West Midlands Women’s Cricket Ltd are currently advertising for the two following roles;

Head Coach
Senior Regional Talent Manager

How to Apply

Head Coach

Salary and Benefits
Fixed Term Contract running until 31st January 2022
Competitive salary
25 days holiday
Non-Contributory Pension scheme
Healthcare scheme
Mobile Phone & Laptop

The Position

Women’s and girls’ cricket is set to be transformed as part of an exciting strategy to Inspire Generations by connecting communities and improving lives through cricket, ensuring cricket is a game for all.

West Midlands Women’s Cricket (WMWC) are looking for a passionate and personable Head Coach who can lead a multi-disciplinary team setting short, medium and longer terms goals.

The Head Coach will play a pivotal role in developing talent within the Region. This exciting role will involve devising, leading and managing the holistic development of 5 full time players, and a Senior team which will compete in the 50 over and T20 competitions within the new Women’s Elite Domestic Structure.

The West Midlands region comprises the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Warwickshire Women’s are the current National T20 champions and the U17 National 40 over champions was an all-West Midlands affair with Warwickshire narrowly defeating Staffordshire. The region is showing great promise.

This exciting role will play a significant part in this new start-up operation and will suit those who possess effective and high level delivery, planning and organisational skills required to deliver a professional programme of activity integrating all elements associated with high performance.

The Head Coach will have a high degree of personal resilience to cope with the demands of coaching at this level and to be relied on by the organisation, players and staff to handle pressure in critical moments and as demands require.

Reporting to the Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, the role will be based at a number of venues throughout the West Midlands. The role will require extensive travel throughout the region as well as requiring extended hours, inclusive of weekends and bank holidays. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate a thirst for continuous personal development to ensure the programme remains at the cutting edge of elite coaching and performance as well as excellent knowledge of women’s cricket and a clear vision of how it can be improved within the Region.

Job Overview

Principle Responsibilities

  • Provide long term direction and strategy linking the regional team with the talent pathway and based on a player centred philosophy
  • Be accountable for the holistic development of the full-time players and the Senior squad
  • Ensure the long-term development plans of players and staff are recorded through the ECB Athlete Management System to enable effective reviews of the players, staff and programmes.
  • Work closely with the England Women’s performance team to enhance player development, provide insight to player ID and ensure alignment of programmes
  • Alongside the Regional Director of Women’s Cricket Input all relevant performance information to ensure a clear and objective appraisal processes can take place
  • Act as a positive role model and advocate for women’s cricket
  • Work in collaboration with all partners to maximise resources and drive the improvement of domestic and international women’s cricket

Note: The Job Description summarises the major role and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to exclude the job holder being asked to undertake any other activities as required from time to time by the Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, nor future changes to the job holder’s responsibilities. The precise duties and responsibilities of any job may be expected to change over time. Job holders will be consulted over any proposed changes to this job description before implementation.

Working Relationships:

  • Regional Director of Women’s Cricket
  • WMWC Staff
  • ECB Director, England Women
  • ECB Head Coach, England Women
  • ECB Head of Women’s Domestic Cricket
  • ECB National Talent Manager
  • ECB Head of The Hundred – Women’s Competition
  • Head Coach – Birmingham Phoenix Women’s
  • County Age Group Performance Leads and Coaches
  • ECB Head of Science, Medicine and Innovation – England Women
  • ECB Head of Coach Development
  • Science & Medicine staff

The Person

The successful candidate will have the following experience / skills / qualities:

Be an outstanding leader and communicator with exceptional standards of professionalism
Have a passion for leading players and staff to develop an environment that drives performance through a sustainable, person-focused culture
Commit to the ongoing development opportunities and Head Coach meetings delivered by the ECB
Hold, as a minimum, an ECB Level 3 qualification or international equivalent with the ability and commitment to achieve Level 4 within an agreed period
Demonstrable experience in working with a highly skilled management team and playing group to set out short, medium and long-term plans
The post holder will be expected to work evenings and weekends as well as have flexibility to dovetail working arrangements in with fixture and training schedules that will change from year to year and across each season.

Senior Talent Manager

Salary and Benefits
Fixed Term Contract running until 31st January 2022
£30-£33k dependent upon experience
25 days holiday
Non-Contributory Pension scheme
Healthcare scheme
Mobile Phone & Laptop

The Position

Women’s and girls’ cricket is set to be transformed as part of an exciting strategy to Inspire Generations by connecting communities and improving lives through cricket, ensuring cricket is a game for all.

The Senior Regional Talent Manager (SRTM) will work across County boundaries in conjunction with the Regional Director of Women’s Cricket (RDoWC), the National Talent Manager and County contacts. The SRTM will connect players and programmes to the new elite domestic structure within the West Midlands and the England Women’s Cricket Pathway (EWCP).

The West Midlands region comprises the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The SRTM will lead on the delivery of the Academy and support the 5 counties with their Women & Girls’ programmes, ensuring alignment with the ECB Talent Development Framework.

This exciting role will play a significant part in this new start-up operation and will suit those with a passion for the development of people and cricket, a fascination with talent identification, an enjoyment of leading and influencing people and a passion for continuous learning. You will need initiative, a can-do attitude, an ability to problem solve producing workable solutions and a commitment to help continue the drive in professionalising the women’s and girls’ game.

Reporting to the Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, the role will be based at a number of venues throughout the West Midlands. The role will require extensive travel throughout the region as well as requiring extended hours, inclusive of weekends and bank holidays. We are seeking an individual with a proven track record in the areas of talent identification and development who will flourish in a high performing environment and have a positive impact on those around them.

Job Overview

Principle Responsibilities

  • Lead the West Midlands Girls’ Academy and influence Counties to plan for the development of players through programmes that value holistic and positive development experiences
  • Ensure that the delivery of all player programmes (West Midlands Girls’ Academy, County EPP, County Age Group) are aligned to the ECB Talent Development Framework to provide a joined up, game-wide approach to talent development
  • Support Counties in the region to ensure the effective management of talented players who are identified as having the potential to progress on to the EWCP to provide a collaborative and individualised approach to their programme delivery
  • Contribute to the development of a talent identification and recruitment strategy for the Region which aims to ensure programmes are accessible, broadens the player pool and drives diversity and inclusion
  • Ensure players develop personal excellence through relevant, individualised and outstanding learning and development experiences
  • Work with the RDoWC and Counties to ensure that match play and competition opportunities support talent development effectively for the Region
  • Work with the RDoWC and Counties to develop a robust communication plan across the Region to ensure collaboration in the delivery of talent development; this should include a plan for dialogue and engagement with parents
  • Take on a scouting role as part of the ECB Player Identification System
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the player pathway through established minimum quality standards
  • Develop coaches and coaching within County age group programmes in the Region
  • Undertake such duties, at the request of the RDoWC and the National Talent Manager, to support ECB with delivery of the national talent pathway competition programme(s)
  • Keep up to date with best practice and expertise across the fields of talent development and attend ECB CPD events and meetings to support the drive for a world leading player pathway

Note: The Job Description summarises the major role and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to exclude the job holder being asked to undertake any other activities as required from time to time by the Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, nor future changes to the job holder’s responsibilities. The precise duties and responsibilities of any job may be expected to change over time. Job holders will be consulted over any proposed changes to this job description before implementation.

Working Relationships:

  • Regional Director of Women’s Cricket
  • ECB Head of Women’s Domestic Cricket
  • ECB National Talent Manager
  • Head Coach – West Midlands Women’s Team
  • Regional Science & Medicine staff
  • County Pathway Leads
  • Emerging Player Programme Head Coaches
  • County Age Group Coaches
  • ECB Head of Science, Medicine and Innovation – England Women
  • ECB Head of Coach Development

The Person

The successful candidate will have the following experience / skills / qualities:

Essential:

  • Excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Demonstrable experience and expertise in the areas of talent identification and development
  • Experience of organising, planning, programming and monitoring of individualised player development plans
  • Qualified to at least ECB Level 3 (Advanced Coach)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Safeguarding Children certification – a DBS disclosure is an impartial and confidential document that details an individual’s criminal record and where appropriate gives details of those who are barred from working with children
  • Up to date first aid qualification
  • High standards of personal and professional integrity
  • An appetite for continuous learning and development
  • Be able to identify with and believe in the principles of the ECB Women and Girls’ player pathway
  • High levels of energy and enthusiasm
  • The ability to use initiative working as part of a team or independently as required
  • Honesty, tact and strong will to succeed
  • Innovative and creative
  • Excellent IT skills with competent ability using Microsoft Office programmes
  • Full UK Driving Licence and ability to travel independently to various venues across the region

Desirable:

  • A degree in Sports Science, Coaching or a relevant field
  • Knowledge of the ECB Talent Development Framework and/or alternative NGB frameworks
  • An understanding and experience of best practice scouting and selection processes
  • An understanding and experience of Coach Development
  • Experience of and skills to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders

The post holder will be expected to work evenings and weekends as well as have flexibility to dovetail working arrangements in with fixture and training schedules that will change from year to year and across each season.


How to Apply

Please forward your CV with a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) outlining why you are suitable to lauram@wmwcricket.com

Closing date for applications is Friday 7th August 2020 at 5pm. Interviews will be held on w/c17th Aug. Depending on working environments at that time, interviews may be conducted via video conferencing call.

West Midlands Women’s Cricket Ltd is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

West Midlands Women’s Cricket Ltd is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our services.