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Leicester City FC

Leicester City FC

Head of Academy

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Country

Role Type

England

Academy

Posting Date

May 3, 2023

Role description

Overall Objective

• To lead and inspire an environment where any player is welcome, and possibility is encouraged via a systemic approach to identifying and developing potential.
• To lead the development of a holistic talent system within the club that supports and develops potential in players, coaches, and wider multi-disciplinary staff. Across Pro Game Academy, Sister Clubs and ETC
• To drive the development of a culture where all people, not just players, are developed to reach their individual potential on and off the pitch.
• Responsible for the overall management and delivery of the LCFC Women’s Academy Pathway to develop players for the First Team.

Job Description

To work closely with the Director of LCFC Women on all matters relating to the control and direction of the LCFC Women Academy with the objective of developing players for the Women’s First Team and wider football community.
Providing leadership and vision to all academy staff, ensuring the academy operates within the rules and operational requirements of the Professional Game Category 1 criteria.
The role will support and work across the Leicester City Women academy age groups which will involve working with Under 18 players.

Main duties

• To lead and inspire an environment where any player is welcome, and possibility is encouraged via a systemic approach to identifying and developing potential.
• To lead the development of a holistic talent system within the club that supports and develops potential in players, coaches, and wider multi-disciplinary staff.
• To drive the development of a culture where all people, not just players, are developed to reach their individual potential on and off the pitch.
• Responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the LCFC Women’s Academy Pathway to develop players for the First Team.

Key tasks

• Oversee and manage the day to day running of the academy and lead the academy Management Team, along with providing a link with the Women’s 1st Team.
• To take responsibility for the recruitment of academy staff with the appropriate Heads of Department.
• Manage the academy budget on time and with budget.
• To develop staff so that they improve and perform to the best of their potential and subsequently maximising the potential of the players that they work with. With monthly check ins and clear performance indicators
• Ensure there is a systematic and evidence-based pathway for player progression in the academy.
• Manage the recruitment of players into the academy and present on a monthly basis to the technical board on academy performance.
• Attend academy games, ensuring good communications with staff, parents, and players.
• Work closely with all key stakeholders including parents, staff, and players and in conjunction with the Designated Safeguarding Officer, ensuring all policies, practices and procedures relating to the safeguarding of young people are implemented and updated regularly.
• Work with appropriate staff to ensure player reviews are completed in accordance with LCFC Women’s strategy and that these reviews are communicated to both players and parents.
• Ensure the playing principles and club coaching syllabus is effectively delivered across Pro Game, ETC and Sister Clubs
• Ensure there is a workforce development plan in place to staff to effectively deliver within their roles.
• Lead the relationships, CPD and technical development programme across Pro Game Academy, ETC and the Sister Clubs programme in line with the technical board requirements.
• Where required attend coaching sessions across the whole academy pathway to ensure performance outcomes are achieved.

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive; the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the club.

Personal Specification

• A commitment to continuing professional development.
• Effective leadership and management skills.
• A practical, flexible, and innovative approach to work, with excellent interpersonal skills and relationship management.
• Able to communicate effectively (written and verbally) across all levels, with players, staff and senior management.
• Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
• Dedicated to self-improvement and personal development.
• An ability to inspire and lead individuals.
• Focused on individual player development.
• Willing to support and promote the club and football philosophy.

Experience

The ideal candidate must have significant experience of working on

• Proven track record of effective team management
• A good understanding of youth development in elite sport.
• Knowledge of the professional women’s game, The FA Women’s Super League, and the requirements of being a Professional Game Category 1 Academy and ETC.

Player Development

• Understanding of learning, development, and high performance with a proven track record of creating optimum learning environments for players.
• Experience of and enthusiasm for coaching and mentoring elite young and senior players.
• Empathy and commitment to the long-term development of the women’s game.

Communication

• Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful, strong strategic relationships with club staff and players.
• The ability to communicate to the highest level, listens, interprets, and conveys information in a clear and accurate manner, provides timely delivery of information and selects the most appropriate method of communication.

Teamwork

• Can work within a team environment, co-operates, considers the needs of others, and helps others to achieve objectives.
• Taking ownership: Ability to work autonomously on own or team initiative, pro-active in managing one’s own time, building an understanding of the internal and external environment in order to deliver work in a highly effective and professional manner.
• Resilience and the ability to always maintain professionalism and a calm demeanor.
• Demonstrates honesty, integrity, reliability and the ability to ensure confidentiality at all times.

Detail

• Thorough in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas. With excellent diligence and accuracy.
• Excellent IT skills (including excellent MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Ability to learn and operate new systems.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, able to multi-task and priorities work confidently.
• Able to work to tight deadlines.
• Possesses strong time management skills and have a flexible approach to work.
• Proficient in reporting, informing, and presenting information to all stakeholders.

Social Awareness

• Aware of diversity and equality challenges in football.

Going the extra Mile

• Willingness to work weekends.
• Ability to travel independently.
• Friendly, well organised with the ability to multi-task and perform well under pressure.

Essential

• UEFA B License
• FA DBS
• Holds an in-date FA Safeguarding Children Certificate or is willing to complete the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop within 3 months.
• To undertake regular Club safeguarding training updates (CPD) appropriate to the role
• FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid.
• Must complete the Effective Coaching in the Female Game Course (ECFG) within 18 months of appointment.
• Attend Coach Development days as organised by The FA.

Desirable

• UEFA A license or should be working towards.

Role Requirements

• To be able to work on matchday weekends and evenings, including Public Holidays.
• To comply and promote the Club’s policies and procedures to include Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity and GDPR compliance.
• Understanding of the governance, security and cyber security requirements including areas such as General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
• To undertake required training including mandatory Club Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety and Safeguarding Induction.
• To adhere and communicate the Club’s brand values to stakeholders whenever the opportunity arises.
• This role is subject to a satisfactory FA Enhanced DBS with children’s barred list check.

Values Integrity

We do the right thing, even when nobody’s watching. We treat each other with honesty, dignity, and respect. We take responsibility and we set examples. We own our mistakes, and we learn from them. Win well, win fair.

Ambition

Everything is possible. We have an open mindset that embraces challenges as opportunities. We strive to perform to the limit of and beyond our means.

Relevance

Our work matters. We’re in the conversation. We’re a reference point in the game and to those that look up to us. Our decisions make a difference, and our endorsement carries weight. Our people are clear on how their roles apply to our vision. Keeping our work relevant to that vision keeps us honest and optimises performance.

Success

We play to win. We keep score, we celebrate our victories and are uncompromising with our standards. We collaborate and enable others so that there is no victory outside of the team victory.

How to apply

If you feel you have the qualities and experience, please register your interest by sending your CV and a cover letter to email.

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