Education Programmes Executive – Premier League Primary Stars

Full Time
17 / 02

Working closely with the Premier League Charitable Fund’s (PLCF) Education department, the role will deliver on core elements of the Premier League’s Primary Stars programme. This incorporates supporting Club Community Organisations’ (CCOs) delivery across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and National League. The position will coordinate relevant aspects of the grants process for your programmes including grant documentation, performance monitoring and gathering of insight and best practice.

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Working closely with the Premier League Charitable Fund’s (PLCF) Education department, the role will deliver on core elements of the Premier League’s Primary Stars programme. This incorporates supporting Club Community Organisations’ (CCOs) delivery across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and National League. The position will coordinate relevant aspects of the grants process for your programmes including grant documentation, performance monitoring and gathering of insight and best practice.

The role will coordinate the grant giving process for our funded CCOs within the programme, including delivering at funding briefings and conferences, application reviews, issuing grant awards, monitoring and reporting. The successful candidate will interact with CCOs and partners on a daily basis, ensuring they have the capabilities needed to deliver programmes to the best possible standards, whilst understanding the specific needs of education establishments and local communities. The position will play an active role in programme ideation, training and development needs and partner engagement to enhance the programme and regularly seek ways to improve both reach and impact.

Additionally, the position will also have the opportunity to support the wider Education Programmes team and PLCF priorities including school disengagement, youth engagement and youth voice, youth social action, equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), environmental sustainability, supporting mental health and developing opportunities for partnership funding.

The right candidate will have strong project or programme management skills and a demonstrable commitment to helping children and young people achieve their potential.

Who we are

Established in 2010, the PLCF is one of the biggest sports charities in the world, with an annual budget of around £35m. The independent charity supports CCOs in delivering high quality projects and evidences its success to key stakeholders.

Aligned with the Premier League Communities Strategy, the PLCF aims to create positive and lasting sporting, social, educational and health outcomes for wide range of beneficiaries, especially children and young people. The PLCF team supports and inspires impactful work via 92+ club community organisations, including those in the Premier League, EFL and National League. In turn, their work directly benefits more than 500,000 individuals at thousands of community venues and schools each year.

Delivered collectively by over 105 CCOs and supported by a broad digital offer, Premier League Primary Stars supports primary schools across England and Wales with free access to resources, incentives and giveaways, events and competitions to inspire children be active and develop essential life skills.

Our hybrid-working model also allows you some variety on your place of work, offering you the chance to work from home on some days each week. Where possible, you will attend the office or site visits in line with our company policy. All staff liaise closely with their line manager to manage their time appropriately and according to their work and team requirements.

The role

  • Work with the Premier League Primary Stars Programme Manager to ensure the day-to-day delivery is effective and of sufficient quality and deemed value for money, in accordance with the programmes’ minimum operating standards and any other contractual obligations as set out by the PLCF Board and/or funding partners.
  • Help to deliver and manage the Premier League Primary Stars programme regular oversight activity including all grant management processes, report reading and assessments, system management and quality assurance for CCOs. This may include supporting other school/education-based projects funded by the PLCF.
  • As required, provide a secretariat function for the programmes’ Operational and Strategic meetings and help shape programme design and delivery for funded education programmes.
  • Work with the Education Programmes team (and wider PLCF) to deliver a range of programme events and competitions including the Premier League Primary Stars Football tournaments, and work closely with PLCF colleagues and external consultants to develop and deliver events and competitions.
  • Lead and facilitate regular network meetings/forums/learning and development opportunities for CCO staff to come together to share learning, best practice and/or receive training. This will also include planning and delivering national conferences and regional group networks.
  • Build and manage relationships with staff at a range of levels from CCOs throughout to ensure that their needs and the needs and programme requirements are met.
  • Support the Senior Education Programmes Manager to develop and maintain relationships with key partners including the Premier League, digital and resource specialists, independent evaluators and other partners to engage them in supporting the development of programmes, attending meetings with them as required.
  • Work with CCOs, statutory bodies and partners to develop a central bank of resources and toolkits to distribute across the network via multiple programmes, ensuring these meet practical requirements of participants as well as each programme’s brand guidelines.
  • Performance manage the CCOs’ effective use of the selected monitoring systems and provide regular detailed reporting on the full range of CCO delivery, looking at delivery information, using peer feedback, research and outcomes and impact data.
  • Work with PLCF colleagues to effectively support with cross-programme elements such as equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), training, events and social action.
  • Consult with the Safeguarding Manager to understand and support any safeguarding and risk requirements of the programmes and CCOs’ delivery.
  • Work with other PLCF programme and operations teams to develop a coordinated approach including continuous professional development, quality assurance, training and events.
  • Undertake, and report back from, visits to CCOs to see delivery on the ground as part of an ongoing quality assurance process.
  • Work with the Premier League Communities, Communications and Digital teams to provide relevant information and identify best practice/case studies for PR purposes, events and develop programme specific branding, ensuring CCOs meet branding guidelines.
  • Ensure PLCF is connected to other initiatives, policies and organisations working in the same fields through participation in a range of relevant external forums and networks.
  • Share in PLCF’s values and participate as a full member of the PLCF team, and where appropriate, carry out other duties as may reasonably be required giving support to other members of the team at busy times.

Requirements for the role

  • Project management, planning and organisational skills, including the ability to manage a complex network of stakeholders

  • Experience of working in the education, voluntary, community, and/or sports sector

  • Understanding of the school environment, preferably at a strategic level

  • An understanding of measuring impact, both qualitatively and quantitatively, preferably in an education setting

  • Ability to work under pressure, make sound judgement calls and solve problems

  • Ability to communicate well to a range of audiences, and using different mediums, with oral and written skills to an excellent standard

  • Excellent negotiation, interpersonal and relationship management skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively with excellent planning and organisational ability

  • High level of computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office packages

  • An understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and how they relate to the role

  • Willingness to travel within England and Wales as and when appropriate

  • A commitment to safeguarding, and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check will need to be completed

The PLCF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All appointments will be made based on merit.

Our commitment to safeguarding includes implementing robust safer recruitment procedures to assess the suitability of individuals applying for roles that involve work with children and adults who are or may be at risk of harm.

To apply please visit our careers page ( and apply with your CV and a cover letter. The closing date for applications is Monday 6 February 2023


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