wellbeing initiatives (Mental & Physical Health).
Discounted Southampton Football Club merchandise.
A flexible approach to working hours to include evening and weekend work.
25 days’ holiday per year excluding bank holidays plus your birthday off each year.
Contributory Pension Scheme.
Worldwide Travel Insurance for you and your family.
Learning & Development opportunities - supporting you to develop your potential and achieve in your career.
Free onsite parking.
Cycle to Work Scheme.
Collaborative & inclusive working culture.
How can I apply?
Very easy. Just click on the apply button, enter your details and answer a quick pre-screening questionnaire, then attach your CV.
The closing date for applications is 23rd February 2024.
If you are interested in finding out more about the role, we will be hosting an insight session at St. Mary’s Stadium on Thursday 15th February 2024 from 5pm to 6pm. Please contact Dan Openshaw on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to sign up to the sessions. We will be looking to hold first stage interviews during the first week of March 2024.
*We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if a high volume of applicants are received.*