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Director of Operations (x2)

About the role:

The growth of Empower Youth Zones has created an exciting opportunity to establish 2 new Senior Leadership Roles within the charity. We are now looking for x2 Director of Operations to lead the day-to-day operations of both HideOut Youth Zone and Salford Youth Zone (due to open in 2025)

As a member of the Leadership team, the Directors of Operations will work closely with Empower’s CEO, Director of Fundraising and Communications and Senior Finance Manager, to ensure the Charity delivers its vision and strategic objectives.

They will specifically drive the development and execution of HideOut and Salford Youth Zone’s operational plans and the development of the annual business plans. They will do this by supporting, leading and motivating the Operational Leadership Teams, taking responsibility for the efficient and effective delivery of the internal operations of the Youth Zones including both the back office, administrative functions and the offer to young people and from time-to-time deputising for the Chief Executive Officer, while they work to extend and further develop project work, by engaging with a wider set of external stakeholders, collaborators and partners.

In addition to the Youth Zone’s day-to-day operations, the DOOs will also take lead responsibility for Empower’s Facilities and Buildings Management and People and Culture portfolios across both youth zones, inclusive of Volunteering and workforce development

About Empower Youth Zones:

Empower Youth Zones is the charity that oversees the creation, management and sustainability of Youth Zones in Manchester and Salford. These include HideOut Youth Zone located in Gorton, East Manchester which opened in 2020 and Salford Youth Zone located in Pendleton, Salford which is due to open to young people in Spring 2025.

HideOut and Salford Youth Zones provide children and young people aged 8-19 and up to 25 for those with additional needs with somewhere safe to go, something position to do and someone trusted to talk to.

Empower Youth Zones is part of the national network of OnSide Youth Zones, which supports the creation and implementation of a network of Youth Zones across the country.

Youth Zones are purpose-built spaces fizzing with energy, and crammed with incredible facilities. They are staffed by skilled and dedicated Youth Workers who truly believe in young people – helping them see what they could achieve, and giving them the skills, confidence and ambition to go for it.

This is life-changing support that helps tens of thousands of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to thrive.

How to apply:

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Salary: £55,000 – £60,000
Hours: 40 hours per week (including some evenings and weekends)
Location: HideOut Youth Zone & Salford Youth Zone
Closing Date: 14/06/2024
Job Type: Full time