Ross Sutherland Rugby Club: Development Officer

Full -Time: 37.5 Hours per week
Salary: Up to £26k, depending on knowledge and experience.
Closing date: 12th August 2022

Ross Sutherland Rugby Club are seeking to appoint a highly ambitious, motivated and enthusiastic individual to drive forward rugby development within our community to achieve Scottish Rugby’s vision for ‘Future proofing the Game’.

Ross Sutherland Rugby Club is progressing a number of exciting opportunities as we head towards celebrating our centenary year in 2023.

Our club has its heart in the communities and schools of Ross-Shire and Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, and we aim to build on the strong relationships we have developed with our community stakeholders to help deliver our growth agenda.  In partnership with Scottish Rugby, we aim to attract a candidate who can meet or exceed the personal criteria outlined below and who shares our objectives and vision. We want you to assist us in fulfilling our ambitions to grow our membership base providing quality rugby to more people, more often.

From mini players to coaches and Board members, we are looking for a dynamic individual to lead on identifying and developing male and female players, coaches and match officials for all age groups.

You will have experience of both sports development and coaching within a rugby environment, as well as relevant academic qualifications and a full, clean, driving licence.  You will have the ability to maintain and develop a thriving junior section and ensure we provide a welcoming, vibrant and sustainable environment for rugby development at Ross Sutherland.

A minimum of Scottish Rugby Aspiring Coaching Qualification (previously Level 2) or equivalent, experience of coaching rugby and excellent communication and organisational skills are essential for this post.                 

Key Accountabilities

  • Increase playing participation within Ross Sutherland Rugby Club across all age groups for both male and female groups.
  • Deliver high quality coaching sessions to the club and its associated cluster schools and community groups.
  • Support Scottish Rugby Events and initiatives
  • Support the implementation of the Club Development plan
  • Work with identified schools to deliver a targeted programme that will increase participation numbers and support transition to the Club increasing membership across the youth male and female game.
  • Work with Scottish Rugby’s Game Development Manager to organise opportunities for coach & volunteer development contributing to the Club’s Workforce Development Plan.

Qualifications and Attainments  - essential

  • Aspiring Coach Qualification (Previously UKCC Level 2)
  • Educated to HND level or equivalent
  • Driving Licence
  • Access to car

Qualifications and Attainments  - desirable

  • Advanced Coaching Qualification (previously UKCC Level 3)
  • Sports related degree/qualification
  • Match Official Qualification
  • First Aid in Rugby Certificate (FAIR) or other First Aid qualification

Experience & knowledge (in an employed or voluntary capacity) - essential

  • Coaching rugby across a wide variety of age bands and groups
  • Experience and knowledge of working with volunteers
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues effecting rugby clubs and experience in developing sports clubs.

Experience & knowledge (in an employed or voluntary capacity) - desirable

  • Knowledge and understanding of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) pathways
  • Experience of working in a sports development environment
  • Knowledge of national sporting/physical activity initiatives & strategies

Competencies - Skills & Knowledge - essential

  • IT skills and experience
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise competing deadlines and projects
  • Leadership

The successful candidate will be required to either join the Protection of Vulnerable Group (PVG) Scheme and/or undergo a PVG Scheme Record Update.

How to Apply

Please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your reasons for applying for the job and highlighting your suitability for the post.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Lindsey Smith on 07813544098

Please email your application to:

Date published: 02 August 2022
Date updated: 02 August 2022


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