Job Vacancies

GRADUATE INTERNSHIP/SANDWICH YEAR VACANCY

PR & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

  The English Schools’ FA is the governing body for schools’ football in England. We are a membership charity and our key activities include:
  • Providing a national competitions programme each year: This year, over 40 competitions are being run and each culminates in a national final at a prestigious football venue;
  • Defining the regulations under which schools’ football is played;
  • Supporting our membership to increase opportunities to play football, particularly (currently) for girls and for players with a disability;
  • Providing opportunities for school pupils to play representative football at district, county and national level, the pinnacles of which are the Under 18 England schoolboys’ national team and the Under 15 England schoolgirls’ national team.
The ESFA has a small paid workforce but its activity is primarily run by volunteers. We are now offering a graduate internship in our Stafford headquarters. The opportunity is open to graduates from bachelors, honours or foundational degree programmes in a related subject. The ESFA also welcomes applications from those in the “sandwich” year of their degree. The internship vacancy is a voluntary post and as such is unpaid. It is offered in the first instance for the 2020/21 season (Sept 20 – June 21) on a four day/week basis. It is the ESFA’s intention to seek funding to convert this internship to a paid post at the end of the, but this is not guaranteed. Those applying as a graduate (rather than a placement year student) should therefore give careful consideration to this factor when determining whether to apply: placement year students should note that their intention to return to their study after their year with the ESFA will in no way disadvantage them as applicants, given that future funding is unconfirmed. Whilst undertaking the internship, the successful candidate will benefit from:
  • A full personal training programme to enable them to complete their internship successfully;
  • Any team development undertaken as part of the ESFA’s team training plan;
  • Reimbursement of approved and essential travel costs;
  • Cost of overnight stays to support ESFA activity, where this is essential to ESFA business;
  • The opportunity to develop experience in and a good working knowledge of sports administration, including sports governance, event management, communications, PR,  sports sponsorship and general administration in a small but busy office;
  • A reference and summary of achievements at the end of the tenure.
Interested candidates should read the attached role profile carefully, and prepare an expression of interest, evidencing ways in which they meet the person specification and demonstrating their interest in football and/or events. Completed expressions of interest should be submitted to Andrea Chilton, CEO, at andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com, on no more than two sides of A4, no later than 18th September 2020. In the meantime, further details about the ESFA can be found at www.schoolsfootball.org     PR & Comms Intern - Role Profile

GRADUATE INTERNSHIP/SANDWICH YEAR VACANCY

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

  The English Schools’ FA is the governing body for schools’ football in England. We are a membership charity and our key activities include:
  • Providing a national competitions programme each year: This year, over 40 competitions are being run and each culminates in a national final at a prestigious football venue;
  • Defining the regulations under which schools’ football is played;
  • Supporting our membership to increase opportunities to play football, particularly (currently) for girls and for players with a disability;
  • Providing opportunities for school pupils to play representative football at district, county and national level, the pinnacles of which are the Under 18 England schoolboys’ national team and the Under 15 England schoolgirls’ national team.
The ESFA has a small paid workforce but its activity is primarily run by volunteers. We are now offering a graduate internship in our Stafford headquarters. The opportunity is open to graduates from bachelors, honours or foundational degree programmes in a related subject. The ESFA also welcomes applications from those in the “sandwich” year of their degree. The internship vacancy is a voluntary post and as such is unpaid. It is offered in the first instance for the 2020/21 season (Sept 20 – June 21) on a four day/week basis. It is the ESFA’s intention to seek funding to convert this internship to a paid post at the end of the, but this is not guaranteed. Those applying as a graduate (rather than a placement year student) should therefore give careful consideration to this factor when determining whether to apply: placement year students should note that their intention to return to their study after their year with the ESFA will in no way disadvantage them as applicants, given that future funding is unconfirmed. Whilst undertaking the internship, the successful candidate will benefit from:
  • A full personal training programme to enable them to complete their internship successfully;
  • Any team development undertaken as part of the ESFA’s team training plan;
  • Reimbursement of approved and essential travel costs;
  • Cost of overnight stays to support ESFA activity, where this is essential to ESFA business;
  • The opportunity to develop experience in and a good working knowledge of sports administration, including sports governance, event management, communications, PR,  sports sponsorship and general administration in a small but busy office;
  • A reference and summary of achievements at the end of the tenure.
Interested candidates should read the attached role profile carefully, and prepare an expression of interest, evidencing ways in which they meet the person specification and demonstrating their interest in football and/or events. Completed expressions of interest should be submitted to Andrea Chilton, CEO, at andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com, on no more than two sides of A4, no later than 18th September 2020. In the meantime, further details about the ESFA can be found at www.schoolsfootball.org     Social Media Intern - Role Profile

ENGLISH SCHOOLS' FA VOLUNTARY VACANCY

ENGLAND U18 SCHOOLBOYS' GOAL KEEPING COACH

The English Schools' FA is delighted to announce a vacancy for the position of Goal Keeping Coach for the U18 schoolboys' international squad The position is a voluntary one, and is fixed term for 4 years.   During that four years you will have the opportunity to shape the skills development of the squad's two goalkeepers, and travel with them and their counterparts to the international pre-season training, friendlies and competitive fixtures.  Typically, the season involves 2-3 friendly fixtures, played between Jan and March, 5 days' residential preparatory training in Febuary and four competitive fixtures, two at home and two away, against other home nations as part of the annually contested Centenary Shield (March/April). There is the intention to hold a season end celebratory event, subject to funding, and of course all fixtures this season will be subject to the appropriate COVID-19 regulations permitting play.   You will be a qualified Goalkeeping Coach and will have, or be prepared to undertake, relevant safeguarding training and a DBS clearance. Experience of schools' football is essential.   Application is by CV and covering letter, which should be sent to Mark Hignett, Midlands Council Member and ESFA Representative Committee member by 20th October at m.r.hignett@gmail.com. It is anticipated that interviews will take place during w/c 26th October. In the meantime, you can find more details about our international programme here.

ENGLISH SCHOOLS' FA VOLUNTARY VACANCY

INDEPENDENT COUNCIL MEMBER

The English Schools’ Football Association (the ESFA) is the governing body of schools’ football in England and is responsible, in conjunction with affiliated County and Local District associations, for providing competitive schools’ football at all levels. National competitions for both representative teams and individual schools are organised by a permanent staff, led by the Chief Executive, at headquarters in Stafford. The ESFA organises two school based England international representative teams. As a registered charity, the Association is governed by an elected Council - volunteer members from the various regions of the country. The Association holds a seat on the Football Association Council, and represents schools’ football on the National Game Board. In accordance with government recommendations, the Association is inviting applications from those with a genuine interest in the Association’s role within the football family to join the Council. As the unpaid Independent Council Member, you would provide impartial advice and challenge to help maximise the Council’s effectiveness. You would help to ensure that the organisation promotes exemplary corporate governance whilst continuing to develop as an effective and representative governing body. You would have significant experience operating at a strategic level in either the private or public sector; equally you could bring a breadth and depth of experience from the football, education, and/or sport industry. You would have a proven track record of building and maintaining constructive relationships and partnerships using a collaborative approach to gain results.  You would have strong interpersonal and influencing skills, be able to become an effective member of the Council team, and have a personal style that promotes openness and gains trust. The ESFA particularly welcomes applications from those with a background in legal practice or in charitable income diversification For more information and application details, email your details to andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com - quoting reference ESFA/IND Closing date for applications is 30 September 2020

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