Solas Project: Youth Worker - Solas@School

Solas Project

Schools Based Youth Worker

Job Title: Youth Worker - Solas@School

Duration: initial 12-month contract

Hours of Work: 35 hrs a week with weekend and evening work required

Location: Based in Dublin’s South West Inner City (The Liberties)

Salary: Range from €32,000 to €39,000

The successful applicant will work within the spirit and values of Solas Project, the vision of which is an Ireland where all children and young people truly know their self-worth and can take full advantage of their potential. We are achieving this through a range of innovative and holistic interventions from childhood, through adolescence and into early adulthood. We invite appropriately qualified individuals to apply who are committed to the healthy development of young people in Ireland, have a creative approach to working with our target group, and are enthusiastic about working within a challenging and innovative environment.

Overview of the Role

The purpose of this position is work as part of a team to co-ordinate and run Solas@School programmes in primary and secondary schools. Solas@School is a collection of school-based programmes aimed at preparing and supporting young people impacted by social and educational disadvantage.

Solas@School provides interactive and educational programmes that are inclusive and allow young people to be creative, have fun and express themselves. A key focus of Solas@School is support young people transition successfully from primary to secondary school. Currently Solas@School works in 15 local primary and secondary schools focusing supports on young people in 5th and 6th class in primary school and 1st and 2nd year in secondary school.

As the programme runs with support of a large number of corporate partners, the Youth Worker will be required to build relationships with our three key stakeholders – the young people, the schools (teachers and principals) and with our corporate partners and volunteers.

Role Requirements

Essential

  • A recognised qualification in one of the following: Youth Work, Education, Social Work/Care or related discipline.
  • Minimum of one year experience of working with young people.
  • Passionate about the work of Solas Project and committed to its vision and values.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with disadvantaged young people in a youth work context.
  • Experience of supporting young people and facilitating groups in a school setting.
  • Understanding and experience of supporting young people impacted by social and educational disadvantage.
  • Experience in coaching or delivering sports programmes.
  • Proven track record of ability to attract, motivate and manage volunteers.
  • Innovative approach with the ability to identify and develop new and fresh ways to support young people that will further the organisation’s mission.
  • Self-starter with a good team ethos and have ability to work on own.
  • Experience of collaboration and building relationships with key stakeholders (eg. schools, community services, corporate partners).
  • Experience of implementing and reviewing programmes involving young people.
  • Excellent organisational and IT skills and ability to manage events.

Role Responsibilities:

The Youth Worker will be responsible for the following:

Programme Delivery & Development

  • Oversee the smooth day to day running of all aspects of Solas@School programmes (Solas Business, Solas College, Solas Sport and transition programme) including directly facilitating sessions.
  • Innovate and develop Solas@School existing programmes and develop new programmes within the vision of Solas@School.
  • Build good working relationships with all stakeholders who play an essential part in the successful running of Solas@School including but not limited to schools, teachers, companies, volunteers and universities/colleges involved.
  • Manage relationships with corporate volunteers including delivering training, ensuring volunteers are prepared for their volunteer experience including an understanding of the disadvantaged context they will be volunteering in.
  • Provide support and supervision to students and volunteers.
  • Coordinate and develop all annual events for each aspect of Solas@School
  • Plan activities within the given budget and work withing funding guidelines.
  • Find ways to further integrate the work of Solas@School into the wider work of Solas Project including joint initiatives with other programmes.

Communications and Funding

  • Stewardship of Solas@School donors in conjunction with Leadership Team.
  • Assist in researching & securing funding for Solas@School Programme as required.
  • Produce Solas@School communications material as required.
  • Communicate with Volunteer Co-ordinator on regular basis, ensuring an adequate number of volunteers in the programme and work together on the Garda Vetting process for corporate volunteers.
  • Complete reports and implement Monitoring and Evaluation plan for the programme.
  • Review the programme’s existing policies and update as necessary.

General Solas Project Responsibilities

  • Assist with the running of any of the other project’s programmes as required.
  • Ensure Solas Project’s youth work approach is upheld (see adjoining document)
  • Be familiar with and abide by the project’s policies and procedures, including child protection and health and safety guidelines for workers and volunteers.
  • Seek out training and development opportunities and actively engage with supervision process.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the organisation by playing an active role in the wider team.
  • Ensure that the values and ethos of the project are reflected in a consistent manner in all activities.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to:

Pete Thompson, Solas Project, Unit 1 Liberty View, Longs Place, Dublin 8 or pete@solasproject.ie by Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 5pm.

First round interviews will take place on the week of 19th December.

Solas Project is an equal opportunities employer and is open to flexible working practices including job sharing. The possessing of a criminal record does not prevent you from applying for this position.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
22nd Nov, 2022
Region
Dublin
Expiry Date
14th Dec, 2022