Derby County Football Club is looking to recruit an experienced and self-motivated individual to join our Category One Academy as a Local Recruitment Officer.
Our Academy mission is to identify, develop and support talented young footballers for them to achieve their maximum potential in a positive, supportive, and professional learning environment.
The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Local Recruitment Manager to develop and strengthen the relationships within grassroots football with an emphasis on local community engagement, and responsible for identifying, monitoring, and recruiting grassroots talent in accordance with the recruitment strategy, whilst also supporting the Development Centre Programme.
Develop strong relationships with grassroots clubs, leagues, community groups and schoolboy teams to support the identification of high potential players.
Identify, monitor, and recruit local grassroots talent in accordance with defined criteria, to join our Academy
Support the existing team of Scouts on a day-to-day basis and support the Head of Academy Recruitment with the recruitment of any additional Talent ID Scouts that may be needed from time to time.
Manage and develop reporting methods using the systems and processes in place.
Responsible for organising and effectively running recruitment festivals and fixtures at Derby County Training Centre for ages U6 – U14
Responsible for initiating the trialists process, always ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of the trialists, with punctuality and professionalism
Provide staff members with continual streams of accurate and timely information to support decision making.
Provide accurate and timely background information to the Head of Local Recruitment and Pre-Academy staff in advance of a player attending their first session.
Pro-actively support the Pre-Academy parents / guardians in the Academy system, communicating effectively.
Monitor and liaise with Derby County Development Centre’s and Derby Community Trust Managers regarding players on the DCFC pathway.
Coordinate and execute the Development Centre games programme.
To cover matches as and when directed by the Academy Head of Recruitment and Local Recruitment Manager.
To further build and develop new links with grassroots clubs at a rate of a minimum of three per month.
Attend and positively contribute to weekly meetings with Recruitment staff and Pre-Academy staff.
Propose continuous development ideas and methods to ensure the club are at the forefront of new initiatives to stay ahead of local rivals.
Essential skills and experience:
FA Talent ID Qualification (Level 2 as a minimum)
GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
A proven history of talent identification within the grassroots environment
Experience and knowledge of the grassroots network of clubs within the radius of Derby and surrounding areas
Experience of working within Talent Identification
Experience of working to deadlines in a high-pressure environment
Experience and passion to work within the age banding U6-U14
Strong ICT skills, experience of Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Excellent communications skills both verbal and written, with an ability to adapt style to children and adults as needed
Full driving licence and access to a vehicle
Flexibility and availability to work unsociable hours
£22,000 – £25,000 per annum, dependent on experience.
Derby County Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The safeguarding and welfare of our players is paramount and as such this position may be subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Records Check (CRC).
Derby County Football Club is an Inclusive Club for all and is committed to Equality and Diversity.