Senior Detached Youth Worker (37 hours – Fixed term contract until 31 March 2026)

Starting salary: £31,364

We’re now looking for self-motivated, dynamic Senior Detached Youth Worker to lead an exciting new project.

Your Rewards

  • Competitive salary
  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Generous annual leave entitlement

Your Role

We are seeking a highly motivated experienced Senior Detached Youth Worker to join our established youth and community team. If you are committed to delivering excellent youth work and have experience in doing so then this is an outstanding opportunity to further your youth work career. In Dunstable, we have an unparalleled opportunity to shape the town in a way that benefits our community for years to come. If you share our ambition and are eager to make your mark, we would love to hear from you.

As the Senior Detached Youth Worker, you will be tasked with the effective management and delivery of the detached youth work project. You will be involved in the design, the management and delivery of the project, being responsible for 3 sessional detached youth workers. Throughout the lifetime of the project you will monitor and evaluate both the needs of the funder, but also continually revised the effectiveness of project delivery.

You will ensure that all aspects of the project meet the funder’s and the legal requirements, and have direct responsibility for its success, with the opportunity to seek and apply for further funding should demand evidence the need for continuation.

Your role will also involve:

  • Ensuring the needs of young people are at the centre of detached youth work in Dunstable, enabling their direct involvement and influence.
  • Establishing positive relationships with young people and key partner organisations to ensure successful delivery of the project.
  • Managing the detached sessional youth workers, providing supervision and directing their work.
  • Managing the project budget and reporting back to the funder through regular monitoring reports.

As part of your role, you will be required to work a minimum of 3 evenings a week, school holidays and some weekends, as determined by local need.

About You

To be considered for the role of Senior Detached Youth Worker, you will need:

  • Significant experience of working in the field of youth work, and hold (or be working towards), a level 5 or above JNC in youth work qualification.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with both professional partners, and young people alike with the ability to tailor your communications style and approach accordingly.
  • Experience of managing people, budgets and overall projects.
  • Positive, supportive, engaging, inclusive and persevering individual with a passion for youth work, and a commitment to a young person led approach.

How to Apply:

If you would like to apply for this position, please complete the application form, along with a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the role listed in the Person Specification via email to .

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Gill Peck – Youth and Community Manager on 01582 891434 or via .

This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS.

NOTE: CV’s will not be accepted for this position.


Please note interviews will take place on Thursday 21 March 2024