Sep 04, 2021

Head of Talent Pathway - Surrey County Cricket Club - Closing date 15 October 2021

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  • London Bridge, London, UK
Full time Pathways

Job Description

Salary and Benefits

Competitive Salary
5% Club Bonus Scheme
23 days holiday increasing to 28 days based on length of service
Non Contributory Pension scheme / Private Health Care

The Position

Primary Purpose:
The Head of Talent Pathway will lead the delivery of the County Talent Pathway strategy to identify and develop the highest potential cricketers for Surrey County Cricket Club and England.

Main Duties:
• Work with the Director of Cricket to develop a clear and compelling strategy for the Surrey County Talent Pathway
• Work with the Director of Cricket, County Head Coach and Assistant Coaches to ensure the whole of Surrey Cricket Coaching is aligned from top to bottom
• Oversee all County Talent Pathway cricket in the county, including the Academy, Emerging Player Programme (EPP) and County Age Group Squads
• Devise and execute a player identification strategy to encompass the Academy, Emerging Player Programme and County Age Group Squads
• Plan and deliver development and competition programmes for Academy, EPP and County Age Group Squads (both winter and summer)
• Develop, maintain and implement a talent development framework to guide pathway delivery, player identification and coach development
• Lead the planning, monitoring and delivery of individualised and holistic development programmes for Academy and EPP players
• Provide high quality coaching interventions to County Talent Pathway individuals/teams, as agreed with the Director of Cricket
• Lead, organise and manage a support team to deliver the programme (including): permanent pathway coaches and/or specialist coaches, strength and conditioning coach, physiotherapist, psychologist, administrator, age-group coaches and managers
• Ensure excellent organisation, administration and communication of the pathway programmes to provide efficient and effective programme delivery
• Manage the County Talent Pathway budget in conjunction with the county’s Finance Director to include budget planning, monitoring and reporting
• Provide effective communication with schools, clubs and parents of the selected and de-selected players
• Liaise with England age-group coaches and ECB colleagues to ensure effective communication relating to the nomination and support of pathway players in regional and national programmes
• Ensure an effective link and communication channel exists with stages above (2nd XI/1st XI) as well as below (sub-county/community), to ensure the pathway is appropriately connected
• Comply with the requirements of the County Partnership Agreement and the Pathway Performance Review process to ensure that all related funding is awarded, and best practice installed
• Work closely with the ECB National Talent Manager to ensure the on-going advancement of the pathway programmes
• Liaise with the PCA Personal Development Manger to ensure suitable support is in place for pathway players, and a player welfare programme is delivered to academy players
• Establish strong working relationships with National Counties, as agreed with the Director of Cricket
• On occasions the Head of Talent Pathway may be asked to support Surrey in other areas as directed by the Director of Cricket
Working Relationships
• Director of Cricket
• Head Coach
• Assistant Coaches
• Specialist Coaches
• Assistant Coaches in the Pathway
• Age Group Coaches and Managers
• Talent Pathway Administrator
• District Coaches and Managers
• Local Clubs
• Local Schools
• ECB Talent Personnel
• Other First Class Counties Talent Leaders
• Surrey Scouting network
• National Scouting network

The Person

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

• A clear understanding of what qualities and characteristics are required for a person to become a successful professional cricketer
• Experience of setting up and delivering coaching programmes
• Minimum ECB Level 3 and about to embark on the ECB Level 4 or ECB Specialist Coaching Programme
• Wide range of coaching experience to include coaching in the Talent Pathway
• A wide-ranging cricket network ideally including overseas cricketing contacts
• A natural leader capable of driving change
• An innovative thinker with the ambition to deliver a best in class talent development programme within an agreed budget
• Excellent communication skills

Please note that this appointment will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This role is part of the Professional Cricket Department and will involve some out of hours work – evenings, weekends, Bank Holidays, as necessary. The policies of the Club reflect a 52 week, 7 day operation for all cricket provision.

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