Vacancies with the National Youth Agency

Young Assessor (Youth Investment Fund Youth Panel)

We are looking for a group of 20 young people across England to form our new Youth Panel. £368m is being invested by the UK Government and will be used to create, expand and improve local youth facilities and their services. Investing in positive outcomes for young people, including improved mental and physical wellbeing, and developing young people’s life skills is core to YIF, and the Youth Panel will be central to helping ensure the money will grow quality youth provision.

The Young Assessors will be fully trained, supported by a Youth Worker and will be a paid position. With this dedicated support and unique experience, you can expect to benefit from:

  • £11.05 an hour – 3 hours a week
  • Experience great training and develop employability skills
  • Directly impacting on young people having access to quality youth work
  • The development of key skills related to leadership, communication, and critical thinking
  • The development of marketing skills for example speaking or blogging / vlogging
  • Building a network of friends up and down the country committed to a connected cause

We have additional funding and support to make adjustments and adaptations to ensure the Young Assessor roles are open to all young people who would like to apply. Please get in touch if you would like to request or discuss additional support needs.  

To find out more and apply, please download our recruitment pack below, we look forward to hearing for you!

Click here to complete your online application form

Closing dateAugust 19th 2022.

Commercial Development Manager

We are looking for an energetic Commercial Development Manager to develop opportunities with new clients, to drive income generation and to grow the reach of the charity. 

You will seek and attract new commercial opportunities for the NYA to work with public sector, voluntary sector, and private sector partners, develop relationships with them while maintaining existing relationships. You will promote the NYA Quality Mark, Hear by Right standard, Youth Work Curriculum, and bespoke consultancy, training, and support services. 

Other duties will include market research, developing business strategies and pitches, managing projects, and identifying new business opportunities. You will work with our youth workers and operations team and report to the Director of Growth.

NYA is in a period of exciting growth, and this is a newly formed role to bring increased coherence to a series of work strands and drive the very best outcomes for our funders and those that we support across the youth work landscape in England. The successful candidate will be at the heart of the NYA’s role to enable great youth work to happen.

To find out more and apply click here

Closing date23:59 on August 21st 2022.

Youth Participation Officer

We are looking for a fantastic Youth Participation Officer to develop opportunities with new clients, to drive income generation and to co-design and lead participation work across a large national programme.

You will be working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that young people are actively included at the table, you will ensure that their voice is embedded across all programme decision making, and they have meaningful influence in driving the outcomes of the programme forward to benefit young people and communities. 

Young people are experts in their own experiences and are key to ensuring that the outcomes of this project are fit for young people now and in the future. We are looking for a youth worker that can advocate for young people, and work with them to ensure that they are central to the decision-making process. 

To find out more and apply click here

Closing date23:59 on August 28th 2022.

Data Scientist: Head of Knowledge and Research

We are looking for a Data Scientist to become our Head of Knowledge and Research to lead the team in delivering projects involving advanced data analysis and careful reporting of data.

You will champion and lead the use of high-quality statistical and quantitative analysis across the organisation, engaging and supporting colleagues, to embed an evidence-based culture and embedding evaluation into organisational development and our work programmes.

You will thrive in a swiftly changing charity using your experience, initiative, and technical skills to help develop and deliver NYA’s data, intelligence, and insight strategy. 

To find out more and apply click here

Closing date23:59 on August 28th 2022.

Data Analyst

Our Data Analyst will be critical in ensuring the NYA can better understand the complex and varied youth work sector and keep abreast of changing trends and challenges that affect youth work providers and young people. They will thrive in a rapidly changing charity using their initiative, and technical skills to help develop and analyse complex survey or administrative data.

The Data Analyst will work as part of a team to inform and develop large scale programmes of work and will lead on discrete projects, communicating results and delivering accessible technical briefings to colleagues. They will respond quickly to requests for data and analysis from colleagues in business development, policy, and operational roles and to the senior leadership team, to ensure they have the information needed to inform their work.  

To find out more and apply click here

Closing date23:59 on August 28th 2022.

Director of Policy & Communications

Our Policy and Communications Directorate role is to champion great youth work, its value and importance for young people across England.

This is a new senior leadership role leading a growing team focused on ensuring the voice of the NYA and youth sector is heard and acted upon across government, local councils, and important points of influence.

The Director leads two matrix connected teams. Our policy and advocacy team form the heart of our Policy Hub to lead campaigns and external affairs, driving our evidence informed policy positions across government and the youth sector. Our Communications and Marketing team ensure we’re able to celebrate the work of the youth sector and the NYA’s role in setting standards and enabling great youth work to happen. This may also include working with corporate and/or strategic partners the NYA is partnering with.

If you wish to apply for this position, please email with the following by Thursday 1st September.

• A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements in line with the person specification in the About You section.

• A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability for the role and how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of the application and will be assessed as part of your full application

• Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their relationship to you and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

• Diversity monitoring form – your data will be stored separately from your applications and will at no time be connected to you or your application.

Partnerships Manager

The NYA aspires to be the leading youth sector infrastructure body to guide and support the sector to meet the needs of young people and communities. Our Partnerships Manager will work as part of the Growth Directorate to identify and develop partnership opportunities that support the delivery of the NYA strategy. 

You will thrive in a swiftly changing charity using your experience, initiative, and technical skills to help develop and deliver NYA’s Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. 

You will use your experience skills and expertise to identify and develop powerful partnerships that promote the work of the NYA, help us to secure income, and increase our influence on national policy. The partnerships that you build will go beyond the youth work sector, engaging constructive partnerships with providers and other stakeholders in the education, employability, and health sectors. Working closely with the Director of Growth, and the wider Senior Leadership Team, you will ensure that these partnerships deliver effective engagement with the sector, that will allow NYA to inform and influence national policy and drive change to improve the provision of youth work, and the life chances of young people.

To find out more and apply click here

Closing date23:59 on September 4th 2022.

National Principal Youth Work Officer

As the national body for youth work, NYA has a dual function. We are the professional, statutory, and regulatory body (PSRB) responsible for qualifications, quality standards and safeguarding for youth work and services in England. In line with our charity mission and aims, we also champion youth work through research, advocacy, campaigns, and programmes.

As National Principal Youth Work Officer, you will work with the senior leadership team to provide information and insight into the needs and priorities of the public sector, that will guide the team to deliver future projects and services that support NYA’s wider strategy.

You will develop a national network of youth work leads from local authorities, mindful of the role of our Regional Youth Work Unit partners. The NYA seeks to connect the voices of public sector youth work leaders, commissioners and young people to our work to influence future policy and investment.

To find out more and apply click here

Closing date23:59 on September 11th 2022.


We are committed to inclusivity and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. To reflect the communities we serve, we strive to bring different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience, and identity to enrich our insights and power the work we do together.

We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in our organisation including Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

National Youth Agency is not a licensed sponsor at this time. Any offer of employment will be made subject to valid right to work in the UK being provided.

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