Disability Football Development Officer Vacancy

Somerset FA have a vacancy for a full time FDO to focus on increasing participation levels in disability football across the County.

This full time position will lead on the strategic coordination of disability football, recreational football and developing a volunteer network. The post holder will influence and support in these three key areas in accordance with The FA National Game Strategy.

The successful candidate will be of graduate calibre, have knowledge and experience of sports/football development, an understanding of grassroots football and experience of working with disability groups. A "Customer Excellence" ethos is of paramount importance as is the ability to manage multiple priorities, communicate effectively and be a strong team player. The successful applicant will have a commitment to Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in Football which will be paramount in all of our activities.

The successful applicant will be based at the Somerset FA Offices, Charles Lewin House, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9FR. Please note that normal working hours are 9.00-17.00. Monday to Friday but this role will require travel throughout the county and regular evening and weekend work, a current driving license is required.

Salary Circa £22,500

Key responsibilities:

  • Work strategically to align current and future disability football provision, ensuring an integrated approach across the County FA, local Premier League and English Football League Trust Club networks, alongside key partners from across the disability, health, education and community & voluntary sectors
  • Retain and grow the number of affiliated disability football teams with a particular emphasis on the growth of youth and female teams within Charter Standard Club structures
  • Strategically coordinate the delivery of a network of registered disability recreational football centres for male and females across all age groups
  • Embed research, insight and effective measurement into planning, decision making and delivery across disability football to ensure accurate data collection across programmes that address the priority areas for disability football and meet the needs of disabled people 
  • Develop and support leagues and clubs that are safe and inclusive of disabled participants through delivery of a programme of services ensuring modern, fit for purpose league and club structures are in place 
  • Deliver a comprehensive workforce plan that supports disability football across coaches, referees, volunteers and young leaders and is inclusive of disabled people
  • Lead and deliver against the disability talent development programme within the County
  • Raise the profile of good news stories and the range of disability football opportunities across the pathway 
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet CFA’s changing priorities
  • Ensure compliance with CFA’s health and safety policies
  • Ensure that the CFA effectively implement and maintain the FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard within Football.
  • To have an understanding and awareness of generic Equality law and good practice within sports equality. 

Applications are invited from people who meet the requirements outlined in the role profile and have the necessary skills and attributes to make a positive contribution to disability football in Somerset. 

To apply:

Please email a covering letter and CV, outlining your suitability for the role and how you meet the requirements to CEO Jon Pike jonathan.pike@somersetfa.com 

Please include details of your current salary, any notice period with your current employer and the details of two referees (who will only be contacted if you are offered the position). 

Please mark your email ‘Private and Confidential’ 

Closing date: Thursday 21st Feb

Interview date: Wednesday 27th Feb (Applicants must be available on this date, there are no alternative dates)

For further information: For a full job description and/or additional information regarding the role please contact Brendan Dix, Football Development Manager on 01458 832359 or email: brendan.dix@somersetfa.com 

Somerset FA acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. We are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. As this role may involve direct access to young persons under the age of eighteen and or Adults at Risk, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities, the successful candidate will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a Criminal Records Check, to ensure their suitability for the role.

Somerset FA is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.