You Can Now Since 2001

We're currently recruiting for three full time positions; a Partnerships Director, Project Manager and Member Events Programme Manager.

Below are details of some roles we're currently recruiting for in the central YCN team. We'd love to hear from you, and please feel free to share too.

Partnerships Director — Full time

An overview of YCN

Established in 2001, YCN (You Can Now) is an ever-growing community of creatively-minded people and organisations around the world; from a sporting giant like adidas to a burgeoning business like Propercorn, a global digital consultancy like Prophet to a newly formed but quickly growing design studio like Koto.

We help our members to build the capabilities, cultures and connections needed to thrive in the modern world of work. And we do this in rich, memorable and personal ways — in-person and digitally. Membership of YCN is about learning from the experiences of like-minded others, in relation to the challenges that you’re facing. It’s about learning and doing new things together.

In addition to offering membership packages that give our members' teams access to events, roundtables, workshops, broader learning programmes and the support of our own central team, we also develop what we call ‘Learning Partnerships’. Delivered in the same creative and connective fashion as all aspects of membership, these are more bespoke learning and development engagements — designed around the specific goals of an organisation.

Partnerships Director

As a Partnerships Director you’ll identify new potential members and strategic partners, relating the benefits of membership and our broader offerings to their own unique commercial and cultural context — you’ll begin and develop relationships, sign up new members and welcome them into our community.

Our membership renewal rate has never fallen below 90% and so the acquisition of the right kinds of members (across both agencies and brands) is fundamental to the growth and richness of our community.

In addition to membership acquisition, you’ll be tasked with proposing Learning Partnerships; both to existing members, and to organisations from outside of membership who have either initiated a conversation or who we feel are ripe for one.

You’ll work in our Partnerships team, reporting to our Head of Partnerships and helping to lead, mentor and build the confidence and capabilities of our Partnerships Managers.

Our ideal candidate will have:

— A passion for learning, and for helping others to learn and grow.

— Connectivity: the ability to spot connections, overlap and mutual value between people and organisations.

— A solid professional grounding in the creative industries and consumer culture.

— Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

— Persuasiveness.

— A love for enterprise.

— 3 + years of relevant experience.

Salary and applications

Salary and bonuses will be competitive, and related to individual circumstances.

Please apply with a short covering letter and a copy of your CV to Nick Defty, nd@ycn.org

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Member events programme manager — Full time

An overview of YCN

Established in 2001, YCN (You Can Now) is an ever-growing community of creatively-minded people and organisations around the world; from a sporting giant like adidas to a burgeoning business like Propercorn, a global digital consultancy like Prophet to a newly formed but quickly growing design studio like Koto.

We help our members to build the capabilities, cultures and connections needed to thrive in the modern world of work. And we do this in rich, memorable and personal ways — in-person and digitally. Membership of YCN is about learning from the experiences of like-minded others, in relation to the challenges that you’re facing. It’s about learning and doing new things together.

In addition to offering membership packages that give our members' teams access to events, roundtables, workshops, broader learning programmes and the support of our own central team, we also develop what we call ‘Learning Partnerships’. Delivered in the same creative and connective fashion as all aspects of membership, these are more bespoke learning and development engagements — designed around the specific goals of an organisation.

Membership events programme manager

One of the richest, most social and popular ways we bring this to life is through our events programme. Be they panel discussions, briefings, roundtables or focussed workshops — our events are where members learn new things among like minds; taking what they’ve learned back into their businesses. You can see some current coming events here.

Member numbers are growing; and with each new addition our community gets richer; with more overlap, connections and opportunities to learn from each other arising. As such we need to plan, programme and deliver more events; but of course retaining the same degree of curation and quality as we do so.

Our Membership events programme manager will work within our Projects team to lead this process; liaising with members to identify topics ripe for exploration through events, seeking out the best possible speakers and participants, planning and executing events.

In addition to our own events programme, we also periodically design, plan and produce event programmes for partners like Red Bull, AB InBev and the Soho House Group. Another important part of the role will be working on such partnerships.

Our ideal candidate will have:

— A passion for learning, and for helping others to learn and grow.

— Experience with planning and producing events in a relevant cultural context.

— A solid professional grounding in the creative industries and consumer culture.

— A lot of ideas.

— Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

— Experience presenting and moderating conversation.

— A love for enterprise.

— 2 + years of relevant experience.

Salary and applications

Salary and bonuses will be competitive, and related to individual circumstances.

Please apply with a short covering letter and a copy of your CV to Nick Defty, nd@ycn.org

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Project Manager — Full time

An overview of YCN

Established in 2001, YCN (You Can Now) is an ever-growing community of creatively-minded people and organisations around the world; from a sensational retailer like Lush to a legendary publisher like The Guardian, a global digital consultancy like Prophet to a newly formed but quickly growing design studio like Koto.

We help our members to build the capabilities, cultures and connections needed to thrive in the modern world of work. And we do this in rich, memorable and personal ways — in-person and digitally. Membership of YCN is about learning from the experiences of like-minded others, in relation to the challenges that you’re facing. It’s about learning and doing new things together.

In addition to offering membership packages that give our members' teams access to events, roundtables, workshops, broader learning programmes and the support of our own central team, we also develop what we call ‘Learning Partnerships’. Delivered in the same creative and connective fashion as all aspects of membership, these are more bespoke learning and development engagements — designed around the specific goals of an organisation.

Project Manager

Everything we do is deeply rooted in the things that our members are looking to learn or get done next. Working alongside fellow Project Directors and Project Managers, you’ll maintain relationships with key groups of members — drawing out of them their interests and priorities, and keeping them abreast of relevant things coming up. That could be events, roundtables or workshops that feel fitting, or resources newly added to our digital platform.

And we also help our members to make the most of their participation in our community by helping them find new creative talent and partners for all manner of projects; as well as offering project management and production support to help things run smoothly if needed. So that could be helping Dishoom research new potential creative agency partners for a specific brief, or working with Lush to identify new talent to create festive window displays — and then helping them to plan and produce the project. You'll also support the delivery of learning programmes and partnerships; helping in the production of events and organisation of other related aspects.

The role is rich and varied and calls for someone with the following skills and experiences:

— A solid professional grounding in the creative industries and consumer culture.

— Good knowledge of the landscape of creative agencies/studios/consultancies.

— A great creative and critical eye for visual talent.

— Solid, relevant project management experience.

— Experience creating and managing budgets.

— Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

— 2 + years of relevant experience.

Salary and applications

Salary and bonuses will be competitive, and related to individual circumstances.

Please apply with a short covering letter and a copy of your CV to Nick Defty, nd@ycn.org