Who we are
City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support pupils growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.
The City Year experience empowers this exceptional and diverse group of young people to realise their aspirations and grow as leaders, both through their impact on children’s lives and through training, coaching and career development opportunities.
City Year UK's volunteer mentors are integral to the school day. They encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning while developing their own leadership skills.
City Year was first established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 and operates in 29 cities across America, as well as Johannesburg in South Africa. City Year UK launched in London in 2010 and has since expanded to the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.
City Year UK is a youth education and social action charity that challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support pupils growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.
The volunteers are integral to the school day. They encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning while developing their own skills. They meet to share experiences and benefit from additional leadership training, delivered by experts from across the education, business and voluntary sectors.
The Trustees take overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation and its ability to fulfil its mission of empowering young people to ‘give a year and change the world’ and to impact the lives of children and young people in disadvantaged areas of London, Birmingham and Manchester.
They are looking for professionals with experience in the following areas:
As Marketing Trustees, you will ideally be a current or prior Chief Marketing Officer (or someone who reports to one), who leads all or a significant part of a best-in-class marketing and communications function, including market strategy, brand positioning, social media, events, press, lobbying and campaigning and/or government relations. You will have successfully built the marketing strategy, brand positioning and awareness of an early-stage service (or product). You may have previously supported or advised small organisations or teams on their marketing and communications.
As Digital Trustee, you will ideally be a Chief Technology Officer or Chief Information Officer (or someone who reports to one), who leads all or a significant part of a digital/IT function, including strategy, planning and implementation, infrastructure and data systems. You may have delivered transformational change to business technologies and processes, to deliver costs savings and service improvements to customers and have strategically implemented agile project management practices, open-source, cloud platforms and digital services.
As Education Trustee, you will be a current or Prior Head Teacher or senior education officer in a local authority or multi-academy trust and will have successfully run or supported schools/educational activities. You will need to be able to advise on ways to build sustainable partnerships with schools as well contributing an understanding of how to design effective educational interventions whilst bringing experience of best-in-class educational practice to a smaller, entrepreneurial context.
All trustees are required to attend quarterly board meetings (3 hours) and committee meetings, (1.5 hours), and provide support and guidance to the senior leadership team and staff on an as-needed basis. Trustees are also asked to commit to attending a number of key events such as school visits, friend raisers, impact breakfasts, drinks events and gala dinner, opening day, red jacket and graduation ceremonies.
City Year UK is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
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