Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation (MFCF) is the Club’s independent charity set up in 1996 by Chairman Steve Gibson. We use the power of the Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) brand to engage with the community to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and adults to maximise their potential to achieve.

The Trustees of MFC Foundation are committed to serve the community and to enrich lives within the wider area. The importance of which has never been more evident during the pandemic where effective engagement and outreach to our local community has been essential.

Our Vision
Inspire Confidence - Inspire Hope.

Our Mission
By using the power and influence of Middlesbrough Football Club we will deliver bespoke programmes providing opportunities to raise aspirations and improve the life chances of people across our local communities.

To provide strong, inspirational senior leadership to the Foundation, developing and delivering our ambitious strategic plans.

Working closely with the Board and Senior Management team, the Head of Foundation will have overall responsibility for governance, growth and financial sustainability.

The Head of Foundation will develop opportunities and identify and secure diverse income streams that can be reinvested in community-based activity for the benefit of all our communities.

As an ambassador for both the Foundation and Club, the role will foster a positive culture, ensuring staff at all levels across the organisation are inspired and encouraged to succeed and prosper.

The Trustees are looking for a high calibre Head of Foundation that can deliver and effectively communicate our vision, mission, and values clearly, making Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation one of the most respected and impactful Football Foundations in the world.

Providing strategic leadership for the Foundation, you will have exceptional business development experience.

Highly effective networking, partnership, advocacy and negotiating skills with the ability to influence successful relationships with key stakeholders and potential commercial partners is essential.

Additionally, you will be comfortable managing executive and non-executive board level meetings, with the ability to influence and establish credibility as a trusted leader across all our networks.

We are looking for someone who has a positive attitude towards work, with the capacity to be creative and innovative and continually motivate and inspire all around you.

Following the global challenges of the past 18 months, we would particularly like to hear from those with demonstrable commercial acumen with a proven track record of developing diverse income streams and an understanding of how organisations like ours can positively contribute towards the regeneration of communities.

Importantly, the successful candidate will embody the values of the Foundation and work in partnership with the Football Club, supporting the implementation of the Club’s community strategy, which via effective collaboration will leave a legacy for decades to come.

If you have an enquiry on any aspect of the recruitment process or if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, (including the work and impact of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, their strategic ambition, and the local area), then please contact Jim Lord to arrange a call back at [email protected]

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:
- A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, details of your current salary and benefits (in confidence) and preferred contact details
- A supporting statement (or covering letter) of no more than two pages, which fully addresses the criteria in the job description and person specification
- Details of two referees who can speak authoritatively about you together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent
- Please also see the MCFC Equality Monitoring Form. We ask applicants to complete this form to assist us in checking that our recruitment methods conform to equal opportunity guidelines. Completing this form is voluntary, and the information will not be used as part of the shortlisting or selection process

It is essential that your CV and supporting statement/covering letter highlight all the relevant experience that the selection panel will be looking for in the sift process.

A full job description can be downloaded here
Applications to be sent via email to: [email protected]

Head of MFC Foundation Recruitment Campaign Timeline

- Role Advertised
15 September 2021

- Closing Date
13 October 2021 at 12pm

- Shortlist
14 October 2021
If you have not heard back by 16 October 2021, please assume that unfortunately your application has not been successful

- Interviews
Stage One – 18/19 October 2021
Stage Two (Board Panel Interview) – w/c 25 October 2021
Candidates must be available for interview on the dates indicated

- Announcement and Start Date

Recruitment Statement
Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation strongly believe that we should operate to the highest standards of governance and transparency. We recognise the positive value of diversity and promote equality. As part of this commitment, we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, alongside those that wish to consider a less than full time role.

Safeguarding Statement
This post falls within the scope of regulated activity and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975.

Equality Statement
MFCF is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

MFC is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups.