English Schools'​ Football Association

Football Projects Manager

English Schools'​ Football Association



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Sep 13, 2021

Role description


Job title: Football Projects Manager

Salary & benefits: £28,000-£32,000

31 days annual leave plus statutory holidays

Contributory pension scheme

Responsible to: Director of Operations

Responsible for: N/A

Primary purpose of role: To manage projects which increase the opportunity for children to play schools’ football

Main responsibilities:

To identify new opportunities, or respond to new funding contracts, for children to take part in schools’ football, particularly those who are under-represented in the sport
To manage projects derived from the ESFA’s delivery contract with The FA, and to collate evidence to support KPI reporting
To implement approved plans arising from these opportunities, either through direct delivery of activity or through supporting ESFA Members to deliver
To support ESFA Members to sustain existing activity
To create and implement programmes to recruit and retain volunteers in schools’ football.
To create and implement opportunities for school pupils’ opinions to influence decision making
To fulfil the financial responsibilities of the role as prescribed in the Financial Regulations
To participate in training, development and appraisal processes necessary to fulfil the role
To support the ESFA Council to fulfil its responsibilities
To comply with the Association’s safeguarding requirements and to contribute to the delivery of the ESFA’s safeguarding plans
To act with high standards of professionalism, business integrity and personal conduct at all times
To act as an ambassador for the ESFA in the conduct of all business
To comply with the requirements of the staff handbook
To use best endeavours to support others in the achievement of their objectives
To conduct any other duties as may reasonably be required by the employer.

Person specification



Working with children in a schools’ environment
· Working or volunteering in a multi-organisational or national context

Management of projects and budgets
Working with or for volunteers
Strategies for engaging new participants
Partnership working
Creating opportunities for participation in sport beyond organising events/fixtures


Football rules and regulations
Current safeguarding expectations

Skills and characteristics

High levels of personal responsibility
A will to work flexibly


· Educated to ‘A’ level standard or above, with a minimum GCSE English and maths (or equivalent)



· Working with under-represented groups to increase engagement


· National policy for sport in education

Skills & characteristics

Able to see beyond the obvious


· Other professional qualification in the field of education

Special considerations in this role:

The ESFA is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants will be expected to undertake training in this subject and may be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

The role will include some unsocial hours, including evenings, weekends and occasional overnight stays. A driving licence is essential for this role.

For further information about the English Schools’ FA and its work, please visit our website at schoolsfootball.org. Application is by letter, addressing the points in the person spec, and accompanying CV to address the points in the role description. These should be submitted by email to the Chief Executive at andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com no later than 13th September 2021. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 22nd September.

Previous applicants need not apply