At the FA, inclusion means valuing and celebrating our differences. It means nurturing a working environment and culture where everyone thrives. Diversity for us means the ways in which we differ. On an active level, it means seeking participation and representation from everyone. It refers to our more tangible and visible differences such as gender, race and ethnicity. But it also includes our intangible differences such as sexual orientation, heritage, religion, unseen disabilities, family/social status and age.
We are currently half-way through our second three-year EDI strategy called ‘A Game For All' and this role is instrumental in the overall execution of the strategy and the achievement of its targets by delivering expert change and programme management as well as offering advice and guidance on EDI matters and building effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including the FA's senior and extended leadership team. The holder of this role will also work closely with key Divisions including Legal and Governance, Grassroots Football, Communications & Marketing, Women's Football and FA Education. Externally, this will mean nurturing partnerships with football bodies, EDI specialist organisations and other campaigning bodies in football.
The role will be based at Wembley Stadium with some work at our National Football Centre at St. George's Park near Burton-on-Trent.
What will you be doing?
- Provide expert change and project management to support the delivery of the FA's EDI strategy
- Write, review and update EDI policies across the organisation
- Manage a series of budgets to maximise the value achieved to ensure intervention programmes and projects meet strategic plans.
- Work closely with the marketing team to deliver key campaigns in the EDI Calendar, this includes the annual Rainbow Laces campaign to County FAs, Clubs & Leagues in grassroots football
- Provide direct line management for the EDI Officer including regular reviews and clear objective setting.
- Manage the FA's youth dispensation programme and trans inclusion policy, liaising with applicants, County FAs, Clubs, Leagues and appointed medical advisors.
- Oversee the delivery of the professional game mandatory education programme following a proven charge.
- Coordinate The FA's submission of the Advanced Level of the Equality Standards for Sport and / or similar accredited/kite mark programmes.
- Support the creation and running of internal network resource groups. Currently this is the Employee Ethnicity Network and The Pride (LGBTQ+) Network,
- Lead and input to the creation of the annual external report on the progress of the FA's diversity and inclusion programme and its published targets.
- Lead on creating update presentations and reports to IAB
- Execute additional tasks and support the director of EDI team as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
What are we looking for?
Essential for the role:
- Formal qualification in project management such as Prince II or similar (is an advantage but not essential)
- A proven track record of project managing and delivering people change programmes
- Managing people
- Organising Events/Campaign activations
- An interest/passion for working in a diversity and inclusion function in a large organisation
- An interest/passion in sport as a force for good.
- Strong Change and Programme Management skills.
- Ability to write concise presentations and reports
- Strong analytical skills
- Attention to detail and pride in the presentation of outputs
- Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders
- Experience in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Excel is a requirement
Beneficial to have:
- skills in stakeholder management – both internal and external
- Ability to demonstrate flexibility where required
- Qualified to degree level or equivalent
- Technology skills - Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio is an advantage but not essential
How to Apply
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