Vacancy: Coaching & Volunteering Officer

Coaching & Volunteering Officer

Job Details
Appointed by: SOA President, on behalf of Board, via interview panel
Period of tenure: 2 year contract until October 2020
Hours of work: 3 days per week
Place of work: Various. This post will offer home working but there will be a requirement to regularly attend National Orienteering Centre based at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore.  
Reporting to: SOA Chief Operating Officer, acting as Line Manager, and Development Director
Remittance: £20,000-£23,000 FTE dependent on experience. Home-based staff will be given contribution towards phone and internet costs. 
Application Closing Date: Friday 21st September. Applications should be made by submitting a CV and covering letter outlining suitability for the role to Should you wish to send a written application please send to National Orienteering Centre, Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, PH22 1QZ. Please allow adequate postal time to allow us to consider your application by the closing date. 
Interview Dates: Interviews will take place the week commencing 1st October.

31st Aug 18

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Job Outline

Co-ordinate programme of education for coaches, teachers, event officials, volunteers and club officials to meet the needs of the sport in Scotland.

Main enabling tasks

  • Conduct appropriate research to identify training needs within the orienteering community and in accord with the SOA Strategic Plan
  • Constantly review and update course programme, content, delivery mechanisms
  • Manage tutor workforce
  • Support our network of volunteers within orienteering to maintain motivation and provide development opportunities. Work with SOA staff, Directors and clubs to identify needs and use innovation to best meet the needs of the sport. 
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Devise & maintain policies, procedures & schedules, monitor and report against plan
  • Liaise and build working partnerships with other organisations eg. sportscotland, SQA, British Orienteering
  • Regularly review course content and delivery mechanisms, explore alternatives
  • Provide on-line learning materials (eg. Condes User Guide), templates and samples
  • Arrange dates, venues, tutor, assessor and internal verifier; administer bookings, payments, certification
  • Calculate budgets, develop promotional material and publicise courses
  • Maintain records for coaches, learners and tutors; periodically review CPD logs
  • Compile course materials and liaise with tutor on needs of courses
  • Maintain equipment and books for loan to coaches, tutors etc.
  • Identify potential (self-employed) tutors as required, signpost to sportscotland training
  • Advise on training pathways, funding etc., signpost training from other providers
  • Create and manage projects to inspire new coaches, volunteers and young leaders to engagement with learning and development opportunities
  • Regularly contact SOA staff, Directors and clubs to assess ongoing needs of coaches and volunteers and how best to support them
  • Complete other duties to meet the needs of the organisation, as and when required.

Training programmes currently offered include:
Coach Education

  • Coaching Foundation
  • UKCC Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • Coach CPD, Tutor CPD, coaching weekends
  • Teacher CPD (Intrducing Orienteering courses/modules
  • Scottish Orienteering Young Leader Award

Volunteers’ Weekend & Officials’ training

  • Organisers’ workshop
  • Event Safety & Welfare workshop
  • Controllers’ courses
  • Course Planning workshop
  • Condes workshop
  • OCAD workshop

This post would suit a motivated individual passionate about driving forward coaching and volunteering opportunities within the sport of orienteering. 

Should you have questions about the role please do contact  

Posted on 31st Aug 18
by Fiona Keir