Company: UK Government – Youth Justice Board
Location: London



Full-time, Permanent

£52,845 – £60,573 a year


The Head of Innovation and Engagement will be a member of the Directorate’s Senior Management Group. Taking responsibility to lead, manage and shape strategic engagement with all key youth justice partners across a specific geographical area. Using specialist knowledge, expertise and influence the main responsibilities will include:

Main Responsibilities

1 Accountable for representing the YJB at a strategic and senior operational level with stakeholders across their allocated region.

2 Accountable for YJB oversight of the whole youth justice in their geographical area, with a focus on performance improvement that supports the delivery of the YJB strategic vision and operational business plan.

3 Contribute to the organisational responsibility to proactively collate, promote and disseminate effective practice.

4 Accountable for promotion of innovation which advances youth justice delivery and contributes to improved outcomes for children, families and communities.

5 Accountable for sharing intelligence to inform the evaluation of service delivery including escalating performance concerns where appropriate, across the YJB and with key strategic partners to inform the YJB oversight and monitoring statutory functions.

6 Accountable for advancing YJB strategic objectives on a regional basis, to support the delivery of the YJB’s strategic vision and improve outcomes for children.

7 Responsible for working collaboratively across directorates to deliver YJB’s objectives, connecting solutions to problems and mobilising resources to deliver successful outcomes.

8 Accountable for providing flexible support and management as required as risk and demand arises. Deputising for the Director for Innovation and Engagement: England as required.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Technical Skills, Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

The assessment process will be made up of two parts:

CV (including suitability statement)

Interview including 5-6-minute presentation on your communication and influencing style and how it can/has contributed to:

Making improvements in the youth justice system

influencing strategic relationships to achieve positive outcomes for children

CV and suitability statement

Please provide a CV and include a suitability statement of no more than 1200 words, setting out why you think you are suitable for this role, include the following essential criteria:

Experience; and

Lead behaviour: Communicating & Influencing

Please make sure to include examples of experiences that would contribute and benefit you delivering this role.


The interview will focus on strengths as described in the Success Profiles and a discussion on the following behaviours: Communicating and Influencing, Leadership, Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Working Together.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour: Communicating & Influencing

Essential Criteria


Demonstrable experience of influencing and delivering outcomes through effective and positive relationships.

Demonstrable experience of applying effective strategic thinking and approaches to successfully respond to changing contexts and objectives.

Project and programme systems understanding


Clear and succinct written and verbal communication skills that can be readily tailored for varied audiences, ranging from children to Ministers.

Engage and influence with strategic partners and stakeholders across the whole youth justice system


Please refer to job description


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together



  • Access to learning and development

  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance

  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity

  • A civil service pension

  • Annual Leave

  • Public Holidays

  • Season Ticket Advance

For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.