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Head of Policy


  • Company: Youth Futures Foundation
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: £50,000-£60,000
  • Closing Date: 1 November 2020
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Location: When appropriate, Youth Futures would prefer that the Head of Policy is based at either our Birmingham or Leeds hub. However, we will not discount applications from candidates whose preference is to be based at our London hub. Please specify your preferred office location when applying

Reporting to: Director of Strategy and Innovation

The Youth Futures Foundation is a new, independent, not for profit organisation set up to tackle youth unemployment with a £90million endowment from the Reclaim Fund. We are looking for bold and impactful ways to help young people find and keep good jobs. There are over 750,000 young people not in education or employment in the UK. Young people are twice as likely to be unemployed than older adults in the labour market and BAME and disadvantaged young people disproportionately bear the brunt of it.

We are building an 'empowerment foundation' to identify practical solutions that work in a complex world yet are simple and cost effective enough to roll out across multiple locations, to reach as many young people as possible. To do this, we are now building our own inspiring team to help us achieve our vision.

As our Head of Policy you will work closely with the Director of Strategy & Innovation, the Head of Strategy, and other colleagues to support and contribute to YFF's evidence-based policy work by the development and delivery of a cutting-edge policy agenda and stakeholder outreach strategy. You will identify and seize opportunities for influencing public policy at a national, local and regional level. You will be working in partnership with young people, employers, funders and government to collectively develop and champion effective approaches to bring about transformational change.
 
This is an exciting opportunity for an empowering leader to be at the core of the creation and delivery of the future-looking big ideas that will most transform youth employment over the next 10 years. 

You will possess significant experience in a senior policy role in a relevant organisation, such as youth opportunities, employment support or a relevant government department with a demonstrable understanding of current key debates and priorities in the youth employment space. With the ability to remain politically neutral, you will have gained a deep understanding of the UK political environment and the operation of government in a policy or influencing role within a complex multi-stakeholder environment. You will also possess strong organisational, project management, report writing and influencing skills and given our collaborative approach, we are looking for a track record of solutions-oriented, convening and partnership working.

We are especially interested in hearing from individuals who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background, and those who have lived experience that reflects the lives of the young people we are seeking to support. Whatever your background, if you have a personal mission that aligns with ours, and the ability to engage equally well with young people sat on the floor of a community centre as you do with business and government leaders in imposing board rooms, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For more information, please click on 'Apply'
For an informal, confidential chat please speak to our advising consultant Karen Malia at GatenbySanderson on 07384118626.

The closing date is 11.59pm 1st November 2020.