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Manager, NFL Academy (UK) / Head of NFL Academy

NFL Academy

The NFL Academy offers student athletes aged 16-19 the opportunity to combine their education with a life skills programme and an intensive training in the sport, under the guidance of full-time professional coaches.

Posted
21 Nov 2022
Status
Full Time
Location
England
Closing date
2 Dec 2022

To lead the overall management of the programme by overseeing all internal & external stakeholders involved to ensure all objectives of the Academy are met. Bringing key League functions together across UK & US to provide a unique opportunity for business alignment and support. This focus will provide yearlong exposure and presence of the NFL in the UK & globally.

NFL Academy

Mission: Use the power of football to open doors of opportunity for young people & grow the game globally

Objectives:

  • Enhance Academy structure to expand reach, expedite pathway success & improve outcomes
  • Promote world-class performance through application of NFL best practices and resources
  • Develop local heroes to create relevance and accelerate interest & popularity of the game
  • Utilize partners & platforms to advance program, create deeper-storytelling and maximize awareness

Role Overview

To lead the overall management of the programme by overseeing all internal & external stakeholders involved to ensure all objectives of the Academy are met.

Bringing key League functions together across UK & US to provide a unique opportunity for business alignment and support. This focus will provide yearlong exposure and presence of the NFL in the UK & globally.

Essential Functions

  • Delivery of Academy KPIs in accordance with the Academy’s mission
  • Serve as primary NFL liaison between the League and;
    • Academic provider – Loughborough College
    • Performance partner – Loughborough University
    • Coaching and performance support staff
    • Vendors
    • Other sports/governing bodies
  • Lead Academy Steering Committee across Academic partner & Performance partner
  • Ensure implementation of Football program development, competition and recruitment plans set forth by Football Development department
  • Support students to ensure best opportunities received across education, life skills & football development
  • Support Academy coaching & performance staff development utilizing NFL League & team resources and ensuring DE&I best practices
  • Alongside US Football Operations & Player Engagement identify opportunities for NFL Players & Legends to support program execution & development
  • Alongside Commercial team:
    • Service current partners to ensure they receive value & support program
    • Identify and develop opportunities for innovation within the Academy, e.g., new partnerships that drive football development and utilize new technology
    • Identify new commercial opportunities
  • Identify opportunities for student-athletes to further develop athletic capabilities, vocational capabilities and community outreach
  • Ensure the NFL Academy is integrated to and drives development of UK grassroots & community ecosystem

Required Education and Experience

  • Experience working in American football (preferably NFL or College football)
  • Experience supporting player development and progression in elite performance environment
  • Understanding of education pathways, in particular the American collegiate system
  • Meticulously organized with a track record of complex project management delivery
  • Previous experience of managing multiple stakeholders to deliver successful outcomes
  • Ability to work equally effectively with operational as well as commercial teams
  • Comfortable working within a fast-paced global organization
  • Proven track record of operating in a stakeholder heavy organization
  • Previous team leadership experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience in sports development or sport in the community

Leadership Attributes

  • Be able to lead by example to appreciate the day-to-day detail as well as the long-term vision
  • Establish trust and confidence among all stakeholders to ensure that the NFL Academy has credibility and the leadership team operate with integrity
  • Be empathetic when dealing with sensitive situations and information
  • Manage difficult conversations and situations in order to maintain the overall goal of the Academy
  • Have awareness of the bigger picture with an understanding of how to best position the Academy both internally and externally

Management Responsibility

  • Management of the overall Academy programme with direct management of Academic provider & Performance partner

Travel

  • 10%

Salary / Pay Range

This job posting contains a pay range, which represents the range of salaries or hourly rates that the NFL believes, in good faith, at the time of this posting that it might be willing to pay for the posted job. The NFL expects to hire for this position near the middle of the range. Only in truly rare and exceptional circumstances, where an external candidate has experience, credentials or expertise that far exceed those required or expected for the position, would the NFL consider paying a salary or rate near the higher end of the range.

Terms / Expected Hours of Work

  • NFL employees are required to work 40 hours per week.
  • FLSA exempt.
  • The NFL maintains a Flexible Workplace Policy that provides members of our workforce with opportunities to periodically work from a location of their choice, while maintaining a priority on in-person work at an NFL office, which enables us to more effectively collaborate, connect and build a workplace culture that will drive our continued success.
  • The NFL is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment that reflects our incredibly diverse fan base. We provide an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all employees and applicants without regard to status as protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Additional Information

Status
Full Time
Job Type
Academy
Team Operations & Logistics
Sport
American Football

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