Vacancy: Women in Football - Chief Executive Officer

27 July 2018

Women in Football are recruiting our first ever CEO to take the organisation into a new decade of campaigning, celebrating and upskilling women in our sector.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Tuesday 7 August.

Our 10th anniversary season saw the launch of the highly acclaimed #WhatIf campaign – tallying a phenomenal 40 million impressions on social media – and along with it an exciting list of pledges for change from the game.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about equality and football, who understands that women are not a homogenous group with identical experiences and opinions, who values diversity and knows how to engage external organisations and individuals in our work without sacrificing the qualities that make WiF unique, and independent.

We want someone who can be the public voice of WiF, who is flexible and creative enough to work within the resources of a small organisation, but with large scale thinking who can amplify our reach and inspire others to support our work across the national game.

This is a part time role, with some working in London required. Flexible working accommodated.

Reporting to - The Women in Football Board

Key tasks

  • Prepare a strategic plan and annual budget for approval by the board of directors.
  • Operate within the annual budget and ensure management and HR policies are up-to-date.
  • Recruit and work with the WiF team of employees, consultants and volunteers.
  • Build relationships with all relevant stakeholders including governing bodies, government officials and the media to advance the organisation’s aims.
  • Establish and monitor key indicators of the organisation’s impact and financial health.
  • Represent the organisation at external events and publicity opportunities.
  • Maintain awareness of risks and changes in the external environment that affect the organization.
  • Build an effective working relationship with the Chair of the board.
  • Supply regular reports to the board and attend board and sub-committee meetings.
  • Ensure the organisation’s staff and volunteers are focused on achieving its mission and aims.
  • Ensure the organisation fulfils its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities.
  • Establish mechanisms for listening to the views of beneficiaries on the organisation’s performance.
  • Deliver the organisation’s business plan.
  • Help to ensure a sustainable income from individual, corporate, legacy and trust donations.
  • Represent the organisation in the media.

Key skills

  • Leadership skills: Must have the personal drive and energy to motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Advocacy skills: As spokesperson for the organisation, must be comfortable and confident acting as the public and private face of Women in Football.
  • Understanding of and a commitment to equality and intersectionality: In our work, and within our organisation.
  • Financial acumen: Must be able to set and operate a budget and, increasingly, develop revenue streams that provide a surplus for the organisation.
  • Network of contacts: An excellent contacts book within, and outside of, the football industry.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Must be able to build relationships with a variety of people, from beneficiaries and staff members to senior corporate executives and opinion formers.
  • A quick learner: Must be able to demonstrate prior knowledge of challenges faced in the football industry and also, once in post, be able to quickly get up speed with the situations of beneficiaries and the nature of service provision and aims.

Relevant experience


  • Experience in senior management or organisational leadership.
  • Experience of working in, or around, football.


  • Experience of working closely with a board or committees.
  • Experience of working in, or with, charities and not for profit schemes.
  • Experience of working in equality.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a covering letter, outlining why you feel this position is for you, to by midnight Tuesday 7 August 2018. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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