Head of Academy Performance

Heart of Midlothian

Vacancy summary

  • Salary:
    £30,000 to £35,000
  • Location:
    Oriam Performance Centre, Edinburgh
  • Category:
    Performance
  • Closing date:
    December 3rd
  • More info & apply:
    See below

THE ROLE

The Head of Academy Performance oversees the delivery of performance support services across the academy (U11 to U18 squads) for both our boys’ and girls’ programmes. The role holder will line manage a team of part-time sport scientists, physiotherapists and other allied health practitioners. They will be responsible for the effective operation of the multi-disciplinary team and drive both development and performance outcomes for the academy. An additional aspect of the role includes line managing our women’s first-team performance staff.

We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated and passionate about working with and developing young athletes. In addition, we are seeking someone who can develop good working relationships with a variety of groups including fellow practitioners, coaches, young players and their parents. The successful candidate will be joining a team of forward thinking and ambitious staff who are dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Line manage part-time academy (boys & girls) and women’s first team support staff and co-ordinate the provision of sports science and medicine services across these programmes.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships and effective communication pathways with players, coaches and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Design and implement a long-term development plan to help prepare youth players for the physical and mental demands of first-team football.
  • Design and maintain a data management system for longitudinal player monitoring adopting a conscientious approach to data entry and judicious interpretation and dissemination of results.
  • Design and lead regular fitness testing amongst all academy squads.
  • Design and deliver gym-based training sessions.
  • Design and deliver speed, agility, plyometric & conditioning sessions.
  • Facilitate and proactively contribute to applied research projects as directed by the Head of Performance.

REQUIREMENTS

Essential

  • Undergraduate degree in sport science or related discipline.
  • At least 3 years in the provision of sport science support services to athletic populations, preferably within a professional football club.

Desired

  • Postgraduate degree in sport science or related discipline.
  • UKSCA accredited.
  • BASES accredited (or working towards via supervised experience pathway).
  • ISAK level 1 accredited.
  • Previous line management experience

PERSONAL SKILLS

  • Conscientious and committed to attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills in the written and spoken word.
  • Excellent information technology skills and an understanding of modern software design.
  • Critical thinking and analytical mind set.
  • Strong character able to operate within a high-pressure working environment and put forward their point of view.
  • Ability to work independently as directed whilst contributing proactively to the department.
  • Honesty and openness and an approachable demeanor.
  • Commitment to professional development.
  • Flexibility due to the working pattern in the Academy

HOW TO APPLY

If you think that you meet the criteria and would like to apply, please send a one-page covering letter and CV to Janine Brown, Head of HR, at recruitment@homplc.co.uk.

HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN FOOTBALL CLUB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER AND FULLY COMMITTED TO THE SAFEGUARDING AND WELFARE OF VULNERABLE GROUPS.

HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN IS A LIVING WAGE ACCREDITED COMPANY.

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