Communications & Public Affairs Executive
£29,000 – £35,000 (dependent on skills and experience) plus generous benefits
Our office is based in Paddington, London, and we have flexible remote working
options available. Like many organisations, we’re currently trialling a hybrid working model as a result of COVID-19.
With the recent announcement from the government to invest a further £205 million into grassroots football over the next 3 years, the Football Foundation is well-supported to continue to invest in pitches and communities across the nation.
We currently have a vacancy for a Communications & Public Affairs Executive to play a key role in raising the profile of the Football Foundation. This is a great opportunity if you have experience of working in a communications or public affairs role or environment to use your skills to support grassroots community football.
We have a great deal to get done, but how we do it matters too. We are striving to be an inclusive and diverse organisation – not only in the outcomes we deliver – but in how it feels to be one of the team. Helping to support the Football Foundation will give you the chance to deliver a positive impact in every community in England; to help transform lives and communities through great places to play; and to be part of a team that works hard and plays fair to achieve its goals.
About the Football Foundation
We’re the Football Foundation – the Premier League, the FA and government’s charity delivering upon a shared vision to help communities improve their local football facilities through grants. We’re the only example of a partnership between a national Government and a national sport coming together to support communities throughout the country.
Over the last 20 years we’ve been busily planting the seeds to grow grassroots football, transforming communities where demand is greatest, and impact will be strongest. We have worked closely with local authorities, County FAs and other passionate people in communities up and down the country to deliver over 17,000 sports projects worth over £1.8 billion and we’ve got big plans to revolutionise England’s grassroots facilities over the next decade.
Our Communications & Public Affairs Executive will support our Marketing and Communications Manager to identify media opportunities and devise strategies to place these in media, driving positive coverage and an increased awareness of the investment and work of our funding partners. This will mean building relationships with key media contacts, supporting our applicants and partners, working with colleagues to identify case studies and conducting interviews to demonstrate the impact of our funding on communities across England. Due to the breadth of the role and the variety of the projects, you can expect it to be an exciting role, with no two days the same.
With the additional investment in community sports facilities, we have a great deal to get done, but how we do it matters too. We are striving to be an inclusive and diverse organisation which reflects the diverse communities, users and beneficiaries of our work and the outcomes we deliver. Becoming part of the Football Foundation team, will give you the chance to deliver a positive impact in every community in England; to help transform lives and communities through great places to play; and to be part of a supportive and inclusive staff team that works hard and plays fair to achieve its goals.
What are we looking for?
You don’t need to follow football to apply, but it is expected that you appreciate the power of sport to change lives and have a genuine interest in using your skills and experience to help the Foundation achieve our charitable and strategic objectives. You must have relevant experience or a degree qualification preferably in Marketing, Public Affairs, Media, Communications or Journalism.
We’re looking for applicants with experience of working in a communications or public affairs role/environment, with a track record of successful delivery of public affairs and communications. You must have knowledge of politics and the parliamentary process, along with excellent communications skills and experience of working with media monitoring services and journalist databases.
For full details of the role and requirements, please download our recruitment pack, which you can find on our website.
What can we offer you?
The salary for this role is £29,000-£35,000 per annum, dependent on relevant skills and experience.
You will start on 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (which increases after 2 years), plus additional time off to volunteer. We also offer a generous pension scheme (8% employer contribution), collective bonus scheme, free health care provision, a monthly gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, death in service benefit and access to selected match tickets
We are committed to helping our staff maintain a healthy work-life balance, so offer flexible working around core hours to help achieve that.
Equality and Diversity Commitment
We request that all applicants complete our equal opportunities form as part of the application process. This anonymous and confidential form helps the Football Foundation to build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation, and to monitor progress in this area. The link to complete this is in the application process.
The Football Foundation is committed to, and values the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all our team feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential. We encourage and welcome applications from all, regardless of background and are particularly interested to hear from individuals belonging to under-represented groups including individuals from minoritised communities, individuals with a disability and LGBTQI+ individuals.
Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview stage, please email us.
How do I apply?
Please email the following to us (the application email address is in the Recruitment Pack and on our website):
Cover letter – please highlight briefly and clearly how your skills, abilities and experience equip you for the role, together with your reasons for applying. Please also confirm if you are applying for the permanent role, the temporary maternity cover role, or are happy to be considered for both opportunities.
Complete an anonymous Equal Opportunities form (you will be sent a link when you email us): Please only fill out one form when you apply. If you need any help, please let us know.
The closing date for applications is: 23:59, 9 January 2022.
We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible, as we may close the advert once we have received sufficient applications.
All applications received will be short listed against the role requirements and person specification. Those most closely matching our requirements will be invited to take part in an online interview.
Due to the volume of applications received for most roles, the Foundation only contacts candidates if they are shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, you should assume your application has not been successful.
Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK to apply.