Employability Partnerships Manager (REF-084)

Our aim is to give young people the opportunity to create a better future for themselves. If you believe in making a difference in young people’s lives as much as us, and have experience managing projects, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The Employability Partnerships Manager is a brand new role within the organisation. This is your opportunity to shape a new division and help manage and support young people through our new Kickstart support programme.

This role will report directly to the senior leadership team and be responsible for ensuring that project performance outcomes are achieved in line with our strategic action plan.

We’re looking for someone who has excellent interpersonal and networking skills as you will be liaising with young people, colleges and employers to ensure key outcomes are being achieved. You’ll also need to have experience in brokering, developing and maintaining external relationships with key stakeholders to source and secure employment, education and/or training opportunities for beneficiaries.

Up for the challenge?

Why Sport 4 Life UK?

Sport 4 Life UK is here to help young people (aged 11 to 29) move into sustained education, training and work through sports-themed personal development. All that we do is focused on changing the lives of young people.

We know that change has to start from within, and everyone, especially young people, respond better to positivity, encouragement and enthusiasm. So we pay particular attention to our team. Belief and trust in our team is one of our central values as an organisation, and we strive to create a positive, progressive and transparent team culture. 

Our staff are proud to work for Sport 4 Life and are united in working to achieve the organisation’s vision and mission. As a family, we are loyal, honest, transparent and trust each other.

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Job summary

As Employability Partnerships Manager, you will be responsible for securing employment, education and training opportunities for Sport 4 Life UK participants. This will also include taking ownership and leading our new Kickstart programme.

Project management experience is essential as you will be responsible for ensuring performance outcomes are achieved in line with the organisational goals and action plan. You will be required to monitor all employment activities and report successes and challenges to the senior leadership team. You will also be responsible for supporting the delivery team in identifying new opportunities to achieving key objectives.

A key part of this role is to inspire young people to help them achieve their ambitions and potential. As a result, you will need to have experience in networking and developing relationships with external partners.

Here’s an itemised summary of the role and application deadlines:

 

PositionEmployability Partnerships Manager
Contract TypeFull-time
TeamMentoring, Operations, Impact
Reports toHead of Research & Impact
Pay band£28,500 - £34,000 per annum
Working hours37.5 hours per week
General hours:
Monday - Friday (8.30am - 4.30pm (with evenings and weekends required))
Reasonable flexible working adjustments considered
LocationBirmingham, West Midlands
Application deadlineSunday 7th March 2021 (midnight)
Interview datesThursday 18th March 2021

 

Applications from under-represented and minority groups (e.g. diverse ethnic communities) are particularly welcome.

At Sport 4 Life UK, we expect high standards from all our employees, which is why we always find ways to give as much in return. In addition to your competitive salary and pension scheme, benefits include, 25 days annual leave (starting), flexible working, and staff socials (when it’s safe to do so). A more detailed summary of benefits can be found here.

Requirements

As this is a new position, we are looking for someone who has experience in developing a role, or willingness to take ownership and overcome unforeseen challenges. To be seriously considered for this role, candidates must have:

  • A relevant degree in youth education/sport development/project management or equivalent experience
  • Experience of administering, managing, monitoring and evaluating projects effectively
  • Experience of building and sustaining effective partnerships and external networks
  • Experience of developing new referral partners and creatively communicating a service offer to increase access to a project for service users
  • Experience of data inputting, self-administration and M&E processes
  • Experience of performance management and process
  • Recruitment, HR, and job procurement
  • Excellent organisation, planning and prioritisation skills, with the ability to manage a diverse workload

Desirable experience includes:

  • A relevant qualification in leadership and management
  • Evidence of CPD and/or relevant qualification in recruitment and/or HR sector
  • Evidence of CPD in youth education/employability sector
  • Experience of working with and delivering a service through payments by outcomes PBO or PBR
  • Experience in the third sector
  • Experience of working with young people
  • Experience of working in an employment / training environment
  • Experience of working in an environment where safeguarding and child protection is of high importance

In addition to demonstrating the above, candidates must also demonstrate a passion for changing the lives of young people. Everyone we employ is recruited based on our values. A more detailed summary of personal attributes can be found here.

Main responsibilities

Project & Service Management 

  • Overall accountability for participant’s progression into employment, education or training
  • Overall accountability for identifying work experience opportunities (including Kickstart) and supporting participants within work experience, employment, education or training by providing aftercare
  • To network with external organisations such as colleges, job centres, careers centres, employers, community groups and other relevant organisations to source and secure employment, education and/or training opportunities for beneficiaries
  • Use social media and local media to raise awareness of Sport 4 Life UK’s work, with support and training provided by our marketing team

Recruitment, Partnerships & Funding

  • To broker, maintain and develop key partnerships to increase referrals onto services
  • To target and support potential employers to access Kickstart funding through Sport 4 Life UK
  • To target Kickstart employers to broker referrals of their Kickstarters onto Sport 4 Life UK service
  • To develop and utilise recruitment and progression insights to maintain existing, and develop new outreach and referral partnerships across the West Midlands
  • To manage and continually improve progression referral processes, conversion performance and progression sustainability
  • To work alongside Project Managers, partners, and employers to develop a feedback process for successful and unsuccessful progression outcomes
  • Create customer journey for employers and EET providers
  • To work with the Head of Business Development to manage relationships with existing and new corporate partners and/ or funders in the new growth areas
  • To complete all necessary internal and external reporting requirements
  • Secure funding from the Kickstart scheme as a training provider for employers
  • To ensure the organisation is represented in an appropriate and professional manner to partners, employers, and relevant stakeholders

Quality Assurance & Standardisation

  • To Support our Quality Assurance process by conducting progression related checks and audits
  • To embed and conduct insights from service users to ensure they are listened to – e.g. youth forum’s/ consultation
  • To ensure a standardised process from opportunity identification through to progression and in-progression support.
  • Work collaboratively with service leads to create a progressions pathway that increases the chances of participants entering sustainable progressions
  • To support Kickstart employers to ensure they are fully compliant with the requirement of the scheme and their placement

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • To ensure all M&E requirements are adhered to
  • To be responsible for any Kickstart reporting requirements for placements
  • To support Kickstart employers with their reporting requirements for their placements
  • To input and manage the required data into our CRM system in a timely manner as per our M&E process and Kickstart requirements
  • To ensure the adherence to the M&E process inclusive of (but not limited to), registers, intake and assessment data, all outcome data, client feedback, partner feedback, and outreach
  • To manage equality and diversity monitoring across progressions ensuring appropriate action is taken to address under-representation and reduce any barriers to participation – e.g. female engagement

Strategic / Leadership

  • To prepare for, report accurate and effective information, and add value to Management Meetings (where required)
  • To establish and manage internal and external Kickstart offer and training
  • To contribute to the achievement and review of progress against our business goals and Action Plan
  •  Support with any external capacity building or consultancy opportunities
  •  Keeping up to date with labour market information, legislation, professional and academic developments
  •  To support planning and delivery of events, for partners, funders, employers
  • To uphold and reflect our values and mission statement
  • Analyse and evaluate personal and project performance
  • To complete basic administrative duties
  • To support the Management Team in achieving our business strategy and target outcomes
  • Follow & promote the health, safety and welfare of yourself and others at work in line with Sport 4 Life UK policies.
  • To promote equal opportunities at all times in line with Sport 4 Life UK’s Equal Opportunities, Equality and Diversity Policy
  • To assist the management team with any other duties, as required
  • Accountable to their line manager
  • Budgetary responsibility
  • Attendance at monthly management meetings

General Duties

  • To support planning and delivery of events, for partners, funders, employers
  • To uphold and reflect Sport 4 Life values and mission statement
  • Analyse and evaluate personal and project performance
  • To complete basic administrative duties
  • To support the Management Team in achieving S4L business strategy and target outcomes
  • Follow & promote the health, safety and welfare of yourself and others at work in line with Sport 4 Life UK policies.
  • To promote equal opportunities at all times in line with Sport 4 Life’s Equal Opportunities, Equality and Diversity Policy
  • To assist the Management Team with any other duties, as required

Scope of Authority

  • Accountable to their Line Manager
  • Budgetary responsibility
  • Attendance at monthly Management Meetings

 

This job description is not necessarily an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to reflect a range of duties the post-holder will perform. The job description will be reviewed regularly and may be changed in the light of experience and in consultation with the post-holder.

How to apply

To apply for this position you need to complete the online application form below. You will also need to uploaded the following documents:

  1. Your CV
  2. Your cover letter stating why you believe you are the right person for the job and how you meet the job and person specification (please limit this to one side of A4)