Young People’s Engagement Co-ordinator Manchester 2024

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Platt Hall is an 18th century house and former costume museum in Platt Fields Park. As part of Manchester Art Gallery, it is currently the focus of an exciting redevelopment project to create a new kind of museum and creative space. We are working with the communities of Rusholme, Moss Side, Fallowfield and Longsight to make this historic local landmark a place where collections, creativity and culture come together as a tool for social equality.

The Role

Young people make up a large percentage of the population here and are key to the success of this project. Situated within the Platt Hall Team, the new post of Young People’s Engagement Co-ordinator will assess what is critically needed for young people in this neighbourhood through partnership with youth agencies and other local providers. They will undertake an active research project, working with young people from the local area to help us better understand their needs and wants. They will advocate for youth voice in the development of Platt Hall as a dynamic and inclusive neighbourhood space. And they will work with the wider teams to contribute to the development of best practice in youth work across Manchester Art Gallery’s programmes.

If you would like any further information about the role, we will be holding an information sharing session online and in person at Platt Hall on Tuesday 12 March. Please contact Liz Mitchell on for more details. Interviews will be at Platt Hall on Wednesday 17 April.

About the Candidate

You will be experienced in working with young people in a community setting, have good knowledge of the health and social needs of young people, and a strong commitment to advocating on their behalf. You will also be actively interested in museums and galleries or other forms of creative practice as a medium for working with young people, and have some knowledge of the demographics and/or youth networks in Rusholme, Fallowfield, Moss Side and/or Longsight.

You will have excellent communication skills, be a good listener and have the capacity to understand and bring together multiple perspectives. You will be a creative thinker who can find innovative and appropriate approaches to problem-solving, have good administrative and research skills, and be able to organise your own time efficiently.

About Us

We’re the local government authority for Manchester, and have teams across the city helping to make this a great place to live for everyone. We’re proud to do local government differently, in a city with an international reputation for diversity, creativity, culture and passion.

When you join us, you’re joining a team of over 7,000 council staff helping to make our ambition for Manchester a reality. Whatever your role, you’ll be supporting our residents and communities to be the best they can be, and helping to build a Manchester that's fairer for everyone who lives, works, volunteers, studies or plays here.

To make our ambition a reality, every person we recruit needs to play their its part. It takes a certain type of behaviour, attitude and way of working to get Manchester where it wants to be. Our people and partners have agreed five ‘behaviours’ – the grounding for how we must work together and treat one another:

  • We take time to listen and understand
  • We work together and trust each other
  • We show that we value our differences and treat each other fairly
  • We ‘own it’ and we’re not afraid to try new things
  • We’re proud and passionate about Manchester

A career with us means you can be yourself, thrive, and build the career your talent and ambition deserve.

Creating an inclusive team at Manchester City Council

At Manchester City Council, we strive to create a fair and inclusive workplace that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We want to further increase the diversity of our workforce, in particular the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and disabled staff at all levels of the Council. This advert is open to all applicants, and we would particularly encourage applications from candidates identifying with one or both of those characteristics.

If you want to find out more about the role, our ways of working, flexible arrangements or any workplace adjustments, please let us know by emailing If you are invited to interview, we will ask you if you require any adjustments for you to best demonstrate your suitability for the role in the interview process.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition


As a Disability Confident Employer, we provide support for employees with physical or mental-health conditions, a disability or neurodiversity. Our workplaces are accessible by design, and we make workplace adjustments including providing aids, adaptations and equipment. These, combined with our flexible working policies such as disability-related leave, enable our employees to perform their role, thrive and be their authentic selves in work.

When you join us

We want everyone to be able to be themselves at work and give their best. If you need additional support to undertake the duties of the role, we’ll make every effort to source any necessary aids, adaptations or equipment. If, however, any task proves to be unachievable, we will look at redesigning parts of the role.

DEADLINE 24th March 2024