Director of Advocacy Programmes

  • Job Reference: YLFDOAP24
  • Date Posted: 12 February 2024
  • Recruiter: The Young Lives Foundation
  • Location: Maidstone, Kent
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £36,371 to £40,578
  • Sector: Charity & Non Profit
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Ready to drive strategic and operational charity growth as a proactive member of our Senior Leadership Team? Can you manage, inspire and evolve a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to supporting young people through advocacy? We are looking for an exceptional individual to become our Director of Advocacy Programmes at The Young Lives Foundation.

The Role

The Director of Advocacy Programmes is a proactive leader and contributor to YLF’s Senior Leadership Team. The role is crucial in ensuring the charity delivers high quality programmes, in line with YLF’s safeguarding, HR and Financial policies and procedures.

The Director of Advocacy Programmes oversees the operational delivery of YLF’s statutory programmes, currently Rights, Representation and Advocacy Services commissioned by local authorities. They have responsibility for managing the day to day, performance of the advocacy programmes and its people, ensuring both quantitative and qualitative objectives are achieved with added value, whilst also contributing to YLF’s strategic development. They have responsibility for compliance with regulations and best practice. They work closely with the CEO, trustees and management team to ensure that the charity has a robust infrastructure to support strong service delivery and growth.

This is an important post requiring a pro-active and well organised leader who is responsible for a critical function in the management and development of the charity. The post-holder must also be a champion of the charity’s values, a positive role model for those using our services and an effective ambassador for the work of the charity.

Main Responsibilities 

  • To be a proactive member of YLF’s Senior Leadership Team, ensuring that the charity has a robust infrastructure to support strong service delivery and growth.
  • To lead a team of staff and volunteers in the delivery of a range of objectives and requirements to the highest standard, whilst developing systems that evidences outputs, outcomes, impact and added value
  • To develop, manage and evaluate recording systems that efficiently and effectively aid staff and volunteers to carry out their functions whilst monitoring performance
  • To provide day to day line management to a team of staff, with a focus on maintaining motivation, personal and professional development, retention and high performance
  • To lead on the recruitment of staff and volunteers as required to resource the programmes in line with YLF’s Budget and Safer Recruitment Procedures
  • To be one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads for the charity and ensure training is up to date in order to fulfil the function in line with YLF’s Safeguarding procedures
  • To lead and chair where appropriate departmental and team meetings and to deliver in house training programmes to staff and volunteers
  • To ensure YLF has an effective volunteer recruitment strategy, producing sufficient volunteer resource which are diverse and volunteers are recruited in line with YLF’s Safer Recruitment Policy
  • To ensure effective systems are in place and developed for YLF volunteers to be well supported, valued and recognised
  • Ensure advocacy programmes are delivered in line with budgets and contribute to budget setting and other financial processes for the programmes
  • To ensure programmes and activities are risk assessed and delivered safely in line with YLF’s Health and Safety Policy and other relevant policies
  • To develop, maintain and manage key relationships with internal and external stakeholders, such as commissioners, funders and referring agencies, and be proactive within appropriate networks
  • To lead on informal and formal complaints relating to the Advocacy Programmes in line with YLF’s Complaints Procedures
  • To produce high quality reports and deliver presentations on the work of YLF and the difference this makes in the lives of vulnerable people
  • To be a proactive contributor to YLF’s Fundraising Strategy, support the work of the Fundraising Committee and contribute to fundraising activities, including bid writing and events
  • To represent YLF at public events and meetings delivering talks and promoting the charity on local and/or national media, standing in for the CEO when he is unavailable
  • To form effective professional networks and partnerships, ensuring YLF is well represented and has influence across the sector
  • To attend YLF Board Meetings and Sub-Committees as appropriate and support the Trustees in their governance of the charity
  • To contribute, as required, to the design, content and administration of websites, social networks, the production of publications and the arrangement of staff and volunteer events
  • To keep abreast of developments in policy, practice and legislation with regards to the work of YLF and to support or lead on the development on new, innovative programmes in response to needs of the community and in line with YLF’s core objectives


We require a person with a strong commitment to safeguarding young people, an enthusiasm and commitment to our charity values and behaviours, and an understanding of a child centered approach to work and co-production. Qualifications at degree or higher-level education equivalent are required, alongside management skills and experience.

Full responsibilities and requirements are detailed in the Recruitment Pack available on our website recruitment page