Referee Development Officer - Vacancy

We are looking to hire a new Referee Development Officer to work as part of our Development Team

The Devon FA is seeking to recruit a Referee Development and Appointments officer with responsibility of developing the Referee workforce across the County FA boundaries and delivering the current Devon FA Appointments Scheme.


This is due to Jason Haywood moving to a new role at Devon FA as the IT and Media Officer.  Jason’s new role will be the key support for our clubs and leagues for all FA IT programmes and ensuring these programmes are used to their full potential and reduce football administration.


The Referee Development and Appointments officer role encompasses the following areas:

  • Strategic planning and implementation of effective retention & development strategies for referees in line with our Business Plan to deliver our County FA Key Performance Indicators
  • Strategic planning and delivery of the referee developer workforce.  
  • Ensure all referees and members of the referee developer workforce meet FA Safeguarding requirements and fully aware of the FA Respect.
  • Appoint to all leagues and competitions within the Devon FA Appointments Scheme

You will need to be passionate about and committed to the recruitment and 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.


The role will involve travelling around the County, so a driving licence 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 Devon FA, working 36.25 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 Devon FA welcomes candidates from all sections of the community. 

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

To apply please email a CV and covering letter marked 'Referee Development Officer Application' to paul.morrison@devonfa.com

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 18th October 2019 

The date for interviews will be on Friday 25th October.

Start date expected December 2019.