To work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Club’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy. Provide equality, diversity and inclusion expertise and support across the Club.
Role and Responsibilities:
• Ensure that the Club meets its statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010.
• Take lead responsibility for:
- For the development of the club’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and policies. Using clear objectives both internally and externally covering the short, medium, and long term with a view to achieving further external recognition of the excellence of Burnley FC’s approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
- The ongoing implementation of the Premier League Equality Standard (PLES) and continually striving for further improvements.
- Working towards, complying with, and reporting against The FA’s Football Leadership Diversity Code’ which the Club has signed up to.
- Ensuring that all Club policies have been impact assessed.
• Coordinating current and proposed policies and practices to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion and to tackle discrimination. This will involve setting KPIs and working with all Club departments to support and enhance a range of programmes and practices aimed at achieving those KPIs.
• Build and maintain action-based relationships with Kick it Out, Premier League, PFA, the FA.
• Lead our various equality, diversity and inclusion working groups that brings people together from across the Club to deliver the equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy.
• Identify a programme of events within the Club calendar that will demonstrate the Club’s commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion and coordinate the implementation of these events.
• Quality assure recruitment and career development opportunities to ensure that they are offered and managed fairly.
• Advise on systems for reporting incidents of discrimination, harassment or victimisation, as defined in the Equality Act 2010.
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation and advise the Club on its implications.
• Prepare and deliver training, presentations, and workshops to staff on equality, diversity, and inclusion.
• Provide advice, guidance, and support to the Club on equality, diversity, and inclusion issues.
• Develop existing and new relationships with key stakeholder groups within football and in the local area, including key representatives from local councils to support our BAME and inclusion strategy.
• Work with the Club to analyse supporter data and identify interventions to meet key targets for increasing the diversity and encouraging new fans to attend Burnley FC matches.
• Help staff to develop confidence and competence by modelling good practice and acting as a mentor.
• Promote the Burnley FC brand, values, ethos, and culture in a professional, strong, and positive manner.
• Hold a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and a willingness to undertake all relevant equality, diversity, and inclusion training, in addition to ensuring compliance with all Club policies.
• To understand and implement the Club’s Safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines in your role. To use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to a safe environment.
• To be able to work flexible and unsociable hours where the role of the job requires.
• To work towards agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
• Work alongside other team members to support in other areas of the organisation as and when required to promote best practice.
PERSON SPECIFICATION – EDI LEAD
• A positive attitude towards professional development and their own learning.
• Educated to degree level.
EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
• Significant experience in a similar position, or has worked with diversity, equality, or inclusion in another organisation.
• Experience of writing and implementing policies and procedures.
• Experience of managing stakeholder relationships and programmes, with an appreciation of the importance of EDI in corporate and charity organisations.
• Evidence of a person-centered approach with an understanding of the rights, needs and best interests of groups currently underrepresented.
• Proven track record of achieving success in this field.
• Experience of completing equality impact assessments.
• The ability to gain support in a professional, constructive, and non- confrontational manner.
• Strong understanding of the equality, diversity and inclusion principles and challenges in professional football.
• In depth knowledge of Equality legislation and principles or concepts.
• Ability to present, analyse and use data in relation to EDI to inform work.
• Ability to adapt communication and negotiation style to suit varied situations and people.
• Knowledge of the Premier League Equality Standard.
• An understanding of community engagement linked to sport and education.
• Experience in dealing, advising or supporting on incidents of discrimination.
• Understanding of Safeguarding.
• A balanced understanding of inclusion across all protected characteristics; and a passion for EDI and making a difference.
• Dedicated to the quality and accuracy of projects from inception to completion.
• A confident, collaborative and outcome focused approach.
• The ability to lead/organise cultural change/learning and development events.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, relationship management and influencing skills.
• Sound IT skills including intermediate abilities in all MS Office programmes.
• Access to transport for work purposes and to travel to locations throughout the local area.
• Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships.
• Willingness to have a full DBS check.
• A friendly, positive ‘can do’ and courteous attitude.
• A commitment to the aims, vision and values of Burnley FC and the Club’s charity, Burnley FC in the Community.
• Highly motivated, determined, and conscientious.
• Enthusiasm, energy, and resilience.
• An organised and efficient approach to work.
• Flexible, helpful, and responsive.
• An understanding of Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale and the surrounding geographical areas.
• Creative in thinking, with a flexible, pragmatic approach to problem solving and negotiation.