Project Manager


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group               

Working hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week) working Monday to Friday mainly between 9am and 5pm however flexibility is required to meet the needs of the services
Salary: £37,685 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Location: Horsham


YMCA DLG stands together with children and young people who are at risk; keeping them safe, supporting their emotional wellbeing, and enabling them to belong, contribute and thrive in their local community. They work to prevent youth homelessness across Sussex and Surrey and provide a home to 763 young people every night. They reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation, and youth work, so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.



There is an excellent opportunity for a Project Manager to join us to ensure that the supported housing for young people services are high-quality, safe and welcoming alongside leading and developing staff teams. They deliver specialist supported accommodation where young people are supported to acquire the necessary skills in preparation for living independently, safely exploring their increased freedom of choice and develop responsibilities associated with adulthood, whilst still having the appropriate level of support from an experienced team. In this varied role, you will be responsible for:

Service Provision: Responsible for the daily operations of the services so that they meet the requirements of the service specification, and reflect Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs), Trauma Informed approaches and restorative practices.

Leadership & People Management: Lead and support your team to achieve their potential through regular staff one-to-ones, reflective practice and team meetings. Ensure the team is adequately trained and empowered to work effectively and creatively with our young people to enable them to achieve their aspirations and ambitions.

Partnerships: Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other services, stakeholders and commissioners to provide high quality support, manage risks, support service funding. Attend relevant multi-disciplinary meetings as needed.

General: Plan your team’s rota, taking training and absence into account to ensure capacity within the team to support clients. Promote best practice with adhering to DLG policies and procedures (including Safeguarding, Data Protection and Equality and Diversity) and abide by the Code of Conduct. Be a member of the ‘on call’ rota to provide out of hours management support to projects in the wider locality.


They are looking for someone experience of managing supported housing for young people and/or adults at risk, plus experience of overseeing and reporting on all aspects of housing management, including contract compliance, maintenance and health & safety. You will have significant experience of leading teams including recruiting and training staff, you will not be afraid to challenge poor practice and you will take steps to support staff in delivering excellent practice. In addition, you will be flexible, with the ability to work under pressure, multi-tasking and dealing with competing priorities.

If you would like any further information or an informal discussion about this post, email Should you require any assistance with the application process, email at


YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which they demonstrate through their activities, as well as in their policies and working practices. Reinforced by their culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Closing Date: 31 Oct 2023

Interview Date: w/c 6 Nov 2023. However, please note this is a rolling advert; applications may be reviewed regularly and suitable applicants may be invited to attend interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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