Head of Team Strategy & Coaching (Women's Technical)
Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams.
We have a great opportunity within our Women's Technical division to lead the strategy for England Women's development teams, responsible for all aspects of team, coach, and player development within the national development teams, and contribute to the long-term success of England Women and winning a major tournament.
The role will also play a pivotal role as member of the senior leadership team, contributing to the success of the Women's Technical division, on and off the pitch.
About the Team
Our FA Technical teams support all aspects of elite performance to enable and help England teams to win tournaments.
Our teams manage everything from identifying talent to the development and coaching of multi-disciplinary teams throughout the age groups, up to our Senior England teams. To deliver on our goal we have invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at our National Football Centre, St. George's Park.
What You'll Do?
- Provide effective leadership and maintain a positive cultural environment across all England development teams.
- Establish a clear playing style and footballing philosophy that aligns with England Women
- Lead the coaching staff to ensure delivery of a strategic squad and pathway periodisation plan, in line with youth team tournament cycles.
- Develop and support head coaches to foster the progression of talented young players, ensuring a clear pathway to England Women
- Ensure consistency of approach across all coaching staff to ensure effective squad management and team selection.
- Support the coaching staff to develop personalised development plans for players.
- Establish a team of experienced coach developers to support and deliver coaching staff development plans.
- Promote safe working practices and maintain a culture whereby safeguarding is recognised as a shared responsibility.
- Working closely with the women's talent manager and head of player development to ensure a healthy and diverse pipeline of talented players to service development teams.
- Working closely with the head of coaching in FA Education to ensure a healthy and diverse pipeline of talented coaches to service development teams.
- Support the development of an inclusive and well-being focused culture.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with clubs and other key stakeholders.
- Contribute to the wider Women's Technical Division Strategy
- Implementation of the Women's Technical Division vision and long-term strategy
- Executes 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.
- As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.
What You'll Need?
Essential for the role:
- Senior inspirational Leader with extensive experience in football and a background in developing high performance.
- Outstanding football experience and understanding of the modern game.
- Outstanding leadership qualities with the ability to work towards collective outcomes, galvanising and energising teams and colleagues, winning hearts and minds and taking them on a journey towards the future.
- The ability to think strategically -from strategy development to implementation and performance management.
- Be an outstanding influencer, communicator, team player and leader.
- Proven decision making and problem-solving ability with experience of driving the results of diverse teams.
- Decisive, energetic, and enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Be a team player, a talent developer, and the ability to lead and inspire a team to success.
- A track record of effective influence and interaction at senior leadership level, with the ability to quickly establish gravitas with key stakeholders.
- Experience of playing a leading role on a management team keeping the focus on strategic objectives and ensuring the organisation is clear on the milestones they must reach in order to achieve goals.
- A love for football and understanding of the football landscape in the women's game.
- Elite level experience in coaching with UEFA A Licence certification.
- Proven track record in managing a variety of football departments at international/elite level.
- Proven track record in driving improved coach performance.
- Embrace the importance of sports science protocols, data & analytics, and performance metrics.
- Proven track record in the delivery, development, and implementation of High- Performance Systems
- Ability to effectively use Microsoft applications.
- Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders.
What's in it for you?
We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.
We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:
- Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
- Free private medical cover.
- A contributory pension scheme.
- An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
- A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.
For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page, https://www.thefa.com/about-football-association/careers
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 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.
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.
Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre unless the role is advertised as a home-based contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.
The FA, For All, For You
Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.
A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments - Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change - which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.
We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.
We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.