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The FA

The FA

Refereeing ED&I Delivery Manager


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Posting Date

Dec 21, 2022

Role description

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

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The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate ED&I Delivery Manager to join our Football Operations department. The role will work alongside our Refereeing teams to deliver projects & initiatives to promote and increase equality, inclusivity & diversity within Refereeing. Our successful candidate must have excellent understanding of EDI issues, including knowledge of relevant legislation.

Key Accountabilities:
Lead and support the Heads of Refereeing and National Referee Managers on delivery of ED&I projects and referee initiatives.
Support the development and implementation of EDI policies, procedures, and best practice to improve outcomes for the Referee workforce, stakeholders, communities and support groups.
Design, market, implement and deliver a recruitment strategy for referees from all under-represented groups.
Develop a framework to support the retention of referees from under-represented groups across all protected characteristics.
Work alongside the PGMOL to support the identification of referees with potential from under-represented groups.
Operate as the Refereeing department representative on the National Game REFA Group.
Work alongside the department's EDI Special Advisor and in conjunction with the FA's Equality and Diversity objectives.
Attend, lead and/or develop local, regional, and national meetings relating to the EDI agenda, networking and engaging appropriately with stakeholder groups.
Liaise and collaborate with partners to support the ongoing development of progressive policies and initiatives to continue the diversification of refereeing.
Oversee the promotion and communication of Refereeing ED&I stories, projects, and initiatives to the wider game.
Collaborate with County FAs to provide support and guidance to Referee Development Officers to help embed ED&I into their work.
Provide guidance and advice on ED&I matters to the Heads of Refereeing.
Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

What we are looking for?


Understanding of equality and diversity issues, including knowledge of relevant legislation,
Understanding of English football,
Understanding the wide benefits of diversity & inclusion.

A track record in delivering EDI initiatives within business, sport or public sector,
Project Management,
Managing relationships with external and internal stakeholders,
Office administration and email correspondence.

Technical Skills:
High level written and verbal communication skills,
Extensive experience of Excel,
Experience of databases and efficient use of software,
High level of numeracy,
Advanced Microsoft Office using Power-point, Word and Excel.


Knowledge of non-league and grassroots football,
Strong knowledge of English geography,
Understanding of refereeing structures.

Experience working with community networks and relationships with organisations that are working with underrepresented groups,
Experience of refereeing and/or dealing with referees,
Experience dealing with professional and semi-professional football clubs.

Technical Skills:
Experience of data analysis,
Advanced Excel skills,
Ability to analyse data to establish outcomes and conclusions.

What we can offer you?
An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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