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Head of Sport Development

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is a public research university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as a new university in 1992, although its roots go back to 1843 with the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design, which still exists within the university today.

20 Jan 2023
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

Be part of something bigger.

Doing things differently.

If you are passionate about increasing sport and physical activity for university students and encouraging participation from the many and diverse parts of the NTU community, this is an amazing opportunity to join us at NTU Sport. We are committed to offering high quality sporting opportunities to all.

We are looking for an experienced and innovative Head of Sport Development, who will form a key part of the NTU Sport leadership team. The role will lead the department’s work in the areas of sports participation, diversity and inclusion, sports volunteering, and engaging with hard to reach segments of the NTU community.

You will take a leading role in pushing forward the department’s ambition to create a culture where regular participation in physical activity is the norm, thereby making a significant contribution to the wellbeing and academic achievement of students at NTU. We aim to have at least 70% of our students involved in regular activity by 2025.

NTU Sport also takes competitive sport seriously; the University is ranked in the top 10 of over 150 Universities in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league table and aspires to continue in its strong upward trajectory.

About You

A proven leader and sports development professional, you will have experience of working in a higher education environment, ideally within a sports role. You will have strong interpersonal and influencing skills; you will also have the ability to create and build effective relationships with internal and external partners. Your written and verbal communication skills will be excellent and you will have experience of managing budgets.

Alongside your application, please submit a concise supporting statement that clearly shows you have the attributes and competencies outlined in the person specification.

Job purpose:

As a member of the NTU Sport leadership team, to be the strategic lead for participation in sport and physical activity;
this involves being responsible for the planning and delivery of sector-leading sport engagement and volunteering
programmes designed to enhance the student experience for all members of the Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
community - and hence improve the likelihood of successful retention and academic progression.

Principal duties and responsibilities:

The role will encompass all of the following, but the balance of duties and responsibilities will be determined in discussion with the post holder’s line manager:

1) In consultation with other members of the leadership team, set the strategic direction and provide effective
leadership for the Sports Development Team (SDT):

  • Lead activity relating to engagement and retention in sports participation that will enhance students’ experience
    of NTU.
  • Work collaboratively with key staff in NTU’s Academic Schools, the Professional Services and the Students’
    Union, ensuring alignment with the University strategy and relevant agendas.
  • Undertake appraisal and performance management of SDT members.

2) Create partnerships with key bodies outside of the University, as well as developing close working arrangements
with internal partners, to devise innovative and imaginative methodologies to broaden participation and increase
overall engagement in sport, ensuring that the University’s sporting activities are inclusive and welcoming to all.

3) Lead and manage a student sports volunteering programme:

  • Ensure that volunteering initiatives meet the needs of students and the community.
  • Manage relationships with internal stakeholders including the Centre for Student & Community Engagement
    (CenSCE), the Students’ Union, the Employability Department and Academic Schools, to ensure coherence in
    volunteering initiatives.
  • Develop positive and mutually beneficial community links through the delivery of sports volunteering.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please click 'Apply Now' to begin the application process.

Applications close on 7th February 2023

Additional Information

Job Type
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
Health & Fitness
Salary information
£41,130 - 52,056

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