GWSY Careers

Working with Groundwork offers our staff the opportunity to gain a unique breadth of experience - whether they are just beginning their career or seeking a new role to develop it further.

Many of our senior managers began their careers as volunteers or entry-level project staff. By providing a range of continuous professional development opportunities at the local, regional and national level we are able to recruit and retain the very best.

"Groundwork offers huge employee benefits – not just in the traditional sense, but also through knowing that your work, whatever part you play, is helping to make a real difference."

We employ quite a unique range of staff - landscape architects, project managers, youth workers, environmental advisers and community workers for example. Plus finance managers, HR experts, marketeers and policy thinkers. It makes us a stimulating place to work - and means you will definitely be exposed to new sets of skills and experiences.

We can help you take control of your career.


Current Vacancies




Job title:                                Head of Development & Programmes

Salary:                                   Circa £35,000 per annum

Hours:                                    Full time 37 hours per week

Location:                               Sheffield

This post has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the 2014-2020 Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

About us

Groundwork is a leading regeneration charity, working through partnership to create communities in which people are proud to live and work.

From our South Yorkshire offices based in Sheffield and Barnsley, our projects seek to help all sections of the community find practical solutions to the challenges they face, whether this is participating in training and education, securing employment, creating a sustainable business, social enterprise or developing their local environment.  

About the role

This is a new and exciting opportunity to re-invent Groundwork in South Yorkshire and lead the creation of a larger, sustainable programme of enterprise, employment and youth and community-based services across the local authority areas of Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.

As our Head of Development and Programmes you will work with our South Yorkshire partners, the ERDF funded Social Enterprise Exchange (SEE) to manage and develop a programme of engagement and support social enterprises across South Yorkshire.

Within our Northern Groundwork Trusts we have established programmes across our communities; working closely with the support of our employment and skills team you will develop and source funding for new programmes that will engage with the hardest to reach individuals looking to improve their employment prospects through the development of skills and increased confidence.

You’ll motivate and manage the South Yorkshire delivery staff responsible for Enterprise, Employment and Community activity.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure endorsed by the Disclosure and Barring Service

 A bit about you

We are seeking a self-motivated, enthusiastic professional with the energy and drive to develop and grow our enterprise and operational programme across South Yorkshire.  You’ll have strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate others to achieve the highest standards of performance along with strategic ability, able to develop ideas and data into concrete plans and actions.  Operating in a similar environment or role you’ll be experienced at developing successful relationships with different sectors and effective partnership working.  You’ll have a track record of delivering income growth through fundraising, sales or marketing, and of identifying funding and income generation opportunities and the submission of successful tenders.  We want someone who is committed to our cause and passionate about achieving change.


For further information please download our candidate and application pack from here:

Candidate Pack

Job Description

Person Specification 

Application Pack GWSY


Want to apply?

Great, all you need to do is complete the application pack that is available on our website or by contacting our office on 01142 636420.

All completed applications should be emailed to or by post to Mandy Jeffrey, Groundwork South Yorkshire, The Nursery, Tinsley, Sheffield S9 1UN.

Closing date: 12 noon on 29 August 2019

Interview date: 9 September 2019


Make yourself at home

We want you to be yourself at Groundwork and we value everything that makes you unique. We recognise and celebrate your difference and together we make Groundwork a special and great place to work.

Groundwork South Yorkshire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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