YMCA Dublin: Youth Services Manager (Maternity Cover)

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Organisational Context:

YMCA Dublin has been working with young people in Dublin’s Inner City for over 160 years.  We run programmes in youth work, education, family support, community childcare and community employment. To support our services, we run two social enterprises – Dublin YMCA Gyms in Aungier Street and Sandymount, and YMCA Childcare in Aungier Street.

Job Purpose: We are looking to recruit a 8-12 month maternity cover Youth Services Manager.  The manager is responsible for contributing to program design and development, measurement, research and documentation.  The Youth Services Manager is responsible for line managing, support and supervision of the current YMCA Youth Spaces team including training, mentoring and organizational learning.  Finally, There is a responsibility to embed the highest standards of youth practice in all YMCA Youth Spaces settings by creating a standardised approach for delivery of high quality services. The role needs to provide effective leadership, management, administration and development as a member of the management team within the organisation. The role reports to the CEO and is part of the Senior Management Team.

Youth Spaces Team is made up of the following;

Youth Work Department - I Manager, 2 FT Workers, 2 PT Workers

YMCA Dublin is committed to a relational method of youthwork that uplifts participants and keeps them engaged in consistent and relevant services. Our services are young-person centred, provision being based on a right to belonging and not exclusionary. Our youthwork planning begins with evaluation of the service area and a presence in the spaces where the young people are gathering - formal and informal, in-person and online.

We run specific and targeted programs, drop in programs and outreach work 6 days a week.

Plus One Mentoring - 1 Manager, 1 FT Worker, 1 PT worker

Plus One is an early intervention Mentoring programme for at risk Youth (Aged 11-17). Typically from disadvantaged communities, mentees risk factors include problems at home/school, substance misuse, peer pressure & poor mental health. Built on principles of long term mentoring as an early intervention it uses a youth work approach.

An international YMCA programme, it was evaluated in May 2011 by University Dundee, Scottish Institute, in a Social Return on Investment Report. It demonstrates sustained positive outcomes after 1 years mentoring.  The programme runs for 52-weeks and during that time a young person meets weekly with a trained volunteer mentor.  A tailored approach is needed for each Mentee, to facilitate the development of protective factors & coping mechanisms through an impactful and healthy relationship with a positive adult role model. This in turn increases their sense of personal ambition for the future.

Together the mentee and mentor engage in various activities, outings and also set short and long term goals to be achieved during the programme. Setting goals is a key element of the mentoring programme as it aims to nurture personal growth and development within the young person.

Please see a link to an article from a young person’s perspective of the impact of PlusOne.

Alternative Suspension- 1 Manager, 1 PT worker

YMCA Alternative Suspension programme is a resource that we are making available to secondary schools. It provides essential support to students who have been temporarily suspended from school and or are at risk of suspension.

The programme aims to reduce the number of repeat suspensions by giving students the opportunity to transform their time away from school into a positive experience that fosters personal development and autonomy for a period of 3-5 days. The curriculum consists of educational workshops, individual assistance, schoolwork & complimentary group activities and out of term workshops. All of which takes place in the YMCA. It is designed to confront a range of issues that suspended students may be experiencing.

YMCA Alternative Suspension Objectives:

  • To understand student’s attitudes towards school and identify what they value and what motivates them.
  • Help students get through a crisis period, in a manner that is constructive and beneficial to them.
  • Influence the acquisition of new competencies, and the development of personal and social skills through workshops adapted to the students' realities and applicable to their school context.
  • Promote the development of self-esteem and personal autonomy in participants.
  • For students to catch up and stay up to date on their school work.

Family Support; 1 PT Worker

The Family Support worker role seeks to ensure that YMCA Dublin is enhancing family well-being and strengthening parenting capacity to reduce problems in a child’s life.  We will respond to the individual child and family by assessing their needs and carefully tailoring a package of services to respond to those needs. Initially this work will begin in collaboration with YMCA Child Care & Youth Team.

Family Support is about providing help to children and families who are vulnerable and in need of support. The objective is to equip families within our services with the necessary skills to better cope and thrive, particularly in times of crisis. This can happen through many different ways and includes one on one targeted intervention, work with parents and children and additional support within the YMCA for Children and/or Young People.

Working in partnership in a meitheal based approach the family support worker will liaise with the family and other supports they have. They will also engage and advocate for additional supports as required.

Youth Services Manager Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the current youth spaces Managers and Team
  • Through the Youth spaces delivery team, to deliver a 6 day a week, inclusive offer to young people, within a culture of continuous improvement;
  • To assist the delivery managers to programme and structure effectively and safely, the sessions on offer to young people;
  • To develop and motivate the delivery team to provide an exceptional offer for young people, and be a role model for both the team and young people, presenting a positive ‘can do’ attitude;
  • To ensure standards of behaviour, within the Youth Spaces Team, are maintained;
  • To comply with all policies and procedures, with particular reference to safeguarding, codes of conduct, health and safety, and equality and diversity, to ensure all activities are accessible;
  • To ensure the facilities remain at a high standard through the effective communication of issues to the management team, and ensure the youth spaces rooms are fit for purpose;
  • To represent the YMCA positively and effectively in all dealings with internal colleagues and external partners;
  • To ensure that young people and their ideas contribute fully to the planning and delivery of all activities;
  • To ensure that overall and programme participation targets are consistently met, for example attendance targets and outcomes targets for funded projects;
  • To manage budgets as required;
  • To demonstrate commitment to the process of feedback and review of the Youth Spaces’s delivery, and develop systems and procedures to measure performance in order to demonstrate the impact of Youth Spaces, and ensure continuous improvement of delivery;
  • To develop relationships and partnerships and explore areas for joint working where appropriate;
  • To network at a senior level with key partners, stakeholders and supporters, in order to maintain relationships at the highest level to secure significant support;
  • As part of the senior management team, to deliver a focused, measurable contribution to the YMCA’s overall strategic plan;
  • Actively source and bring in external funding;
  • Provide HR support to the Youth Spaces Teams;
  • Work in an integrated fashion with the senior management team to deliver the strategic plan

You should be able to demonstrate the following key skills:

  • Planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Team working
  • Project management
  • High level of motivation and the ability to work on your own initiative
  • An ability to work closely with all stakeholders
  • Excellent drafting and written communication
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  1. Leadership: Act as a role model, providing inspirational leadership, management, support and development.
  2. Strategic planning and reporting; Stimulate growth by providing direction, guidance and support to develop strategies and models to meet strategic objectives.
  3. Relationships; Collaborate with CEO and other key managers to develop the charity in line with its vision, strategy and brand.

The postholder will have a third level qualification in the area of youth and community work, social care, social sciences or another related field. 

Salary: €40,000 per annum

Annual Leave: 22 days per annum

Applications are welcomed by way of a CV and Cover Letter to elaine.barry@ymca-ireland.net. The closing date for receipt of applications is the 25th of October 2021.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
12th Oct, 2021
Expiry Date
25th Oct, 2021