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The Durham County FA are recruiting a Referee Development Officer.

Durham County FA Limited Vacancy Referee Development Officer.

Position: Referee Development Officer

Salary: £27,000 Fixed term contract until 30th June 2024 (post continuation subject to FA funding)

The Durham County FA is seeking to recruit a Referee Development Officer with responsibility of developing the Referee workforce across the County FA boundaries.

Brief summary of the organisation: The Durham County FA Ltd administers and develops football within the boundaries of South of the river Tyne to North of the river Tees and across to the Cumberland border. We are a fully inclusive organisation and provide football opportunities for ALL.

The role encompasses the following areas:

· To support delivery of the Durham County FA business plan and The FA National Game Strategy, FA Referee Strategy.

· To recruit, convert, retain, develop and progress referees to service the game.

· To ensure effective implementation of The FA Safeguarding Operating Standard.

· To support the adoption of FA technology systems across grassroots football.

What we are looking for

You will need to be passionate about and committed to the development of referees. You should have experience of refereeing and/or referee development along with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to positively influence at all levels.

You should have a proven track record of working with and developing a volunteer workforce.

The role will involve travelling around the County so a driving license and your own transport is essential.

You must be able to work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines as well as taking ownership of the responsibilities of the role you will need to do so within a team environment, so team working skills are an essential requirement.

The post is based at the headquarters of the Durham County Football Association Ltd, working 35 hours per week. Evening and weekend work will be necessary when required.

As this role involves direct access to young persons under the age of eighteen, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities, the successful candidate will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a Criminal Records Check, to ensure their suitability for the role.

This is a full-time position and as a champion of equality of opportunity, the Durham County FA welcomes candidates from all sections of the community.

The successful candidate will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

Equality and Diversity:
Durham County FA promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any requirements in relation to the recruitment or interview process, please include details on the application form.

To apply please email a CV and covering letter including your Referee Career Pathway to date marked 'Referee Development Officer Application' to john.topping@durhamfa.com

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 13th August 2021.

The date for interviews will be Tuesday 24th August 2021.

Start date expected Monday 20th September 2021 or earlier

Application Documents:



: If you have any specific questions about the role, please contact John.Topping@DurhamFA.com or phone 0191 3872929.