Vacancies

We are always on the lookout for passionate, talented individuals, so whether there are any current vacancies or not, we’re interested in hearing from you.

Please send your CV and a short note outlining your skills and experience, and why you want to work with us to applications@youngfoundation.org. We will be in touch if a relevant vacancy arises.

All current vacancies and opportunities at The Young Foundation, as well as from some of our partner ventures and organisations, are advertised on this page. Applications should be sent to applications@youngfoundation.org. Please use the job title of the post you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Once you have decided to apply for a post, please keep a copy of the job description, as all job descriptions are taken off the website at the closing date.

Regrettably, due to the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible to notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Current vacancies

Investment Manager, Young Academy (deadline: 21 November 2018) – full job description via this link

Trustees (deadline: 20 November 2018) – full role description via this link or scroll down

Director of Innovation and Investment (deadline: 7 December 2018) – full role description via this link

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Job title: Investment Manager

Salary: £35,000-£40,000 pa (dependent on experience), plus benefits

Location: East London, E2 9PF (with occasional UK travel)

Contract: Initially for an 18-month period

Hours: Full time, 35 hours a week

 About the Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keeps us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, the Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this as a spur to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced, self-starting and energetic Investment Manager to take the lead on growing the social and financial returns from our Young Academy portfolio of education impact investments, and to support the development and delivery of new social finance programmes across the organisation. You will be responsible for managing the Young Academy portfolio of fifteen ventures, which consists of multiple kinds of organisations supported through convertible loan notes. The role affords a great deal of autonomy to shape the direction of the fund moving forward and to make a real impact on the ventures and, ultimately, the young people, educators and communities they serve. If you believe in the potential of social investment to achieve social change, are passionate about supporting social entrepreneurs leading dynamic early-stage ventures, and enjoy working in a fast-paced and creative organisation, we would love to hear from you.

How to apply                                                         

Please send a CV and a short covering letter (no more than 300 words), illustrating how your skills and relevant experience relates to the attached job description and person specification to applications@youngfoundation.org.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Wednesday 21st November 2018. First round interviews will take place on Monday 26 November. Second round interviews will take place on Wednesday 28 November.

For any questions about this role or about the application process, please contact James Teasdale, Head of Venture Development on 020 8980 6263.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non-­EU nationals who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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Call for trustees (up to four positions)

These are exciting times for us as an organization. Building on our rich history of ethnographic research and social innovation, we are working with our CEO, Helen Goulden, and her team to develop a new strategy for the organisation fit for today’s challenges.

We are looking for trustees who want to make a real contribution to this next phase of Young Foundation’s journey.

The mission of the Young Foundation is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. In light of persistent inequality, long standing regional divides and the fractured politics that have emerged post-Brexit, our mission feels urgent.

We believe connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keeps us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges.

Drawing on our long standing strengths as an organisation, we seek to deliver our mission by amplifying stories and the lived experience of people in communities, using this as a spur to drive locally-led
community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity and then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle these shared challenges at scale.

We are a small, highly committed Board with an open, collaborative style of working in the interests of the mission of the Young Foundation. We value the different skills and perspectives that each Board member brings and see our diversity of backgrounds as a rich asset.

We are looking to strengthen the Board at this important point in the organisation’s development and are
particularly interested in individuals with the following skills and backgrounds:

– media and public relations;
– think tankers and opinion formers;
– social innovators and entrepreneurs;
– those with legal, funding, corporate or social investment expertise.

We are looking for up to four new trustees to bring the Board up to ten. Interviews will be conducted in November/December 2018 with the aim to appoint new trustees in time for our Board meeting on 31 January 2019. Further details about the role can be found here.

If you feel inspired by our mission and could make a contribution to our future development, we’d love to talk to you. You can get in touch with Chintan Makwana (chintan.makwana@youngfoundation.org) to arrange an introductory conversation before submitting a formal application.

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Job title: Director of Innovation and Investment

Salary: £65,000 up to £80,000 (dependent on experience)

Location: East London, E2 9PF (with occasional UK travel)

Job type: Permanent

Hours: Full time, 35 hours a week

The Young Foundation’s mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. As a UKRI accredited Independent Research Organisation, social investor and community development practitioner, we combine all our skills and expertise to further that mission. We amplify the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this as a spur to drive locally-led community action and enterprise.

About the role

As Director of Innovation and Investment, you will lead and champion all investment and venture support work within the organisation. This is a significant role and we are looking for an ambitious, experienced leader to expand our existing portfolio of innovation programmes and investments and to grow successful relationships with our corporate, government and philanthropic partners.

You will possess the talent, networks and entrepreneurial zest to bring some of our emerging ideas to life. You will also bring your own distinct and original ideas about how to support meaningful and sustained, systemic social innovation in communities, housing and education.

A naturally confident communicator, you will be able to lead and develop a small ventures team, as well as bringing the credibility and drive to engage effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

If you have the passion and skills to make a difference, then we would like to hear from you.

Timetable
Closing Date Friday 7th December 2018
Preliminary Interviews w/c 17th December 2018
Final Panel Interview End w/c 7th and w/c 14th January 2019
How to apply

To express an interest in the role and to be considered, please submit the information below to GatenbySanderson:
– a detailed and up-to-date CV
– a supporting statement that addresses all criteria in the Person Specification and outlines your motivation for applying
– details of your availability on the dates provided in the indicative timetable.