The Football Foundation - Engagement Manager

The Football Foundation


Closing date:   22 January 2020
Location:   South of England
Region:   South East
Employment type:   Other
Salary:   £40,000-£45,000 dependent on experience*


Engagement Manager

£40,000 - £45,000 dependent on experience *
1 year fixed term contract (maternity cover)

Homeworking – covering the South of England

About the Football Foundation
The Football Foundation is the country's largest sports charity. It funds the improvement of public sports facilities across the country – especially grassroots football facilities - with investment provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England. 

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has delivered projects worth more than £1.5 billion, which has developed more than 780 third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) with floodlights, more than 1,000 modern changing pavilions, and helped to renovate and properly maintain thousands of natural turf football pitches up and down the country.  These high quality, sustainable facilities are helping to improve the experience of those who play football for the love of doing so, to stay fit and healthy, and to help better players be as good as they can be by developing their potential.

The role

As part of the Foundation’s Grant Management team, you will work across the South of England, and in close liaison with our experienced teams of Technical Project Managers and Grant Managers. As Engagement Manager, you will make sure that the right projects are identified against ‘Local Plans for Football’, which will have the greatest impact in the areas that really need them. You’ll then work with the key project stakeholders to develop the proposal to the point of submission of an application.

What are we looking for?

You will need excellent knowledge of sports development along with significant experience of business planning and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of facilities.

You will be used to managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects working both independently as well as part of a team.

You must have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and persuade stakeholders at all levels. You must be a self-starter who is willing to go the extra mile in driving plans forwards to ensure project success. In return, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made a difference in the national game.

What can we offer you?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays which increases after 2 years.

  • A generous salary sacrifice pension scheme with an 8% employer contribution

  • Free health insurance with Bupa

  • Additional health cover with Westfield, including dental and optical cover

  • A monthly gym subsidy

  • Death in service benefit

  • Access to selected match tickets

  • The option to buy and sell annual leave

  • An interest free season ticket loan

  • Flexible working around core hours to help you achieve a healthy work-life balance


This is an excellent opportunity to join a team of talented individuals within the Grant Management Team at the Foundation, and to make a real difference to grassroots football.

If you are inspired by the work of the Foundation and attracted by this opportunity, please download the job pack from our website for full details about the role,  the qualities and expertise we are looking for, as well as details of how to apply:

The closing date for applications is midday, Wednesday 22 January 2020

Interviews will be held on 31 January 2020

We encourage all applicants to complete our automated equality and diversity monitoring form by clicking here. This confidential form helps the Football Foundation build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation.

The Football Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

* Appointments are generally at the stated minimum but will depend on qualifications and experience specific to the role requirements

See the Engagement Manager Recruitment Pack here.

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