We Are Recruiting!!

Come join our small, friendly and committed team as we seek a Regional Development Officer to provide support for our Central and Southern-based clubs. 

With the successful bid for WOC2022 be part of the legacy as we work with our clubs to develop the sport of orienteering, introduce new people to the sport and capitalise on this unique platform to meet our ambitious aims.  

20th Sep 18

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Scottish Orienteering Regional Development Officer : Central & South

Job Description
Appointed by: SOA President, on behalf of Board, via interview panel
Period of tenure: 2 year contract.

Hours of work: 3 days per week (with possibility of full time available in the near future)

Place of work: Central based working from sportscotland offices on a hotdesk basis or from home. This post will offer home working but there will be a requirement to attend National Orienteering Centre based at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore for staff meetings and training. This role will require travel, the successful candidate must have access to their own car. 

Reporting to: SOA Chief Operating Officer, acting as Line Manager, and Development Director

Remittance: £18,000-£22,000 FTE dependent on experience. Home-based staff will be given contribution towards phone and internet costs. 
Application Closing Date: 26th October 2018. 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 5th November. 

Role Outline: 

  • Work with clubs to increase participation and club membership in line with SOA targets;
  • Support clubs to achieve a mark of accreditation;
  • Promote, publicise and market the sport of orienteering.

Specific duties

  • Support SOA clubs to enable them to create and deliver a Development Plan with the aims of increasing participation and club membership, and achieving a mark of accreditation, in accordance with the SOA Strategic Plan;
  • Identify potential focus clubs that merit closer support to deliver membership growth by ensuring sustainable enhancements to capacity, governance and school-club links, which might include the appointment of a Club Development Officer;
  • Facilitate the dissemination of best practice amongst clubs;
  • Scope out opportunities for development projects and productive partnerships, such as with other sports, outdoor groups, school networks, trusts and agencies;
  • Maintain a comprehensive, relevant knowledge base, including being a point of contact for Community Sports Hubs, Active Schools and funding streams;
  • Support clubs to carry out an active advertising campaign for local events with schools, parent groups and other community groups who might be attracted to orienteering;
  • Maintain close contact with local media, invite them to significant events/activities and regularly submit articles to their publications; maintain a social media presence;
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of programmes to demonstrate achievement in growth, working closely with the COO, Education Manager and Development Director;
  • Undertake other activities as directed by the SOA.

Regional Development Officer: Person Specification
The SOA is looking for an enthusiastic person who meets the following criteria:

Essential criteria:

  • Highly motivated and able to work both in collaboration with clubs and independently;
  • Understand the role of professional staff within a membership-driven and substantially
  • volunteer-run organisation;
  • Have a friendly, responsive and professional attitude towards SOA members, and
  • members of the public and agencies enquiring about orienteering in Scotland;
  • Have a full current driving licence and appropriate insurance;
  • Have good basic IT skills;
  • Live, or be prepared to live, adjacent to the areas of work;
  • Be able to work flexible hours, if required.

Desirable criteria:

  • Hold a relevant sports development qualification;
  • Have working knowledge of the sport of orienteering;
  • Have good project management skills.

This post would suit a motivated individual passionate about driving forward development within the sport of orienteering. 

Should you have questions about the role please do contact   

Posted on 20th Sep 18
by Fiona Keir