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Cumberland FA are inviting applications for the role of Referee Development Officer

County FA Referee Development Officer (RDO) – (Part Time)

Salary Range £14,500 to £16,000 (Dependent upon experience)
Fixed term contract until 30th June 2021 (post continuation subject to FA funding)
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.

The RDO will lead upon the delivery of The National FA’s Referee Strategy and Operating Standards within the County, with an aim of planning and implementing effective recruitment and retention strategies, providing more development opportunities and enhancing the support, training and guidance offered to the referee workforce.

Reporting directly into the Chief Executive, the successful candidate will need to be passionate about and committed to the development of referees. You should have experience of refereeing and/or referee development along with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to positively influence at all levels. You should have a proven track record of working with and developing a volunteer workforce.

You will work as part of a team focused on developing the grassroots game.  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 can positively influence at all levels. 

This exciting post is part time position of 3 days per week.  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 the 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 (Football Development Officer) 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 is 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


Please return your completed application form, along with a CV, two named references/referees (with contact information),  marked RDO, ‘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 RDO Role’

Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th September 2019

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 1st October 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.