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Job Description and Person Specification

Parkside High CIC are recruiting a Senior Youth Worker to work with the youth to facilitate their social, personal and physical development through informal education and interactive community opportunities. Duties to include organising and running community programmes, helping the youth understand values and ideas, and building their confidence and life skills.


The primary responsibilities of Youth Workers are to provide guidance and support to young people and to help them reach their full potential. 

Parkside High Background

Parkside High CIC are a local grassroots Youth Organisation based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. We offer a range of activities, support and alternative learning opportunities for Children & Young People aged 8 to 18 years. Our mission is to inspire, encourage and support young people to unlock their inner potential and achieve success.


Young people access the project to learn new skills whilst having fun and building new relationships. We deliver programmes in Sport and Physical Activity, Youth Leadership, Outdoor Adventure, Forest Schools, Multi-Media, Art & Music & Volunteering.


Parkside High deliver programmes across The Borough of Erewash and the wider area of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We are based at The POD Youth & Community Centre in Ilkeston and have a 2nd Site – Garden61 Youth & Community Allotment.

Job Details

Job Title:  Senior Youth Worker 

Section: Youth Development 

Responsible to: Youth and Communities Development Manager  

Responsible for: Volunteers and Casual staff

Pay grading: £26,936 (pro-rata)

Location: Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Contract: 15 hrs per week  

Contract Duration: 12-month fixed term.  (Potentially longer depending on impact and access to additional funding) 

Main Role

As Senior Youth Worker you will be expected to be hands on, working in collaboration within a small, busy team, who aspire to deliver the very best youth work provision for local young people. This person will work closely with the Youth and Community Development Manager, contributing to the continuous improvement and development of the service provision.


Responsibilities within the role

  • Carrying out detached youth work provision in Ilkeston on a Friday evening
  • Carrying out further detached youth work on at least one other evening.
  • Acting as an advocate for the youth to parents, partners, and community groups by representing their interests, challenges, and needs.
  • Recruiting, training, and supporting young leaders and volunteers.
  • Identifying and pursuing sources of funding for projects that will help improve services and resources for young people.
  • Communicating with parents and community groups to win support for projects.
  • Gaining trust and respect from the youth to develop lasting relationships.
  • Establishing boundaries for young people and correcting inappropriate behaviour
  • Setting targets for progression and monitoring the quality of youth work provision
  • To manage the development and the day-to-day delivery of youth work and plan future programmes and activities.
  • To assist with providing leadership and direction to the staff team
  • To ensure the organisations staff and volunteers have the training, support, and resources to be effective in their roles.
  • To ensure all safeguarding, health and safety and other duties of care are met, including the completion of risk assessments.
  • To use impact reporting tools to effectively collect data, evaluate the performance of the youth work provision, identifying areas for improvement and implementing required changes.
  • To take an active role in a range of delivery including youth club sessions, 121 mentoring, community projects, detached youth work and community sport sessions.
  • To participate in regular performance reviews and be prepared to undertake training courses appropriate to the role.
  • To undertake any other such duties commensurate within the grade of the post, as required.

Person Specification


  • Experience of developing, planning, delivering and evaluating a range of youth work activities to promote and develop young people from all background’s positive engagement.
  • You will have proven experience in a coordinator role.
  • You will have relevant experience and/or an understanding of working within a community setting.
  • You will have the ability to respond flexibly to the needs of young people, the community, and the priorities of organisation.
  • You will be a reliable team member.
  • You will have recent involvement with the youth work and community sector.
  • You will have good listening skills and be a strong communicator in a youth setting and a professional setting.
  • You will have good report writing skills.
  • You will be available to work Friday evenings.
  • You will possess excellent time management skills.
  • You will positive, confident, enthusiastic, and flexible.
  • You will be friendly and approachable.
  • You will have the ability to inspire young people and to raise their aspirations.
  • Confident in managing a group of young people with the ability to work with them to develop their skills.
  • Recognition of the importance of confidentiality, following all relevant policy and procedures including Safeguarding, Health& Safety, Data Protection, etc.
  • Demonstrate commitment to inclusive practices and equality of opportunity for all.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues that impact on young people’s lives


  • Willingness to work towards a youth work qualification or relevant training. 
  • Able to respond to the changing needs of the organisation.
  • Be skilled in the use of all Microsoft packages and social media.
  • Experience of building relationships and engaging with partners and building networks to create opportunities to increase support of young people.

Standard Clauses

Health and Safety

You will take reasonable care for your health and safety and have regard to other persons who may be affected by the performance of your duties in accordance with the provisions of Health and Safety legislation, Parkside High CIC’s Health and Safety Policy, associated protocols and health and safety management systems.

You will exercise proper care in handling, operating and safeguarding any equipment, vehicle or appliance provided, used or issued by the organisation or provided or issued by a third party for individual or collective use in the performance of your duties.


Equality and Diversity

You will uphold Parkside High CIC Equality and Diversity policies and practices in accordance with the organisational policy and Equality Scheme. Parkside High CIC will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 to accommodate a disabled employee.



You will keep under review your own training and developmental needs and keep yourself informed of current issues and be alert to Parkside High CIC  and other relevant bodies training programmes and policies. You will be required to attend, from time to time, training courses, conferences, seminars or other meetings as required by your own training needs and the needs of the service.


Performance Management

You will ensure compliance with the organisations employee performance standards and take the appropriate action to address issues that may arise. You will comply with the organisations KPIs and targets to ensure that all information you are responsible for is accurate, complete, up to date and fit for purpose.



You will comply with and/or ensure compliance with the organisations Data Protection Policies and the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation. You will ensure that confidentiality is respected and maintained at all times. Where appropriate you will work with computers, new technology and associated systems as required and support staff in its use.  You will comply with the regulations as set out in Parkside High CIC GDPR Policy


Customer Care

You will promote and deliver fair and high-quality customer care services that are sensitive and responsive to clients/service users and in accordance with Parkside High’s Aims and Objectives. 



Parkside High CIC are committed to protecting the environment and reducing its carbon emissions.  It is therefore the responsibility of all employees to minimise their impact on the environment whilst working for Parkside High CIC.


Disclosure and Barring Checks

In those posts where post holders have access to either children, vulnerable adults or highly confidential information a Disclosure and Barring check will be undertaken prior to that person’s appointment to the job. 


Other Duties

This job description sets out the duties and responsibilities of the post at the time when it was drawn up. Such duties and responsibilities may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post. Any changes which are of a permanent nature will, following consultation with you, be included in the job description in specific terms and will be formally issued to you.

Closing Date

5pm Sunday 5th May 2024


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