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    This role is in place to support the operation, administration and delivery of youth projects that empower and support young people across the Sevenoaks district.

    Salary £26,928 per annum
    Closing Date 03/01/2019 9:00:00 AM
    Job Reference CDD019
    Hours 37 Hours per week
    Interview Date 10/01/2019
    Contract Type Full-time/Fixed term contract

    West Kent delivers innovative and engaging youth services across the Sevenoaks district to young people aged 8-25 years.

    You will be responsible for ensuring a consistent delivery of activities and services across all of our clubs. Working with the young people that attend, you will also expected to plan,  develop and deliver a varied and inclusive programme that responds to local and individual needs. With responsibility for 12 members of staff you’ll be expected to identify their training and development needs while also ensuring that the children that attend the clubs meet the developmental targets that have been set for them. You’ll be expected to have a robust system of monitoring in place and to report regularly on progress in each of these areas.

    You will be experienced in working with young people as well as in delivering youth projects, events and programmes. With a good understanding of record keeping, you will be confident in delivering to KPIs and in evaluating the quality of youth interventions.


    The interview process for this position will include attendance at a daytime or evening youth session.


    • Job and person details

      Purpose of job

      To support the operation, administration and delivery of youth projects that empower and support young people across the Sevenoaks district.


      • Work across youth projects to ensure that delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the projects are at the required standard.
      • Support the project leaders and youth workers  with administrative and youth work duties by resourcing and organising trips, programmes and activities which are safe and fun for children and young people.
      • Assist in meeting the requirements of funders and commissioners by contributing to monitoring and reporting on project key performance indicators.
      • Assist with consultation and development for proposed project work.
      • Help maintain safe environments for the projects while modelling and promoting positive behaviour and challenging negative behaviour.
      • Liaise with schools, partner agencies and other stakeholders and assist in representing the project at local forums
      • Share skills and experience of the team with others within the Communities directorate.
      • Have a focus on learning by keeping up to date with developments in the youth work sector and changes in best practice.
      • Ensure all necessary and appropriate safeguarding, data handling, health and safety, and other legal requirements are in place to protect participants and staff.
      • Any other reasonable tasks appropriate to the role as identified by the youth services manager or community development manager.
      • Take part in supervision, training and staff meetings as required.
      • Comply with confidentiality and information sharing protocols as required.
      • Model West Kent’s values for young people and the community.

      Person details

      Experience, knowledge and skills

      • Experience of working with children and young people and creating a positive and empowering environment.
      • Proven experience of recording and monitoring key performance indicators and  targets.
      • Effective communication and ICT skills and the willingness to learn new online monitoring systems.
      • Track record of project and event management, organising activities and risk  assessment.
      • Experience of delivering community support services.
      • Experience of interagency working.
      • Knowledge and understanding of the key needs of children and young people, especially in relation to health and well-being.
      • Understanding of safeguarding practices.
      • A flexible and adaptable approach with an optimistic and friendly attitude.
      • Ability to commit to evening and weekend work where required.

      Additional Job Details

      Reports to: Youth Services Manager

      Number of hours

      37 hours per week






      Start time

      Finish time


      Working pattern


      8.45 am

      5.15 pm

      One hour


      11.30 am

      8.00 pm

      One hour


      11.30 am

      8.00 pm

      One hour


      12.00 pm

      8.30 pm

      One hour


      10.15 am

      6.15 pm

      One hour

      Fixed term position for one year.

      Place of work: Based in Sevenoaks, with a requirement to work throughout the Sevenoaks district and surrounding areas as required. The post holder will be required to have access to a private vehicle for business use.

      The post holder will be required to work evenings and weekends to meet the demands of the project and the working pattern will be adjusted to accommodate this. Time off in lieu may be granted for hours worked beyond 37 per week.

    • About the team

      At West Kent, the residents we provide homes for are not the end of the story. The aim of my teams is to help nurture all residents in our local communities through our support services and development activities. These include youth clubs and groups, clubs to support young parents, and training sessions designed to help people into employment or personal development, such as how to use a computer for older people or helping young people to understand how to budget, run a home and be a good tenant

      Will Campbell-Wroe - Communities Director


    • How to apply
      • Respond to the job advert

        Read the advert, the job and person details and all additional information carefully.

        If you want to go ahead, send your current CV along with your completed Applicant's Statement by email to or use the contact form below.

        The Applicant's Statement form allows you to demonstrate how you meet the criteria in our person details, enables us to consider your application fairly and helps us monitor our equality and diversity practices.

        Completing the Applicant's Statement

        In the 'How my knowledge, skills and experience match West Kent’s person details' section it's important to break up what you write into small paragraphs and write in full sentences. Use headings to help guide the reader’s eye to the most important information. Write in a style that makes your statement fresh and slightly different to the formal writing of your CV. Include such things as: 

        • Events from your education/career to date that make you especially suited to the job (including volunteer work/work experience).
        • What it is about the job that especially attracts you to it.
        • The skills and experience/ knowledge you have that is relevant to the job.
        • What is the unique contribution you can make to us? Check online for our vision and values and refer to these when describing how you can contribute.
        • Use the language from the job and person details and then relate that to your own experiences.
        • What are your career aims? Tailor your answer to the job you’re applying for. We want you to come across as a real person and not simply writing what you think we want to hear.

        Remember – skills are transferable. You may not have done exactly the job we are advertising, but if you have relevant skills, knowledge and experience from other jobs or aspects of life, tell us about it. 

      • What we will do when we receive your application

        If you're shortlisted, we’ll send you an invitation to interview, and sometimes other assessments, with the details of date, time, place and how to find us. We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to provide equality of opportunity to all applicants, so if we need to cater for any special circumstances, such as mobility issues, please let us know. 

      • Preparing for interview and assessment

        We want you to do well in your interview and any assessment tests we set, so we'll do our best to make you feel comfortable. You'll usually meet with the recruiting manager and one other person. Here are some tips to help you prepare. 

        • Use relevant examples when answering questions. 
        • If you have knowledge, skills or experience you think are really important to the job, please tell us about it when you get an opportunity or at the end of the formal questions.
        • Interviews are a two way conversation. We allow time at the end of the interview for you to ask us more questions about the job or West Kent.
      • How we decide

        We use a range of methods to assess how well your application meets our advertised person details. As well as the supporting information form, CV and interview, we sometimes set tests or other exercises to help us assess the key qualities you need to be successful in the job. The exercise is designed to be relevant to the job you are applying for and to test the skills you'll need. 

      • You got the job!


        We'll contact you by phone to offer you the job and follow up by writing to you with a contract of employment and details of your start date. Our offer is conditional on the results of a pre-employment health check and references. We may also require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to be completed if you will work with adults or children in regulated activities. 

        Once you start working with us, you have a six month probation period, helping us both ensure you're getting the right induction and you're settling well into your job. 

    • Pay and benefits

      We believe it's crucial that our people are fairly rewarded so we review our package and benchmark our salaries regularly to make sure the total reward package attracts, motivates and retains the best people. In addition to the staff benefits you would expect of a top class employer, we offer generous leave provisions, a variety of health and well-being benefits plus support for both personal and professional development. And you'll be working every day in an positive atmosphere and culture with amazing colleagues!

      Here are some good reasons to join us!

      • Financial

        We know pay is important so we regularly check to make sure we are paying market average salaries.

        • Pension - The most substantial financial benefit West Kent offers you is employer contributions to a pension scheme. You will be ‘auto-enrolled’ into our direct contribution scheme with Royal London. You contribute at least 3% of your basic salary and West Kent will double match your own contribution (at its discretion) up to a maximum of 10% of your basic salary.
        • Life assurance - if you die while employed by West Kent a life assurance policy pays a lump sum of three times your annual salary to the person listed as your next of kin.
        • Income protection health insurance after six months' service (subject to the policy conditions), paying 50% of salary if you are off sick for more than six months.
        • Interest free season ticket loan for cost of train fare to and from work.
        • Occupational sick pay and maternity and parental leave pay
        • Shopping discount vouchers available through our Medicash health plan
      • Leave and working hours

        West Kent offers a range of flexible opportunities around leave and working hours. Among these are:

        • 25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) boosted by three additional days during Christmas closure. Leave is in proportion to hours worked.
        • Opportunity each year to buy or sell annual leave.
        • Annual leave can be booked by the hour.
        • Up to three days a year for volunteering leave.
        • Flexible working opportunities, such as job sharing or changing working hours or patterns.
        • Enhanced maternity, adoption and shared parental leave provisions.
      • Health and wellbeing

        We want our staff to be in top shape and look after themselves. So we encourage healthy lifestyles by offering these benefits:

        • £150 annual grant towards some sport, hobby or activity that enhances your well-being. 
        • Employee assistance programme for support with a variety of personal issues.
        • Active social committee with subsidised events.
        • Medicash health cash plan, including the following annual cover;
          • £65 Routine dental treatments
          •  £250 Dental accident and injury
          • £65 Optical
          • £200 Specialist consultations, diagnostic tests and scans including CT, MRI and PET scans
            £160 Complementary therapies – covers physiotherapy; sports massage, acupuncture; osteopathy and chiropractic treatments
          • £75 Alternative therapies – covers reflexology; reiki; Indian head massage, Bowen and Alexander technique, homeopathy, allergy testing and hypnotherapy as part of treatment plan
          • £20 Chiropody
          • £20 Prescriptions and flu jabs
          • £100 Health screening
      • Personal and career development

        We understand that investment in people leads to motivated staff and improved business performance. West Kent offers;

        • Regular one to ones with line management and a yearly review to look at performance. Staff are encouraged to talk about career aspirations and learning and development needs.
        • Job shadowing and secondment opportunities.
        • A coaching and mentoring programme.
        • Support for professional and vocational qualifications.
        • Reimbursement of professional membership fees for relevant organisations