Posted: 23 April 2015

Heart of Midlothian ASC-Club Development Coordinator

Heart of Midlothian ASC
Job Type:
Club Development Coordinator
Salary - £10,000 (16 hours per week)
Closing date:
22 May 2015
Fixed term to September 2016

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Heart of Midlothian ASC for a Club Development Coordinator, in partnership with Scottish Swimming.  Club development is important in creating a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

With a proud history of over 125 years, Edinburgh-based Swimming Club, Heart of Midlothian ASC promotes swimming for all ages and capabilities.

We offer high quality innovative coaching in a friendly and family-orientated club structure. Our team of coaches, teachers and lifeguards aim to encourage young people from every level of ability to achieve their full potential.

From our popular Swim School through to a thriving 'Masters' section, Hearts offers a genuine family and community environment through which to enjoy the sport of swimming.  This role will have a significant impact in the growth and development of the club.

The Club Development Coordinator Position is a contract for services role, and will be subject to PVG Scheme Membership.

Applications should be made by submitting the application form and covering letter electronically to the Club Secretary: Alyson Shaw,

Please note submission of a CV without an application form will be deemed non-compliant and will not be considered.

Job Purpose

To increase participation in the club and ensure higher standards of coaching, officiating and performance.  Encourage strong and sustainable club structures and develop clear pathway of opportunities for athlete development.  Improve support systems, training and development for coaches, volunteers, athletes, administrators and official.  Share best practice and improved communication between all partners

Key Tasks

  • The lead person driving forward club development – showing, selling & making the vision a reality
  • Attendance at club training sessions
  • Attendance and input to club committee meetings – as and when required
  • Link the club to L2S provision & school swimming, using Active Schools teams and development staff to create meaningful partnerships
  • Attracting and retaining volunteers – showing the club how to greet parents and ‘recruit’ them as volunteers as well as supporting existing volunteers
  • Arranging coach education and development opportunities for club members - on site where possible, integrated within club sessions – easy access, low cost, maximal benefit and uptake
  • Work alongside RSDMs to create a long term vision and development plan for the club that will ensure the long term sustainability of the club
  • Ensuring that training and other resources are available and maximised in their benefit to the club and schools – those resources from: Scottish Swimming; Districts; Local Authority/Trust; local college / universities; education sector
  • Dealing with a wide range of developmental issues requiring a high degree of diplomacy within the Clubs, Scottish Swimming, District, other sports organisations and the voluntary sector
  • Mid & long term planning to implement projects efficiently and effectively
  • Negotiation skills to positively influence key people, club members and public on a range of athletics related matters
  • Progressing projects through all stages from planning to implementation
  • Preparing and presenting reports and giving presentations
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Effective problem solving skills using a professional judgment to provide advice and to advocate action
  • Undertaking special projects which will include investigation, research, analysing results and preparing recommendations - driving projects through to completion sometimes in the face of competing demands
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the club
  • To establish, coordinate, promote and deliver a range of club development opportunities and initiatives across the area focusing on the creation of better links and pathways between the club, schools and learn 2 swim programmes
  • To support the development of forums, and working groups which will assist in the delivery of key objectives relating to the development of the club

Key Partners

To enhance club development contact will be required with:

  • Scottish Swimming RSDM and other Scottish Swimming Staff
  • District
  • Local Authority Swimming Development / Sports Development Officers
  • Scottish Disability Sport Regional Managers
  • Other clubs and organisations
  • Volunteers from clubs and other organisations (eg. FE/HE)
  • Local Aquatic forums/Community Sports Hubs
  • Local Schools 

Qualifications/Experience & Skills

There will be no set educational qualifications required for the post but the post holder must hold relevant experience in development-related projects and activities.

The post holder must have experience of:

  • Initiating, developing and evaluating projects and negotiating
  • Planning and delivery of athletics/sports events and related programmes
  • Working with volunteers (especially within a club environment)
  • Working with a variety of organisations and agencies at different levels
  • Working on own initiative and making strategic decisions
  • Supervision of a project team
  • IT, admin and database skills

Closing date for applications: Friday 22 May 2015, 5pm

Interviews will be held week beginning 1st June 2015