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Director for Youth Development Programme (with International Travel)

The Trustees of Thriving Through Venture are looking for an energetic and experienced Programme Director to take its youth development programme into its third pilot year. TTV takes twelve 16-18 year olds, referred from local schools in North Wiltshire, with a mixture of abilities and vulnerabilities, on an exciting trip to The Gambia, building their resilience and confidence with a busy programme of individual and group training before they go.

Why might I want to apply?

This is an exciting time to join this new youth development programme as Director and lead an emerging programme with huge potential.

An opportunity to:

  • work with  young people, building their resilience and helping them evolve into independent young adults.
  • travel to The Gambia to work in a totally different cultural environment.
  • work locally, (in Wiltshire) bringing together young people from state and independent schools thus making an impact within the local community.
  • contribute to the TTV programme as it develops.

What would I be doing?

Creating, developing and directing the programme, working with trustees, staff, schools, local health professionals, potential and committed funders, volunteers and young people in all aspects of the charity’s activities.

Preparing with trustees, managing and implementing the Charity’s strategic plan, programme content, managing any training facilitators, managing and overseeing pupil referrals.

Increasing the Charity’s profile and reach by maintaining and enhancing the promotion and marketing of TTV and representing the Charity in various public contexts.

What might my experience include?

  • Experience in leadership and management.
  • Experience in working with young people, ideally in both individual and group formats.
  • Awareness of risks associated with young people, of travelling in a group, of dealing with potential mental health and physical health issues.
  • Team building
  • Reporting and evaluating, setting annual objectives for staff.
  • Knowledge of or international work experience preferably in Sub-Sahara Africa, and in particular The Gambia would be helpful but not essential.
  • Experience of the  legal requirements of a charity.
  • Preparing and implementing a business/operations plan.

What sort of person might I be and qualifications might I have?

  • Reliable and committed
  • Highly motivated, a self-starter, self-directed and team worker
  • Professional approach
  • Organised and communicative: able to easily connect with different types of people, here and abroad and a confident public speaker
  • Mountain Training certificate or equivalent training
  • Degree level education
  • Inspiring
  • Passionate about improving the lives and ambitions of and opportunities for young people
  • Sound financial awareness
  • Full and in-date DBS Certificate
  • Clinical experience or mental health training qualifications for working with vulnerable young
  • Current First Aid training

How to Apply

Please send CV and covering letter to:

Dr Nick Maurice OBE, 42 London Road, Marlborough SN8 2AA  01672 512524 nick@ttventure.org

Application deadline: 30 January 2020

Interviews will take place in the second week of February 2020 in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

More About TTV

TTV is registered charity no. 1177643 founded in 2017.

TTVs aims

  • to encourage and promote amongst vulnerable young people a sense of connection and belonging, positive sense of purpose for healthy mental wellbeing.
  • to provide programmes for young people to work together with local people to develop skills on rewarding projects within their local community and the community of Gunjur in The Gambia.
  • To support the selected, vulnerable, young people who are nearing the end of school to take their place confidently in the adult world.
  • To help them be the best that they can be
  • To support the young people in fundraising
  • To seek funding from suitable donors and other organisations in the local community who are committed to strengthening the skills of young people around them.

TTV 2020 – 2023

Using experience from our first three pilot years, the programme  will be rolled out annually in the local authorities of Wiltshire and Swindon

Following a full evaluation and measurement of the impact on the young people involved, we then aim to share the model of the programme with other towns and local areas that are twinned with towns/communities internationally with the idea that they might offer and deliver such a model to their own vulnerable young people.

Salary

Trustees wish to retain a self-employed contractor. Trustees anticipate the duties described should be capable of delivery with 1 1/2 days per week. However you will be required to commit such time as is necessary to adequately discharge the duties defined above for which the renumeration is expected to be in order of £12,000 per annum. Detailed timesheets to be provided monthly in arrears.

How will I be working?

Working from home, but supported by an administrative assistant.  There will be lots of interaction and contact with partners involved with delivering the programme, the trustees, clinical/ed psychologists, parents, teachers, community workers, the Gambian Kombo Silla team in Bristol, counsellors, psychiatrists, the Gambia partner and of course, the young people themselves.

 

 

 

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