The FA

The FA

Senior Women's Coach Development Lead


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Posting Date

Oct 25, 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

Oversee and manage the provision of coach education and development in the Senior Women's game in support of developing coaches who are able to thrive in the professional game and to continue to raise the standards within the women's high-performance environment. Lead, develop and deploy the team of Women's National Coach Developers in support of FA Education's vision for coach development and FA strategy for women's and girls' football. To work closely with colleagues across the coach development management team to ensure work is co-ordinated, consistent and connected across FA Education's 9 box grid

Key Accountabilities
Work closely with key stakeholders across the Women's Game to ensure the coach development offer is addressing the needs of the coaches, players and the game as evidenced through insight and research
Lead the WNCD workforce to successfully deliver effective and impactful coach development in the Women's Senior game and ensure that work is connected to the whole of our coach development offer across the 9 box grid
With the Strategic Programmes Manager i) agree data dashboard(s) for Senior Women's coach development work, with clear KPIs and ensure work/impact is tracked accordingly and ii) agree any research and insight to be undertaken into coaching or development programmes in the Senior Women's game to support future work and to evidence how insight is informing work
Take an active and leading role in the Talent and Senior Game Review - a three-phase project to redefine and transform the learning & coach development landscape in the talent development & senior game domains across men's & boys' and women's & girls' football
Support and enable the professional development of the WNCDs, providing effective line management and building a positive, open and trusting culture across the team
Ensure that programmes and initiatives are aligned to the Coaching Development Framework, our Learning Principles and our Player Development Philosophy
Work with the Head of Coach Development, the Women's Pathway Coach Developer Lead and WNCDs to ensure the Division's learning experiences cater for the needs of the female athlete and the women's game
Be an active participant and stakeholder across the Integrated Coaching Strategy, working constructively and collaboratively with colleagues from the Premier League, the Professional Footballers' Association, the League Managers' Association, the English Football League and Women's Super League to deliver purposeful and impactful coach development experiences
Proactive advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion across our coach development offer and workforce
Work closely with colleagues across Learning and Development, Operations and Technology in the development of learning opportunities for the Senior Women's game
With the Head of Coach Development, develop and maintain highly effective working relationships with (including but not limited to) the Women's Game, international FAs, UEFA, FIFA, the NewCo and other sporting bodies as required
Build effective working relationships with the Women's Technical Division, including the Head of Women's Technical, the Technical Lead and National Coaches to ensure a joined-up approach and shared understanding around the women's game, the development of female players and effective coaching in the female game
Effectively manage the budget allocated to Senior Women Coach Development, working closely with the Finance team
Provide regular updates and reports for Women's Game Board and others as required
Build trust and confidence in FA Education and strengthen the reputation of the FA throughout the Senior Women's game.
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

UEFA A Licence or equivalent L4 coaching qualification
A comprehensive understanding of and proven track record in coaching and coach development within women's professional sport
Experienced professional leader who is able to maintain the highest standards and drive high performance
Experience in building and maintaining strong, long lasting stakeholder relationships
Self-driven, able to work alone & collaboratively as part of an experienced team
A modern progressive approach to coaching & learning with adaptable skills and understanding
Ability to influence and persuade individuals and groups
Ability to engage and inspire coaches and players during practical demonstrations.
Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team

Experience in women's professional football
Undergraduate and/or Post Graduate degree in management / coaching / sports science or related area (or equivalent experience)
Experience of delivering learning experiences in sport.
Knowledge and understanding of the WSL, Women's Championship, Women's National Leagues and high performing multi-disciplinary environments
Proven track record in the design, implementation and evaluation of a Female Player and Team Development programmes
Experience of developing Coach Developers in Women's Football and/or other sporting contexts

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.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

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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