NFL Academy Director

The NFL Academy is a major UK initiative by the NFL, which aims to use American football to create life-changing opportunities for young people. The NFL Academy offers student athletes aged 16-19 the opportunity to combine their education with a life skills programme and an intensive training in the sport, under the guidance of full-time professional coaches and performance staff.

Loughborough College, Loughborough University and the NFL have partnered together to deliver the NFL Academy, based in Loughborough from August 2022.

We are seeking to appoint a NFL Academy Director to lead the NFL Academy at Loughborough College. This role will lead all academy activity, manage external partner relationships, deliver on strategic priorities and manage the academy budget.  The NFL Academy Director will lead a life changing academy programme that provides a pathway to further success in American Football in the US and internationally. In addition, the role will take responsibility for the achievement of strategic priorities and KPI’s for the NFL Academy, working with a range of external stakeholders, to continue to grow the programme, increasing its reach and impact across both the UK and worldwide.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team. You will possess experience in managing and developing a high -performance culture in Elite Sport. You should also have experience of designing and working on performance pathways. The role will require flexible working patterns, with some evening/weekend work, as well as attendance at fixtures.

We are proud to have achieved the Investor in Diversity award. We actively encourage applications who are currently under-represented and where we are using positive action under the Equality Act. We welcome everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey. The College is striving to attract, develop and retain the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised.

Alongside our commitment to your professional and personal development, we also offer a generous benefits package including:

  • A competitive pension scheme
  • On-site parking
  • One campus facility
  • Subsided nursery fees
  • Up to 35 days annual leave per year
  • Additional annual leave available
  • Fantastic CPD and inclusive resources for development
  • Well-being hours
  • Opportunities of volunteering within local community and charities

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, agile working, staff forums, staff working groups for sustainability, staff steering groups for Investors in Diversity and support services to support mental health and wellbeing for staff from different backgrounds.

We are and have consistently invested in providing our learners and employees with an outstanding and unrivalled range of modern facilities and resources.

Overseas candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post by assessing their circumstances against criteria specified on the Gov website. Please note right to work checks will be completed when the job is offered.

Interview dates: 20th and 21st July 2022


For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.