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Here at British Canoeing we set our standards high and pursue excellence in all that we do; as a National Governing Body of Sport and as a group of individuals.

DIRECTOR OF PADDLESPORT

Location: Based at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits 

A truly outstanding opportunity at senior management level with one of the most progressive National Governing Bodies sport within the UK. 

British Canoeing is the internationally recognised governing body for paddle sports in the UK, encompassing canoeing, kayaking, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding. This is a new senior role, created to provide strategic leadership for the development of the Olympic, Paralympic and non-Olympic disciplines. British Canoeing Is already successful on the international stage in many of the  Paddlesport disciplines with the Great Britain teams finishing top of the combined Canoeing Olympic and Paralympic medal table at the Rio 2016 Games, winning four Olympic and five Paralympic medals. Great Britain is one of the most successful countries in international competitions, winning around 80-90 medals across the disciplines in European and World Championships each year. 

British Canoeing has been through a positive transformation since 2016, enjoying a period of growth and on track to deliver many of the ambitious goals set within the strategic plan Stronger Together 2017-2021. Over two million adults and children in the UK will take part in some form of paddling each year. Today there are over 62,000 members of British Canoeing and this has grown from 32,000 over the last 4 years. Over 12,000 coaches are registered with British Canoeing with strong competition pathways in most disciplines.

The Role 

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Paddlesport will be required to provide leadership and management to the World Class Programme, England Talent Programme and Events team. The role will provide direction and strategic leadership to enable delivery of the British Canoeing long term vision and strategy. Core responsibilities will include but not be limited to: 

  • Full responsibility for the strategic oversight, executive support and scrutiny of the World Class Programme and England Talent policies and programmes.
  • Provide strategic oversight and support to the talent and performance policies and programmes of the non-Olympic competition disciplines.
  • Deliver strategic leadership and ensure outstanding delivery and future growth for international events hosted in the UK,
  • Effective leadership and management of the Paddlesport staff team, including Performance Director, Head of England Talent and Head of Events, to ensure the effective delivery of the objectives within the 4-year strategic plan and annual plans.
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team play a full part in the collective responsibility for setting the strategic direction for the whole organisation.
  • Work closely with UK Sport, English Institute of Sport, BOA, BPA, Sport England and Home Country National Associations and other key stakeholders working alongside the World Class Performance Programme.
  • Represent British Canoeing on the British Olympic Association National Olympic Committee (BOA) and British Paralympic Association National Paralympic Committee (BPA).
  • Develop a strong working relationship with the International Canoeing Federation in relation to the development of Olympic/Paralympic disciplines and major events
  • Ensure that the organisation’s Values are embedded across all areas of the directorate. 

The Person 

  • Broad-based senior leadership experience within performance sport, successfully leading a team operating in the area of talent and performance development.
  • Exceptional track record of achievement in turning strategies into effective reality, navigating organisational complexities and challenges.
  • A strong understanding of coaching, sport science and medicine, international competition and talent pathways.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills, resourceful, resilient and innovative, with the ability to manage a range of different priorities.
  • Significant experience of working at a senior level with multiple partners, stakeholders and volunteers to achieve success including working with public funding agencies.
  • Experience of overseeing the strategic delivery and growth of high-profile events advantageous.
  • Highly developed leadership and management skills with a proven record of establishing a culture of collaboration, team working, innovation and support.
  • A proven ability to engage and inspire others in the development and delivery of a shared vision and purpose 
  •  Interpersonal skills and judgement which inspire confidence and trust in staff, volunteers, stakeholders and other organisations
  • Degree or equivalent vocational qualification in sports science or other relevant discipline, or evidence of compensatory work experience.

 To Apply 

Candidates should send a covering letter, CV and details of current remuneration to Kit Taylor at: [email protected] 

Closing date: Friday 22nd January 2021 17.00 

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.

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Places to Paddle Sites & Facilities Lead

Location: Based at National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

Hours: Full time, 37 Hours per week.

Salary: Band 4 (Non-Coaching) £33,474 - £43,957 per annum dependant on experience + pension, 25 days annual leave (Plus Bank Holidays)

British Canoeing is the United Kingdom's Governing Body for the sport and recreation of canoeing and kayaking.  This is an exciting time to join British Canoeing, as we have made great progress in delivering Stronger Together – an exciting and ambitious strategy for Paddlesport in the UK.

This is a great opportunity within British Canoeing to lead and coordinate the development and subsequent implementation of a British Canoeing facilities strategy. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the strategic and day to day management of the British Canoeing Places to Paddle Sites portfolio. 

Candidates will have strong interpersonal skills, as part of the role will involve liaising effectively with different stakeholder groups, therefore excellent written and spoken communication skills are essential. Attention to detail is also key as is the ability to manage and lead projects successfully to completion.   

Reporting to the Head of Recreational Paddling, this role will work closely with all areas of our organisation to achieve its objectives. The ability to work independently whilst also being a strong team player and being solution focused is therefore essential. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate they have experience and knowledge of producing risk assessments to include public and safety assessments and experience in planning and securing capital projects such as building work or site maintenance. 

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your personal qualities, skills, experience and motivation for applying for the role. Please also clearly state your salary expectations. Please send via email to [email protected]  

Closing date for applications: 12:00noon Friday 12th February 2021.

Interview date: Thursday 25th February 2021 (Interviews will be held virtually as a first stage)

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.

Field Based Internal Verifiers

Casual Contract – As and When Basis 

Salary: Competitive, dependent upon experience on a daily rate

Location: Based from home and with regular visits to development courses that will be running across the country at various locations, this may include weekends and some nights away from home.

Based from home and with regular visits to development courses running at typical paddlesport venues at various locations which may include weekends and some nights away from home.

The role is based on annual sampling plan, as a guide Internal Verifiers can expect to attend approx. 3 virtual meetings and up to 15 field visits per year.

We intend to recruit up to 3 post holders and are open to applications from individuals who reside outside of the UK.

We are particularly interested in applications from the United States of America, women and minority groups who are currently under-represented in our team.

British Canoeing is seeking to appoint a dedicated and adaptable team member with a ‘can do’ and solution focused approach, to join its team and to support the English Coaching Manager to ensure consistency in the assessing of qualifications, both within national frameworks and within the quality and management systems of Paddles Up Training.

Working alongside British Canoeing colleagues, the post holder will be responsible for identifying internal verification requirements and opportunities. You will work with Assessors and other Internal Verifiers to agree internal verification visit plans that meet the requirements of British Canoeing whilst limiting impacting on the assessor or the learner. 

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a well-developed understanding and knowledge of the sport of canoeing. You must have outstanding communication and organisational skills and the ability to take individual responsibility for Internal Verification from concept to completion.  An awareness and understanding of the practice and delivery of coaching and leadership in Paddlesport, a full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

This is an excellent opportunity for an exceptional and experienced individual to join a successful Delivery Centre. 

To apply,

Please email a CV and covering letter to: [email protected] 

Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon Monday 1st February 2021

Interview Date:  Digital interviews will be held week commencing 8th February 2021

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.

British Canoeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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