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Foundation Of Light Jobs

Join our award-winning team

Here at the Foundation of Light, we are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision of using the power of football to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families across the North East through a broad range of innovative programmes that help improve their lives.

That’s why we believe that the successful recruitment, retention and development of staff through professional qualifications, training and a values-led culture is vital to our success.

If you are passionate about helping people within this great region, and have expert skills to offer, we look forward to receiving your application.

In addition to paid employment we also offer volunteering, non-paid student internship and apprenticeship opportunities.

Please note:

  • CVs are not accepted.
  • Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.
  • All positions are based at the Stadium of Light unless otherwise stated in the job description.
  • Appointments may be subject to an enhanced DBS Check

If you are successful you can look forward to ongoing training opportunities, competitive salary and a range of benefits including childcare voucher scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, pension and opportunities for reward and recognition.

Foundation of Light is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


REF: 001 Assistant Director, Finance and Support Services

An experienced and ambitious qualified accountant (CIMA/ACA/ACCA) is required to lead the Finance and Support Services teams of this dynamic, exciting and thriving not for profit group of organisations.

The successful applicant will be an innovative individual who is able to develop financial and administrative systems to ensure the successful transition of the Foundation to the flagship facility, Beacon of Light, whilst maintaining the group’s existing financial requirements.

An ability to work at a senior level is essential, providing sound financial counsel, plus management of a support services team including Administration and HR as well as the newly formed Quality Control team.

Application Form | Job Description

REF: 002 Head of Finance

An enthusiastic qualified accountant (CIMA/ACA/ACCA) is required to support the Assistant Director (Finance and Support Services) in the financial management of this dynamic, exciting and thriving group of not for profit group of organisations.

Ideally, the successful applicant will have the ability to lead a small finance team and will be able to demonstrate the skills required to manage month end processes, produce management accounts, prepare forecasts and provide detailed variance analysis.

Experience of Sage (or equivalent) accounting software and a highly proficient use of MS Excel are essential. This is an ideal opportunity for a qualified accountant with one or two years post qualification experience, and the drive and ambition to progress in a growing and developing organisation.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December 2017.

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REF: 010 Beacon of Light Head of Facilities

The successful candidate will need to hit the ground running in assisting the Beacon of Light General Manager with the final stage of building the Beacon of Light, and will take the lead on interfacing with the design team, project manager and main contractors.

The Head of Facilities will forge an important link between the Beacon project and Foundation of Light.

Overseeing the building set up, FF&E, contractors and contracts together with recruiting and line managing centre staff including maintenance, housekeeping, centre administration, security, ICT and any other facilities personnel requires a strong, capable and experienced leader.

Knowledge and experience of Facilities Management within a large sports complex is essential.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December 2017.

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REF 011: Assessors Business Administration (Apprenticeships)

We require multiple Assessors for the delivery of Level 2 and 3 Business and Administration Apprenticeships. The roles require a minimum of a recognised assessor award, teaching qualification, Level 3 qualification in relevant subject, GCSE Grade A-C or equivalent in Maths and English and experience of delivering apprenticeships in Business and Administration up to Level 3.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December 2017.

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We are looking for a qualified Computer Technician to install, maintain and repair computers and networks, working closely with our external IT providers. You will be the one to ensure that adequate IT infrastructure is in place and is used to its maximum capabilities.

As a computer technician you must be well-versed in computer systems and network functions. The ideal candidate will be able to work diligently and accurately and will possess a great problem-solving ability in order to fix issues and ensure functionality.

Flexibility with days/times worked.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December 2017.

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REF 013: Sunderland Neighbourhood Alliance Project Worker (Fixed Term 2 years)

We require a proactive member of staff to support the Project Co-ordinator with the delivery of our Big Lottery funded Sunderland Neighbourhood Alliance Project, funded by Big Lottery.

The role will involve engaging with families, schools and support services to provide positive interventions to local children and families, effective communication skills, experience of monitoring, evaluation and data control are all essential.

The closing date is Friday 22nd December 2017.

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Matchday Lottery Sellers

Earn money, help support local communities and watch Sunderland AFC in action!

Are you confident in a sales environment and able to communicate on all levels? Foundation of Light are looking for confident, outgoing people to sell ‘Grand in your Hand’ lottery tickets.

Job Role:

  • Selling lottery tickets to SAFC supporters on a match day, inside the Stadium of Light
  • Answering queries and giving information about Foundation of Light, SAFC’s official charity
  • Handling cash and taking payment for the ‘Grand in Your Hand’ tickets
  • Being highly motivated and able to sell to target audiences
  • Wearing Foundation of Light lottery seller uniform

To apply, download an Application Form which can be completed and returned to to alex.dunn@foundationoflight.co.uk or posted to Foundation of Light, Stadium of Light, Sunderland SR5 1SU.

For more information, please email jemma.garrett@foundationoflight.co.uk or call 0191 5515365.


The main duties are to provide administrative support to staff within designated departments. Locations include Sunderland, Washington, South Tyneside and Shildon. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience and qualifications in a real work setting. Experience is not required; all training is provided. These opportunities may particularly suit school leavers. Applicants aged between 16-18 years old are invited to apply.

Previous applicants need not apply. Interested applicants should request an application pack by sending an email to alex.dunn@foundationoflight.co.uk, downloading packs below or by contacting 0191 551 5346.

Application Form | Job Description


The Foundation of Light at Sunderland AFC is recognised as the best in the country, using football as a catalyst to support sport, education and health initiatives.