Saracens Foundation Project Officer – Breakdown

  • Employer Saracens Sport Foundation
  • Town / City Hendon, North West London
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary £23000 - £25000 per annum
  • Closing Date 05/08/2022
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Saracens Sport Foundation are seeking to employ a Project Officer to work within our Breakdown Project as part of our Social Inclusion strand.

As a Foundation, the Charity’s main focus is to develop societal change through the power of sport. Over the last 20 years, the Foundation has worked tirelessly in the North London and Hertfordshire communities to improve the lives and wellbeing of those in the community to build a stronger society. The work that the Foundation does not only help the community by the power of sport but also by empowering all the groups within society with a wide range of projects which in turn will help to grow and develop their skills.

Saracens Foundation are working in partnership with The Pavilion and the PRU with the aim of to challenge the normalisation of self-destructive and violent behaviour in some of London’s most vulnerable and excluded youth population. By delivering this project, the outcomes are to bring an improvement in protective factors and a decrease in risk factors in young people whose lives have been shaped by poverty, crime, family dysfunction or learning disabilities. The project will offer a package of one-to-one (1:1) support and incorporate group workshops and follow up discussions. It includes specific focus areas identified by the PRU, young person and their families, with a holistic and tailored approach to build resilient, adaptable young people.

As a Project Officer you will develop professional and supportive relationships with young people by engaging them in long-term mentoring and a powerful curriculum of workshops and discussions. Workshops will focus on Teamwork, Leadership, Resilience, Personal Responsibility, Weapons Awareness, Problem Solving Skills, Anger Management, Racism, Stereotyping and Social Media. You will be responsible for coordinating the effective running of these workshops by working collaboratively with our partner or third-party organisations and beneficiaries from our prison project. You will lead the ‘fortnightly circles’, which coincide with the workshops, where personal issues relating to the workshops can be discussed to identify teachable moments, in which participants may be questioning their actions or behaviour.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

    1. Develop and deliver sessions with children and young people which supports them to address violent or negative behaviour at home, in school or in the community.
    2. Lead 1:1 mentoring sessions with young people.
    3. Develop a curriculum of impactful workshops and coordinate their delivery.
    4. Keep accurate files and records to produce impactful evidence.
    5. Facilitate our volunteer mentors to work effectively with identified young people.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and young people who have displayed negative or offending behaviours, have an understanding of risk factors connected with offending behaviour and have an innate ability to motivate, inspire and mentor people towards achieving their goals. You will ideally have some lived experiences of the challenges being faced by young people at risk of offending.

This role would suit someone with previous experience working in the Youth Offending Services or a similar background. Qualifications in mentoring, counselling or youth work at a level 3 would be desirable.

The role is full time (37.5 hours) with 3 days a week spent working at the PRU and the remainder of the week working from StoneX Stadium or home, depending on the Covid situation. Saracens Foundation believes that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. We encourage applicants from women, disabled, black, Asian, and mixed heritage candidates. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity for applicants and employees and aim to appoint on merit from a diverse talent pool. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals who may have lived experience of the challenges faced by at risk young people or who have had to demonstrate resilience to overcome significant challenge in their life.

Applications should be made by submitting a CV and covering letter outlining suitability to the role with a particular focus on professional or lives experiences of working with at risk young people.

Applications should be sent to Sangita Asani, HR Manager at recruitment@saracens.net.

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th August 2022 at 5pm and interviews to commence on week commencing on 15th August 2022.

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