General Director (Performance Portfolio): Lacrosse Scotland

Term: Co-opted position, with expiry of term on 01 May 2023. Option of seeking election for up to two further 2 year terms
Payment: this is a volunteer position and is unpaid.

Commitment: Monthly board meetings, quarterly workshop days, attendance at GMs and regular meetings with committees
Expenses: expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Lacrosse Scotland Expense policy
Application process:
Email a CV to admin@lacrossescotland.com 

Overall summary

Lacrosse is a small but exciting sport which now has Olympic Recognition, and Lacrosse Scotland is committed to developing our player base in Scotland across all ages and at all levels. The Director of Performance will play a critical part in achieving our strategy of driving continued and improved international success in all disciplines of the sport - senior, junior, men’s, women’s, field, box (indoor) - in their various existing and emerging permutations through the creation of a new performance programme.

This programme should include talent identification and target players at various stages of development, and - working closely with the Director of Development - should include a renewed engagement with the schools at the traditional heartland of the women’s game in Scotland, as well as investment in club development days with Performance Team staff for our recreational clubs. Appropriately identified school and club players will have the opportunity for development through a Talent Pathway to be designed by the Directors of Performance and Development which will, in turn, increase the size and depth of our National training pools.

The Director of Performance will play a fundamental role in the success of our teams, providing the overall leadership, management, and strategic direction of our performance programmes. The successful candidate will work closely with the Performance Coaches to ensure they are appropriate to deliver the Strategic Plan and allow our players to excel, and will drive the development of these programmes as necessary.

This is an exciting time to come onboard, particularly for the Senior performance teams. Senior Women (Field) have consistently placed in the top-10 at the World Cup with their most recent World Cup result seeing them place 5th. The (as now named) World Championships are due to be competed in summer 2022. Senior Men (Field) are currently ranked 11th and are working towards the 2023 World Championships. Senior Men (Box) are a new programme, having competed in one World Championship in 2019, and are preparing for the 2022 European Box Championships

Responsibilities

  • Together with the other Directors deliver the Lacrosse Scotland Strategic Plan 2020-2024
    ○ Specific responsibility for all Performance Team elements, including creating and implementing Talent Pathways
  • Manage one or more committees
  • Increase the number of players participating in the Performance Team programs and training weekends
  • Create and advance Performance initiatives in schools, universities, clubs and cites/areas across Scotland
  • Create, promote and deliver the Talent Pathway across all performance teams (Field, Box, and Sixes)
  • Responsible for Performance Programme budgets, working closely with Team Managers to ensure sound financial management of player and team funds
  • Work closely with British Lacrosse Performance staff on behalf of Scottish players - both those currently within the GB pipeline and for the benefit of future players
  • Work with other Director(s) and Performance Team Managers to increase the exposure of the sport
  • Play an active role in decision making concerning the wider organisation, and act as a constructive critic for other portfolios where required
  • Together with other General Directors, monitor performance of the three Executive Directors, particularly with regard to achieving the strategic objectives 

Requirements

  • Ability to implement alternative solutions to satisfy different needs and development levels
  • Experience of executing strategic plans
  • Experience of project progress reporting
  • Experience of international sports - player, coach, official, other appropriate role (NGB, etc)
  • Team player with leadership ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Desirable

  • Experience of managing volunteers
  • Background in lacrosse
Date published: 11 May 2022
Date updated: 11 May 2022

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