Referee Development Officer (County FA - Northumberland) Ref: RDO19

Role location
Type of contract
Full Time

Closing Date: 1st May 2019

Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

The Role:

The Northumberland FA is looking for a Referee Development Officer to:

  • To support the delivery of the National Game Strategy
  • To develop and implement effective recruitment, retention and development strategies for referees within a County FA
  • Increase and develop the number and quality of referees within the county

Key Accountabilities:

  • To develop and implement effective recruitment strategies for referees delivering best practise at all times.
  • To lead and develop effective retention strategies and decrease the number of referees leaving the game
  • To increase the activity of the current referees and ensure Referees coverage in all Leagues is maximised working towards 100% coverage
  • To provide a range of development opportunities for the referee workforce including; training and development, mentoring, seminars and on-line learning opportunities
  • To enhance the current referees academy
  • To implement successful use of the Whole Game System for Match Officials affiliation and reporting
  • To deliver the referee inclusion targets in the County Business/Operational Plan   
  • To develop a system of identifying talented referees and to support and develop Referee Academies and other such schemes
  • To assist in the development of all Assessors, Instructors, Mentors and other volunteers involved in supporting referees
  • To lead in supporting referees, leagues and clubs in promoting and delivering the FA Respect programme
  • To offer alternative environments for officials to operate (i.e. Small Sided, Futsal etc.)
  • Contribute to the CFAs delivery of an effective safeguarding plan, including the Safeguarding Operating Standard

What we are looking for:

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of Referee  and/or Sports/Football development
  • Knowledge of the Laws of Association Football
  • Knowledge of The FA National Game Strategy
  • Demonstrates a working understanding of inclusion, equality and anti – discrimination, safeguarding and best practice
  • Experience in working with a volunteer workforce
  • Credible experience in Refereeing
  • Diplomacy and the ability to deal appropriately with confidential information
  • Capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively
  • Ability to work strategically with partner organisations to deliver referee programmes and courses
  • Ability to promote best practice and the importance of a safe and fun environment
  • Ability to work flexible and sometimes unsociable hours  as required
  • IT skills including word processing, database work and PowerPoint presentations
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good self-management of time and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience at report writing and excellent IT skills
  • Excellent communications and presentations skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  • Good organiser and administrator, ability to co-ordinate delivery.
  • Ability to analyse and communicate the interpretation of complex data
  • Understanding of Sports equality
  • A Full UK driving licence


  • Knowledge of the structure and organisations within football
  • Project Management and Planning
  • Experience of working as a designated person
  • Credible experience in Refereeing
  • FA Licenced Referee Tutor
  • An understanding of FA Regulations and Sanctions
  • Knowledge of Participant, and EMS (Education Management System)

What we can offer you:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

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 Bureau Disclosure, to ensure their suitability for the role. Any candidates invited to interview will be sent a CFA Personal Disclosure Form, Guidance Notes and Privacy Statement to return at their interview in a sealed envelope.

For a discussion about this role, please contact Phil Robinson on 0191 2700700 or

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

To apply please send a CV and covering letter with details of your current salary in an email marked REF: ‘Referee Development Officer’ to

Due to the volume of applications we receive, if you do not hear from us by Friday 3rd May, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Northumberland FA is Committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

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