Senior Team Leader

 Are you an experienced manager with a passion for young people making a difference?

We are looking for managers with experience and passion for young people developing and making a difference in their local community. The role requires a rare combination of strengths in logistics, relationship building, youth work and community development. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an entrepreneurial and innovative organisation, grow in a dynamic and supportive environment and contribute to an exciting programme for social change.

About The Challenge Network

The Challenge Network aims to connect and inspire young people from across Britain to strengthen their communities.  We are a charity founded in 2009 and headquartered in Central London, with operations across London, the West Midlands and Northwest England.  We pride ourselves on having a vibrant and fun culture as well as an environment that combines challenge and support for professional growth.

About The Challenge programme

The Challenge is a youth and community programme that brings together 15-16 year olds from different backgrounds, builds their sense of responsibility and helps them make a difference in a local neighbourhood. The programme is growing rapidly: we expect to work with 6,500 young people next summer and are aiming to work with 50,000 per year by 2015 as leading providers for a national government programme.

The Challenge programme is made up of three sequential phases:

  • The Personal Challenge: Participants take on a series of outdoor adventure activities at a residential activity centre to bond them together, build their courage and enhance their sense of personal responsibility.
  • The Team Challenge: Participants work with community groups using skills they are passionate about (including performance, media, sport, enterprise and design & technology).
  • The Real Challenge: Participants explore challenges facing a local neighbourhood and design a project that will strengthen the community.  They are then challenged to deliver these projects over a number of weekends.

Through our alumni programme we then introduce Challenge grads to local programmes and organisations with which they can continue their contribution and personal development.

About the opportunity

The Senior Team Leader is the face of The Challenge during our summer programme. They support and oversee the successful delivery of nine Challenge programmes with from July to September with 540 young people. This role involves co-developing events and activities and gives great responsibility, allowing rapid progression to more management responsibility for excellent performers.

The Senior Team Leader’s primary responsibilities are:

• Help oversee delivery of the programme for 540 young people ensuring strong pastoral support is in place

• Manage 60 staff over the summer ensuring they are supported and develop

• Work with others to ensure the logistics of the programme are organised and well-managed

About you

We are looking for exceptional candidates with the following experience and characteristics:


• Experience managing and motivating people in challenging environments (e.g. residential youth programmes, fast-paced workplace)

• Experience overseeing residential youth programmes

• Good judgement on how to manage difficult behavioural situations.

• Interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society

• Able to give very good first impression and form good relationships with partners

• Success in managing events (the more complex the better)

Further details

This is a fixed-term, full time role based in Birmingham and Bolton, starting on 1st May 2011. The initial contract will end in October 2011, with options to extend, depending on performance and organisational funds.

Salary for the role is £30,000 per year. We also offer a stakeholder pension, a Cycle to Work scheme and opportunities for flexible working.

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