STRATEGIC MANAGER (SPORT OPERATIONS) Ref: RF13404 September 2009 SPORTS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Strategic Manager (Sport Operations) Grade: Management & Specialist Grade 7 Department: Sports Development Centre (SDC) Responsible to: Deputy Director of Sport (Operations) Responsible for: Service Delivery Managers and Operational Staff Job Purpose To work within the SDC Senior Management Team to develop and implement the SDC’s vision, aims and values; to contribute to an overall sport strategy and to coordinate the development and delivery of sport specific plans as required. Key Tasks To work within a team of Strategic Managers to lead and manage the development and implementation of specific elements of the overall sport plan within the SDC. To take the lead in coordinating the development of specific sport development plans and all outdoor sport and recreation strategies including recreational space and playing fields. To take the lead in ensuring projects within the SDC are managed effectively and consistently to agreed timescales and processes. To lead and manage a team of staff who are focussed on delivering a high quality user experience and agreed performance outcomes across designated SDC facilities and programmes. To lead a multi-disciplinary team of SDC staff to deliver sport specific plans in selected sports. To work within the SDC Senior Management Team to ensure a coordinated approach to the delivery of the overall sport plan. To develop and maintain effective partnerships with other external agencies, e.g. UK Sport, Sport England, emda, Leicestershire County Council, Charnwood Borough Council, National Governing Bodies of Sport and other funding agencies to enhance the quality of the offer within designated sports and specific facilities in order to meet University and SDC objectives. To develop and maintain effective partnerships with internal partners, especially Sports Technology Institute (STI), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), imago and Facilities Management and manage the input they can have in selected sports to help achieve the overall objectives. To act as the lead in working with other University departments, especially Facilities Management, in the delivery of all aspects of outdoor sport and recreation. To take the lead in developing and implementing an agreed programme of performance management which continually monitors and reviews standards and performance and includes the provision of an effective programme of CPD. To work across all areas of the SDC to ensure the client experience and facility requirements are built into the development plans for all sports. To take the lead in ensuring SDC achieves the key performance measures in the successful delivery of SportPark. As part of the Operations Management Team, to contribute to strategic planning and the formulation of policies and procedures for SDC. Duties and Responsibilities To oversee the implementation of the SDC development plan, ensuring the provision and coordination of high quality services which includes facilities, business development/events and marketing and communication, in selected sports and specific facilities. In accordance with University procedures, to manage the financial operation of designated areas including the setting and managing of budgets, identifying and exploiting potential new revenue streams and ensuring budgets are managed effectively and within agreed parameters. To produce regular financial reports, as required, and an annual report on selected sports. To ensure that Health and Safety requirements are adhered to and that all staff are suitably qualified and receive the appropriate training. To identify opportunities to positively promote and publicise Loughborough University. To lead and manage specific project work, within agreed timescales and budgets, on behalf of Sport Operations or the SDC as a whole. To work with the Athletic Union (AU) to assist AU clubs improve their planning and development leading to improved performance and increasing levels of participation. Special Conditions It will be necessary, on occasions, to work outside normal working hours including some work in the evening and at weekends. SPORTS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE PERSON SPECIFICATION Job Title: Strategic Manager (Sport Operations) Grade: Management & Specialist Grade 7 Department: Sports Development Centre Criteria Essential Desirable Stage to be assessed Proven experience of leading Previous experience of 1, 3 Experience and managing projects and Facility Management significant new activities to completion and within agreed timescales. Experience in brokering and 1, 3 coordinating multi- disciplinary programmes. Experience of people/ 1, 3 performance management and prioritising tasks. Experience in working with 1, 3 high performance coaches and athletes in multiple sports. Experience of working with 1, 3 National Governing Bodies of Sport. Experience of working to 1, 3 leisure industry standards and regulations. Excellent communication 1, 3 Skills and skills (both written and oral). . Abilities Excellent interpersonal and 3 negotiation skills. An understanding of 1, 3 computer programmes and management information systems and the ability to effectively use this information. Familiar with Microsoft Office 1, 3 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access). Financial management skills. 1, 3 Excellent organisational and 1, 3 time management skills. Educated to Degree level or 1, 3 Qualifications equivalent. Recognised Management or 1, 3 Leisure Industry qualification Be committed to, and actively 1, 3 Training participate in, a programme of continuing personal professional development. Evidence of the ability to 1, 3 Other initiate and develop systems and processes that support the achievement of business goals. Evidence of producing 1, 2, 3 effective strategies and development plans. Evidence of implementing 1, 2, 3 effective performance measurement and evaluation systems. An understanding of the 1, 3 importance of leadership, team dynamics, identifying potential for conflict and playing an active part in ensuring this is managed effectively. Willingness to work irregular 1, 3 hours as necessary. Detailed knowledge of Health 1, 3 & Safety Legislation. Working knowledge of 1, 3 QUEST accreditation and requirements. Knowledge of a broad range 1, 3 of sports and their requirements. An understanding of 1,3 University sport. Commitment to observing the University’s Equal Opportunities policy at all times. Stages in assessment: 1. application form (at shortlisting), 2. selection test, 3. interview Conditions of Service The post is full-time and open-ended. The salary will be on the Management and Specialist Grade 7 scale £36,532 to £43,622 per annum and is dependent upon previous qualifications and experience. Details of Conditions of Service for Academic and Related Staff may be found at the following website: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/personnel/conditions/acadrel.html Applications Informal enquiries should be made to Mr Tim Garfield, Deputy Director (Sport Operations) T.Garfield@lboro.ac.uk Tel: 01509 226101. Application forms should be returned to: Human Resources, Administration 2 Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, Personnel@lboro.ac.uk Please quote reference number: RF/13404. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 9th October 2009. Interviews will be taking place on Thursday, 29th October 2009. Please note that in the interests of economy the University will not reply to unsuccessful candidates. Therefore, if you have not received a reply from us by eight weeks after the advertised closing date, you should assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.