Youth Coordinator

Job title
Youth Coordinator: Recruitment & Administration


3 days per week – 24 hours


£24,000 FTE

Reporting To

About the Role

The Youth Coordinators will lead on the recruitment, development, HR and pastoral care of up to 70 young people (over each 12-month period) on our established Young Shoots and Short Sharp Shot programmes.

Young Shoots programme: Each year we employ up to 15 young people (called “the Shoots”), for 3-18 months, in roles such as content production, administration or event production and provide them with an extensive development programme and to help them progress.

Short Sharp Shot programme: This is a rolling programme of up to 12 weeks of work experience, masterclasses, project work and personal development, which we have recently piloted with our first group of “Sharpies”.

The Youth Coordinators help the young people on both programmes develop individual learning plans, provide 1-2-1 mentoring/coaching, support them to develop user-led arts projects and a programme of learning and development group sessions and master classes and help them progress into training, development opportunities, placements, higher education or employment outside the organisation. The Youth Coordinators also provide pastoral care, support and line-management for the Young Shoots.

Duties and Key Responsibilities: working with the other Youth Coordinator:
• Identify, needs assess and recruit up to 70 disadvantaged young people to the Young Shoots and Short Sharp Shots programmes (via third party referrals and existing participants in SGS arts projects) each year.
• Process the onboarding of new Shoots and Sharpies, including HR requirements.
• With the Youth Coordinator: Development & Employment, programme development plans and training, ensuring targets set are met on time and effective.
• Hold 1-2-1 sessions for our young people, supporting them to develop individual learning plans (where appropriate), updating CVs and LinkedIn, provide advice and guidance and facilitate referrals to other support organisations.
• Oversee the monitoring and recording of evaluation for the Shoots and Sharpies programme.
• Support the Youth Coordinator: Development & Employment to deliver a programme of learning and development group sessions and master classes for our young people.
• Manage the HR processes and procedures, including pastoral care and monitoring systems to track the Young Shoots in conjunction with the Administration Manager and Programme Manager, including any lateness and absences.
• Ensure the protection of all participants of Small Green Shoots’ projects and workshops by following safeguarding policies and procedures.
• Collaborate with and support the Programme Manager to deliver events, outreach projects and workshops.
• Support the Youth Coordinator: Development & Employment with the internship and secondment programme.
• Oversee the management of SGS’s Alumni programme for ex-Shoots and Sharpies.
• Play an active role in annual planning contributing in detail to both activities and budgets.
• Attend leadership meetings and report progress to their Line Manager every week (or as requested).
• Support other activities of SGS as and when required.

Employer Details

Employer Description:

Small Green Shoots is a new type of apprenticeship – we are not about “jobs” we are about “careers”. We invest more in our young people from the outset. Small Green Shoots help traditionally underprivileged individuals gain access to the entertainment and creative industries through paid classroom learning and internships, plus access to creative grants. This ensures stable careers for years as opposed to short-term, low earning and unsustainable intern contracts.

Small Green Shoots was founded in 2009. We are dedicated to increasing career opportunities for NEETs (not in education, employment or training) within the music and creative industries. We are the only UK arts organisation with both a black female Chair and black female CEO. We have 85% BME staff and 100% from low-income backgrounds (or parents with less than £24k per annum household earnings).

On the artist side, throughout the past 10 years SGS have been vital in helping kickstart the careers of artists such as Jorja Smith, Mahalia and Emelie Sande – providing funding for recording sessions, video shoots and much more.

As one of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, Small Green Shoots has also piloted and developed the comprehensive and successful Young Shoots Programme.

Offering an alternative route into the workplace, each year this initiative offers young people the opportunity to manage our events, activities, and projects and will also benefit from placements in companies like Insanity Records, Columbia Records and Wieden + Kennedy.

From the get-go they are mentored in all facets of event management – from bid-writing and brainstorming, through to media management, marketing, and even basic accountancy. By developing transferable and practical skills, Small Green Shoots helps young people open doors and create long term careers within the hugely competitive creative industries sector.

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About the Candidate
Desirable Skills required:

• Experience working with young people
• Experience managing, leading & delivering youth focussed projects
• Understanding and experience of safeguarding and health and safety procedures and regulatory frameworks relevant to the delivery of youth services
• Experience of HR and recruitment processes.
• Experience of building and nurturing strong and productive relationships, internally and externally
• Highly organised with good written & verbal communication skills
• Knowledge & understanding of other agencies involved in the delivery of services to young people
• Positive, friendly, welcoming and pro-active
• Level 2, 3 or diploma in youth work practice
• Educated to degree level
• Experience of working in a youth or education setting or similar
• An understanding of challenges faced by young people
Personal Qualities:
• Efficient and flexible.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Keen to work as part of a busy team.
• Be able to use initiative.
• Willingness to learn from others and ask for advice/guidance.
• Professional and friendly demeanour.

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy, you must send your Cover Letter and CV to Tasmyn Wint, Development Assistant by Wednesday 3rd November at 6pm.


Start Date As soon as possible