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Director of Children and Young People (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are looking for a Director of Children and Young People on a permanent basis to lead, influence and inspire the charity’s Impact and Grant Making teams across the UK.

Since 1980, Children in Need has raised over £1 billion to support children and young people across the UK. Today, we are currently supporting over 3,000 local charities and projects which help children across the full range of disadvantage.

Our Impact Strategy has made a bold commitment to deliver lasting difference to children and young people’s lives. As part of this, our focus is on finding and funding the inspiring ideas that change children’s lives.

Role Responsibility

The Director of Children and Young People directly supports the charity’s strategy and is critical in driving forwards our aims and objectives. As part of the Executive Team you will lead a UK wide Impact and Grant Making team across the UK and work closely with the Executive and the Board of Trustees to develop and deliver a strategy to broaden and deepen our impact for children and young people.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading the our Impact and Grant Making Team across the UK and working closely with the Executive Team and the Board to deliver an Impact Strategy.
  • Play an active leadership role delivering measurable success with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across the organisation and specifically within the Impact Directorate.
  • Influencing internal and external stakeholders within the charity sector to develop large scale funding partnerships.
  • Leading the organisations work to ensure children and young people have a voice within and across the charity.
  • Demonstrating collective leadership, leading from the front to transform the charity’s impact funding.
  • Ensure the directorate’s work meets appropriate governance standards including decision making, quality, safeguarding and risk.
  • Identifying, understanding and making the case for new impact opportunities that will enable BBC Children in Need to take its strategy forward.
  • Regularly reviewing directorate decision making and systems and procedures to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services.
  • Working with the leadership team across the organisation to ensure the implementation of the BBC Children in Need strategy.
  • Creating strong links and networks with other potential partners.

Please see attached job description and Candidate Brief for more details.

Are you the right candidate?

Are you the right candidate?

We’re seeking a collaborative, inclusive and engaging leader with the following skills and experience:

  • Extensive experience of strategic development and change management within a charity or similar organisation.
  • An understanding of the children and young people’s public policy environment across the UK.
  • Evidence of influencing senior stakeholders externally, within the charity sector at Board and Trustee level.
  • An ability to win hearts and minds and to paint a vision of Children in Need’s impact strategy for the future.
  • Evidence of strong collective leadership and leading large teams.
  • A strong network within the charity sector or similar.
  • Good knowledge of the bigger issues that affect grant making for children in the charity sector.

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible but Salford or London are preferable

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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