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Performance Director - Strategy & Culture

British Gymnastics

British Gymnastics, also known as the British Amateur Gymnastics Association, is the sports governing body for gymnastics and Trampolining in the UK.

29 Jul 2022
Contract - Fixed Term
Part Time
Closing date
18 Aug 2022

Overview and Purpose:

Gymnastics is embarking on a significant period of change. It is an exciting and challenging time to join the organisation and this key leadership role is central to shaping and implementing the changes required to put the gymnast central to everything we do. Due to the unique challenges in our sport and the timings of these appointments, mid Paris cycle, we are looking to appointment two part time roles to cover the full responsibility of the Performance Director role.

The Performance Directors are accountable for the delivery and outcomes of the WCP strategy. Alongside this there are 4 strategic priorities that require focus, Cultural Change, Athlete Welfare, Coach Development and Women’s reform programme. The PD – Culture and Strategy will have specific accountability for Cultural change and Athlete welfare.

Role Summary:

This role has a critical accountability for cultural change, to develop, embed and drive an athlete centred, world class culture at all levels. To support and empower athletes and coaches to develop performance environments and cross discipline learning to ensure a positive, successful experience in Paris and beyond.

Alongside the cultural changes required this role will oversee the Athlete welfare reforms required to ensure a holistic experience is a positive one for all. This includes optimising sport science and systems expertise appropriate for each discipline, development of policies and embracing the athlete voice.

The Performance Director will take overall accountability for the management of the high performance strategy. Initial focus will be on delivering success at Paris 2024 but will also provide leadership, management and strategic direction of our world class programme in developing the 2028 Los Angeles strategy.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

1. Specific Performance Leadership accountabilities:

  • Lead the cultural change programme to develop a high performance team environment, that is athlete centred whilst optimising the unique opportunities within each of the disciplines
  • Lead on the Athlete Welfare reforms required to create an athlete centred programme with specific focus on optimising sports science methodology across all disciplines
  • Deliver efficient and effective performance programmes and pathways that identify, support and develop athletes to provide a strong sustainable pipeline talent for future cycles
  • Deliver the Paris strategy whilst collaboratively developing the 2028 LA Strategy encompassing internal and external learnings and best practice

2. Shared Organisational Leadership responsibilities – typical activities where shared ownership and responsibility will be developed by the two individuals

  • Lead the development of a safe, healthy, positive, athlete centred performance environment where the organisations commitment to an athlete centred vision and experience is embedded into the strategy, actions and behaviours of everyone in the programme
  • Lead and manage the Performance Leadership Team to integrate and align excellent, evidence based coaching and performance support as appropriate to each discipline and stage of the gymnast pathway
  • Inspire everyone to reach their potential by driving a culture of continuous learning, enabling gymnasts to achieve improved success whilst valuing holistic development and life after competing
  • Line manage members of the PLT (Two + 1 dotted EIS) and strategically support all of its staff to ensure suitable learning and development opportunities that allow them to reach their potential
  • Responsibility for the annual performance budget of circa £4m

3. Shared Operational and stakeholder management

  • Vision, drive, determination and the ability to install these qualities in colleagues and/or surround the gymnasts with equally driven and passionate/expert coaches, support staff and partners.
  • A strong sense of team, work collaboratively with PD/PLT and be able to adapt to both leading and supporting at various stages of the journey
  • Proven experience in developing cultural change to achieve performance targets in the right way
  • An appreciation of and commitment to mandatory aspects of child protection, health and safety, welfare
  • A comprehensive understanding of HP sports and athlete development, including coaching, sports science and medicine, international competition and gymnast/athlete development pathways
  • Managerial and administration skills/experience, including strategic planning, line management, change
  • Ensure effective leadership and management of GB representative teams at World Championships, Olympics, acting as team leader (HoD) and working and liaising with relevant stakeholder groups
  • Ensure the development and adherence to best practice standards for athlete health, well-being, safeguarding and anti-doping are adhered to.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders who contribute to the success of the programmes, including gymnasts, coaches, UK Sport, Sport England, BOA, HN’s
  • Actively contribute to the strategic direction of the wider NGB through collaborative working with the senior executive and Board of Directors including as required reporting on strategic delivery

4. Keeping our sport, our members and our colleagues safe

All employees of British Gymnastics have responsibility to keep our sport, our members and our staff safe. This includes upholding our safeguarding, data protection, health & safety, equality & diversity and risk management policies, promoting our rules and standards of conduct for members and reporting any suspected risks, breaches, misconduct or poor practice to their line manager, the Integrity Unit (concerns about members and clubs) or the HR team (concerns about British Gymnastics staff).

Role Requirements:

1. Knowledge, Skills and Expertise

This role requires the holder to effectively lead, manage and monitor cultural and strategic reforms, develop programmes and support structures; to be innovative in his/her thinking and leadership; and to drive improvements in performance of gymnasts, coaches, colleagues, methods and systems of work.

To be successful in the role holder will require:

management, performance management, problem solving, decision making, budgetary control, report writing and networking/presentations/communications

2. People

This role requires the holder to formally line manage the work programmes and deliverables of colleagues in the Performance Sport Management Team; to manage, guide and support contractors and partners contributing to HP programmes; to effectively manage relationships with stakeholders, partners, personal coaches and gymnasts; and develop effective working relationships/share knowledge with British Gymnastics colleagues/the wider British Gymnastics community.

3. Shaping Direction

As the person responsible for the development and delivery of HP strategy, frameworks, programmes and people, the role holder is required to lead on change management; the implementation of ‘best practice’; the development of progressive processes/systems/techniques; and the division of targets, responsibilities, resources and budget.

In addition, the role holder will be expected to facilitate effective dialogue with relevant stakeholders and partners, manage the exchange of information, recommendations, debates and disputes; and play a proactive role in monitoring gymnast, programme and discipline progression and results, amending/re- aligning activities and resources to the targets and objectives, as appropriate.

4. Developing Solutions

This role requires the role holder to analyse and resolve a number of problems/issues on a regular basis, including:

  • Managing relationships and expectations (internal and external)
  • Managing gymnast welfare, impact of accidents etc.
  • Allocating finite resources for optimum results
  • Maximising the knowledge and potential within the Performance Sport team.

5. Decision Making

This is a key leadership role in relation to the delivery of competitive performance and medal success at Olympic/international competitions, as such the role holder is required to lead the strategic development of HP programmes/framework/ people and make key operational decisions and recommendations.

6. Communicating

This role requires the holder to communicate with, enthuse and inspire a broad range of stakeholders, partners, colleagues, coaches, gymnasts and clubs in relation to the development and delivery of HP strategy, programmes and people. This includes consulting with experts; making recommendations to/contributing at British Gymnastics strategic planning meetings; informing and positively influencing stakeholders and partners i.e. UK Sport; presenting information and results; managing and monitoring external suppliers/contractors i.e. science and medicine partners; representing British Gymnastics at international events and effectively cascading targets and objectives to colleagues, coaches and gymnasts.

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