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Director of Rugby

The University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is a public university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and, following Oxford and Cambridge universities, the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

22 Jun 2022
Full Time
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

We are seeking to appointment a suitably experienced and qualified Director of Rugby to lead our ambitious rugby programme. The exciting role is wide ranging and primarily involves working with our student rugby club, including coaching our men’s 1st team; one of the university’s performance teams The ideal candidate will be driven by supporting students and to achieve success at a performance level. They will be motivated to develop players of all abilities, bring and implement new ideas, embrace challenge and enjoy making a difference.

Main Purpose of the Role

Sport plays a significant part in student life at St Andrews and enhances the unique experience of studying at Scotland’s first university. Under the banner of Saints Sport, the Department of Sport and Exercise and Athletic Union provide a welcoming environment that ensures every student makes the most of their time at St Andrews.

The University recognises 12 sports as part of the Performance Programme, each benefiting from increased support and a dedicated sports-specific Director or Head Coach. This support includes sport science interventions such as strength and conditioning and performance analysis, increased funding, greater access to training facilities and long-term development and performance strategies. Our coaching team come to St Andrews with a wealth of experience gained at the top of their field and understand the balance between academic and athletic achievement.

The Director of Rugby will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of all student rugby at the University of St Andrews. This will include managing, developing and improving opportunities at all levels of rugby, with the ultimate objective of enhancing the student experience and placing the University of St Andrews as the destination of choice for student rugby players.

There will be a considerable administrative responsibility in this role as the Director of Rugby is ultimately responsible for co-ordination of all rugby affairs, men’s and women’s, liaising with the Department of Sport and Exercise, Athletic Union, SSS, BUCS, Scottish Rugby and the University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club Committees.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  1. To set the long-term strategy for rugby at the University of St Andrews, identifying through regular monitoring, evaluation and discussion with colleagues key areas for further development of the programme.
  2. To set a strong, distinctive and positive performance culture, improving the quality and quantity of teams competing in University competition through coaching, talent identification and recruitment and appropriate monitoring systems.
  3. To advise and assist in the development of the University of St Andrews Rugby Clubs, Men and Women, encouraging students of all levels to play rugby and supporting the clubs’ adherence to established policies and procedures and demonstration of best practice.
  4. To recruit, deploy, support and develop rugby coaches in support of the delivery of the programme, including but not limited to student volunteer coaches.
  5. To build links with schools and colleges to create a network of feeder opportunities, identifying and liaising with outstanding individuals and encouraging their application to become students at the University.
  6. To engage with the community beyond the University of St Andrews, contributing to the success of rugby in St Andrews, Fife and Scotland through links with schools, clubs and Scottish Rugby and beyond.
  7. To identify and deliver initiatives that generate income for Saints Sport and the University and to promote widely the University of St Andrews as a venue for appropriate sports competitions and events.
  8. To promote the programme and its successes, through colleagues within Saints Sport and the University and externally as appropriate.
  9. To contribute to the overall effectiveness of Saints Sport by identifying additional opportunities to maximise use of facilities and services, liaising with colleagues for the development of the rugby programme and in support of the wider Saints Sport Unit Plan.
  10. To be an ambassador for Saints Sport, the University of St Andrews and Sport as a whole through the demonstration of a positive, inclusive and student-centred approach and adherence to Saints Sport’s Core Values.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Special Requirements:

It is anticipated that this role will require working during evenings and at weekends, especially during term-time.

It is recognised that coaches working at this level will often have links with representative sides. This is seen as advantageous as long as it does not interfere with the work as defined.


We encourage applicants to apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for a paper application form.

For all applications, please quote ref: AD4710MR

Applications are particularly welcome from women, who are under-represented in sports posts at the University.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall). More details can be found at

The University is committed to equality of opportunity.

Before an appointment can be confirmed, you will be subject to a Criminal Records check.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in professional posts at the University.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.

In accordance with the new immigration rules, it is with regret that this role does not meet the current suitability requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. The University encourages all interested candidates to apply regardless of nationality and all applications received are assessed against the essential and desirable criteria listed in the further particulars. The successful candidate will have to demonstrate their right to work in the UK prior to commencing employment and where required, obtain the right to work in the UK without relying on University sponsorship.

Interviews will be held on 8 July 2022

How to apply

Please click "Apply Now” to begin the online application process before the 30th of June 2022.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Rugby Union
Salary information
£ 34,304 - 40,927

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