Head of Women’s Performance

The Football Association (FA)
Location Staffordshire, UK
Posted 01/11/2016
Closes 06/12/2016
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Coaching & Sports Development
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Head of Women’s Performance

Our Goal:
Win the World Cups in 2022 and 2023 and sustain success thereafter.

To deliver against this inspiring goal we are changing how we work and investing heavily to create a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

The Role:
The FA is seeking an accomplished leader who will be integral to the Technical team in managing the Women’s High Performance System. As the Head of Women’s Performance the post holder will drive our ambition to be consistently Top 3 in the World at all age groups and a future winning Senior Women’s team. This role is about leading our ambitious strategy into execution. The successful candidate is therefore likely to be someone who has proven success in managing a performance system and who has the drive and ability to lead their team at the highest level.

Key accountabilities:

  • To provide leadership and strategic direction for the Women’s High Performance and Talent System
  • To manage the WSL and England player development strategy collaboratively
  • To build and maintain effective relationships across all FA departments, external partners and stakeholders
  • To provide leadership to the Women’s Performance Department to continually raise the performance of players and coaches
  • To ensure there are world class support services for the Women’s Performance programmes including sports science, sports medicine and training facilities working closely with Head of Team Strategy and Performance
  • To set, deliver and report to the Technical Director on the Strategic and Operational plans and budgets for the Performance, Coaching and Talent teams
  • To ensure effective management of the central contracts for England players
  • To ensure integration of all FA policy into the Women’s Performance programme, specifically Safeguarding, Anti-doping, Equality and Health and Safety.
  • Liaising with the Women’s Super League (WSL) to ensure the licensing, funding and fixtures best support elite player development and implement a working plan

The Person:

  • A background and recent experience (at least 3 years) of leading a team operating elite sport at the highest level
  • A comprehensive understanding of coaching, sport science and medicine, international competition and talent pathways
  • A broad understanding and commitment to safeguarding young people in a talent environment
  • A management, sport science or business studies qualification or similar
  • Experience of working with multiple partners, stakeholders and volunteers to achieve success including working with public funding agencies
  • Full driving licence and strong IT skills
  • Experience in Team Sports
  • Relevant coaching qualifications would be an advantage

Candidates will also hold the following qualities and competencies:

  • Highly developed leadership and management skills
  • Strategic thinker – can establish a vision, provide direction and inspire followership
  • Strong planning and organisation skills
  • Balanced decision making
  • Outstanding communication skills – written, verbal and presentation
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships and the ability to build trust and confidence with stakeholders
  • Resilience, stamina and flexibility
  • Motivated and results orientated with the drive to take tough decisions and continuously raise the bar and achieve targets
  • A team player with an open and consultative style and optimistic approach
  • Good self-awareness, emotional intelligence and “political instincts”

What we can offer

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate

To apply:

If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference to England teams, please get in touch and apply using the link shown on FA careers.com  

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 14th November 2016.

The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.

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