Head of Operations and Events

  • Employer London Youth Games
  • Town / City London
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary £40000 per annum
  • Position Type 10 Month(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 27/05/2021
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London Youth Games is recruiting a Head of Operations & Events (Fixed Term)

Do you want to play a part in creating the ‘world’s largest and most inclusive city-focused Youth Games that is accessible to all’? Are you passionate about ‘using the power of competitive sport to create life-changing opportunities for all young Londoners’? Do the values of ‘Fun, Friendship, Achievement, Inclusivity and Trust’ align with your own values? If ‘Yes’, then we may have an amazing opportunity for you.

The London Youth Games use the power of competitive sport to create life-changing opportunities for all young Londoners. We have three core beliefs that we measure ourselves against.

  • ‘Sport is a right for all’.
  • ‘Sport improves physical and mental well-being’.
  • ‘Sport is a key driver of social integration’.
Role: To effectively lead and deliver the operations of LYG aligned to our strategic priorities resulting in an exceptional activity and events programme.
Hours: 37.5 hours a week
Salary: £40,000 per annum
Contract: Fixed Term – 10 months (maternity cover)
Location: Currently home based. Office base – London South Bank University, SE1

(Flexible approach)

Holiday: 25 days per annum in addition to statutory bank holidays and lieu days
Reports to: Chief Executive
Recruitment timetable
Closing date: Thursday 27th May 201
Interviews: Monday 7th June
Start date: Earliest opportunity, no later than 1st August
Questions: If you have any questions about the role, please contact Vicky Griffiths on


To apply: Please send your CV with a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the role and detailing why you are interested to jobs@londonyouthgames.org.

As an Equal Opportunities employer we are fully committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees, workers and job applicants, and to eliminating unlawful and unfair discrimination. We aim to create a culture that encourages and values diversity, and that appoints, rewards and promotes staff based on merit. To support our understanding how effective we are at ensuring our equal opportunities commitments are upheld we ask all job applicants to complete this voluntary Equal Opportunities Recruitment Monitoring Form.

Any responses provided by you will be held in the strictest confidence and kept separate from the job application decision-making process.

Please note: ·      The role will require some weekend and evening work and therefore could be suited to someone looking for flexible working opportunities.

·      CVs sent without a covering letter will not be accepted.

·      Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

About the London Youth Games

For over 40 years we have proudly delivered an extensive programme of events including over 30 sports, providing opportunities for young Londoners in both their school and community settings. With our fantastic partners Nike, Sport England, the GLA, London Sport and the 33 Boroughs of London we are excited to enter the next phase of our development having recently released our new five-year strategy “Every Young Londoner’s Games”.

Dina Asher-Smith, Raheem Sterling and David Weir are some of the sporting legends who have achieved great things having taken part in the London Youth Games. However, it is not just elite performers we create opportunities for. We are committed to providing opportunities through both participation and volunteering for all young Londoners, with a commitment that our workforce and the Games become reflective of London’s rich diversity. We encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse people, disabled people, women, and people from the LGBTQ+ communities.

About You

London Youth Games are looking for a great communicator with strong inter-personal skills. You will have experience of delivering a high quality sports programme. You will be able to draw on expertise in running competitions, and will have the ability to innovate and thrive in a changing environment. You will have a strong understanding of sporting pathways and be passionate about the difference that sport can make for young people. You will create and embrace new opportunities to get all young Londoners involved in brilliant sporting opportunities whilst embracing digital solutions to assist in achieving this.

Role Purpose

The Head of Operations and Events for London Youth Games will be required to effectively lead and deliver LYG’s operations aligned to our strategic priorities.

Driving forward the development and delivery of a first-class event programme, ensuring high quality events and activities are delivered to timescales and within budget.

Key Responsibilities

Lead delivery aligned to strategic & operational objectives:

  • Support the Chief Executive in implementing and reviewing the strategic plan whilst meeting internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Ensure that the operating objectives and standards of performance are not only understood but delivered against by management and all other employees.
  • Ensure operational systems, policies and practices reflect best practice and are consistent with the organisations values.
  • Provide high quality operational reports to Chief Executive and Board of Trustees.
  • Play a full and effective part in the organisation’s senior leadership team.

Manage the day-to-day operations across the organisations core functions:

  • Provide project management and operations support across the organisations core functions – Sport, Events and Workforce.
  • Ensure that all organisation timelines across the functions are planned, delivered, and reviewed and are underpinned by effective logistical planning and implementation.
  • Ensure appropriate operational and assurance control systems are in place and managed.
  • Manage internal team meetings and ensure that communication between the team is effective.

Oversee the events programme:

  • Provide leadership and oversight for the London Youth Games event portfolio.
  • Ensure effective project management plans are implemented to ensure successful and timely delivery for all events including milestone tracking, risk management, communication/branding, logistics, health and safety, venue/facility operations and supplier management.
  • Oversee departmental budgets and ensure all events are delivered within budget.
  • Develop and deliver new inspiring events and activities, both face-to-face and virtual to increase engagement and participation of young people from a variety of backgrounds.

Liaise with partners and key stakeholders.

  • Maintain and develop strong relationships with all partners and key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the growth of the LYG programme by building positive relationships with key stakeholders and strive for continuous improvement to enhance the event experience for all those who attend.
  • Be the main point of contact for the Borough Team Organiser network.


Person Criteria                                                                            

Other Requirements of Role

  • The post holder will need to work some evenings and weekends. This provides the opportunity for flexible working practices.
  • LYG has a commitment to a positive work-life balance.

Equality and Diversity

  • LYG is committed to championing equality and diversity in all aspects of employment and in the services that it provides.
  • All employees are expected to understand and promote the LYG Equal Opportunities Policy in the course of their work.
  • LYG is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity. We are responsible for ensuring that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment, on the grounds of age, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, race, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, disability, or socio-economic background than any other.
  • Disabled applicants meeting the minimum requirement of the role will be offered an interview. Please indicate in your cover letter if this may be applicable to your application.




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