Job Details

Rowing Programme Lead

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Management Professional & Administrative
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

Supporting the Sport Development Manager with the strategic development of the Rowing Programme within the University, delivering technical sessions, implementing coaching structures, selecting squads and coordinating other relevant support services.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Inspire and lead the rowing programme, articulating the strategic vision, and ensuring staff and volunteers are contributing to wider UofG Sport and University objectives.
To plan performance programmes for all squads across Glasgow University Boat Club (GUBC), including training schedules and competition programmes.
Develop, plan and implement performance coaching opportunities for selected individual athletes and competition squads, ensuring a coaching programme is in place to support individuals throughout the club and including the personal delivery of technical sessions.
Deliver against annual Key Performance Indicators agreed with programme partners.
Responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the programme, identifying new initiatives and programme elements to maintain a professional and driven programme.
To work effectively with other staff, particularly with others that provide administration to the rowing programme and to utilise expertise available in areas such as strength and conditioning.
Responsible for overseeing the coaching infrastructure throughout GUBC, including the recruitment of additional coaches to supplement the programme and ensuring that appropriate coaching is available to all individual athletes and squads. This includes the long term planning for coach provision, including a coach education programme to attract, train and retain coaches from club membership and the wider rowing community.
To represent the University Rowing Programme, providing advocacy and active recruitment, attracting the best prospective student athletes to the University.
Lead the development and delivery of innovative service and wider UofG Sport development projects, identifying initiatives that add value to the student experience and/or service effectiveness.
Responsible for mentoring support to all coaches involved with the rowing programme, providing appropriate support mechanisms to allow coaches to achieve their potential.
To maintain and develop appropriate professional knowledge of current local, national and international issues related to rowing and to represent the University’s interests at national, regional and local meetings and conferences.
Responsible for the implementation and consistent application of operational standards to ensure full compliance with all legislative, operational, safety and building requirements.
Establish, maintain and develop links with key internal and external departments and organisations that will allow added value and quality to service provision and the programme e.g. Internal – MaRIO; Exercise Science and medical related departments. External – Winning Students, Scottish Student Sport, sportscotland, Scottish rowing clubs.
Provide information to existing and prospective customers on the services provided by UofG Sport in a positive and professional manner.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills through personal development and progression in a similar related role(s). Or, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 8 (Scottish Vocational Qualificationlevel 4, Higher National Diploma) or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.
A2 UKCC Level 2 Rowing (or equivalent).
A3 Full clean driving licence with the necessary entitlements to allow for towing loaded trailers.
A4 Current First Aid Qualification (minimum Emergency First Aid) or ability to gain accredited status prior to post commencing.
A5 Extensive knowledge and understanding of the organisation & structure of British / Scottish Student Sport, including competition programming, opportunities and structural organisation.
A6 In-depth knowledge and understanding of the organisation and structure of British & Scottish Rowing.
A7 In-depth understanding of the GB trialling process (Junior & U23).
A8 Hold or attain the IOSH Managing Safely qualification within 6 months of commencing employment.

B1 Educated to a degree level.
B2 UKCC Level 3 Rowing (or equivalent).
B3 UKCC Level 2 Strength and Conditioning (or equivalent).
B4 Health and Safety knowledge including COSSH guidelines.
B5 Knowledge of current trends in sport/ performance sport sector.
C1 Excellent coaching skills.
C2 First class organisation and administrative skills.
C3 Excellent leadership skills.
C4 Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
C5 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
C6 Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
C7 High quality presentation and interpersonal skills.
C8 Empathy with athletes, especially juniors / students and with a mixed level of ages, experience and abilities.
C9 Experience of partnership development and delivery.
C10 Good IT skills, including understanding of Microsoft packages.

D1 High level numerical skills
D2 Ability to take initiative and innovate within the agreed dimensions and duties of the role.
D3 Highly agile and able to adapt within the ever-evolving digital landscape.
D4 Strong leadership skills with a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to inspire and empower others to drive change.
D5 Ability to ‘set the standard’ in providing outstanding customer service, with a high degree of empathy and understanding.
D6 Tackles mediocrity in people and systems, even when it is difficult to do so.
E1 Relevant experience in performance coaching.
E2 Demonstrable experience of devising, monitoring and reviewing high performance rowing plans.
E3 Demonstrable experience of managing a team of volunteer coaches.
E4 Experience of boat maintenance, repair and equipment replacement plans.
E5 Track record of working effectively with partners.
E6 Experience of effectively managing of budgets.
E7 Experience of developing, reviewing, and enhancing aspects of the student experience.
E8 Experience of partnership development and delivery.
E9 Experience of communicating and influencing others from internal/external organisations.

F1 Competed or coached at international level.
F2 Experience of working in a university sporting environment.

Job Features

Member of the sport development team that is responsible for the delivery of the weekly activity of all sports clubs.
Manage all volunteer and paid support staff, numbering up to 10 individuals and their coach and performance pathway.
The post holder is the designated point of contact at the University for current and prospective athletes looking to join the Performance Rowing Programme.
Responsible for the management of the Performance Rowing Programme, including all aspects of technical, physical and psychological development.

Planning and Organising
The post holder is responsible for the planning of training schedules, programmes and competition schedules on an annual basis. This will include weekly training programmes, the setting and rationalisation of Key Performance Indicators and ensuring appropriate links with Scottish Rowing are maintained.
To manage coaches, both voluntary and paid, providing strategic and performance led objectives for individual members and specific crews.
To organise training camps, as well as providing objective based training programmes for vacation periods.
Work closely with Scottish Rowing and sportscotland, supporting selected athletes in the programme in managing and prioritising time commitments, competition and training schedules.
To review and establish a long-term equipment strategy for GUBC, identifying and prioritising areas where a deficit or surplus may exist.
To monitor and review the current equipment and boat fleet, implementing a sustainable maintenance and replacement plan, providing the best training and competition environment for club members.
Work closely with relevant parties to provide a safe environment for members and coaches, with a focus on water safety, establishing a training programme to educate and ensure all members and coaches are safe to participate.

Decision Making
Overall decision maker in the coaching and training of all GUBC student members and coaches.
Workload planning with volunteer and assistant coaches ensuring objective setting and priorities are established annually.
Planning and objective setting for the club and rowing programme.
Have the ability to prioritise the use of facilities, both land and water based, ensuring a platform is available for all student members and coaches to reach their potential.
Plan competition programme and itinerary, taking on board male and female competitions will clash or take place at different venues throughout the UK at the same time.

Internal/External Relationships
Extensive internal and external relations due to the nature of the role. This will include working alongside the key national governing bodies (e.g. sportscotland) and key sport governing bodies, specifically Scottish and GB Rowing at Chief Executive and Performance Manager levels, developing partnerships to enhance opportunities available to students at the University.
Line Manager: check progress, strategic alignment, planning and the development of new ideas.
Working closely with the GUBC Club Committee, maintaining clear communication pathways.
Scottish Rowing Development Manager, High Performance Coordinator and network of coaches throughout Scotland and the UK.
Other UofG Sport staff: co-ordinate and collaborate on ensuring the programme is well managed, promoted, delivered, and caters for all.
Internal link with the Recruitment and International Office, ensuring, where appropriate, the rowing programme and opportunities are promoted to potential students.

Problem Solving
Overall decision maker in all activities related to the rowing programme.
Enhance the breadth of rowing opportunities available to students with limited funding resources, requires creative thinking to maximise limited funding available.
Possess up to date knowledge on the legalities associated with towing vehicles and trailers, look for better use of limited personnel legally compliant to tow trailers.
Dealing with issues around land based training facilities; utilising experience to maximise limited training equipment.
Work within a set budget to ensure the boat fleet is maintained to appropriate levels.

Proactive approach to work and consistently reliable in delivery.
Accepting of new ideas and change initiatives.
Shows respect and sensitivity towards cultural and religious differences, ensuring UofG Sport is inclusive to all.
Required to deal with difficult situations e.g. enforcing rules, dealing with difficult individuals. Important to be able to deal with this type of situation and when appropriate refer to line manager for support.
Innovate and develop a programme that maximise opportunities for participation across all groups.
Motivational in teaching and in general dealings with customers and potential customers to encourage an active lifestyle.
Create and maintain working environment where team members treat each other fairly and with respect.
Demonstrate integrity in your personal conduct at all times.
Requirement to represent the University of Glasgow, and the best interests of the institution, club and members at national, regional and local meetings as and when required.

Additional Information
This post will be based in the Stevenson Building at the Gilmorehill Campus but there is a requirement to work at other venues including the University Boat House on Glasgow Green.
In your role you may be required to work on some public holidays and also the “Other” University closure days. When this is the case the time will be added to your annual leave balance.
It should be noted that Scottish Rowing are primary partners, providing investment into the post and will actively lead on the performance of athletes who are part of the Scottish Rowing / Institute Performance Programme.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 6, £29,176 - £32,817 per annum, pro rata.

This post is offered on a full-time and open-ended basis with funding to 31 August 2021.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme.

Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
Vacancy reference: 028197; closing date 27 October 2019.

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