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CLERK TO THE FOOTBALL BRAIN HEALTH FUND (CONSULTANT)

Purpose and Scope

  • Position Type:  This is a consultancy contract on a 3 month rolling basis, 3 days per week
  • Location: Remote/ home/ hybrid working
  • Reports to: The Football Stakeholders Board (primary line-manager: Adam White)
  • Salary:  Competitive remuneration dependent on experience  

Background

The Football Brain Health Support Fund (FBHF) has been established to provide financial support to former professional footballers who have been impacted by the symptoms associated with neurodegenerative disease. Although funded by professional football, FBHF exists independently from any one football stakeholder and includes a Grants Committee with an independent Chair. The Grants Committee consists of independent members with expertise in the area of neurodegenerative disease. These independents are complemented by representatives of the football stakeholders. 
A Football Stakeholders Board has been established. Consisting of representatives of the funding partners this Board will oversee the delivery of the FBHF, ensuring that delivery is meeting the agreed objectives.

Overview

The Clerk is primarily responsible for the efficient administration of grant applications made to the FBHF, and the running of associated grant panel meetings. The Clerk will work closely with the Football Stakeholders Board to ensure that decisions are taken in accordance with agreed policies and funding is distributed in accordance with good governance. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Receive funding applications from former players and/or their carer
  • Review applications to ensure all required information has been provided and liaise with applicants to ensure the smooth progression of applications
  • Liaise with the PFA’s Brain Health Department to ensure Occupational Therapist reports are provided where required
  • Produce an anonymised summary report for all applications for distribution to the grant panel
  • Liaise with the grant panel to ensure decisions are made in a timely manner
  • Facilitate meetings of the grant panel as required
  • Ensure all meetings and decisions are documented
  • Maintain databases and systems for recording and tracking grant proposals, awards, and related statistical information
  • Produce and distribute grant decision paperwork to applicants
  • Work with the Chair of the Grants Committee to ensure grant payments are made in accordance with delegated authority provided by the Football Stakeholders Board
  • Manage post-award assurance including requesting evidence of spend and receiving testimonials from supported families
  • Provide the Football Stakeholders Board with analysis of grants made, and make recommendations for amendments to policies and procedures
  • Monitor the FBHF’s financial position, preparing quarterly expenditure reports 
  • Coordinate the production of an annual report and audit working in partnership with the Grants Committee Chair
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as required

Skills and Requirements:

Essential 

  • Experiences of dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases in sport
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and written skills and the ability to liaise and negotiate with football stakeholders
  • High-level of emotional intelligence
  • Highly organised with attention to detail
  • A pragmatic problem-solving approach to complex issues
  • Demonstrable ability to work and deliver under pressure
  • Understands confidentiality, GDPR and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults 
  • Flexible in working practices
  • Proficient IT Skills, particularly on Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams

Desirable

  • Experienced in grant-giving processes 
  • Charity management or governance experience
  • Understands good governance principles and practice

How to apply

If you are interested in this role, please email an up-to-date CV, Covering Letter (which expresses your motivation for the role and highlights your relevant experience) to: recruitment@thepfa.com 

The closing date for applications is: 5pm, Tuesday 16 April 2024

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. The PFA is an equal opportunities employer. Our employment policies for recruitment ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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