The Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) is looking to appoint a National Development Manager for a registered national charity.

The WFA was formed in 2005 to develop the sport of Powerchair Football in England. The WFA work in partnership with the Football Association as football’s governing body. The WFA work with a wide range of partners in order to develop more clubs and playing opportunities. In April 2014 the WFA became a Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Title: National Development Manager (Powerchair Football).

Salary: £27,000-£30,000 Full Time 37.5 hours per week (3 year fixed term contract Subject to Funding Confirmation).

Location: England (Nationwide), hosted by Nottinghamshire County FA in Nottingham.

Responsible To: The WFA Steering Group and WFA Executive Committee.

Role purpose:

Unite the game and inspire the nation through the strategic coordination of Powerchair football across England thereby sustaining and growing participation at a national level.  To influence and support delivery of Powerchair football in accordance with the WFA strategy and Disability Workforce Fund (DWF) plans in order to support the achievement of all WFA DWF project targets.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Work strategically to align current and future Powerchair football provision, ensuring an integrated approach across the County FA, Premier League and English Football League Trust Club networks, alongside key partners from across the disability, health, education and community & voluntary sectors.
  • Identify, manage and develop relationships with key partners to meet the objectives and targets of the WFA. 
  • To oversee the implementation of the WFA Sports & Business Development Plan 2016-20.
  • To oversee all aspects of the WFA Disability Workforce Fund project and its associated KPI targets including production and delivery of annual operational plans. 
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the DWF programme, reporting progress to The FA and all other key project partners as required. 
  • Manage and administer the project budget and produce all required reports. 
  • Support participation growth and retention across both the affiliated and recreational formats of Powerchair football by influencing and supporting the delivery of key partners. 
  • Analyse and make use of national and local insight to design and deliver participant focused services that address priority areas for Powerchair football. 
  • Design and deliver a programme of services to Powerchair clubs and leagues ensuring all adhere to the relevant FA regulations and guidelines. 
  • Work with The FA to ensure that football systems such as Whole Game System meet the needs of Powerchair football. 
  • Identify external funding and investment to aid the growth and retention of Powerchair football across England. 
  • Ensure the workforce is adequate to develop Powerchair football and is supported and developed across coaches, referees, classifiers, volunteers and young leaders. 
  • Deliver an annual England Talent Day in conjunction with The FA Disability Performance Unit. 
  • Raise the profile of good news stories and the range of Powerchair football opportunities across the pathway.
  • Ensure safeguarding is taken into consideration in all decision making areas of activity that effect under 18s and adults at risk of harm.
  • Ensure compliance with all WFA health and safety policies.
  • Ensure that safeguarding is embedded throughout the WFA in accordance with safeguarding legislation, safeguarding policy, best practice guidance and education programmes that effect under 18s and adults at risk of harm. 
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet WFAs changing priorities.

Download the Full Job Description and Person Specification.

If you wish to find out more about the role, please contact Steve Baxter, WFA Secretary via email at [email protected].

To apply please email your C.V. and covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to Ricky Stevenson, Nottinghamshire FA Business Development Manager at [email protected].

Closing date for applications is 2nd July at 5pm. 

Interviews will be held week commencing 23rd July 2018.