The Oxforshire Football Association (OFA) governs and develops football in the areas covered by Oxford City, South Oxfordshire, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire and is a firm believer in football for all.
We want to encourage more people irrespective of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, etc, to get involved in whatever way they can, especially as the country recovers from the affects of the Covid pandemic. We want to ensure that the game can provide not only fitness and mental health benefits but also a great way to network and make friends following the various lockdowns we have all endured.
To help us achieve this and to make sure everyone in our communities can participate in any way they wish, we are looking to recruit a suitable person to chair our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group and to lead on the creation of a local Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (ED&I) that will form a key part of our Business Strategy up until the summer of 2024.
It is an exciting and challenging time for the OFA as we work to introduce and achieve a Code of Governance similar to the Sport England Code for all sports. The Football Association have produced a football specific version for County FAs, which the OFA has helped produce and is wholly-supportive of. It includes ensuring there is a balance of independent and football directors, there is a recognised gender split within the Board, the Board has an over-riding responsibility for ensuring that all of our work and thinking is focused on providing football for all. The Board will also ensure that the voices of young people are heard as they are the future of the game.
We are looking for applicants across the community that can offer the following expertise for the role;
- Support the development of the ED&I Strategy that will include plans and programmes of delivery.
- Constructively check, challenge and coach the Board and staff throughout the Strategy.
- Be a positive ambassador for the OFA and a positive voice with the media.
- Seek to expand community awareness of the work of the OFA.
- Review and evaluate performance against the programmes within the Strategy.
- Develop and maintain critical key relationships with various community leaders and organisations.
- Continually seek to improve the football experience for all.
- An understanding of football as our main product.
The post is a voluntary role and we would expect the successful candidate to Chair a minimum of four meetings per year and to attend monthly Board meetings. Whilst the role is voluntary we can offer:
- An exciting opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking progressive organisation.
- To work with stakeholders across the whole game but primarily grassroots.
- Access and commitment to personal development and training opportunities.
- To make a difference to all of the communities and their various groups within our area.
We also offer that even if you are unsuccessful for this individual role, you can still be involved to make a difference to the game and peoples’ lives via the Group. On average we see this taking a minimum of four to six hours per month, sometimes more.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Short-listed candidates will be informed week commencing 10 May 2021 and be sent an invitation to an interview.
Virtual interviews will take place week commencing 17 May 2021.