MUFL Football Delivery


Thank you for your interest in the position of School Partnership Officer (Carlisle).

You will find a detailed job description and person specification below.

The information provided is to help staff understand and appreciate the work content of their post and the role they are to play in the Foundation. However, it should be noted that whilst every effort has been made to outline all the duties and responsibilities of the post, a document such as this does not permit every item to be specified in detail. Broad headings may therefore have been used, in which case all the usual associated duties are included in this job description.

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Method of Application

All applications must be made through the club website, (no CVs will be accepted). The interview date is to be confirmed. Applications will be shortlisted for interview and the Club’s HR department will contact those applicants who are selected regarding the time and venue.

Please complete all applicable fields within the application form. In addition, you are required to provide a cover letter in support of your application detailing relevant skills, knowledge and experience gained in either paid or unpaid work. Please also detail any gaps in your employment or voluntary service history. Failure to fully complete the application form, provide details pertaining to any gaps in your experience and to submit a cover letter will result in your application being unsuccessful.

Health and Safety

Every member of staff employed by Manchester United Foundation has a duty to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves as well as others, who may be affected by what they do whilst employed. All employees have a responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy work place and to comply with Manchester United Foundation’s Health and Safety policies.


Manchester United Foundation believes that it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or

adult at risk to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the

welfare of these vulnerable groups. All staff and volunteers must commit to promoting and upholding the Foundation’s Code of Conduct and its Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Policy and Procedures. 

Equal Opportunities

Manchester United Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and recognises the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the entire recruitment process.

Equality and Inclusion

Manchester United Foundation’s values Engage-Inspire-Unite and those of Manchester United Football Club, United, Non-discriminatory, Innovative, Team-orientated, Excelling and Determined, are at the heart of everything that we do. Both organisations have an extensive history of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and this is epitomised through the club’s innovative #allredallequal campaign. All staff and volunteers must commit to the promotion of the #allredallequal campaign, to complying with and upholding all relevant policies and the values. 

Job Description


Post Title                 

School Partnership Officer

Accountable to        

Hub Development Co-ordinator


The Manchester United Foundation works in some of the most disadvantaged areas across Greater Manchester, taking Manchester United to the heart of the community.

The Foundation delivers a wide range of educational, leadership and personal development programmes designed to develop young people to achieve their potential.


Based in a partner high school (hub of the community) full time, the main responsibility of this role will be to ensure that all service level agreement objectives are met and surpassed through strategic planning, excellence in delivery, strong working relationships and continuous monitoring & evaluation.



Based in Carlisle (Head Office- Old Trafford, Manchester)

Working hours         

35 hours per week, holidays not permissible during term time.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Strategy

  • Create a learning environment that is inspiring, dynamic, challenging and educational.

  • Build development plans that will increasingly challenge, enhance skills, shape a positive attitude and foster a confident approach to meeting objectives.

  • Plan and lead regular progress meetings with students to ensure their agreed personal development objectives remain relevant and on track.

  • Develop and manage effective working relationships with key stakeholders within the partnership including with local community groups and organisations.

  • Work with the Hub Co-ordinator and recognised school representatives to manage, monitor evaluate and innovate the service level agreement objectives to ensure they remain relevant, unique and aligned to the strategic vision of the Foundation and the partner school.

  • Contribute to the strategic planning of and lead the operational delivery of Foundation events and programmes within the partner school.

  • Undertake personal development as and when required by Manchester United Foundation and the club.

  • As directed by the senior Hub management team, attend seminars, networking events and exhibitions relevant to the role, proactively using the information and learning to influence current and future partner school programmes and activities.

  • Ensure that the Foundation’s code of conduct is upheld in all activities, delivery and physical appearance.

Management and Operations

  • Work with the Hub Co-ordinator to ensure the partnership is satisfying all required monitoring and evaluation requirements.

  • As directed by the senior Hub management team, maintain registers, collect all relevant data, information and evidence of good practice to support funding conditions and for the formulation of case studies.

  • Uphold and promote the Foundation’s Safeguarding policy and that of the partner school working in conjunction with both Manchester United FC’s Safeguarding team and the school’s safeguarding lead.

  • Work with the senior Hub management team to coordinate and facilitate external events to support SLA objectives and in the fostering of a team ethos within the Hub department.

  • Complete risk assessments to ensure a safe and healthy working environment at all times in accordance with Manchester United Foundation and Manchester United Football Club’s policies.

  • Support the senior Hub management and other divisions in the delivery of football/sports tournaments and enrichment events.

  • Maintain FA coach license award and other qualifications where applicable.

  • Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned that is consistent with the purpose of the role and its level of responsibility, including the ability to work flexible hours and travel.

    Person Specification

    Education and Qualifications


  • Demonstration of academic achievement in secondary and/or further education 

  • Strong functional skills in Mathematics and English

  • A full and clean UK driving licence (or recognised equivalent)


  • Minimum GCSE Grade C or Level 4 in Mathematics and English

  • FA Level 2 in coaching football and relevant support qualifications  

  • Youth work qualification



  • Experience working (paid or volunteering) with children and young people, preferably within a charitable, school or sporting environment

  • Proven ability of engaging with a range of stakeholders and external partners in order to achieve strategic and contractual objectives

  • Experience of scoping, delivering, monitoring and evaluating a range of physical activity programmes


  • Experience of managing partnerships and programmes, demonstrating a passion for innovation, creativity and excellence

Personal Attributes


  • Empathy towards others

  • A passion for working with children, young people and hard to reach groups

  • Self-driven individual who brings life and energy to their delivery

  • Ability to be a positive role model

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Ability to adapt and diversify delivery in programmes/sessions

  • Inclusive leadership skills that bring together diverse individuals, groups & stakeholders

  • Innovative and able to convert difficulties into successes

  • Ability to work effectively as an individual and as a team member

  • Forward planner

  • Punctual

Interpersonal Skills


  • Effective communication skills (written, verbal and listening)

  • Excellent digital skills


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes