Job Title:BCWFC Head of Youth Development
Reports to:BCWFC General Manager
Hours of work:37.5 hours per week (evenings and weekends required)
Application Closing Date: 24/11/2019
Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be shut down as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced.
To continue the progression of our thriving player and coach development programme across our Tier 1, Regional Talent Club and WSL Academy team, contributing to the ongoing success of our elite and proven talent pathway.
To manage the operations and implement the strategic direction of our WSL Academy programme, ensuring that there is a talent identification and development system that is effective from grass roots and school sport through to producing World Class players capable of sustained International success.
(The Head of Youth Development job is a dual-role; RTC Technical Director and WSL Academy Manager)
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Work closely with the General Manager and RTC Manager to produce an innovative and progressive programme for players and staff that aid development within the club’s philosophy and strategic plans, ensuring that a regular and robust appraisal system is in place for players and staff
- Ensure that high standards of session delivery across the 4 corners of learning are maintained and continually progressed, whilst also working to grow and oversee a continuous professional development programme, which includes a comprehensive mentoring strategy for coaches and performance staff in the RTC and the Academy
- Manage all relationships and services provided to the club by key partners and stakeholders, ensuring communication is always maintained, internally and externally
- Overseeing the development and management of all talent identification including working with the First Team Manager and Performance staff to integrate players into the First Team environment
- Responsibility for meeting Licence requirements, compilation and submission of annual planning and reporting, budget management, and to ensure the club always adheres to The FA’s regulations and the rules of the competition
- Ensuring the RTC and the Academy adheres to The FA standards for Safeguarding Children and that all coaching staff and volunteers meet the minimum requirements to perform their role as required by the FA and BCFC
- Maintain and develop relations with International staff (Head Coach/Director of Elite Development/relevant age group coaches, performance support staff) and provide 1:1 performance reports for all Lionesses Pathway & England players
- To ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of all players and staff is an operational priority at all times, working with the Club’s Safeguarding Manager, RTC Manager, General Manager and the Head of Player Welfare
- To represent the Employer, Birmingham City Women FC in a professional manner at all times
- To ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times
- Any other duties as deemed necessary by your Line Manager or Head of Department
- Degree or equivalent;
- A full driving licence and access to a vehicle
- UEFA A Licence
- FA Youth Award – Module 1 and 2
- FA Licensed
- FA Emergency First Aid Qualification (up to date)
- FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate (up to date)
- Sport related or business management degree
Skills & Abilities
- Experience in a talent development role and ideally within a sports club/ development environment
- Experience working with young people and their holistic development;
- Experience of writing and delivering strategy;
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful, strong strategic relationships with Club staff, parents and Academy stakeholders
- Aware of diversity and equality challenges in football;
- Commitment to the long-term development of the game;
- Track record of consistent high performance in a professional environment;
- Strong IT and project management skills;
- Track record of managing and developing staff
- An understanding of current Regional Talent Club structures & FA Girls and Womens Pathway
- Masters of equivalent in Elite Practice and / or Talent Development.
- Passion to develop players in the women’s game.
- Flexible approach to working hours including a willingness to work evening and weekends
- Ability to actively contribute to, lead and be part of a successful team
- Pro-active and reliable
- Enthusiastic, confident and helpful nature
Terms of Appointment
- 37.5 hours per week
- 20 days annual leave rising by 1 day per year up to a total of 25 (pro rata for part time hours)
- 8 statutory bank holidays
- 6 months’ probation
- Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role.
- Evenings and weekend work is required.
- Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
- Full and clean UK driving licence
Birmingham City Football Club prides itself on the support it offers its employees and as such offers a variety of excellent benefits, for example, contributory pension, life assurance 2 x salary, free car parking, free gym membership, two free season tickets and membership to Blues Loyalty Scheme. If you are offered a position with the company your offer letter will clearly set out the benefits to which you are entitled.
Applicants must be able to evidence that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applicants from all sectors of the community.