Youth and Community Engagement Officer

Hackney, London
£38,442 - £39,462
05 May 2021
19 May 2021
Full Time
Organisation Type
Local authority

Good resident engagement and participation is a top priority for Housing Services. Making sure that we involve our residents in improving our services and promote strong, sustainable communities is paramount. We have recently remodelled our resident participation service to match our aspirations and are now looking for enthusiastic and dedicated professionals to join our new team.

This new role of Youth and Community Engagement Officer will lead in shaping our approach to engaging young people across our housing estates, ensuring that their voices are heard, and that they are more actively involved in housing service design and improvement. The postholder will forge stronger links with other Council initiatives and services that promote the empowerment and development of young people, including the Young Futures Commission, Young Hackney and our employment and enterprise services.

The role will include responsibility for the development of new youth engagement models, as well as ‘on the ground’ work with a range of stakeholders to deliver new youth-led projects and initiatives that address gaps in provision and offer new opportunities and benefits. You will contribute to other corporate strategies and plans which impact on children and young people on our estates and help to take forward key priorities.

To succeed in this position, you will need to be self-motivated, with strong communication skills and a ‘can do’ attitude. Significant experience of working with young people and delivering innovative and effective youth and engagement projects and strategies will be essential. You will additionally have an impressive track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with key stakeholders and working successfully in a diverse community.

Successful applicants will have a relevant children’s workforce qualification, ideally in youth and community work, and be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

For an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact Sara Kulay, Interim Head of Resident Participation, TMOs and Communities on 0208 356 1883.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

When applying, it is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification. We do not accept CV’s.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Please ensure that you do not include your name on any of your supporting documents or on the file attachments.

Closing date for applications: 19 May 2021

Interview date: W/C 14th June 2021

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available

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