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Job Opportunity - Disability Officer

Disability Officer – Palace for Life Foundation


Location: Selhurst Park Stadium
Responsible to: Disability Development Manager
Hours per Week: 38 hours
Contract: 2 year fixed term with potential to extend
Salary: £20,000- £23,000

Deadline for applications is Thursday 5th October, with interviews taking place in the week commencing 9th October.


The Palace for Life Foundation is the official charity of Crystal Palace FC (CPFC).

We are looking for a highly-motivated Disability Officer who believes in the power of sport and the opportunities which the brand of a professional football club can add to local people, and who can play a pivotal role in delivering a successful disability sports programme across all of the Palace for Life areas.

You will be responsible for developing and delivering the Disability departments KPI’s and ensuring it is complementing and supporting other work of the Palace for Life Foundation.

You will assist in maintaining all current funding streams and funded projects as well as ensuring the on-going financial viability and growth of the department through a quality delivery programme. This will include writing any bids for small grants and expanding the fee paying aspect of the business.


Our Values are simply the things that are most important to us and will be demonstrated through the way in which we behave in achieving our charity objectives. Our people are at the centre of the delivery of our Foundation Values.


The Palace for Life Foundation is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and the successful candidate will be subject to Enhanced DBS checks and additional safeguarding training.

• To assist in the planning, preparation, and delivery of the “Inclusive Eagles” initiative funded by the Premier League/BT Sport fund across all our Boroughs’ of Croydon, Bromley, Sutton and Tandridge.
• The project management of some of the “Inclusive Eagles” programme including: budget monitoring, updating the VIEWS on-line monitoring and evaluation system and to assist with the completion of monitoring and finance reports for the Premier League Charitable Fund and other partners.
• To set up and deliver at regular school sessions at both Primary schools and special education schools.
• Develop links with impairment specific groups to set up and deliver sessions
• Responsible for accessing funding and all non-restricted income in addition to growing all avenues of income streams to support the Foundation’s disability delivery.
• The organisation of regular inter and intra-school football competitions and extra-curriculum football and sports sessions at special needs schools.
• The line management of a team of Foundation sessional coaches delivering on the disability programme in schools, and other community hub sites while liaising closely with the PE & School Sport Officer and Sports Development Officer in sharing of good practice.
• Responsible for reporting to the Disability Development Manager on the achievement of a series of key performance indicators.
• Developing links between the Palace for Life Foundation and other sports disability organisations to deliver joint activity in schools and community/sports centres including football and other sports were necessary.
• Liaising with internal and external partners throughout the lifetime of the project including: Surrey County FA, London Sport, Sports Development Teams at Local Authorities, Impairment Specific charities such as Down’s Syndrome Association, Royal Society for Blind Children, additionally third sector organisations and any other partners.
• To liaise with the Communications Manager on any good news stories or website/social media promotion of activities.
• To create, maintain and update media information, and case studies to measure the impact of the programme.
• To commit to other duties required in line with the responsibilities of the post.

• Work flexibly to ensure full and supportive delivery of the programme. May include some weekend or evening work.
• Commit to ongoing self-directed learning in order to further develop work related skills and knowledge.
• Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the organisation.
• Work with due regard for Foundation core values and objectives.
• Ensure the effective implementation of, and adherence to the Foundation’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Please download and complete the following: Job Application Form – Disability Officer and send to recruitment@palaceforlife.org.

The Palace for Life Foundation is a recognised equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, belief and gender.



Person Specification:

E = Essential

D = Desirable

A passion and interest in developing a career in the sport for social change sector, particularly supporting young and disadvantaged people with a disability E
An interest in delivering football sessions to children with a disability E
Commitment to a High Quality physical education, school and community sport programme E
Experience of working with young people with different impairments and line management of staff/coaches E
Sound sports development or school sport / disability knowledge and experience with a proven track record of achievement and event management. E
The ability to develop and maintain relationships with special schools and their staff including head teachers, PE teachers and receptionists E
Experience of working to tight deadlines without close supervision E
Excellent communication/presentation skills both written and verbal E
Ability to manage partnerships effectively and concisely so external partners are satisfied with our work. E
Possess an FA coaching qualification minimum Level 1 standard, and be compliant regards safeguarding and first aid qualifications. E
Possess disability sports qualifications /relevant experience in other suitable sports D
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all levels within the Foundation, the parent club and high level outside contacts. E

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