Development Officer (Youth Programme)

Email to apply: [email protected]

Sport in Mind are seeking an amazing full-time development officer to join our lovely team. The role aims to develop and implement Sport in Mind’s innovative Children and Young Person Programme to promote mental well-being through sport, exercise and education. 

Sport in Mind is a well loved and nationally acclaimed charity founded in Berkshire in 2010, with a simple mission:

"To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity"

Sport in Mind is the leading mental health sports charity in England, delivering innovative physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS to promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation, and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

Our services are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals, and we have supported the recovery of over 15,000 people. 

As a growing organisation we seek to appoint a full-time development officer to join our expanding youth programme. 

Job Description

Job Title

Development Officer (Youth)


Berkshire & Oxfordshire

Grade/Salary Range

£23,000 - £26,000 (full-time 37.5 hours per week)


Job Purpose

  1. To develop and implement Sport in Mind’s innovative Children and Young Person Programme to promote mental well-being through sport, exercise and education

Designation of Post and Position within Service

  1. Responsible to Kayleigh Harris

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish and manage high quality innovative sport and physical activity sessions for children and young people experiencing mental health problems, maintaining the highly regarded reputation that the charity has gained.

  • Work closely with external partners to support the development of the sessions and gain referrals.

  • Recruit and manage appropriately qualified sports coaches and physical activity leaders to lead motivational and fun sessions for participants.

  • Provide supportive and informative practices for children, young people and families accessing sessions, empowering them to attend (e.g. send a map, address, provide participant forms, explain what to expect on arrival, make staff aware of new arrivals, and follow up on experience).

  • Ensure all participants have completed relevant and necessary paperwork

  • Organise and manage bookings (e.g. leisure centres, community centres, meeting hires).

  • Carry out robust risk assessments for each session and update accordingly and/or annually.

  • Update information for communication materials (e.g. posters, leaflets, newsletters and website) to publicise sessions.

  • Set up working groups and gain insight from young people with lived mental health problems

  • Organise, develop and deliver educational workshops for external organisations e.g. schools, youth clubs and sport clubs.

  • Complete data entry for sessions. Ensuring all relevant data is collected for each funding body.

  • Support with ad-hock charitable matters.

  • Be committed to good practice and ensure familiarity with all Sport in Mind policies and procedures (e.g. health and safety, confidentiality and safeguarding)

  • To promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity.

  • Represent the charity at local and national events.


Special/Other Requirements/Responsibilities of this Post

Level of DBS check required for this post

Enhanced with a check of the barring list(s)

If *, does the post require a check against the list of people barred from working with vulnerable adults?


If *, does the post require a check against the list of people barred from working with children?


What other security/safer recruitment clearances are required for this post? (excluding standard identity/work permit/education qualification checks)


Responsibility for Health & Safety:


Please specify any other Statutory Duties and/or responsibilities of this post not already covered in the “Main Duties & Responsibilities” above


Person Specification


  1. Degree or relevant experience  
  2. Safeguarding qualification
  3. Valid driving licence


  1. Over 2 years, working with vulnerable diverse communities
  2. Over 2 years, working with children and young people
  3. Health & Safety and Safeguarding
  4. Empowering children, young people and families to create behaviour change
  5. Advocating sport and physical activity benefits for physical and mental health
  6. Working with highly confidential information and following GDPR

Skills, Abilities & Competencies

  1. Ability to think and work creatively whilst supporting others
  2. Highly organised – good timekeeping and administration skills
  3. Excellent communication, written and verbal
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  6. Excellent delivery of health and safety and safeguarding procedures
  7. Excellent motivational skills
  8. Good computer literacy
  9. A personal and/or working knowledge of mental health and sport and physical activity

Specific Working Requirements

  1. Work will be based in the Sport in Mind office, community and home.
  2. Able to work unsocial hours including weekend, bank holidays and occasional evenings where appropriate.
  3. Must bring a positive and enthusiastic image to the service you provide.
  4. Commitment to policies and procedures including equal opportunities.
  5. Willing and able to travel to different locations where necessary


To apply please email your CV to: [email protected]