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Chief Executive Vacancy

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Organisation: British Orienteering

Salary: circa £40,000 to be negotiated dependent on experience and proven competence

Contract: Full Time

Closing date: 4th September 2017

British Orienteering is the National Governing Body for Orienteering in the UK with the vision that Orienteering is the ‘go to’ outdoor sport for people wanting to test themselves physically and mentally.

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with in the region of 10,800 individual members and many other participants enjoying the sport infrequently. We are striving to build on our past success by expanding our participation base into new markets as well as developing our athletes to compete at the highest level in international competitions.

We are looking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide enthusiastic leadership to drive and support the implementation of our 2017/25 strategic plan through from national level to the grass roots of the sport, whilst ensuring the highest level of governance.

The CEO is the executive director on the Board and Company Secretary supporting the Board and directly manages our small staff team. Much of the work of British Orienteering is carried out by highly dedicated volunteers, therefore, a knowledge of how volunteers are developed, motivated and managed is essential.

Key aspects of the role include managing the finances of the organisation, promoting the sport within and outside of the organisation through effective and influential communication, and ensuring compliance with our legal obligations e.g. company law, safeguarding, equality, data protection.

The person appointed will have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a strategic or leadership role and 3 years’ experience of senior staff management. They will have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict, solve problems and manage change. The experience of working in or with the sports sector is desirable.

The role will be based at the National Office in Tansley, near Matlock; in exceptional circumstances, other bases may be considered however attendance at the National Office for a significant part of each week will be required. The nature of the role requires flexibility and adaptability as well as preparedness and willingness to travel to meetings/events and work unsocial hours.

British Orienteering is an equal opportunities employer, and applications are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally in our organisation. We, therefore, welcome applications from individuals who can help us achieve this.

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