Deputy Centre Manager- Charlestown, Manchester

Greater Manchester Youth Federation (GMYF) are looking for a Deputy Centre Manager to co-ordinate day to day operations at Whitemoss Youth Centre providing a ‘hands-on’ role to a small team of youth workers and vocational tutors delivering enrichment and learning activities to young people.


Job Title: Deputy Centre Manager – Whitemoss Youth Centre

Hours: 35 Hours per week, flexible including evenings and occasional weekends. To include 1-2 annual visits to the GM Outdoor Activities Centre, Cumbria, to support young people’s residential events.

Salary: £29,000-£32,000

Location: Charlestown, Manchester


About GMYF

GMYF is a long-established charity that works with young people across Greater Manchester, to support their aspirations and create opportunities. Our mission is to deliver a year-round programme of recreational and educational opportunities to young people, volunteers and leaders within our affiliated clubs that encourages them to reach their full potential.

GMYF recently opened our first Youth Centre in Partington and will imminently be opening a Youth Centre in Charlestown, providing support for young people with a wide range of activities and making a real difference to the lives of many young people. Alongside the Centres, we have various current/former playing field sites in the Greater Manchester area and jointly own an Outward Activities Centre in Cumbria. We have 27 affiliated youth clubs who undertake a variety of different activities. GMYF has great ambition to continue to do more for young people, with its own assets and various potential funding opportunities. Now is a fantastic time to get involved with us and support our work!

To find out more about us, please visit Greater Manchester Youth Federation (

The Role

The role of the Deputy Centre Manager will be to work as part of a team providing structured youth work activities, employment training and education projects for young people aged 7-19. To deputise for the Centre Manager as required, attend partnership meetings, manage staff team, and hold designated building responsibilities. To support the Centre Manager to implement strategies which build high quality systems and processes of outstanding performance in working with young people.


Key areas of focus for the Deputy Centre Manager will be:


  • Site Management/Health and Safety: To support the Centre Manager and ensure the Centre meets health and safety standards/regulations including daily site checks, kitchen hygiene regulations for food preparation, risk assessments and fire drills. Ensure off-site trips and visits are adequately risk assessed and staff briefed. Manage inventory of equipment and petty cash budget.
  • Health and Wellbeing/Achievements: Support the Centre Manager to plan and deliver an exciting and vibrant curriculum offer for children and young people, ensuring that children / young people’s needs e.g. SEND are met. Set high standards for children and young people’s learning which support them to feel safe, ambitious, accepted and valued. Oversee the use of external visits and activities to ensure these are risk assessed, to budget and with learning taking place.
  • Leadership and Management: line manage youth workers and tutors based on site, providing supervision, guidance and appraisal to a high standard. Promote positive attitudes and high standards for staff teams, using de-escalation skills to resolve conflict in line with established policies. Brief and debrief staff daily. Support the Centre Manager in quality assurance processes, including gaining Matrix or similar accreditation.
  • Safeguarding: comply with all policies and procedures, with reference to equality and diversity, safeguarding, health, safety and security, confidentiality, and data protection. Ensure recording of incidents, exclusions, interventions, actions taken on-site are managed in accordance with organisation policies and processes. Report any safeguarding issues/concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Represent Greater Manchester Youth Federation: develop positive, supportive, and constructive relationships with children, young people, parents, external agencies and direct reports to support the success of the organisation. Promote a positive image of the Centre and the wider work of the organisation. Deputise for the Centre Manager at external meetings and events.
  • Continued Personal Development: GM Youth Federation staff will engage with regular support, supervision and annual appraisal, and have a commitment to Continued Professional Development.


About You

We are looking for a candidate who believes in GMYF’s mission, with a Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work, or equivalent experience. You will have a minimum of 1 year’s experience in a supervisory role within a youth work or teaching and learning environment.  You should have tact and diplomacy in relationships with young people, parents and colleagues. You will be enthusiastic, adaptable and resilient, displaying commitment, integrity and good judgement.

Other Requirements

GM Youth Federation is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced with barred list information. This is a UK-based post and applicants must be living in and have the right to work in the UK. If applicable, please detail your Visa status in your covering email.

Equality and diversity matter to us. If you think you would be suitable for the role, we would love to hear from you regardless of age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality.


How to Apply

Having carefully reviewed the job description, if you are interested in applying for the role, please apply here. This will take you to our external HR Consultant, Ashfield HR, where you can apply with one document comprising your cover letter and CV. The closing date for applications is 5th April 2024. Interviews will take place 11th April.



Person Specification for Deputy Centre Manager





Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work or equivalent experience Essential
Level 3 Certificate in Management or equivalent experience Desirable
First Aid Qualification & Fire Marshal training or willing to gain within first 3 months of appointment Essential
Ability to use a variety of IT applications Essential
Effective communication and interpersonal skills Essential
Ability to maintain good working relationships and to relate well to adults and children & young people across a range of levels and abilities Essential
Ability to assess H&S requirements in multi-purpose buildings e.g. fire evacuation, risk assessments, basic food hygiene Essential
Awareness and skills in assessing safeguarding and risk management related to working with young people Essential
Self-motivated and ability to work constructively as part of a team Essential
Ability to lead, organise and supervise a team. Provide coaching and support to staff to provide effective and engaging enrichment / pastoral support to young people Essential
A minimum of 1 years’ experience in a supervisory role within a youth work or teaching and learning environment Essential
Ability to write clear, concise reports, presenting these to different audiences as necessary Desirable
Experience of planning, preparing & delivering a range of effective learning programmes including Youth Voice Desirable
Experience of maintaining robust safeguarding procedures Essential
Relevant experience of working with young people with additional needs i.e. SEN, ADHD Essential
Experience of supervising the work of individuals and teams e.g. supervision and appraisal Desirable
Tact and diplomacy in relationships with the children, young people, parents, and colleagues at work. Essential
Ability to constantly improve own practice & knowledge through self-evaluation & learning Essential
Enthusiasm, adaptability, and resilience Essential
Commitment, reliability, integrity & good judgment Essential


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