Manager Youth Sport

Contract Type
Public Sector
£63,112 per annum
Expiry Date
The Communities and Skills Directorate oversees the Mayor's policies for strengthening communities; improving access to health and sporting activities; enhancing adult education and skills; strengthening civil life; supporting young people.

Job Description

About Civil Society and Sport 

The Civil Society and Sport Policy leads the Mayor of London, work in Sport, Youth Social Action, Civil Society, and Volunteering.? Our work focuses on enhancing and supporting civic and community life in London, through the activation of partnerships, people, and places. By supporting?Londoners to become active citizens, we contribute the Mayor’s commitments to build stronger communities and support young Londoners facing inequalities.?? 

Our vision for sport

At the heart of the Mayor’s approach to sport in London is his belief in the power of sport to bring people together and improve their lives.

This underpins his aim for London to be the most socially integrated, active city and undisputed sporting capital of the world.

By sitting alongside other statutory strategies including health inequalities, transport, planning, environment, culture, housing, and economic development, our sport strategy ensures a cohesive approach to tackling London’s problems and improving the lives of Londoners.

About the role 

Leadership and oversight of the Mayor’s work in sport and physical activity for social outcomes for children and young people in London, with a focus on its positive impact on mental health, personal development, social connectedness, and employability for improved life chances.

To manage the ongoing implementation of the Sport and Physical Activity portfolio, with an emphasis on positive outcomes for underserved young Londoners. This includes our flagship Go! London Collaboration, our sport, youth voice, and leadership programmes funded by the London Violence Reduction Unit, delivering our partnership ambitions with the NBA and NFL, and leading on thought leadership for the sector.
The role will require close working with other policy teams within the Civil Society and Sport Unit and across the wider GLA, the London Violence Reduction Unit as well as senior-level stakeholder relationship management and includes effective line performance management of the Sport team to ensure successful individual and team learning, development, and performance.
In this role, you are required to contribute to the wider work of the Sport and Youth team in support of the London Recovery missions, the London Partnership Board, Major Sports Events, and the strategic ambitions of the GLA. Using the power or sport, you will play an active role in listening, convening, and codesigning interventions with young people and the sector that address emerging needs, and systemic challenges, and support the aspirations of underserved young Londoners.
What your day will look like

·        Bi-weekly Sports Team meeting, outlining progress, priorities, actions, and timeline.

·        Meeting with the governance lead for advice on your draft decision paper.

·        Attend meeting with University partner to discuss initial findings of early years research.

·        Focus time – Go! London application assessments

·        Meeting with VRU weekly programme catch up.

·        Prepare for team 121’s

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

To be considered for the role you must meet the following essential criteria:

·        Significant knowledge and experience in managing and monitoring a portfolio of programmes, including resource management, financial planning and forecasting, project planning, risk and appraisal, internal approval and external contract development and management, and measuring outcomes.

·        Considerable experience in managing and building trust with high-profile partners and stakeholders together with knowledge and understanding of, and ability to operate and collaborate successfully at a senior level in, a complex organisation and/or fast pacing political environment.

·        Experience in producing and overseeing compelling high-quality written reports, briefings, monitoring information, and developing assets to profile and communicate the successes to different audiences.

·        Experience in the field of sport and physical activity, youth, and civil society, together with an understanding of the challenges facing the sport and physical activity sector.

·        Knowledge of the Mayor’s powers and the role of the GLA and how to translate changing political agendas into tangible actions that benefit the diverse and changing needs of Londoners. 

·        A record of managing, motivating, and inspiring a team, nurturing talent, ambition, learning, and development, and addressing gaps in knowledge, performance, and capability.