Cumberland FA

Job Opportunity

Cumberland FA are Recruiting!

Cumberland Football Association (CFA), in partnership with The Football Association, is inviting applications for an exciting and stimulating role within football as part of a passionate and dynamic sports organisation looking to increase participation, regulate the game and promote safe, inclusive football within Cumberland.

County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) –  (Part Time)
Salary Range £14, 500 - £16, 500 (Dependent upon experience)

Safeguarding is an ever present priority for football and the DSO would play a pivotal role in ensuring that football is played in a safe, inclusive and enjoyable environment.

The DSO will manage the County FAs safeguarding work, in line with legislation, FA Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and regulations, including the implementation of and compliance with The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standards.

Reporting directly into the Chief Executive, the successful applicant will be required to demonstrate knowledge of safeguarding and child protection, a working knowledge of safeguarding legislation and the Government’s Working Together guidance.

Experience of collating sensitive and detailed information and compilation of written reports and statements will be essential. 

You will work as part of a team focused on safeguarding.  You will be expected to be able to work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines.  It is important that you have excellent interpersonal skills and that you have the ability to positively influence at all levels.  Whilst an understanding of the culture and structure of football, and/or working with volunteers would be beneficial, it is not essential for the role.

This exciting post is part time position of 17 ½ hours per week based over 5 days.  The proposal is that this role involves working 5 afternoons a week.  However this can be discussed if required.  The position will be based at Cumberland FA’s Offices in Cockermouth.  Whilst the role is office based you will be required to have a flexible approach to hours worked, as these might possibly include some weekend and unsociable hours.

You should be in possession of a valid and current driving licence.

Download a job profile for this position 

Or alternatively for an informal discussion about the vacancy or to arrange a visit to the CFA you can contact James Reid (Deputy DSO) on 01900 511 800 or e-mail

If you do not have the formal qualifications specified but can demonstrate skills or experience of an equivalent standard, we would be interested in your application.

Salary will based on FA recommendations and will be discussed at interview

The CFA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.
To apply, please visit to download an application form or alternatively you can request a form to be sent to you by e-mailing

Download Application Form

Please return your completed application form, along with a CV, two named references/referees (with contact information),  marked DSO, ‘Private and Confidential’ to Cumberland Football Association, Units 3 & 4, Tithe House, Station Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9QW or e-mail with subject title ‘P&C DSO Role’

Closing date for applications is Thursday 13th June 2019
Interviews will take place over Thursday 20th and/or Friday 21st June 2019

The CFA is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. All eligible roles are subject to a DBS check.

As an equal opportunities employer the CFA welcome applications from all parts of the community.