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Job Opportunity - Education Officer - Enterprise

Job Title: Education Officer – Enterprise
Organisation: Palace for Life Foundation
Salary: £22,000 p.a.
Location: Selhurst Park, Selhurst, SE25 6PU
Closing date: 10/08/2018
Interview date: 7th, 8th or 9th August 2018
Second interview date: 13th or 14th August 2018
Contract type: 1 Year Fixed Term (Full time) with possible extension

Formerly known as the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, the Palace for Life Foundation started their Community Development programme back in 1990 and over the last 3 years has undergone a comprehensive change of culture with the introduction of a new senior management team and new activities and funded projects, whilst still supporting the Foundation & Club’s commitment to the ‘One Club One Community’ ethos.

As a result of recent growth we now have an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join the Foundation’s Community Development Team to deliver the Premier League Enterprise Academy and Enterprise Challenge. The project is aimed at secondary school pupils in KS3 & KS4.

We are looking for a talented officer with proven knowledge and experience of working within a school environment with disengaged or ‘hard to reach’ pupils. The Officer will teach young people about business, enterprise and entrepreneurship using our PL Enterprise Core Programme course materials and support pupils to develop their leadership, public speaking and business planning skills. Additionally, the officer will need to be able to deliver inspiring, skills-based activities and provide bespoke support to develop confidence and resilience in young people. The ability to communicate well with a range of people including young people, commissioners, funders and other local statutory and community based agencies is fundamental to the successful delivery of this project.


1. To plan, deliver and evaluate on the PL Enterprise Academy including, the PL Enterprise Challenge
2. To build and maintain good professional relationships with Lead Teachers at all educational establishments hosting our Enterprise Education Programmes
3. To build and maintain an effective rapport with participants and use their planning and organisational skills to ensure that all participants are given appropriate assistance to enhance their chances of starting and sustaining work.
4. Undertaking pastoral duties and supporting participants on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties.
5. Plan embedded learning for groups and individuals, signposting participants to appropriate partners for further information, advice and guidance.
6. Ensure that participants have access to appropriate contextualized employment, personal & socials skills development and mentoring sessions.
7. Work collaboratively with peers using verbal and written reports to ensure accurate and timely progress reviews, to meet the requirements of awarding and funding bodies.
8. Regularly assess and mark participant’s work to awarding body and Ofsted criteria.
9. Develop delivery in order to maximise progression opportunities for participants.
10. Ensure participants are supported to develop PDP’s, or Individual Learning/Action Plans so progress can be measured.
11. Organize work plans for sessional facilitators and provide inductions and basic training.
12. Ensure all sessional staff and volunteers comply with the Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies at all times.
13. Celebrating learner achievement through the organizing of awards and celebration events.
14. Offering advice and information to participants and external organisations through face-to-face, telephone and email contact.
15. Attend meetings as necessary.
16. Managing resources, including the raising of PO’s and payments against invoices etc.
17. Keeping up to date with legislation and policy related to unemployment/employment and making any necessary modifications to accommodate changes.
18. Collection of Data to support the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the project to report back to funders, future commissioning groups and Foundation management.
19. Outreach work, marketing and promotion to ensure the relevant target group is reached and aware of the project.
20. Work closely with pupils to ensure programme questionnaires are completed to measure impact.
21. Supporting the development of the Education, Training & Employability Training Framework for Palace for Life Foundation.
22. Maintaining databases and undertaking any other administrative duties.
23. Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities considered appropriate by the Senior Management Team of the Foundation.


  • Understanding of the Training Cycle
  • Experience delivering accredited qualifications and awareness of awarding bodies’ expectations
  • Understanding of the concept of progression pathways
  • Experience of managing behaviour in the classroom

Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent in Youth Work, Teaching, or Community Development
  • Must hold PTLLS or A1 (TAQA)
  • Awareness of best practice education models

Personal Qualities

  • Car driver/owner – clean driving licence

Palace for Life Foundation is run autonomously from the Football Club and enjoys charitable status. The relationship between the Club and Foundation is strong and mutually beneficial. With an appointed Board of Trustees there is a formal overriding link between the Foundation and the Football Club at senior level.
A competitive remuneration package is available to the right candidate. Additionally, you will be joining an organisation that has recently won the ‘Best Community Scheme Award’ at the Football Business Awards 2015 and the ‘The Best Foundation Diversity Award’ at the Football for Good Awards 2015.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form HERE and send with an up-to-date CV to recruitment@palaceforlife.org

Equality Statement:

Crystal Palace Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club whether as players, match-day fans, staff, board members, participants in foundation programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, corporate partners):
Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and
Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.

Safeguarding Statement:

Crystal Palace Football Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities, government guidance, recognised best practice and complies with Premier League and Football League rules. The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment.

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