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Project Officer - Get Onside

Saracens Foundation

The Foundation has for the last 20 years worked tirelessly to support the local communities across the Hertfordshire and North London areas by changing lives through the power of sport.

16 Sep 2023
Full Time
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

Get Onside is the Saracens Foundation’s prison project that uses a combination of educational workshops alongside a practical rugby programme to engage prisoners, teach them positive values and behaviours whilst developing a sense of self-confidence and hopefulness for a future free from the cycle of the justice system. The Get Onside Project Officer will be tasked with leading the educational workshops with prisoners inside HMYOI Feltham & HMP The Mount as well as delivering practical rugby sessions. The successful candidate will also be responsible for coordinating the course curriculum, whilst also managing the budget and administrative side of the programme.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • To lead on the delivery of the Get Onside programme, both in the classroom-based workshops and on the rugby pitch.
  • Support graduates in their first year of release
  • Recruit and engage employers in our mentor training scheme
  • Assists in the development of creative ideas to improve projects, engage beneficiaries, and provide the greatest impact on people and communities
  • Support and lead in the design, delivery, and coordination of projects, including budgeting and administration
  • Responsible for scheduling and relationship management with external providers and guest speakers.
  • Ensures that work produced meets all objectives set, is done by the agreed time to the highest standard and achieves the best possible outcome for the Foundation
  • Responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of the project and reporting to key stakeholders

Person specification

The successful candidate will have the following:

Essential skills:

  • England Rugby Coaching Award (ERCA) or Level 2 Coaching Award from RFU (or equivalent qualification from relevant Governing Body)
  • A ‘people’s person’ with excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong internal and external relationships
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Lived experience or knowledge of working with disadvantaged or excluded people in order to create positive change
  • Experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of different demographics
  • An understanding of the sport for change and prison landscapes, and the desired impacts of these projects
  • Project management skills that will enable you to create and deliver projects that meet Foundation objectives
  • Able to quickly develop strong partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders (internally and externally)
  • A ‘self-starter’ who can motivative themselves and others to achieve amazing impacts on communities
  • Good communicator and facilitator with excellent presentation skills including ICT capability

Desirable skills

  • An understanding or lived experience of challenges faced by prisoners in prison and in the community.
  • Experience of working within an elite sport foundation that sits alongside an elite sport club
  • Experience of creating and delivering inspiring interventions in order to create a positive experience
  • Experience of working with external stakeholders to add value to community-based programmes
  • Experience of mentoring vulnerable, disadvantaged or excluded people.

Personal Characteristics

  • You have a relentless focus and are a great team player
  • You thrive in and promote a culture of hard work, discipline, honesty, and humility to deliver result
  • You manage projects, activities, and resources effectively, assuming personal ownership and accountability for results
  • Be organised and efficient in your approach to your work and tasks
  • Be flexible in your approach to managing your workload but also possess the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.


  • Compensation
    The Foundation conduct an annual pay review. However, proactive pay increases will be implemented to reflect growing responsibilities
  • Working from home
    We all work from the office on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays before a match day. This keeps team collaboration and engagement high.
    If you are normally office-based, you can still work from home occasionally - as long as you have a good internet connection and a private, quiet space which allows you to do your best work
  • Holiday
    25 days’ holiday a year, plus bank holidays - please use them all!
    Health & Wellbeing
  • Paid sick leave for both physical & mental health
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • After work events including PT, football and tag rugby
    Ballot tickets for Saracens Home Games
    Ballot tickets for International Rugby Games
    Opportunities for discounted tickets to Saracens games and events for you and your family
  • Family
    Enhanced paid maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave, if you’ve been with us for at least 26 weeks
    Life assurance with Zurich
  • Commuting
    We’re a member of the cycle-to-work scheme

How to Apply

Please click “Apply Now” to submit a CV and covering letting incorporating suitability to the role, to Sangita Asani, People Business Partner at Saracens.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Rugby Union
Salary information
£25,000 - 28,000

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