Everton is a world-renowned, pioneering football club with a rich and successful history and an exciting future.
Founded in 1878, Everton is one of the 12 founding members of the Football League. The Club has been crowned league champions nine times, lifted the FA Cup five times and tasted European success by winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985.
Everton’s proud traditions are upheld through clear values and ambitious plans for the future.
Development of a new 52,888 capacity state-of-the-art stadium on the banks of the River Mersey at Bramley-Moore Dock is well advanced, providing an important platform for further growth.
For decades, our Academy has been one of the most respected and recognized in football. His vision of developing young players who are technically and tactically capable of playing for Everton or having a career in the professional game remains as focused as ever.
We now have a unique and extremely exciting opportunity for a dynamic and strategic leader to join us as Director of the Academy.
Working closely with our Director of Football and First Team Manager, our Academy Director will lead and develop the club’s football philosophy and academy performance plan, taking overall responsibility for coaching management and direction. , recruitment, medicine, education and welfare, sports science. and operational departments of the Academy. Each department has a senior manager on the job to manage and deliver daily operations.
The Academy Director will play a critical role in the future strategic direction of the Academy, being an active member of the Technical Board and providing exceptional leadership and guidance throughout Everton Academy.
1. Strategic Leadership
- Guide the development of the club’s Football Philosophy.
- Liaise with the club manager, as appropriate.
- Lead the academy management team, providing support and guidance when needed.
- Represent the Academy when dealing with outside agencies including the FA, Premier League and any other agencies or delegate as necessary.
- Ensuring the CEO, Director of Football, First Team Manager and Academy Administration team are fully briefed on all operations issues and achievements.
- Being an active member of the club’s Technical Board, providing technical advice and support in the development of the club’s Football Philosophy and in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Academy Performance Plan.
- Provide leadership and input for all strategic planning processes with the academy management team.
- Advise the club board on the performance of the Academy against the goals set forth in the Academy Performance Plan and any required actions.
- Have overall responsibility for the ISO Audit ensuring that all information is properly prepared and submitted.
2. Coaching and coach development
- Oversee the effective design, implementation and management of the Academy’s training program.
- Work closely with the Academy Head of Training to oversee and deliver the Academy Training Programs.
- Ensuring there is a clear path to produce players capable of making the transition to first-team football, notably at Everton.
3. People management and development of strong working relationships
- Provide inspirational leadership and guidance to direct reports, team members, contingent workers, and volunteers.
- Ensure that all team members are fully informed about the specific operational objectives of the Academy and the entire Club.
- Set operational and/or performance goals for the team that are clearly linked to the long-term goals of the Academy and the club and encourage the development of the existing operation.
- Monitor department performance against performance goals to ensure progress is being made.
- Attend weekly departmental meetings and actively participate in other meetings (internal and external) when necessary.
- Hold regular meetings with team members to ensure priorities are clear and coordination is good.
- Complete performance reviews for all direct reports as required, monitor development of all team members, identify areas for development, and work closely with team members to ensure required performance standards are met.
4. Financial management and reporting
- Have ultimate responsibility for the financial management of the Academy, including compliance with the club’s financial systems, budgeting, management accounting, cost management and billing arrangements.
- To ensure that the performance of the Academy in relation to the budget is managed throughout the season, reviewing it monthly.
- Report on performance against budget when necessary, and maintain full knowledge of the financial performance of the Academy.
- Monitor potential child safety risks and work with the Academy Safety Officer and Everton Football Club Head of Safety to promote safer working practices across the Academy.
- Understand the Academy Safeguarding policy, procedures, and best practice guidelines. Use this understanding to ensure safer recruitment, safe work practices, appropriate reporting of concerns, and positively contribute to an anti-bullying environment./li>
- Provide ongoing feedback to relevant medical, coaching, sports science, recruiting and management staff.
- Inform the coaching staff of any change in the training program that is of interest to the well-being of the students.
- Provide ongoing feedback to players and their parents/guardians as needed.
7. Other responsibilities
- Responsible for maintaining qualifications relevant to the role.
- To be aware of the EPPP rules and requirements for your area.
- Be aware of current trends and best practices in youth development.
- Attend at least 5 hours of FA organized in-service training each year and first aid training at least once every 3 years if required.
- Carry out the Continuing Professional Training organized by the Club.
- Manage and control resources and forecast activity and capacity in the short and medium term to ensure delivery meets agreed service levels, performance standards and cost effectiveness.
- Work with other departments and proactively recommend resolutions that overcome operational challenges and exceed requirements.
- Maintain knowledge about the activities and services of the Academy to provide the best possible support and leadership.
- Inform the CEO and Director of Football of any circumstance that may cause delay, failure or loss of delivery in quality, service, income as soon as it is detected.
- Take responsibility for personal performance and the development of personal skills to ensure the skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to perform the position.
- Foster and promote the values of the Everton Family and comply with the required standards of conduct and thus promote the Club within the community by acting with integrity and honesty.
- Promote, adhere to and implement the Everton Family Equality and Diversity Policy and consistently work to incorporate equality and diversity.
- Ensure that all work is completed on a priority basis and that the work meets a high degree of professionalism, quality, and craftsmanship.
- Attend staff meetings when necessary.
- Attend training courses and external seminars and meetings as appropriate/required.
At Everton Football Club we are ambitious, determined and authentic. If you think you have the experience and knowledge we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you!
We are truly excited to find our next Academy Director. If you feel as excited as we do and share our vision and values, please complete your application by sending your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information about us and this opportunity, please contact Lucy Burgess, our Talent Acquisition People Partner.
The Everton family is committed to equal opportunity and prides itself on being a safe disability leader. We provide a fully inclusive and accessible hiring process. We accept all job applications in a variety of formats and if you require any documents in a different format or need further support or assistance, please contact email@example.com