Club news: Academy manager vacancy


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Academy Manager to join Sunderland AFC’s EPPP Category 1 Academy, overseeing the Youth Development department.

The successful applicant will have responsibility for delivering and implementing the strategic plan to shape the success and future direction of the club’s youth development department, its players, staff and stakeholders. The EPPP Category 1 programme requires an individual with the experience, passion and drive to promote the academy’s philosophy and culture, coordinating the development of our young players across all age groups to reach their potential and produce players for the First Team.

The Academy Manager will have first class communication and customer service skills, be able to demonstrate that they can multi-task, have reasonable knowledge of all Microsoft packages (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel), and are at all times professional and discreet. You should be in possession of both a valid Disclosure and Barring certificate and the FA Safeguarding qualification

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Development, implementation and management of the Academy Performance Plan
  • Provide reports to the Board on the academy’s performance against target
  • Ensuring the effective use by all appropriate academy staff of the Performance Management Application (PMA) and audit tool, including ensuring that all relevant data is recorded
  • In conjunction with the Head of Academy Coaching oversee the coaching programme from U9’s to U18’s
  • In conjunction with the Head of Academy Coaching design, implement and manage the academy’s coaching curriculum
  • Working with the recruitment department, co-ordinate, evaluate and manage the recruitment process (schoolboys/youth) to attract and recruit the most talented boys
  • Manage the EPPP audit process to ensure all criteria are met and implemented during each three-year cycle
  • Conducting an annual self-assessment of the Academy in accordance with Premier League rules
  • To be responsible for the monitoring of performance, recording and reporting the progress of players across all development phases.
  • Manage all academy staff, ensuring appropriate CPD and appraisals are undertaken
  • To have a close working relationship with First Team Manager and the Head of Football on all academy football matters including producing and integrating academy players into senior team
  • Liaise with Club Secretary as required to ensure all academy matters are handled correctly, including regulatory issues and finance
  • To work with the Head of Medical to ensure the physical, psychological, educational and social development needs of the young players are met
  • With the assistance of academy staff, professional bodies and stakeholders establish and enhance the reputation of Sunderland AFC and its academy

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • UEFA A Licence
  • Academy Manager’s Licence
  • FA Youth Award (all three modules)
  • FA Safeguarding qualification
  • FA First Aid qualification
  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • previous experience of management within the elite sports environment
  • clean driving licence
  • FA Advanced Youth Award (desirable)
  • FA Coach Education qualification (desirable)

The position is full time (40 hours per week, Monday-Sunday), with working hours being flexible around business demands and include evening and weekend work as required, including match attendance and special events. You will be required to undertake any specific training or Continued Professional Development to maintain up-to-date knowledge and qualifications, and/or as organised by the club.

To ensure total commitment and to meet the demands of the role it is expected the successful candidate will relocate so they are in close proximity to the academy.

If you feel you have the relevant skills and wish to be considered for this position please contact Jo Graham, Deputy HR Manager by email to request a club application form. Completed application forms should be submitted before close of business on 15 July 2020.


Sunderland AFC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally. Our aim is that all colleagues should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying.


Sunderland AFC is fully committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups within the organisation. Sunderland AFC owes a duty of care to safeguard all children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups involved in activities as organised by the football club. Sunderland AFC makes provisions for children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups through adherence to the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures adopted by the Club

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