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Head Hockey Coach

Durham University

Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, England.

5 Aug 2022
Full Time
Closing date
16 Aug 2022


Primarily the Head Coach will lead and develop the men’s and women’s hockey programme. The post holder will develop and implement a strategy for recruiting the best men’s and women’s hockey players, developing relationships both internally and externally for the benefit of the programme. They will also be responsible for developing and delivering fund raising opportunities in order to grow the programme.

Core responsibilities:

  • Recognised professional practitioner and management and/or service specialist with responsibility for the management of the men’s and women’s hockey programme.
  • Provide input to the design and development of the University hockey programme.
  • Manage operational service activities to ensure excellence in the student athlete experience.
  • Contribute to the analysis of stakeholder feedback to help define needs and requirements, inputting to the design and planning of services.
  • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University reputation.
  • Provide feedback on team and individual performance and identify development needs, conducting regular staff ADR and performance reviews.
  • Handle the vast majority of welfare issues within a team, referring more complex welfare issues to appropriate support services/senior management.
  • Delivery of ongoing coaching, mentoring and training to team members.
  • Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access.
  • Contribute to business meetings, working groups and sub committees at departmental and operational service levels.
  • Responsible for managing small budgets for consumables and some capital items, keeping records and processing invoices.
  • Devolve responsibilities to team members to ensure continuity of service provision and encourage skills development.

Role responsibilities:

  • Provide management for the operation of a University hockey programme.
  • Manage and monitor service performance and provide metrics and reports to Service Heads, making recommendations as appropriate.
  • Participate in and monitor communities of practice and partnership working internally and externally.
  • Network and engage with external and internal stakeholders to gather feedback and identify future programme needs, to ensure excellence in programme provision.
  • Prepare and manage the service area budget or budgets and monitor expenditure to ensure cost-effective service delivery.
  • Contribute to the production and analysis of statistical service metrics to identify successful delivery and areas for future improvement.
  • Distribute and process key service information to all stakeholders.
  • Implement continuous programme improvements to enhance the delivery of hockey programme.
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders using appropriate media and methods.
  • Contribute to the delivery of activities that generate external income.
  • Develop, modify and optimise service protocols and methodologies.
  • Deliver support elements of the wider student experience.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements

The post holder will be required to work weekends and evenings. The role will require regular travel.

Working Arrangements

At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all. Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/2022, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and to flex working hours. If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you. Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.

Reward and Benefits

To support the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:

  • 30 days annual leave, plus 4 customary days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) and the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme;
  • Corporate and local discounts;
  • Wellbeing resources and discounted health benefits;
  • Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle Health and Activity Centre;
  • Reward and Recognition Schemes;
  • Personal and career development;

How to Apply

Please click "Apply Now” to begin the online application process, and submit a CV, covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out in the essential and desirable criteria and completion of a Word document, with examples of how you satisfy the person specification. Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria and attach as a separate document.

Full Job description and Person Specification available here.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
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£35,333 - 42,155

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