League of Ireland Academy Development Manager

  • Football Association of Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 07 Jan, 2021
Full time Academy Leadership & Management

Job Description

The Position:

The successful candidate will be a key member of the League of Ireland Management Team, the core focus of the role will be the development and implementation of an academy structure in the League of Ireland clubs in line with the overall League of Ireland strategy.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Key member of the League of Ireland Management Team.
  • Establish formal academy criteria and structures for all League of Ireland clubs in line with the High Performance Strategy and UEFA best practice guidelines.
  • Lead the implementation of the new structures in each of the clubs for consistency of approach.
  • Provide leadership and direction to all current Head of Youth roles in the League of Ireland clubs.
  • Evaluate club performance against agreed standards and determine award allocation and ultimate club categorisation.
  • Manage the link between the League of Ireland Academy and the High Performance Department i.e. Regional High Performance Coaches for overall effectiveness
  • Create links with local grassroots clubs and leagues to create player pathways.
  • Continually evaluate the criteria whilst benchmarking across other UEFA countries to ensure we continue to improve standards.
  • Stakeholder management for nationwide delivery.
  • Budget allocation and management.

Job requirements

  • Experience working and performing in an Academy structure
  • In-depth knowledge, of the High Performance strategy and pathways
  • Decisive; Energetic, Enthusiastic
  • Proven experience in stakeholder management
  • Strategic Thinker – ability to think ‘whole organization’ from strategy development to implementation and performance management
  • Team Player
  • Ability to inspire a Team to success