Development Worker

Job Posted: 10 days ago

Available until: 23rd Jul 2019

Key Features


South Wales or South West of England

Job Type:



£22,000 to £25,000


The Boys' Brigade

The BB is a UK wide voluntary sector youth organisation for children and young people with around 680 groups, 6,300 volunteer leaders, and around 17,000 members in England & Wales.


The development worker should be a car owner with a clean driving licence. A mileage allowance, currently 45p per mile, will be paid for business use.


The salary for this post is £22,000-£25,000 per annum (dependant on experience) based on a 35-hour week.   There is an annual leave entitlement of 25 days leave plus statutory and bank holidays. A flexi-time system is worked, as there will be a considerable need to work evenings and weekends.

Closing Date

Applications to be received by 5pm on 5th August 2019.  Applicants to provide CV and covering letter explaining how they meet the qualities outlined in the person specification.

Interviews will be held in Cardiff on Thursday 15th August 2019.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this post before submitting an application, please contact Natalie Whipday, Director for England & Wales on 01442 509520

Interviews will involve a presentation by the candidate.

Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted at this time.

We partner with the main denominations of the Christian church to provide a wide variety of fun and educational activities for children and young people, including camps and holidays. More information can be found at

We are seeking to appoint a development worker to support our development initiatives throughout Wales. The development worker will be required to attend church services as part of the role and, on occasion, to lead or play a prominent role in acts of worship. It is therefore an occupational requirement that the post holder should be a practicing Christian who must be able to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity to the ecumenical nature of the BB.

This is a 3 year appointment. The worker will be either office or home based in or around South Wales.

The development worker will work with local volunteers and other nationally employed staff to support and improve the programmes offered to members, and to assist with the delivery of the BB’s development plan in Wales.

Appointment will be subject to two references and the completion of an enhanced DBS check. 

Job Description

Main purpose of role

To support and develop:

  1. Existing BB groups - by seeking to implement best practice, events, managing social media channels and communication between the BB groups and the Welsh Regional Committee.
  2. Starting new BB groups – by working with prospective groups and leaders to ensure that they are fully equipped and competent to deliver a good youth work provision, helping develop relationships with existing groups.
  3. Work alongside HQ and Regional Staff to deliver overriding objectives and workplan.

Responsible to:   the Director for England & Wales and the Welsh Regional Committee, including any individual committee member who is appointed as mentor to the development worker.

Specific key responsibilities

 1. To the BB Groups

1.1.     To provide practical support to groups and assist them to recruit new leaders and young people and encouraging retention and sustainability.

1.2.     To encourage use and promote quality delivery of relevant programme resources for all ages within the BB groups.

1.3.     To help develop and improve the programmes and experience offered within the BB groups and at the Welsh regional level.

1.4.     To help with the recruitment processes and promote training / opportunities for voluntary leaders.

1.5.     To develop, implement and assist in the delivery of any Welsh regional projects and programmes.

1.6.     To promote and publicise the work of the BB through social media channels, engagement with other youth organisations in Wales, and all church denominations.

2. Development of New Groups and Initiatives

2.1.     To research where there is opportunity to start new work.

2.2.     The preparation and procurement of promotional materials.

2.3.     Undertake presentations to prospective organisations, other youth organisations and local authorities for the promotion of the BB in Wales.

2.4.     Maintaining social media for the promotion of the BB in Wales.

2.5.     The exploration of new models for working with children and youth people.

2.6.     Assisting in the training of leaders of new groups, including building of relationships between groups.

3.    Organisation and Reporting

3.1.     Develop links within the community, universities, colleges and the BB nationally to create opportunities for development.

3.2.     Liaising with national and local government agencies including key partners and other youth organisations.

3.3.     Provide comprehensive reports of the achievements and challenges.

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