Head of Policy
Are you passionate about Women's Football?
In what is an exciting time for the Women's Professional Domestic Game in England, the 22/23 season has seen record attendances and viewership of Women's professional football in this country and the domestic leagues continue to grow at unprecedented pace.
Since professionalisation in 2018, the Women's domestic leagues have seen incredible growth under the leadership of the Football Association. At this transformational time for the game, we are looking to develop an independent structure that will allow the leagues to transition to a NewCo over the course of the next season.
As part of our ambitious plans we are looking for a Head of Policy to:
- hold a key senior manager role with Barclays Women's Super League (BWSL) and Barclays Women's Championship (BWC) to drive forward policy development during a period of transformational growth in the Women's Professional Game
- lead the strategic development of women's professional game policy working closely with senior management team and outcomes of the Football Governance White Paper, Future of Women's Football government review and recent publications relating to safeguarding and player welfare.
- ensure effective compliance with relevant FIFA, UEFA and FA regulations
- provide effective leadership for the licensing and compliance team with oversight of the department.
What will you be doing?
- To lead policy, licensing and compliance development of the women's professional game leagues and competitions – The Barclays Women's Super League (BWSL), PGA Academies, Women's Championship (BWC) and Continental Tyres League Cup, working closely with the FA Women's Technical Division, FA Football Operations Division, FA Public Affairs and FA Legal Department.
- To lead the development of insight led policy for the women's professional game and continue to progress policy development at a critical time for the game following the publications of the Football Governance White Paper and Future of Women's Football government review.
- To oversee key policy areas relating the women's professional game including but not limited to governing body endorsement criteria, player protection and compensation, maternity policy
- To liaise with the FA Football Operations team, PFA and other stakeholders as appropriate on any required changes to the standard contract for women's football
- Lead the approvals for BWSL and BWC licence and rule changes from the BWSL/ BWC Board as required.
- To create collaborative environment with internal divisions and external stakeholders to ensure progress is made with relation to development of policy and rule change.
- Undertake effective monitoring and reporting of policy workstreams to the Executive Group and the BWSL / BWC Board and to lead the approvals for change from the BWSL/ BWC Board as required.
- To lead robust stakeholder consultation process as part of policy development processes, liaising with key stakeholders at a senior level including Member clubs, FIFA, UEFA, PFA, LMA, Football Supporters Association, PL, EFL on any issues requiring stakeholder engagement
- Champion world class service delivery of league and club services; obtain customer feedback and make any improvements as necessary.
- Lead, manage and coach the team effectively, ensuring all staff have regular personal development reviews, clear objectives and individual personal development plans
- Develop an annual business plan and budget for women's professional game policy, licensing, and compliance, ensuring prioritisation and allocation of major tasks and that all risks are identified, and any mitigating actions put in place.
- 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 are we looking for?
Essential for the role:
- Ability to professionally engage in dialogue, articulate points clearly and concisely through a range of communication methods and styles depending on the target audience with experience of senior stakeholder management skills
- Competent leadership skills in galvanising internal and/or external stakeholders to deliver business outcomes
- Significant experience of developing, delivering and monitoring sport and/or football policy
- Knowledge and understanding of regulation and compliance
- Understanding of competition, FA and/or FIFA regulations and governance
- Excellent project management skills. Track record of creating, managing, tracking, implementing and reviewing projects
- Analytical skills; ability to analyse information and make recommendations based on the information
- Ability to write correspondence and reports to communicate clearly, professionally and accurately to a range of audiences to help achieve desired goals
- Ability to create and deliver presentations that are tailored to the audience
- Proactive approach to problem solving. Ability to solve complex problems using insight to inform decision making.
- Motivated, dedicated and able to deliver when working both within a team and independently
- Proficient skills in Microsoft Office
Beneficial to have:
- Understanding of the football industry
- Experience working in professional sport and/or football
- Conflict management
- Educated to degree level or equivalent with legal background.
- Budget management experience
- Experience of working with cross-functional project teams
What's in it for you?
We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, 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 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.
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 homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.
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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.