Vacancy - Football Development Officer

We are looking to recruit a Football Development Officer responsible for supporting our leagues and clubs across the County.

Please see below, details for our vacant role - Football Development Officer (Leagues & Clubs)

This position of Football Development Officer, Leagues and Clubs, will be integral to developing football through throughout the County.  As well as working with our clubs and leagues this position will be responsible for managing and delivering our Devon FA Coaches Academy, driving standards of coaching both on and off the pitch. 

To apply you need to be of graduate calibre, have experience in sports / football development and an understanding of the FA’s National Game Strategy. You need to be passionate about and committed to the development of football at a local level. You must be able to work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

Candidates must be good administrators and be able to demonstrate both team working and the ability to work unsupervised. Candidates should also have excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. You need also to have a current driving licence and be able to work evenings and weekends.

The successful applicant will be joining our friendly Football Development team.

  • To support, service and encourage inclusive leagues and clubs with complete player pathways through local collaboration and sharing of resources and knowledge.
  • To develop a high quality coach support programme
  •  To contribute to the effective implementation of The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs.  To support the adoption of FA technology systems across grassroots football.  


Hours of work are Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (8hrs per day + 45 min break) – 36.25hrs per week, however as we work in sport with a volunteer workforce, some evening and weekend work will be required. Salary will be between £20,000 - £22,000 subject to experience and there will be a six-month probationary period for this role.

We are committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk, and anyone working with us will be required to follow our safeguarding policies.

Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

What can we offer?

• An exciting opportunity to join a forward thinking, progressive business

• A chance to work with key stakeholders within the grassroots and professional game

• A commitment to empowered and supportive personal development

• A Workplace Pension Scheme

• 20 days’ annual leave as standard

• Additional leave after 5, years’ service

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Free Nike Staff Uniform every year

To apply, please a up to date Curriculum Vitae and covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this role either email: chris.french@devonfa.com or post to the address as follows:

Strictly Private & Confidential,

Chris French

Chief Operating Officer

Devon County FA

Coach Road

Newton Abbot

TQ12 1EJ

Closing date for applications is: Noon on Monday 23rd May

Interviews will take place on week beginning: Wednesday 1st June

Two references, one of which must be from the applicant’s current/most recent employer where possible, will be requested.

Disability Confident

We pride ourselves on being an employer who are committed to supporting candidates with disabilities throughout our recruitment and selection process. We have a dedicated team to support any employee with a disability. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Equality Statement

We believe that football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it. We are committed to promoting equality within the business in every aspect of its work and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and experiences to apply for this role, regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership.

If any questions arise about the role or clarity is required on the recruitment pack, please contact; chris.french@devonfa.com