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Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment | Anne Frank Trust

This is an exciting new role created as part of a new education strategy which will create a Youth Empowerment strand of work targeted at young people with lived experience of prejudice.

  • Location: London / Homebased option
  • Salary: £40,000

About the role

The Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment is a new role for the Anne Frank Trust, created as part of a new education strategy which will launch a Youth Empowerment strand of work targeted especially at young people with lived experience of prejudice. The goal is to embody youth empowerment and leadership by 2023, including a Youth Board to support decision making at a strategic level for the Trust.

The role will be responsible for the development and delivery of the Youth Empowerment Programmes aimed at 10-15-year-olds, as well as for the development of an alumni network for ages 16+ who have gone through the Youth Ambassador programme.

Taking young people on a journey of empowerment, the role will look at programmes to support and develop young people at different stages of their personal journeys.

The young people will have started out as Anne Frank Peer Educators in their schools – leading fellow pupils on tours of the pop-up Anne Frank exhibition or running anti-prejudice learning activities based around Anne Frank’s Diary.

Once they enter the Youth Empowerment Programme as an Anne Frank Ambassador, they will be allocated an Anne Frank Worker to mentor them outside class hours. With this support, the ambassadors will raise awareness of equality and diversity at a local, personal informal level, challenging prejudice and educating others around them.

The mentoring can also support the ambassadors to become involved with campaigning organisations in their areas of prejudice that are important to them, such as racism, homophobia, disablism or online bullying.

The Anne Frank Ambassadors will also have access to a range of participation projects within the Anne Frank Trust itself. By running the Trust’s annual ambassador conference, or attending the international ambassador conference at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, they will gain peer networks and social capital to strengthen their anti-prejudice stance. By attending creative writing residentials, they will deep and widen their impact through telling their own story. By joining a Media Team, they will use social media and publications to bring their passion for equality to a wide public audience. And/or by joining the Youth Board they can learn leadership skills and shape the work of the Trust for themselves and for future generations of young people.

The Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment will work alongside the Assistant Director for Education and both report into the Director for Education, the two roles will manage a team of full-time, permanent Anne Frank Workers based across the UK who will deliver the programmes in schools and youth settings as well as online.

Who we're looking for

The Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment will ideally have a qualification in youth work or have experience of setting up and managing youth empowerment programmes.

You may have lived experience of racism or prejudice and/or a strongly held belief in equality and diversity, so that the programme you develop will be deeply informed and enriching. This is a programme to engage and empower young people to feel recognised and valued, and to learn that their voices and experiences can make a genuine difference to themselves and the world around them.

The Anne Frank Trust focuses their work on 10-15-year-olds, so ideally you will have experience of developing programmes for, or delivering to, this age range in order to ensure that the subject matter is relatable and engaging.

You will need to have a creative flair to develop new initiatives as well as be organised to project manage a variety of different programmes at different stages of development.

You will be someone who can operate strategically, but also be willing to be hands on when required in terms of delivery and engagement.

People skills are highly important in this role, so being able to demonstrate experience of managing a remote team and building networks with a variety of external stakeholder would be advantageous.

Finally, you must be open to continuing on your own journey of acceptance and development. The Anne Frank Trust is currently on a three-year journey towards their strategic goal of embodying youth empowerment as a force to end prejudice and as part of this all staff take part in a variety of anti-racism and anti-prejudice training, as well as paired with a peer coach to providing ongoing individual development and support in key personal areas.

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Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Kristina Preston

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Welcome from Tim Robertson, Chief Executive

If ever I need reminding why youth empowerment matters at the Anne Frank Trust, I just think of Hana. Hana was a 14-year-old Anne Frank Ambassador who spoke at the opening event for one of our public exhibitions, in a library in inner London in 2019. Hana’s teacher said she’d been a quiet student until she found her voice through Anne Frank. At our event, Hana upstaged the mayor, held everyone spellbound, and got quoted by the press. She spoke beautifully and strongly about how as a young black Muslim she could relate to Anne Frank, even though Anne was white, Jewish and lived 80 years ago, because both of them had experienced discrimination, and both of them had learnt to speak out against prejudice – Anne in her diary, Hana here and now.

This is exactly the kind of creativity, leadership and impact that we want to take much further through our new Youth Empowerment Programme. Covid has left young people feeling more disempowered than ever. We want to empower students like Hana, not just through our workshops in schools and occasional public events, but by mentoring them through a journey of sustained personal growth right up to their 16th birthday and beyond. We want to create opportunities for genuine empowerment that will have a life-changing impact not just on the individual young people, but on prejudice across society and on society’s perceptions of who young people are.

The Anne Frank Trust already has many of the ingredients needed to make this aspiration a reality – in our experience in peer education and perhaps above all in the uniquely relatable story of Anne Frank at the heart of all our programmes. But, to bring these elements together and take them forward into a Youth Empowerment Programme that is both sharply organised and fabulously inspiring, we need a manager with real vision, energy, integrity and expertise. I very much hope this is you. I can’t wait to get working with our new Assistant Director on this truly exciting enterprise.

Tim Robertson
Chief Executive

About the Anne Frank Trust

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Anne Frank Trust UK.

Founded in 1991, we are an education charity that empowers 10-15-year-olds with the knowledge, skills and commitment to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination.  In the last year, despite school closures for coronavirus, we delivered our workshops to 14,000 young people in 169 schools.

The starting point for our programmes is the story of Anne Frank. Frank’s death is a warning of the tragedy that result from unchecked prejudice; her Diary is a role model of how a teenager can use creativity to tell their story and build empathy. Our workshops cover such topics as sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, online hatred, extremism and bullying. We train young people as peer educators to share their learning with others in their schools, and as Anne Frank Ambassadors to disseminate their anti-prejudice message more widely through creative projects, public events and online campaigns.

We have robust research evidence of our impact on young people’s attitudes towards other social groups. Our annual turnover of around £1.4m is supported by a range of philanthropic and Government funding. Our head office of 10 staff is based in Kentish Town, north London, and our education staff live and work in Scotland and five regions of England.

During lockdown we have restructured our staff team and governance, created new workshops and online formats for our work in schools, and made plans to enhance our educational offer with a new youth empowerment programming, focused on young people with lived experience of prejudice. Our aim is for the Trust to embody youth empowerment and leadership by 2023.

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    Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 7th June 2021

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