Durham University – Lead Rowing Coach

Durham University is one of Europe’s leading sport universities and has been ranked as Britain’s Number 1 Team Sport University since 2013. In the autumn of 2019 the University will complete the construction of a £32m Sports & Wellbeing Park, adding to a prior investment, on the same site, of £8m in 2012.

Rowing is a leading sport at Durham and the Lead Coach will play a pivotal role within both the Boat Club and the wider Team Durham coaching team. The club currently has 90 members competing in various events around the UK with the top student/athletes aiming for GB Team selection, BUCS and Henley Royal Regatta.

The Boat Club has significant funding from the University, alumni donations and club run revenue generating events. The club is also a funded partner in the GB Team High Performance Programme.

The student/athletes benefit from comprehensive sports medicine and science support which is designed to maximise their development and optimise their performance.

The aim of the club is to provide a challenging and rewarding environment in which the student/athletes can excel and enjoy the sport.


Primarily the Lead Coach will coach and develop the rowing performance programme in conjunction with the Head Rowing Coach. They will assist with identifying and recruiting the best men’s and women’s rowing athletes both undergraduate and postgraduate. As part of the university’s broader community engagement programme the Lead Coach may assist with the junior high performance pathways and wider community programmes and that will sit alongside developing relationships both internally and externally for the benefit of the programme.

The Lead Coach will be expected to assist in delivering fund raising opportunities in order to grow the programme, where required.

Working Arrangements

At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all.  Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/2022, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and to flex working hours.  If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you.  Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification.  In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

What you are required to submit

1. A CV;

2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out in the essential and desirable criteria;

3. Completion of a Word document, with examples of how you satisfy the person specification.  Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria if requested.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details

For further information regarding this post, please contact; [email protected]

Essential Criteria:

1.      Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships, both internally and externally.

2.      Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.

3.      Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.

4.      British Rowing Level 3 Coaching qualification

5.      Evidence of personal development to maintain skills.

6.      Experienced service provider with knowledge and expertise used to contribute to the delivery and development of services, events and activities within the organisation.

7.      Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.

8.      Experience of implementing policy and procedures and involvement with future changes for a service area.

9.      Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.

10.   Ability to effectively network and exchange advice and information for development purposes.

11.   Ability to contribute to planning at operational level.

12.   A clean driving licence.

Desirable Criteria:

An understanding of the HE sporting landscape.

Application Dates: From Wednesday 5th January 2022 to Friday 14th January 2022

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