Youth Centre Manager – Charlestown, Manchest …

Greater Manchester Youth Federation (GMYF) are looking for a Centre Manager to lead day to day operations at Whitemoss Youth Centre providing a ‘hands-on’ management role to the team including youth workers, vocational tutors and pastoral staff who will be delivering activities to young people.


Job Title: Centre Manager – Whitemoss Youth Centre

Hours: 35 Hours per week, including 1-2 annual visits to the GM Outdoor Activities Centre, Cumbria, to support young people’s residential events.

Salary: £35,000-£37,500

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 Centre Manager, working with the Operations Director, will be to hold Centre lead responsibility for delivery of a structured youth work curriculum, employability training and education projects for young people aged 7-19. To attend partnership meetings, line manage the staff team, and oversee Centre health and safety standards. To lead and implement strategies that support high quality assurance, providing outstanding outcomes for staff and young people.


Key areas of focus for the Centre Manager will be:

  • Site Management/Health and Safety: 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, supervised and recorded. Ensure the Centre remains compliant with current H&S requirements. Manage Centre Assets Register and be responsible for petty cash budget.
  • Health and Wellbeing/Achievements: Work with the Operations Director 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. Manage 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 the Deputy Centre Manger and Youthwork Lead, providing supervision, guidance and appraisal to a high standard. Lead and promote positive attitudes and high standards of performance for staff teams, using de-escalation skills to resolve issues in line with established policies. Support the Operations Director in implementation of high quality assurance processes, including gaining Matrix or similar accreditation. Complete small scale funding bids to enhance the Centre youth offer.
  • 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: Approve and oversee the work of a range of support agencies to promote the well-being of children and young people to meet identified need e.g. Brook, Lifeline, NHS, Social Services. Support the wider running of the charity through attendance at meetings and events. Promote a positive image of the Centre and the wider work of the organisation.
  • 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, and ideally a qualification or experience in Management too. You will have a minimum of 2 years’ 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 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
Good communication and interpersonal skills Essential
Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with external agencies Essential
Ability to engage and relate with children & young people across a range of levels and backgrounds 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 2 years’ experience in a supervisory role within a youth work or teaching and learning environment Essential
Ability to understand data and to write clear, concise reports, presenting these to different audiences as necessary Essential
Experience of encouraging youth leadership activities e.g. Youth Voice Desirable
Good knowledge of leading and managing 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 Essential
Ability to present information to formal meetings and visitors e.g. local councillors Essential
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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