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Applications still invited for academy manager role

10 August 2018

The deadline for applications for the role of academy manager at the club has been extended until 4pm on Friday, August 24.

Role Summary

To be responsible for the overall management and development of the academy, in line with the coaching philosophy, vision and values of the academy and the club as a whole.

To oversee and develop a comprehensive youth strategy in consultation with the board member responsible for youth development. The academy manager must have a modern approach to development and be forward thinking in their long-term strategy for the academy.

The role requires someone with a clear passion for the development of talented football players, creating a pathway into the first team at Chesterfield FC. Due to the nature of the academy, this role includes working weekends and evenings.

Key Responsibilities

1. Coaching

Responsible for overseeing the planning and delivering of the technical and tactical coaching programme for all the academy, unit and individual sessions in conjunction with the relevant coaches.
To manage the day to day running of the academy and oversee all the players and part-time coaches in the youth development phase.
To liaise with all key academy personnel when planning and arranging coaching sessions and matches to ensure the appropriate support is in place (e.g. sports science, medical, recruitment, education, etc) and that the timetable fits with all other academy activities.
To oversee the evaluation of all coaching sessions and matches and ensure that the relevant information is recorded fully on the club’s Performance Management System.
To conduct group, unit and individual video analysis sessions.
To find and show video clips of position specific best practice.
To be fully responsible for the safety and welfare of all players from the schoolboy and scholarship release programme, providing full supervision and co-ordination from the moment the players arrive on site until they depart in line with the Code of Release guidelines.
To monitor the education and welfare of all players within the youth structure in conjunction with the education and welfare officer. To be responsible for implementing an effective policy for liaising with schools, local youth teams and Schools Football Association and County Football Association and Local Education Authority.
The employee will expedite these duties with the assistance of appropriate staff where necessary. To represent the club at meetings and functions as required.

2. Player Development and Progression

To oversee the development of the club management performance system for all players in the academy and make sure that it is kept up to date.
To profile the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological attributes of each player in the pro development phase, then create and agree individual development programmes for them.
To oversee the performance reviews, in line with the requirements of the EPPP, and deliver feedback to coaches, players and parents both formally in meetings, and informally as required.
To compile a formal report of conclusions and actions following the performance review meetings and ensure that these are recorded on the club’s Performance Management System.
To liaise on a daily basis with the management team and the head of coaching to ensure that the needs of all players in the academy.

3. Safeguarding

Be aware of any potential safeguarding children risks and work with the academy safeguarding officer and the head of safeguarding for Chesterfield Football Club to promote safer working practice throughout the academy.
Understand the academy safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines. Use this understanding to ensure safer recruitment, safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to an anti-bullying environment.

4. Qualifications

UEFA A Licence.

FA Youth Award (all three modules).

FA Advanced Youth Award (advantageous).

FA First Aid qualification.

FA Safeguarding qualification.

Enhanced DBS Check.

Previous experience of management within an Elite sports environment.

A comprehensive understanding of the EPPP.

FA Coach Education qualification (adventageous).

To attend at least five hours of in-service training organised by the FA each year and the first aid training for academy coaches at least once every three years.

Clean driving licence.

To undertake Continued Professional Development organised by the club.

To attend both academy management team and technical board meetings and give updates feedback regarding youth development in line with the club's Academy Performance Plan.

5. Other responsibilities

To be aware of the EPPP rules and requirements relating to the academy.

To attend staff meetings as required.

To attend games in the academy as required.

To attend games involving other clubs for scouting and recruitment purposes, as required.

To be aware of current trends and best practice in youth development.

To continually look for ways to develop and improve our coaching programme in the academy.

To attend at least five hours of in-service training organised by the FA each year and the first aid training for academy coaches at least once every three years.

To undertake Continued Professional Development organised by the club.

To attend both academy management team and technical board meetings and give updates feedback regarding youth development in line with the club's Academy Performance Plan.

All candidates to send CV and covering letter, marked Private and Confidential, REF: Acad Man, to Nigel Smith, Chesterfield FC, Proact Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ.


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