HEAD OF MENS FOOTBALL

Are you passionate about helping youth footballers achieve their potential?  

Want to coach a competitive first team? 

Capable of developing a vision and pathway for player development?  

Can you manage multiple priorities, milestones and deadlines?

If you answered YES, then Northern Rovers Football Club would like to hear from you.

Northern Rovers FC is seeking an enthusiastic and visionary individual to lead all aspects of our Youth & Men’s Pathway Football from U13 through to the Men’s First Team.  

The Head of Men’s Football is responsible for evolving the Clubs playing and development philosophies, for boys, by implementing the NZ Football Whole of Football Plan from the Youth Framework and Talent Development Programmes to the Senior Men’s First Team.  The overall objective is developing players that will progress to professional clubs and national representative programmes.  The role is critical to the recruitment and retention of youth players and is the key contact and focal point for the members, their parents and coaches.

The post holder will be required to lead and or contribute to the following areas:

Men’s First Team Head Coach

Coach Education

Player Talent Identification and Pathways

Club Playing Philosophy and Style

As well as work with the NRFC Staff and Volunteers to achieve the objectives across all areas of the Club

The Ideal Candidate will hold:

OFC/NZF B License

NZF Club Based Coach Developer

Class 1 driving license

Tertiary Qualification in Sport Management or related area of study is an advantage

And will have:

Experience of working in community development or sport environment

Knowledge and understanding of the NZ Football Whole of Football Plan and the football landscape in Auckland

Experience of developing networks and working with a range of stakeholders

Strong parent and player relationship-building and maintenance skills.

Experience in the coordination of activities and resources.

Proficient computer skills: Microsoft Access, Word, Excel and PowerPoint etc.

If you enjoy working collaboratively to help develop aspiring football players, can work unsupervised, outside of normal business hours and manage delivery of outcomes and enjoy communicating clearly with players, coaches and parents, then this is an excellent opportunity for you.

Candidates should send their CV and covering letter to NRFC General Manager Lee Edwards, [email protected] no later than 5pm on Monday 4th October 2021.

About Northern Rovers FC

Northern Rovers FC was formed in November 2020 through a merger of Forrest Hill Milford FC and Glenfield Rovers FC.  The merger was, in part, due to the rising cost of sports participation, by merging the clubs we would be able to share resources thus becoming more efficient and able to offer better value to members.  Our vision is to be recognised as the best Community Football Club in New Zealand through creating the environment, culture, and pathways necessary to enable our players and coaches to achieve their full potential and remain engaged in our sport. 

Our long-term goals:

Our Pathway

Northern Rovers is the only Club in the region that provides the complete pathway for boys & girls from First Kicks, through Junior Youth & Senior Football which includes Youth Teams in the Regional Leagues and Senior Men’s & Women’s Teams playing in the highest Regional Leagues.

We have:

Our Membership

We have a membership of 1,200 active players across all grades.  Players come predominantly from across the North Shore, Kaipatiki, Albany as well as Devonport & Takapuna Local Board areas, but also from as far afield as Kemu, Mount Roskill, Wellsford, Kelston, Titirangi, Muriwai, Glen Eden & Freemans Bay.

Position Description

NORTHERN ROVERS FC

Job Title: Head of Men’s Football
Location: Northern Rovers Football Club, McFetridge Park & Becroft Park
Reports To: General Manager Position Type: Full-Time
Established: September 2021 Reviewed: September 2021
ROLE PURPOSE
Responsible for evolving the Clubs playing and development philosophies, for boys, by implementing the NZ  Football Whole of Football Plan from the Youth Framework and Talent Development Programmes to the Senior  Men’s First Team with the overall objective of creating players that will progress to professional clubs and national  representative programmes. The role is critical to the recruitment and retention of youth players and is the key  contact and focal point for the members, their parents and coaches.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
Youth Boys Football (Approx 20%) Ensure the Youth Boys Football programmes are delivered according to NZFs requirements and the Clubs  philosophy providing a positive experience for participants and parents. Establish a network of paid and volunteer convenors, coaches and other support personnel to effectively deliver  the programmes. Develop and implement a clear and effective Communication Plan that maintains positive relationships with players,  parents, convenors, coaches and managers and ensures all participants are familiar with and understand the Clubs  Rules and Regulations. Including, but not limited to regular updates, meetings, website and social media content. Ensure all teams are selected in a fair and transparent process and teams placed in a grade that provides the  appropriate competition point and positive experience. Ensure convenors, coaches and managers have a clear understanding of the delivery of football within the Club,  the expectations and the support  Develop and implement coach feedback processes ensuring each coach is assessed pre-season, mid-season and  end of season and coaches have a development plan in place, where appropriate. Attend selected practices and games to ensure all equipment is in place, monitor delivery and ensure coaches  deliver the club development programme and the behaviour of players, coaches and parents’ is appropriate 

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KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
Men’s First Team Head Coach (Approx 30%) Responsible for the planning, implementation and continual improvement of the programme for the Men’s First  Team programme Coach the Men’s First Team including managing all aspects of training and competition programmes, technical and  tactical strategies and overall strategic direction Ensure effective coaching direction, leadership, organisation/coordination and communication within the Men’s First  Team environment Develop, recruit and select players to play for the Men’s First team Provide high quality training and competition opportunities, including effective high-performance coaching,  integrating international trends and innovations into the training environment where appropriate In conjunction with Pathway Football Committee, assist as a key decision maker in the appointment of the Men’s  First Team support staff Ensure that the players’ and support staffs behaviour on and off the pitch whilst on duty complies with the Rules of  the Game and meets the highest standards of professionalism Conduct the review of the Men’s First Team Programme Coach Education (Approx 10%) With the Heads of Junior and Women’s Football ensure a learning environment that will support our coaching  development at all levels of the club. Develop NRFC Coach Education Schedule for Youth & Senior Football Deliver a series of; NZF Intro, Youth & Senior Coaching Courses Create a support network for NRFC Coaches Support the Heads of Junior and Women’s Football to deliver a series of NZF Junior, Youth and Senior Coaching  Courses With the Heads of Junior and Women’s Football develop and communicate the Clubs Coaches’ Manual that sets  out all information and expectations for all coaches. Player Talent Identification and Pathways (Approx 30%) Ensure the club obtains and maintains NZ Football Talent Development Programme (TDP) Accreditation. Identify Junior players with the potential to progress the NRFC Talent Development Programme (TDP) and other  Youth Development opportunities. Lead the development and management of Individual Performance Plans (IPP’s) for players in the TDP Ensure the Boys TDP Football programme is delivered according to NZFs requirements and the Clubs philosophy,  providing a positive experience for participants and parents. Establish a network of paid and volunteer coaches and other support personnel to effectively deliver the  programme.

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KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
Club Playing Philosophy and Style (Approx 5%) With the Heads of Junior & Women’s Football develop, document and implement the Clubs’ playing style and  philosophy, aligned to the NZF Whole of Football Plan, across Youth & Senior age groups. Other (Approx. 5%) With the General Manager ensure that all coaches, whether paid or volunteer, are Police checked and that the  Board are informed of any concerns With the General Manager ensure that all paid coaches have a signed contract including delivery schedule, which  is monitored. With the General Manager ensure that all invoices for coaching are checked against delivery schedules and  appropriately authorised. With the General Manager and administration team to provide organisational support on grounds allocations for  training and games to ensure all teams have appropriate grounds for training and competition. With the General Manager ensure that all necessary uniforms and equipment is inventoried, distributed pre-season  and collected post season, identifying any missing or damaged items. With the General Manager identify any uniform or equipment requirements.  Keep up to date with the Laws of the Game, Competition Regulations and any other key FIFA, NZF or Federation  requirements. Produce and monitor an annual Individual Performance Plan. Ensure all data within the scope of this position is properly collected and stored in the Clubs Membership Data base  or other Club system as appropriate Produce budgets, progress and financial reports as required by the General Manager or the Board. Keeping the Club mission, vision and what we value at the forefront of planning and activities Comply with all policies and procedures of the Club or its partners. Undertake any tasks or responsibilities as may be required by management from time to time. Undertake all travel necessary to perform the Services  An ambassador for Northern Rovers Football Club, always presenting a positive image of the Club. Build strategic relationships with High Schools around the Club. Health & Safety  Responsible for complying with health and safety policies and procedures. Responsible for your own health and  safety while at work and ensuring that your actions do not put others at risk. The Purpose and Key Accountabilities should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. This is intended  as an outline to indicate the areas of activity and will be amended, from time to time, in the light of the  changing needs and priorities of the organisation.

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PERSON SPECIFICATION
Qualifications OFC/NZF B License NZF Club Based Coach Developer Class 1 driving license Tertiary Qualification in Sport Management or related area of study is an advantage Skills, Knowledge and Experience Experience of working in community development or sport environment Knowledge and understanding of the NZ Football Whole of Football Plan and the football landscape in Auckland Experience of developing networks and working with a range of stakeholders Strong parent and player relationship-building and maintenance skills. Experience in the coordination of activities and resources. Proficient computer skills: Microsoft Access, Word, Excel and PowerPoint etc. Personal Attributes Collaborative approach Ability to work unsupervised, outside of normal business hours and manage delivery of outcomes Highly professional “can-do” attitude, proactive and committed to continuous improvement Ability to manage conflicting priorities, resilient and maintains performance under pressure Strong communication skills written, oral presentation and listening. Excellent time management, prioritisation and organisational skills with significant experience in managing  multiple conflicting priorities in a busy environment. High level of customer focus and a professional attitude Commitment/ability to maintain the absolute confidentiality of information. Competencies Relationship Management – Builds and maintains strong relationships Leadership – Demonstrates positive behaviours and organisation values, is accountable for own performance,  empowers others and seeks support as appropriate Decision Making – Demonstrates a reasoned approach to difficult or complex decisions identifying the most  practicable solutions Project management – Manages multiple priorities, milestones and deadlines Customer service focus – Strong ability to deliver a high level of customer service to all external stakeholder  groups

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KEY RELATIONSHIP
External Internal
● Players ● Coaches ● Parents ● Coach Educators & Mentors ● RSTs ● Schools ● NZ Football ● Football Federations● General Manager ● Membership Manager ● Heads of Junior & Women’s Football ● Pathway Football Committee  ● Community Football Committee
KEY RESULTS AREAS
An Individual Performance Plan will be completed each year setting the targets for each of the Key Results Areas as well  as any other key tasks assigned to the post holder. Performance of Men’s First Team Youth Player Development Pathway, including feedback from players & parents Youth Player Community Pathway, including feedback from players & parents Coach Education, including number of qualified coaches across Community & Pathway Programmes Club Development & Culture