YFS Vacancy | Media Team Recruitment & Development Manager
Youth Football Scotland (YFS) is excited to begin the recruitment process for a brand new role within the organisation. The 'Media Team Recruitment & Development Manager' will kick off in season 2019/20 and play an imperative part within our growth strategy.
YFS launched as a social enterprise in 2010. At that point we had secured grant funding, which allowed us to focus primarily on our charitable aims. The backbone of this operation was the creation of the ‘YFS Journalism & Media Team’. We created a unique programme that matched aspiring journalists, photographers and videographers with local youth football games and events.
Since then our team of 100+ members has covered matches the length and breadth of Scotland, giving profile to teams from the age of 5 upwards and in doing so building the CV of our volunteers and teaching them the professional disciplines and personal life skills of reliability and creativity. Most were young people or students, looking to make their way in the world of journalism. Others were older and just looking to give something back to the sport.
This team of people created a remarkable feel good vibe around the sport. Our channels were packed full of interesting stories about achievements on and off the pitch. We are proud that more and more of the team progressed into the world of professional sports media. Our alumni are now spread across Scotland’s top clubs, media outlets and some even ply their trade internationally.
It is a model that worked perfectly with both internal team members and external users – our social aims were being met in abundance.
However, despite being brilliant, exciting and absolutely unique, match coverage in itself didn't bring in revenue and our startup funding was fast running out. A change of approach was needed. While keeping the concept alive YFS has split focus for the last four years in pursuing several new revenue streams and now has a sustainable business, generating income through offering services to the youth football community and to sporting organisations around the world through the new ‘YFS Media’ brand. We are lucky enough to have worked in eighteen countries, across four continents. It didn’t happen overnight, but we got there. We now have a busy office with a small but dedicated team of staff.
However, the split focus has led to a decline in our presence on the ground at Scottish grassroots level. Less journalists making their way through our ranks and less young players reaping the rewards. We are now in a position to focus again on our original social enterprise concept of building the skills and confidence of young journalists through their love of football. Whilst also building the confidence, pride and self esteem of our young players by seeing their match reported with the seriousness and care that the mainstream press apply to the professional game.
We want to bring that magic back. We are seeking somebody to do it. We want them to recruit, train, develop and nurture our media team members; to create amazing opportunities for them that make them feel part of something and want to come back season after season, until they take the next step into the world of professional sports media.
Are you the person to bring it all to life? The right candidate needs to be a leader with incredible drive, strong innovation, excellent people skills and a genuine love of youth football in order to match journalists to games, brief them and take in their copy. You have to enthuse about the brilliant successes and encourage the improvers. A background in sports media is advantageous, but not the most important factor. If this sounds appealing, YFS would like to hear from you.
40 per week. Expectation to work weekends when required, with time taken back during the week. Can vary according to the football calendar.
Office base in Edinburgh. Opportunities to cover events throughout Scotland through YFS and throughout the world courtesy of YFS Media.
Dependent on Experience.
A current driving licence and regular access to a car is required.