Job role: Development

Salary: NJC Salary Scale SO1 pts: 23 – 25 (£28,226 – £30,095) per annum

Hours per week: 35.00

Closing date: Tuesday 16 July 2024 at 2:00pm

PlayBoard is the leading agency for the promotion, development and delivery of play in Northern Ireland. This vibrant organisation is at the forefront of shaping the future of children and young people’s play opportunities and experiences.

  • Do you have the drive and passion to support children and young people?
  • Do you want to help children and young people reach their full potential?

Then this is the job for you!

Main purpose

The Play Participation Officer will be responsible for delivering key training and play development activities as part of the OUR Generation Project.

The OUR Generation project is supported by the European Union’s PEACEPLUS Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and brings together the expertise of nine partner organisations for the delivery of a project that seeks to:

  • Improve good relations in communities which have been impacted negatively by conflict through the development and delivery of youth and children’s programmes focused on mental wellbeing and resilience
  • Ensure quality assurance of the delivery mechanisms, and develop mental health and resilience guidelines for youth focused organisations.

The Play Participation Officer (PPO) will work across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as required to deliver PlayBoard’s Spaces to Be Community Development training with practitioners, and deliver participative play sessions with children, young people, parents/carers and practitioners.

The successful candidate will have:

Essential requirements

  • Have attained a level 3 qualification in a relevant discipline i.e. playwork, youthwork, childcare or community development e.g. NVQ Level 3 Playwork.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience within the past 4 years of face to face delivery with children and young people and practitioners within a playwork, youthwork, childcare or education environment.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience within the past 4 years of delivering, developing and evaluating training and activity programmes aimed at children, young people and practitioners.
  • Experience in facilitating sessions with children and young people.
  • Experience of writing reports e.g. progress reports / evaluation reports.
  • Demonstrate your Knowledge and understanding of the importance of play for children and young people.
  • Contribute fully to the team effort to meet agreed objectives.

Benefits working with PlayBoard

  • Flexible working
  • Competitive salary
  • Pension package with Standard Life
  • Occupational sick pay subject to service
  • 24 days’ holiday per year plus 11 bank holidays
  • Committed management team giving continuous support

The contract for this post will be up to 30 September 2027 subject to funding.

If you are a proactive person with the required skill set, want a job that makes a real difference to children and young people, takes pride and ownership in your contribution, have excellent attention to detail, are tenacious and outgoing, we’re interested in hearing from you.

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A project supported by PEACEPLUS, a programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).