Job details

Location - Portsmouth with base at Victory Business Centre 

Salary - £14,000 (Full time equivalent salary £28,000)

Job type / hours - 22-month contract / 18 hours per week

Closing date - 5pm on Friday 28th June 2019

Interview dates - Week commencing 8th July 2019

Project Description

Portsmouth Universal Youth Service Provision

Portsmouth City Council has provided the funding for a new open access youth provision to three established youth sector organisations working in the city, Active Communities Network leading the project with Motvi8 and Pompey in the Community as partners. The partners will work closely together over the next 22 months to develop a range of constructive activities ages 10-18 years, with a focus on street engagement, sport and cultural activities leading to developmental opportunities.

This new service will complement the Council’s existing play & youth services and delivery provision in areas of the city where there are fewer facilities and structured activities. 

Active Communities Network 

Is a registered charity, utilising sports, cultural and educational activities to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and offer pathways to achievement for participants within local communities. Using the mediums of sport, physical activity, arts and cultural activity, our programmes deliver grass roots activities which promote personal, social and community development. ACN promotes vocational training, education, citizenship and work experience as part of a wider education, training and employment network across our own and partner projects. ACN’s key focus is to deliver services to young people within socio–economically deprived communities and address a range of social issues to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed regardless of their background.


The Project Manager plays an important role in the implementation of ACN’s role as Lead for the Universal Youth Provision in Portsmouth. The central focus of the role includes establishment, implementation and management of the Project in partnership with Motv8 and Pompey in The Community, delivering a diverse range of youth activities and progression routes across the city. The role has key responsibilities around project development with partners and in liaison Portsmouth City Council.  The Project Manager will be responsible for developing all aspects of the programming and delivery to the highest standards.


  • Manage the delivery of youth projects across Portsmouth including programme planning, implementation, monitoring and reviewing whilst ensuring partners and staff are delivered to the highest standard.
  • Provide oversight and management and staff rotas to support the staff team delivering the programme (primarily 6 activity leaders/ detached/ outreach workers).
  • Manage the ACN youth work team, ensuring practical, empathetic support and encouragement to influence positive change within young people through mentoring and innovative techniques and direct the support of workers, employed by the other agencies.
  • Evaluate and monitor young people and project achievements in line contractually agreed reporting guidelines and requirements.
  • Work with partners to identify and book venues/facilities that are assessable and credible to young people
  • Identify young peoples’ issues that are affecting their ability to maximise their futures and initiate and sustain strategies/programmes of support that assist young people to overcome these barriers.
  • Facilitate the participation of young people in the planning, development, design and implementation of all projects available to them.
  • Ensure the maintenance of internal electronic and hard copy information systems that record relevant client outcomes and support the requirements of funders and partners.
  • Lead, develop and maintain relationships with community groups, forums, Police, Housing, Leisure Providers and clubs.
  • Work with the Head of Programmes Hampshire and Head office finance team ensuring project is being delivered to budget.
  • Carry out all administrative tasks relating to sign in sheets and compliance, monitoring and filing debriefs, reviewing and authorising timesheets, ensuring the ACN System is updated consistently and in a timely manner.


  • Work flexibly where appropriate on evenings, weekends and during school holidays to ensure full and supportive delivery of the programme.
  • Deliver programmes within budget and take responsibility for petty cash as required.
  • Undertake training in order to develop work related skills and knowledge.
  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the charity, as may reasonably be requested.
  • Work with due regard for ACN core values and objectives.
    • Ensure compliance with ACN policies in relation to Child Protection, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Safer Recruitment and Selection, including volunteers


Candidates will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of two years’ experience of overseeing and delivering youth work programmes across multiple sites.
  • Demonstrate an excellent knowledge of Portsmouth in relation to social issues and challenges faced by young people and communities.
  • Strong understanding of youth work sectors both in Portsmouth and national context.
  • Significant experience/demonstrate success in monitoring and evaluating projects and demonstrate experience of managing information.
  • Strong communicator within internal and external environment
  • Creative thinker
  • Experience of managing Project budgets
  • Understands and adopts youth led approaches
  • Evidence a skills base in networking and building alliances/new partnerships with the voluntary and statutory sectors.
  • Evidence an ability to manage and co-ordinate sessional staff, volunteers and partners
  • Proven ability to manage projects, demonstrating outcomes and ensuring targets are met whilst maintaining high quality delivery - Performance driven approach.
  • Have a level two or three qualification in either youth work or relevant sector
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as required.

How to apply

Please send your CV along with a covering letter detailing why you are best suited for the role - matching your skills, knowledge and experience against the job description and person specification. 

Please state job title that you are applying for.

Please email this to by 5pm on Friday 28th June

For more information please contact Julian Wadsworth, Head of Programmes – Hampshire on 02393 686123  

Please note, unfortunately we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants prior to the interview stage.