SOA Performance Coordinator Position

SOA Performance Coordinator
The Scottish Orienteering Association are looking to put in place a paid employee to coordinate a program to cater for elite orienteers living in Scotland.

The SOA is also hopeful of securing funding in 2019 to extend this role to cover non-elite orienteers in the age range 18-30 in order to improve opportunities and increase retention in this age group.

07th Jan 19

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Role Outline

Contract available: 0.5 days per week, funding is agreed for 3 years initially.
Appointed by: SOA President, on behalf the SOA Board, via interview panel.
Reporting to: SOA Performance Director (and SOA Performance Committee).
Place of work: Working from home, but likely to require travel.
Remittance: £20,000-£23,000 FTE dependent on experience.
Application Closing Date: 20th January
Applications should be made by submitting a CV and covering letter outlining suitability for the role to

Interviews: Will take place in January.


Specific duties:

  • Coordinate the Performance and Elite teams
  • Produce a yearly program for the teams
  • Organise a program of activity including:

- 3 or 4 Weekends, including a kick-off/celebration weekend with ScotJOS
- Camps – possibly pre-WOC, Warm Weather training or summer tour
- Co-ordinate program with ScotJOS, EUOC, GB teams
- Prepare a 'Scotland' team for Jukola if feasible
- Coordinate coaches/volunteers/helpers to assist with program

Support the Performance and Elite teams with regards to:

  • Personal coaching
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Sport science support
  • Overseas opportunities
  • Other opportunities such as coaching
  • Ensure our Performance athletes have as much support as possible

Look for opportunities and partnerships such as:

  • Scottish Universities
  • Scottish Sports Facilities
  • Overseas matches
  • 10mila/Jukola
  • Scottish 6 Day
  • Interesting speakers and guests for training weekends


  • Input into the selection process for the Scotland team at the SHIs
  • Work with the Performance Director on Scottish selection criteria and policies
  • Coordinate the presentation of the teams and athletes on the internet and social media with a volunteer
  • Monitor and engage ScotJOS leavers
  • Maintain a focus on both sprint and forest orienteering
  • Engage clubs to support and foster elite orienteering
  • Work to develop performance coaches with the SOA coaching team
  • Support the SHI team manager (planned to be a separate voluntary role)
  • Support fund raising activities, including orienteering events, running races etc

Person Specification:
This post would suit a motivated individual passionate about driving forward elite orienteering in Scotland. Ideally the candidate would have a good knowledge of elite orienteering and a high-level orienteering coaching qualification. There may be a requirement to work some weekends and evenings. Note that this role is not a coaching role, just coordinating a program.

Should you have questions about the role please do contact  

Posted on 07th Jan 19
by Fiona Keir