England Athletics - Facilities & Planning Manager Role
Facilities & Planning Manager
£40,000 - £50,000 per annum
England Athletics is the membership and development body for grassroots athletics and running clubs in England. Our mission is to grow opportunities for everyone to experience athletics and running, to enable them to reach their full potential.
Our sport is growing, it is attracting new participants and we need to ensure we have the capacity to deliver attractive and appropriate experiences for athletes and runners in clubs, groups, competitions and events.
Our member clubs are at the heart of everything that England Athletics does. They all provide different and important athletics and running experiences and are driven by passionate, dedicated volunteers. Like those volunteers, we believe that being part of an organised community makes people more likely to continue in our sport and more likely to return if they drop out. We want to support our member clubs to increase the performance levels of their members, whatever their ability, and to help people achieve their full potential. This will, we believe, ensure all participants in our sport can achieve their goals and will ultimately result in English athletes competing for medals at the highest level. We also know that to maintain a good network of facilities we need more people accessing them more often, creating sustainability and securing their use for Athletics in the future.
The Facilities and Planning Manager role has been created to provide strategic leadership across England Athletics in the area of facility development and planning in order to ensure the key priorities identified in our Facilities Strategy can be effectively implemented by our staff, facility providers and member clubs.
This role will be accountable for the production of high quality guidance and support tools in areas such as maintenance, operations and business planning for our member clubs and facility providers. You will be working closely with our team of Club Support Managers to ensure they are suitably up skilled and confident to offer guidance and support in the area of facility planning and develop at a local level. As part of your role you will also influence facility providers in key strategic locations to ensure the stock is maintained and / or enhanced to adequate levels, develop and promote minimum standards for athletics and running facilities to ensure they can operate to a sustainable model and contribute to the club modernisation agenda.
The successful candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and have significant previous experience of facility planning, development and operations (preferably in relation to Track and Field facilities). Experience of developing / supporting volunteer led organisations (preferably sports clubs) to become long term sustainable bodies will be key to this role, as will an understanding and familiarity of key legislation that impacts on facility planning and development. We are looking for someone who has experience of managing projects to achieve pre-defined outcomes, preferably within a community sport context.
The ability to travel and work flexibly is an integral part of the role. The Head Office for England Athletics is in Birmingham, but travel will be required to other parts of the country.
If this is something you feel you have the drive, passion and ability to deliver then we would love to hear from you. For an informal chat please contact Chris Mallender, EA Head of Club Support & Local Partnerships , on 07815 801988.
Closing date for applications is midday on Sunday 18th June 2017. Interviews will be held the week commencing 26th June.