Lewes Football Club

Lewes Football Club

Women's First Team Assistant Manager

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Role Type

United Kingdom


Posting Date

May 19, 2022

Role description

Job Title: 1st Team Assistant Manager 
Employer: Lewes FC 
Hours & Availability: Full Time Role - Minimum 40 hours/week, 52 weeks/year
Reports to:  Head of Performance / Women’s 1st Team Manager
Key relationships: 1st Team Manager, Performance Staff, General Manager, CEO
Location: The Dripping Pan, Lewes, Mountfield Road

Assistant Manager Role
Align closely with the 1st Team Manager and Performance Staff to cultivate a high-performance culture which is inclusive and safe, where athletes & staff thrive and reach their potential 
Support the management of a successful first team
Collaborate to support the creation of a culture that maximises the talent of each player in all aspects of player development to elevate the quality of team performances.
Support the leadership of player and team development at all training sessions and matches played by the club
Collaborate, Support, and Lead on Individual Development of player toward elite professional standards on and off the pitch
Empathy with young mature players while being an effective teacher who inspires and refines their ability to develop into the next generation of professional players
Ensure high standards of coaching are delivered across the first team, and occasionally supporting the development of good practice for the Development Squad players and coaches
Working with colleagues – including the General Manager, ensure the Club adheres to required standards & guidelines such as:
The FA standards for safeguarding
The FA Rules and Regulations and Competition Rules.
Respect guidelines
The Football Leadership Diversity Code

Professional conduct in Media and Sponsorship Activities, positively representing and upholding the values and ethos of Lewes FC
Uphold excellent internal and external relationships
Desired Outcomes, Roles, and Responsibilities
Outcome 1: Quality coaching and playing style
Support and collaborate well with 1st Team Manager to collectively deliver a clear and well understood playing style and its principles are clearly understood by all players and adhered to. 
Ensure all coaching is well planned and effective, regularly reviewed, and aligned to LTPD (Long Term Player Development) guidelines.
The team are motivated, and physically, mentally, technically, and tactically ready to perform on matchdays.
Roles and Responsibilities
Coaching and Analysis
Develop and communicate a style of playing and coaching that is in line with the Club’s ethos, game model, and is successful against other teams
In conjunction with first team coach(es) and first team staff, plan coaching sessions in line with the Club’s playing style and games programme
Attend and run (or oversee) team training sessions
Review and evaluate elements of the playing style and coaching plan in the light of results and player availability / performance 
Review and evaluate playing style in the light of developments in football - nationally and internationally
Provide opportunities to develop playing approach through varied and creative coaching sessions 
Develop individual players to excel consistently in the elite women’s professional game
Support the Analysis of Opposition, Team, Units, and Individuals to support Team Performance and Scouting Targets and Objectives
Match planning
Undertake opposition analysis, and communicate findings and associated tactical plans to players with the leadership of the first team coaching staff
Review information from games and use this to support future decisions (e.g., setup, tactics, and selection)
Support the choosing of the team for matches and effectively communicate decisions to players for high-performance
Lead pre-match preparation for the players, make and communicate in-match decisions
Oversee required specific match day duties – e.g., Warmups, Tactical and technical information and feedback given to players 
Coach Development
Support the mentoring and professional development programme of our pathway coaches

Outcome 2: Player Development 
Players are empathised with; the coach is ‘in the room’ & physically and emotionally available
The team are psychologically and emotionally ready to perform
Players are comfortable to be challenged and consider the environment to be safe
Players from all backgrounds develop as people and performers
Players are managed well through difficulties such as injury, loss of form, non-selection and other personal and professional challenges that could affect their performance and wellbeing

Roles and Responsibilities
Communication with Players
In alignment and per leadership of the 1st Team Manager, ensure all players have Individual Learning Objectives
Work with individual players to help them achieve their Individual Learning Objectives, including supporting and encouraging realistic technical practice
Feedback to players, including with the use of video clips or other visual tools
Oversee and deliver player reviews and individual development meetings and training sessions
Support player engagement in their learning and development, ensuring players:
are encouraged to ask questions and seek feedback for improvement and clarity
are encouraged to have input to footballing decisions and their own learning process
are communicated the ‘why’ as well as ‘what’ of decisions
know and understand the purpose and ‘why’ of training sessions

Invest time and effort in knowing the players and understanding what motivates them
Provide personal support based on each individual player’s needs
Monitor and manage player behaviours based on club and team values and expectations; set boundaries, reinforce good behaviours and challenge less welcome behaviour
Work with - and support the work of - colleagues in the MDT to enhance player development
Support the decisions and actions required on decisions about disciplinary matters / conflict in conjunction with other staff or players
Outcome 3: Effective and Smart Planning and Recruitment
The First Team has a clear set of aims and objectives which are agreed and understood within the club
Players are identified, attracted, and recruited to help meet those objectives
Player development and performance is tracked in line with Performance KPIs
Budgets are adhered to and managed well to avoid misunderstandings or poor financial management
Roles and Responsibilities
Planning, structure, and goal setting:
Support the development and communication of a collective vision of success for the team and club 
Support the agreed aims & objectives with senior colleagues (e.g., Sporting Director/CEO/Directors/General Manager) - such as a 3-year plan, and objectives for the current season 
Player recruitment and playing staff decisions:
Through network and connections (e.g., agents and other head coaches), be aware of possible signing opportunities
Gather and review a broad range of data (e.g., scouting reports) on players and maintain comprehensive and up-to-date player profiles 
Discuss profiles of players with senior staff / decision makers (e.g., Sporting Director, General Manager, CEO, Chair)
Adhere to club budgets and manage player payment and bonuses effectively 
Take part in reviews of the scouting process and activity 
Contribute to decisions about the loan of players and their return

Personal Characteristics
Time is dedicated to personal development, and coaching knowledge is up-to-date and forward thinking
Committed to playing a role in the long-term development of women’s and girl’s football
Enthusiastic about coaching and mentoring elite young players, senior players, and developing coaches, and seeing them improve 
Is proactive about personal development and developing a positive organisational culture
Interpersonal Skills
Expresses enthusiasm, confidence, and belief in players’ capabilities 
Can outwardly present themselves consistently, irrespective of how they are feeling
Has great relationship management skills; earns trust by being respectful, supportive, and transparent
Is approachable and relatable; builds strong and personal relationships with different types of people at all levels of seniority and from all backgrounds
Shows an interest and genuine care about athlete needs. Treats players as humans by providing personalised support and communication
Encourages open, two-way communication.  Is a good listener
Is brave and unafraid of potential conflict
Can communicate difficult decisions with firmness and compassion
Interacts with various media with clarity and calm
Is emotionally composed; manages arousal level in the moment, and remains confident and positive in the face of challenges (e.g., defeat, criticism from club, media, and fans) 
Stays focused and can adapt approach when the team is not succeeding
Cultivates players resilience amongst internal and external pressures effectively
Assesses self fairly; asks self what they can do better and is realistic about what is outside of their control
Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills
Experiments with concepts and ideas; explores new ways of doing things
Takes the time to think about and reflect on the culture of the football club and first team
Uses and filters information from a broad range of sources to make effective decisions which can be justified with defensible rationale
Open to others’ ideas; not stubborn in the face of other ideas & evidence
Asks good questions to understand situations, and can make decisions quickly under pressure 
Experience and Knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the elite women’s game, specifically the existence and implications of:
competition and league rules, including on transfers and contracts
the growth of the women’s game
player pathways 
required coaching behaviours in the women’s and girl’s games 
technical and tactical differences between men’s and women’s football

Previous experiences which have brought strong existing relationships within the Women’s pyramid in England and across the United Kingdom
Experience of coaching and mentoring elite young and senior footballers, which has helped develop deep technical and tactical knowledge, including knowledge of a range of systems of play
Recruitment / Talent ID experience
Experience of developing learning environments for athletes
Other roles which have brought experience of managing and leading groups of people
Roles which have brought understanding of how children and adults learn and develop (e.g., teaching)
Knowledge and awareness of diversity and equality challenges in football
Experience of dealing with media (including social media)

Continuous Development, Qualifications and Membership
Regular attendance and engagement with coach development initiatives such as:
FA Women’s Pro Game: Coaching Excellence Initiative (CEI)
Effective Coaching in the Female Game (ECFG) Think Spaces
Women’s High Performance Centre female game specific modules

UEFA B Licence – UEFA A License Preferred
First Aid for Sport (acquired before starting role)
Safeguarding and Protecting Children (acquired before starting role)
DBS Clearance (acquired before starting the role)
Engagement in professional development other than technical football coaching development.  For example:
Physical Development of Youth Female Players (growth and maturation, female athlete physiology & menstrual cycle)
Player support (e.g., Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)
Coaching & mentoring qualification (e.g., EMCC)

Application Process:
Please submit your formal interest in the position by sending an email (Subject: 1st Team Assistant Manager | Your Name) with your CV and Cover Letter to:  applications@lewesfc.com
The deadline for submission is midnight on May 27, 2022
The role will be open until filled
Please clearly articulate in your cover letter how your experience and personal characteristics align with the values and ambitions of Lewes FC, as well as provide evidence of how your qualifications and experience in the women’s professional game match the role described below.

Interview Process  
We may begin interviews coinciding with the open application process.  Please review the dates below and note in your application email if any of the below dates would not work with current commitments.
Formal Interview Open:  May 26 – The role will be open until filled
Expected Start Date: June 13 – 17

Do not be put off from applying for this role if you do not meet all the requirements described here in every way.  First and foremost, we seek people with clear ambition and drive for success, who are fully aligned with the values and principles of Lewes FC and who have the attributes to contribute to the development and success of our football club. 
Lewes FC prides itself as an equal opportunity employer and we encourage and welcome applications from all candidates including those from under-represented backgrounds such as women, people with disabilities, BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates.
Given the low levels of diversity in football, we understand that candidates from under-represented backgrounds are unlikely to have been given adequate opportunity in the game. Consequently, we will ensure that the application process does not unduly favour candidates with such experience over applicants without it – within the restrictions posed by our License to play in the FA Women’s Championship.

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