Academy Head of Education

About The Role

Leicester City Football Club are excited to be recruiting for a highly organised, proactive, and strategic Head of Education, whose primary role will be to develop a leading-edge education programme that meets the needs of all young people involved within the Club’s Academy, adding value to their education progression, and developing their wider learning and skills.

The Club are constantly seeking to deliver an holistic experience for our Academy players in respect of their education; this position will play a central role leading the department to ensure our young people achieve their potential through an education provision that meets EPPP requirements and is closely aligned with the Academy’s strategy and the Club’s values.

Who We’re Looking For

Reporting directly into the Academy Manager, the ideal candidate will have demonstrable management and leadership experience, ideally having relevant experience in an elite sporting environment or with young athletes.

As part of the Academy’s Management Team, it is important that the postholder encourages a collaborative approach both within and without the department, ensuring close alignment with the Club’s player care professionals and coaches to drive the seamless organisation, coordination and delivery of all education programmes across the Academy. An understanding of the importance of the Club’s compliance with EPPP, FA and EFL rules is therefore beneficial.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills as a significant element of the role will also include sustaining and continuously improving all external relationships, including parents, our partner school, educational providers, associated partners and stakeholders.

Core competencies expected of applicants for the role include:
– Numerate with strong IT skills – applies logic to solve problems and has experience in the use of different software(s) to feedback actionable insights.
– Energy and enthusiasm – someone who is eager to drive the development of our young people.
– Pro-active – highly organised, can work under pressure to deal with multiple tasks, and is forthcoming with ideas and assistance.
– Interpersonal skills – exhibits respect and understanding of others to build and maintain professional relationships with staff and players.
– Innovative – have curiosity and imagination to solve performance challenges and implement impactful developmental interventions.
– Diversity and inclusion – an inclusive person who fosters a diverse and respectful workplace where team members are valued for who they are.
– Personal development – eager to develop and progress both technically and in the softer skills of being an analyst.

The role will require some evening and weekend working, therefore any candidates applying should have a flexible and robust approach to the role.

Essential experience and qualifications include:
– Hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).
– Relevant experience of working in a sports performance environment with young elite athletes.
– Management and leadership experience in an educational setting.
– Previous experience in a role with pastoral responsibility.

Desirable experience and qualifications include:
– Experience in working in PL or EFL academy football.
– Leadership and management qualification.

About The Club

Knowing some of the history of Leicester City Football Club helps you appreciate the sense of community, spirit and family for which the Foxes are renowned for. Formed in 1884, the Club has been in the Premier League since 2014 when the Foxes were promoted as Championship winners. In 2016, Leicester City became Premier League champions. This remarkable achievement qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history, and the Foxes went on to reach the quarter finals of the competition. The Club continues to build on that success and celebrated lifting the prestigious FA Cup in May 2021.

Under the stewardship of King Power and the Club’s CEO Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club is deeply committed to the local community and its supporters and continually strives to ensure that every point of engagement with fans is truly world class including the experience on matchdays. Meanwhile, investment in the Club continues, with the 2021 opening of a new state-of-the-art Training Ground in north Leicestershire.
Benefits Package

Leicester City Football Club offers a competitive salary and pension scheme with life assurance to all its permanent employees. Employees are able to benefit from free onsite parking as well as an onsite subsidised staff restaurant. Employees also benefit from up to 33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.

Contract Type – Permanent
Hours Per Week – 37.5

Leicester City Football Club is an equal opportunities employer, and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Leicester City Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, you may be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service and prior to taking up any role.