We are looking for a highly-motivated and passionate Community Development Officer to play a pivotal role in developing and delivering a successful programme across all of the Palace for Life areas. You will work in a flexible way across the week to ensure all sessions are covered, including weekend sessions that are vital to the aims of the programme.
What we offer
- Full-time work (37.5 hours per week), with flexible & remote working;
- Competitive salary (£24-26k per year depending on experience);
- 1-year fixed term contract (with possibility of extension);
- Training and development opportunities;
- Become part of a supportive and friendly team;
- An opportunity to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people in South London.
As Community Development Officer you will:
- Increase participation within Premier League Kicks and Get Involved sessions (includes football and multisport activities);
- Plan and deliver football sessions within a school and community environment in order to engage participants in the programme;
- Plan and deliver football festivals, tournaments and school holiday activities;
- Plan and deliver school assemblies and community roadshow activities;
- Plan and deliver workshops within the Kicks programme;
- Coordinate and deliver our volunteer programme across the community engagement team;
- Build and support relationships with external partners who deliver multisport activities;
- Provide advice, guidance and support to vulnerable young people, which may include mentoring and training to increase awareness and promote positive action;
- Report to the Community Sports Manager on the achievement of a series of key performance indicators and general updates for each programme;
- Liaise regularly with other Officers within the Foundation including Primary Schools, Community Development, Interventions, and Employability in order to share good practise and attend regular meetings to promote cross working at all times;
- Quality assurance of sessions making sure the Foundation/Club’s safeguarding guidelines are in place and all compliance measures are enforced;
- Liaise with the Communications Team on a regular basis to increase the profile of the programmes and seek new ways of attracting new participants through all social media outlets, creating case studies to measure the impact of the programmes;
- Create good links between schools and grassroots teams across Croydon, Bromley and Sutton.
As successful candidate you will:
- Have knowledge and experience of sports development and project/event management, with a proven track record of achievement;
- Possess a sport specific coaching qualification;
- Have experience coaching within a football environment;
- Have a passion in developing participation;
- Have experience of delivering or coordinating projects which seek to increase participation;
- Have knowledge of safeguarding reporting processes and procedures, and be able to recognise safeguarding concerns and report appropriately;
- Have experience of working to tight deadlines without close supervision;
- Be self-motivated and able to work well within a team;
- Have excellent communication/presentation skills both written and verbal;
- Be able to manage partnerships effectively and concisely so that external partners are satisfied with our work;
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels within the Foundation, the parent club and high level outside contacts;
- Have working knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint & Excel;
- Have a 'can do' attitude, and a willingness to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends) in order to get the job done.
Closing Date: Please apply by 05/12/2022 5pm (earlier applications welcomed)
Interview Date: Week commencing 12/12/2022
Crystal Palace Football Club is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare and protection of children, young people and adults at risk. The club fully accepts its responsibility for children, young people and adults at risk. Our aim is to ensure that safeguarding runs through every element of the work we do to ensure the welfare and well-being of all those who engage in our activities.
All children, young people and adults at risk have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief. We believe that all adults working within the club, in any capacity, have a duty and responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.
We strive to do this by applying policy, procedures and best practice, engaging with the Premier League, FA and local authority partners to promote the safety and welfare of all those who engage in activities with the club. Our practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities. This allows our participants to enjoy any club activity in a safe, and inclusive environment.
The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment.
Crystal Palace Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club whether as players, match-day fans, staff, board members, participants in foundation programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, corporate partners):
Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and
Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.