Lead Youth Worker, Redland

    Diocesan vacancies
    1 Jul 2019, 10:46 a.m.
    12 Jul 2019

    Context of Appointment

    Redland Parish Church has had a Lead Youth Worker for the past 20 years. The Church has always valued its work with children and young people and desires to see it grow and develop both within the Church and in the local community. We are now seeking a Lead Youth Worker who will enable us to achieve these aims.

    Job Description

    Main Purpose of the Role

    An exciting opportunity to work as part of the Redland staff team taking responsibility for nurturing faith and developing a relationship with Jesus in young people school Years 7-13, from both inside and outside the Church.

    General Responsibilities

    • To lead and develop the team of volunteers
    • Be a full member of the Redland Church staff team
    • Attend services regularly at Redland Church when not leading youth activities

    Main Responsibilities

    • Have a vision for how Youth work in the Redland community could develop.
    • Put in place nurture groups and mentors for all young people who desire it in Years 7-13.
    • Strategically plan and empower others to connect with non-churched young people.
    • Recruit, support, delegate and manage volunteers to assist in the work with young people.
    • Plan regular weekends/weeks away - such as summer camps, mission trips, Youth Alpha, helping on SU/Venture camps, The Noise (social action events).
    • Plan and lead high quality sessions for Years 7-13.
    • As part of the wider team, plan and lead in services.
    • Work closely with our Children’s and Family Worker leading and supporting provision for years 5-6.
    • Working alongside the Children’s and Family Worker to organise and deliver Easter and Christmas Trails for local school children.­­­­
    • Take a lead role in regular and seasonal happenings i.e. Chat-a-Box and youth services.
    • Ensure all young people, including those on the edge of Church life are followed up, included, informed and nurtured.
    • Contribute on a regular basis to School RE, PHSE lessons with our schools Redland Education Centre.
    • With careful organisation keep the Church, PCC, parents and young people informed as to how the work with young people is progressing and their prayer needs are appropriately communicated.
    • Take time each week to meet with other staff members and contribute to the wider Church ministry and weekly meetings with your Line Manager.
    • Manage the administration and budget of the Youth work.

    Communication and Reporting

    Communicate with young people, Line Manager, other related ministries, Youth Workers and the Diocese on a regular basis. Report to PCC on a regular basis and write annual reports.

    Quality and Standards

    Ensure every session is well prepared and that priority is given to building healthy relationships with young people, and that time spent with them is a priority.

    Key Relationships

    1. Work with the PCC or its delegate to develop strategies and plans to deliver youth work in line with the church’s vision.
    2. Meet regularly with Line Manager to agree targets and monitor their delivery, as well as personal development objectives and plans.
    3. Contribute to the wider church ministry by attending weekly staff meetings.
    4. Build relationships with young people and their parents/carers within the church community, encouraging them in their faith and engagement with the church, including those on the margins of church life.
    5. Build key relationships within the church family, in particular to support and encourage volunteers.
    6. Build key relationships within local schools.
    7. Attend local Youth work forum.
    8. Meet with Diocesan Youth worker as and when required.
    9. Carrying out any other duties as required.

    The list of the main duties and responsibilities of your post above is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work.Changes may occur over time and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are commensurate with your banding and in line with the general nature of your post.You will be consulted about any changes to your job description before these are implemented.

    Person Statement

    We are seeking a Christian person of integrity, with the ability to develop and nurture relationships with young people and the wider church community.The role holder should be committed to the vision of Redland Parish Church and be fully involved in the life of the community.

    There is an occupational requirement for the role holder to be a Christian.

    Experience and Competencies



    • Degree level or equivalent experience.


    • Ability to engage with and build strong relationships with young people, volunteers, other staff members and the wider church.
    • Good organisation skills as evidenced in ability to plan own time, and termly schedules, including co-ordination of volunteer activities.
    • Self motivated, able to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision.
    • Demonstrable ability to contribute to a wider team.
    • Able to make decisions and develop plans for engagement with each age group.
    • High level verbal and written communication skills.
    • Good I.T. skills (MS Office and online applications).


    • Understanding of how to plan and deliver quality youth work.
    • Experience of being able to organise and manage volunteers.
    • Experience of working independently to targets.
    • Clear understanding of youth work aims.

    Personal Attributes:

    • Confidence and ability to work with young people and volunteers.
    • A proven ability to develop and sustain relationships at all levels.
    • Willing to engage in the wider life of Redland Parish Church.
    • A commitment to safeguarding.
    • Flexibility with time required for evenings and weekends.



    • Relevant professional qualification in youth work or a desire to undertake such a qualification.


    • Experience of working with a range of young people inside and outside church.

    General Conditions


    We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

    • Values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual.
    • Reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve.
    • Fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

      We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and ensuring that all employees, job applicants, customers and other persons with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination. We want to ensure that we not only observe the relevant legislation but also do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We expect all of our employees to be treated and to treat others with respect. Our aim is to provide a working environment free from harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form which may affect the dignity of the individual.

    Standards of Behaviour and Conduct

    Staff are expected to act at all times with due consideration for others and in a manner befitting their position as employees of the Church and as professionals, whatever their job.

    Health and Safety Responsibilities

    Redland Parish Church take Health and Safety at work very seriously and require their staff to familiarise themselves with, and follow, their policy. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful candidate. Records must be kept of all young people and their health needs, this should be annually updated.


    Staff must not pass on to unauthorised persons, any information obtained in the course of their duties without the permission of the PCC.


    Salary:£22,000 - £26,000 depending on experience.

    Working Hours and Pattern:40 hours a week over 5 days, two of those days to be a Friday and Sunday. There will be an occasional requirement to lead activities on Bank Holiday Mondays and there will be social activities on some Saturdays. In these instances time can be taken off in lieu. A Timesheet will be kept and shared with your Line Manager at your meeting.

    Annual Leave:28 paid days plus Bank holidays, with holidays to be taken in school holiday time only. Special cases to be agreed in advance with your line manager.

    Contract:The start date is flexible, but we would hope that the new person could begin in September 2019. It is a five year contract, renewable by agreement and satisfactory annual appraisals conducted by line manager and a Churchwarden.

    For an application form or more information please

    contact our Operations Director Mark Stuckey:

    email: mark@redland.org.uk

    tel: 01179 464696

    web: www.redland.org.uk

    The deadline for applications is Monday 1st July @ 11am. You will be contacted by Thursday 4th July if you have been selected for an interview. Interviews will be held on Friday 12th July (from 5pm) and all day Saturday 13th July with the invitation to join us for our morning service on Sunday 14th July.