Vacancy: Falcons Community development officer

Thursday 4 August 2022

Newcastle Rugby Foundation are pleased to advertise an exciting opportunity to join their expanding team.

Newcastle Rugby Foundation is the official charitable arm of Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder professional rugby teams. Our purpose is to make rugby the positive difference that changes lives for good.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who has a passion for supporting people into rugby-based activity to ignite a passion and positive impact on their lives.

The role sits within the Falcons Community function and will require a dedicated individual who has both a talent for delivery of an exceptionally high standard of physical activity sessions as well as a flair for community development work as we strive to engage with under-represented groups in our communities to experience and benefit from what rugby has to offer.

As Falcons Community Falcons Community development officer you will be able to work across a wide variety of programmes within the charity to achieve our wider purpose to make rugby the positive difference that changes lives for good.

For an application form please email gavin.beasley@newcastle-falcons.co.uk .

The closing date for this role is 5pm on Friday August 26. Interviews will take place on Thursday September 8.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Falcons Community development officer.

Salary & Benefits: DOE – Competitive.

Hours required: Permanent Contract 37.5 hours per week (includes evenings and weekends).

Reporting to: Newcastle Rugby Foundation operations and delivery manager.

Based at: Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle upon Tyne (the majority of the work will be community based).

Purpose of the role:

  • To deliver rugby activities to community users from a wide variety of backgrounds to provide a positive experience of the sport and wider network.

  • To work as a team to help deliver the over-arching purpose of the Newcastle Rugby Foundation to the highest standard.

  • To contribute to the Newcastle Rugby Foundation’s overarching purpose and impact measurements (boost wellbeing, grow Skills, raise involvement, build belonging).

Key responsibilities as part of this role include:

  • Deliver a variety of rugby programmes and festivals to pre-school, primary schools, secondary schools and rugby clubs.

  • Work to develop and deliver community sessions as part of Project Rugby, mixed ability rugby, touch rugby, walking rugby, Junior Falcons and our School and Club Connections programmes.

  • Develop relationships with local clubs to support the transition of new players.

  • Work with the local clubs on evening and weekends to help the transition of players to clubs as well as develop coaches and volunteers.

  • Promote and deliver community coaching camps during school holidays across the region.

  • Support the delivery of a CPD programme for coaches, teachers, and volunteers.

  • Promote and deliver Falcons Community School Connections programme.

  • Promote Newcastle Rugby within the community.

  • Develop partnerships with key organisations and stakeholders to promote and enhance the work of the Falcons Community development officer.

  • Assist the operations and delivery manager in preparing and submitting reports.

  • Ensure all monitoring and evaluation administrative tasks are completed promptly via Upshot.

  • Work on Falcons match days to promote and deliver quality experiences for a variety of community participants.

  • In addition to the duties which this job normally entails the employee may from time to time be required to undertake reasonable additional or other duties for the benefit of the Newcastle Rugby Foundation.

Key performance indicators:

  • Number of participants engaged in a rugby offer within the criteria set out by programme managers.

  • Number of schools engaged in a rugby offer promoting school to club links and transition events.

  • Number of community club coaches taken through mentoring and coach development programme.

  • Number of Falcons community camps developed in the region.

  • Quality of programme delivery and management.

  • Contribution to the NRF overarching impact measurement results via Upshot monitoring and evaluation system.

Essential requirements:

  • Ability to gain Enhanced DBS clearance (RFU).

  • England Rugby Coaching Award/RFU Level 2 or higher.

  • First aid qualification.

  • Current UK Driving Licence and access to a car.

  • An understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity and safeguarding.

  • Experience of delivering enrichment sessions and physical activity to participants with a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and ability levels.

  • Share the Foundation’s Rugby+ values:

  • POSITIVE ENERGY

  • LET’S MAKE CONNECTIONS

  • UP FOR A CHALLENGE

  • SUPPORTIVE AND CARING

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of local and national rugby initiatives.

  • Experience in community development work in any sporting setting.

  • Refereeing qualification / other industry qualifications.

  • Experience of coaching rugby to a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and ability levels.

People dimensions:

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Excellent organisation skills with an ability to manage your own workload.

  • Ability to create relationships with stakeholders and promote the services of the NRF.

  • Ability to work to a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.

  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and honest personal attributes.

  • Ability to make decisions and use own initiative.

  • Comfortable in a team environment and motivated to work independently.

Safeguarding:

  • Newcastle Falcons, Thunder and Foundation take safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in club activities or services. The club has numerous safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

  • The organisations adhere to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and/or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s. Successful applicants are expected to share the club’s approach to safeguarding at all times.

Equal opportunities:

  • The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

  • Newcastle Falcons, Thunder and Foundation are an equal opportunities employer, all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

  • These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Newcastle Falcons, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System. If you wish to see our Candidate Privacy Notice click here.

  • Employment is subject to: satisfactory professional references, the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK as well as a successfully cleared enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and clearance of RFU safer recruitment procedure.

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