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Head of Student Performance Sport

Job title Head of Student Performance Sport

Department Sports Development & Recreation

Salary Starting from £42,149, rising to £50,296

Grade Grade 8

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2317

Placed on Friday 17 June 2022

Closing date Sunday 03 July 2022

Interview date Thursday 07 July 2022

Reference CC9554

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Under the Team Bath brand, the University of Bath is a leading player in HE sport. 

As Head of Student Performance Sport this is an exciting opportunity to work within one of the most dynamic and integrated high-performance sporting environments in the UK. 

About the role:

The primary purpose of the role is to manage the department’s strategic development of student performance sport (SPS)

You will:

  • be responsible for setting standards that drive continuous improvement while fostering a high-performing culture and team environment across our SPS programmes. 
  • lead and manage our experienced Head Coaches, our Performance Support Team and our Performance Sport Officer.
  • provide expert advice for devising, implementing and providing operational oversight of SPS as well as our Dual Career programme, sports scholarships and our partnership with TASS.

This will involve leading on developing the standards of delivery, targets and priorities for SPS, including recruiting and supporting elite athletes and coaches, building partnerships with professional and community clubs and with National Governing Bodies. 

About you:

You will have a strong track record of leading and managing high level coaches and sports practitioners together with extensive experience within the performance sport or HE sport sectors, including knowledge and understanding of the key sporting bodies within these sectors.

As part of the Department’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT), you will also be heavily involved in the strategic development and financial performance of the Department.

About us:

The Department of Sports Development and Recreation seeks to create impact through sport, by maximising its unique environment every day for every customer.

The Department manages and organises a range of activities under the University’s sports brand - Team Bath - and aspires to create a world leading multi-sport environment delivering to elite athletes, staff and students of the University and the local and regional community. Based in the inspiring £35m Sports Training Village, the Department offers a wide range of high quality sports activities, programmes, events, services and facilities catering for all ages and abilities.

In addition, we are recognised by UK Sport as one of only six Elite Training Centres, providing the training base for around 250 international level athletes.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Update to our application process:

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