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Tel: 01227 639768

Policy & Campaigns Manager

Location: Central London/home-working hybrid

Salary expectation: £38,000 to £41,000

This is a full-time role

You bring your strategic thinking and genuine enthusiasm for policy solutions that can improve young people’s lives. We’ll bring our fantastic team environment, a focus on staff wellbeing, and support for you to develop.

About us

Youth Access is the membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS). Our vision is that all young people can access free support on their journey into adulthood from community-based advice and counselling services that respect their rights and meet their individual needs.


  • Advocate with and for our members and young people, to influence national policy and funding decisions.
  • Facilitate networking and collaboration across our network, enabling challenges and solutions to be shared.
  • Develop and disseminate evidence, training and guidance to support members to develop their services and advocate for change locally.
  • Through centring young people’s voices, we support them to campaign for transformational change to ensure services and systems fulfil their rights.

In our last staff wellbeing survey:

  • 100% of people rated their overall wellbeing levels while at work as 4 or 5/5.
  • 100% of people said they believe Youth Access helps them if they are stressed.
  • When asked to describe their relationships with co-workers, responses included “Great! Open, honest and kind”, “Encouraging, supportive, considerate and trustworthy” and “Open, honest, fun and reliable. We are a people focused team”

About the role

As a small organisation, our power lies in our community – over 160 youth organisations around the country, and the thousands of young people that they work with every year. Your role will be to identify strategic opportunities to influence, through empowering and engaging our network, building a strong case for change, and communicating it to the people who can make it happen. You will also play an important leadership role within the organisation, sitting on the Senior Management Team.


This role will be critical in making sure the Youth Access movement is speaking to and working to the needs of young people who are falling through the gaps in other parts of the youth, mental health and justice systems.


About you

We’re looking for a strategic thinker who can also roll up their sleeves and get stuck into turning plans into action. You should have a genuine interest in the issues facing young people and the policy solutions that can improve young lives. You’ll be driven by our progressive values, believing in bold approaches that centre social justice, collaboration with those with lived experience of the issues, and a responsiveness to the ever-changing policy landscape.

You might have experience in policy, community organising, campaigns, or public affairs. This could be your first step into a senior or management role. You might have leadership experience, but maybe from outside the workplace.

You don’t have to meet every single requirement in the job pack. We are more interested in whether you can demonstrate your ability to do the job and pick up relevant knowledge along the way. There will be support and opportunities to learn.

We know that the policy and campaigns field lacks diversity. This is something we’d like to play a part in addressing through this recruitment. Driving equity in services for young people is a core part of our new strategy and essential to achieving our vision. That also means continuing our own journey as an organisation committed to tackling inequalities.

To apply

See the full job description and person specification in the job pack by clicking APPLY NOW below

If you’d like to know more before you apply, please email  with any queries.

To submit an application, please complete an Equality and Diversity form and email by 9am Friday 3rd June with:

  • An anonymised CV, removing:
    • Your name
    • Your date of birth/age
    • The names and dates of where/when you went to school and/or university
    • Any photographs of yourself.
    • Your responses to the following questions (around 250 words each), using examples from your previous experience if applicable.
    • What interests you in this role and working at Youth Access?
    • Can you provide an example of when you have made the case for a change in policy or practice. What did you do and what was the outcome? What did you learn?
    • You’ve been working to get a project up and running for 3 months. It’s been controversial and you’ve just got all the stakeholders to agree to launching the initiative in a month. The CEO has just informed you they will publicly announce it next week. You know this will impact the careful alliance you’ve built. What do you do?
    • Tell us about someone you’ve seen influence a significant change on a social issue, tell us how they achieved impact and how it will inform your approach to this role.
    • Which of our values do you feel describes your approach to influencing and why? Please give at least one example.

Key dates

Closing date for sending CV and responses:  9am Friday 3rd June

Shortlisted applicants invited to interview by: Week commencing 6th June

Interviews: Week commencing 13th June


Please note, Youth Access is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all staff and stakeholders and in line with our Safeguarding Policy, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.