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Work with us to change the lives of young people across the UK.

We deliver the Future Leaders Programme primarily through our hubs in Hastings & Bexhill, Norfolk, Swindon and Tyneside, but we can and do work elsewhere in the UK. We're a small, friendly, supportive team, with a culture of collaboration and a shared commitment to improving equality in education and social mobility in the UK. Benefits include 26 days holiday per year with bank holidays on top of this (full time equivalent), learning and development opportunities, enhanced sick pay after three months service and access to a free employee assistance programme.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities, and particularly encourage applications from minority groups.

How to apply
If you would like to apply for one of our vacancies, please download and complete an application form and an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form, and email them with a short covering letter to hr@villierspark.org.uk.

Trust Fundraising Manager

Villiers Park is generously supported by charitable trusts and foundations, which contribute over £500,000 every year towards our work. The Trusts Manager will build on and develop Villiers Park’s trust fundraising, by cultivating relationships with current and prospective supporters, preparing compelling applications and reports, and seeking new funders and opportunities to help us to realise our goals and those of the communities we serve. Our established portfolio offers a unique opportunity for an experienced Trusts Manager to steward relationships and meet with funders across our hubs, to see our work in action.

This is a rewarding role at an exciting time for Villiers Park. We have four regional hubs cross the UK, with a fifth in development, and an evidence-based approach that makes a proven impact on young people’s lives. We are going into the second year of Scaling Award support from the Fair Education Alliance, which is helping us to extend our impact and reach.

As the Trusts Manager, you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the organisation, from Progression Coaches who work directly in and with our school partners to members of the Senior Leadership Team and Trustees. You will be part of a small fundraising team so working well in a team, and being flexible to support others, is essential. You will build mutually trusting relationships with colleagues and funders and balance tenacity with empathy.

  • Salary: £38,000 - £41,000 FTE
  • Closing Date: We will review applications on a rolling basis
  • Reports to: Head of Fundraising and Partnerships
  • Location: Remote (with regular team meetings in Cambridge)


About you:

  • Passionate about supporting young people from under-represented backgrounds;
  • Experience of successfully building relationships with charitable trusts and securing five and six figure gifts;
  • Excellent communication skills and able to cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously and on own initiative;
  • Good understanding of financial information and ability to communicate this effectively;
  • A team player, who is personable, curious and empathetic;
  • A commitment to learning and professional development;
  • An understanding of current fundraising trends and connected with relevant fundraising networks.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience of fundraising for an educational or social mobility charity;
  • Experience of securing multi-year six figure gifts;
  • Interest in extending fundraising knowledge and experience, to include major donors, legacies and university partnerships.

To apply, please download and complete an application form and an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form, and email them with a short covering letter to hr@villierspark.org.uk.

Progression Coaches Hastings and Bexhill

We are seeking two Progression Coaches, who will work with a cohort of Future Leaders (Students) aged 14 - 19 in Hastings and Bexhill and facilitate workshops and events with Future Leaders in our Hastings and Bexhill hub and beyond.

The Progression Coach role is hybrid with two positions currently available which can be worked flexibly (i.e. full-time, part-time, term time only). The role is predominantly school-based, however, when not working with students you will be home-based.

Villiers Park is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion among our employees, volunteers, trustees and the communities we support.

Location:Hybrid in Hastings and Bexhill (both school and home based)
Deadline:12 July 2024
Interviews:w/c 15 July 2024

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Main Duties and Responsibility

  • Conduct one-to-one and group coaching sessions with young people on the Future Leaders Programme.
  • Provide short responsive coaching sessions in schools and occasionally online, ensuring safeguarding requirements are met.
  • Support young people in developing realistic and meaningful ambitions and creating actionable plans.
  • Facilitate workshops in collaboration with Villiers Park team members including green careers programme Sustainable Futures and social action project Leadership Challenge.
  • Attend Future Leaders Programme events in Hastings and Bexhill such as university and employer insight days.
  • Raise safeguarding issues, collaborate with schools and colleges, and resolve concerns for individual students.
  • Assist in developing the Future Leaders programme, including curriculum content and online resources.
  • Support and participate in residential or subject-specific courses, including occasional overnight supervision.
  • Support the collection and processing of programme evaluation.
  • Engage in training, share best practices, and provide guidance to new staff.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and contribute towards Villiers Park’s vision and values.
  • Undertake other relevant tasks as assigned by your line manager.

This list is not exhaustive and the post-holder will be required to undertake other tasks relevant to the role and within their capability.

About You:

  • Passionate about social mobility and youth development.
  • Committed to improving the learning experience of young people in schools and colleges.
  • Empathetic and skilled in supporting young people to find their own solutions.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills across different audiences.
  • Ability to adapt communication style with students, parents, and teachers.
  • Comfortable presenting to various audiences.
  • Team player who can also work independently and autonomously.
  • Highly organised and detail-oriented with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience in schools, Higher Education or careers sector.
  • Flexible availability, including occasional evening and overnight work.
  • Willingness to undergo an enhanced criminal records disclosure from the DBS.
  • Driving license and own transport (desirable).

To apply, please download and complete an application form and an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form, and email them with a short covering letter to hr@villierspark.org.uk.


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