Head of Engagement (Maternity Cover)

UK Youth

  • Team: External Relations
  • Salary: £48,000 per annum
  • Location: London/ Flexible with a willingness to travel to London office
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 20th Jul 2021 BST

Job Description

This is an exciting and busy time to be joining UK Youth as we have just launched our new strategy to transform the way we work to ensure all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. As a result, we are recruiting for a number of new roles designed to enable the organisation to grow, improve our ways of working and enable us to deliver our ambitious 2025 strategic plan.  We’re looking for an exceptional leader to build and deliver a new engagement strategy over the next 12 months. This strategy will focus on storytelling and digital innovation with the purpose of new donor acquisition and engagement of individual supporters, event participants and celebrity talent.  

The Engagement team is responsible for growing our individual supporter base, particularly focusing on a mid-value audience and oversees events from across the organisation. The team manages a portfolio of successful special events and challenge events and is now adopting digital fundraising and talent engagement as part of the new strategy. This role will line manage five team members; Philanthropy & Engagement Manager, Events Strategy Manager, Events Fundraising Manager, Talent Engagement Manager and the Events and Engagement Officer.   You will be responsible for leading the Engagement team to deliver a diverse portfolio of events and fundraising appeals with integrated supporter journeys, applying insights and audience research. You will bring outstanding creative skills, innovating and testing approaches that provide a variety of ways in which individuals can support UK Youth.  

 You will have a strong background in primarily individual giving or direct marketing, although knowledge of other fundraising income streams will strongly be considered. You will have experience in managing and inspiring teams, experience of income forecasting, reporting and strategic planning and have excellent senior relationship management skills.  

Who we are 

UK Youth is a leading charity that exists to ensure all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. We work with others to ensure that the youth sector is strengthened, supported and that provision is youth-led, evidence-informed and delivers high-quality outcomes. 

UK Youth plays a unique role in addressing; the lack of investment in the youth sector, the lack of cross-sector understanding in how youth work makes a difference and the limited opportunities to embed effective solutions. These factors lead to mass inequality of access to youth services for young people. To find more about us and how we make an impact, please visit UK Youth Website

Why work at UK Youth 

We are a value-based, passionate and committed organisation offering a friendly working environment with lots of opportunities for professional development and socialising (even whilst we are all working remotely!) from lunch and learn sessions, staff quizzes, to virtual coffee meet ups. 

UK Youth prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity employer, and we would particularly welcome applications for this role from those who identify under one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. 

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to inclusivity and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. Our selection procedures ensure that people are treated on the basis of their relevant merits, experience, skills and abilities and that no individual receives more or less favourable treatment. 

We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in our organisation, including Black, Asian, minority ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are also currently underrepresented by men and so are seeking applications from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identity to bring a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights to UK Youth. 

What we can offer you 

We offer a competitive range of benefits, good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and vibrant organisational culture. 

  • Flexible/Agile Working 

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays 

  • Pension scheme (currently UK Youth match employee contributions up to 5%) 

  • Membership of our life insurance scheme which would pay-out up to 4 times your salary 

  • Employee Assistance Programme to support employees both professionally and personally 

  • 20% discount off bookings at Avon Tyrrell, our New Forest Outdoor Centre, including camping, lodges and outdoor activities. 

  • CycleScheme and TechScheme 


How to apply 

If you would like to be considered for this fantastic opportunity, please click here and complete an application via our completely anonymised recruitment system (provided by Applied)  

  • Closing date for applications will be 5 pm Monday 19th July 2021                            

As this role involves working in a regulated environment with young people, any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks, which include criminal record check and employment reference. 

As part of the recruitment process, UK Youth will be gathering and uses certain information about you. For further information regarding this, please review our Data Protection Privacy Notice which explains what data of yours we process and how we use it.  


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 20th Jul 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application