National Programme Assistant Manager (Volunteer)

Posted 3 weeks ago

The role

The British American Football Association (BAFA) is the recognised National Governing Body for the sport of American football in the UK, both contact and flag. BAFA is responsible for all regulatory, competition, performance and development aspects of the game.

The purpose of the National Programme Assistant Manager role is to support the National Programme General Manager in devising and implementing National Programme strategy as well as ensuring the effective management, deployment and delivery of the National Programme. Following discussion, the Assistant Manager and the Manager will also divide the day-to-day responsibility for the flag or contact sides of the Programme.

Responsible to: Arran Harrison, National Programme General Manager
Length of term: The position is not a fixed term position, but the person in the role will be subject to regular reviews.
Position type: Voluntary
Suggested hours: 5-10 hours per week. This may vary depending on point of competition cycle and during planned events.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

This role description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of
the BAFA National Programme. The National Programme Assistant Manager will be required to:

  • Assist and support the National Programme General Manager in the overall management of the programme for your assigned format (Flag/Contact)
  • Attend all National Programme games and sufficient (but not necessary all) practices to be able to properly perform the role
  • Supervise and manage the Team Managers and Head Coaches for the Programme in your designated format including conducting regular performance reviews, and end of
    competition cycle reviews
  • Maintain excellent communication with, and report progress on a regular basis to the General Manager
  • Be responsible for devising and implementing strategic and operational plans regarding the National Programme in line with the overall National Programme strategy
  • Organise, manage, and deploy all National Programme teams for your designated format
  • Manage the National Programme budget for your format
  • Assist the General Manager to maximise sponsorship and fundraising opportunities for the National Programme
  • Recruit and manage volunteers associated with the National Programme
  • Maximise National Programme success through preparation and organisation
  • Carry out all duties in the best interests of BAFA
  • Ensure Coaches, players and staff of your format are aware of and adhere to the National Programme’s COVID-19 policies, risk assessments and welfare policies.
  • Monitor, evaluate and suggest improvements to the General Manager
  • Maintain and demand the highest standards from staff, ensuring that the code of conduct is adhered to
  • Liaise with all the other parts of the BAFA National Programme, when and where necessary
  • Ensure Team Managers provide a Review Report within one month of each tournament/competition/major event for your format
  • Undertake other duties from time to time, as reasonably requested by BAFA
  • Protect confidential information and adhere to BAFA policies
  • Abide by and promote sound ethics and BAFA National Programme policy, regarding equality, safeguarding, and health and safety to all persons involved with the team
  • Ensure the National Programme environment is free of sexual and racial harassment and intimidation and any other form of harassment constituting unacceptable behaviour which is personally offensive

Requirements – essential

  • The ability to inspire, enthuse and motivate others
  • Demonstrated ability to manage individual(s), groups and organisational interactions, especially in high stress situations
  • Excellent organisational, administration and management skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills (in both verbal/non-verbal and written formats).
  • Good IT and administration skills; Microsoft Word for reports, Microsoft Excel for reports, and Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations.
  • Full current passport

Requirements – desireable

  • Significant experience in a senior operational role working in a high-performance environment
  • Ability to build positive relationships with staff, coaches, players and parents
  • Willingness to volunteer irregular hours, and travel both within the UK and overseas (in agreement with BAFA), with overnight stays and weekend work
  • Knowledge of international competition rules and regulations
  • Attended appropriate safeguarding and equality training
  • Clean and valid driving license

Key competencies

  • Ability to build positive relationships with staff, coaches, players and parents
  • Well-developed active listening skills, showing an ability to take direction, as well as to direct
  • A commitment to their own continued and innovative development
  • Conveys an exemplary image that is consistent with BAFA values
  • Be fully committed to the development of British American Football
  • Highly developed level of professionalism and collaborative approach to working with others
  • Highly committed to equality and diversity

A satisfactory BAFA DBS check will be required before the post-holder commences the position.

Additional responsibilities

Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Diversity and inclusion

The British American Football Association embraces equality, diversity and inclusion both on and off the field of play, where everyone can bring their whole selves to the organisation. We encourage job applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships.

To apply

Upload a CV and a cover letter indicating which team you would like to apply for and explaining why you’re the best candidate for the role by 9pm Monday 25th September. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact

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