Posted: 07 January 2016

University of Aberdeen - High Performance Swim Coach

University of Aberdeen
Job Type:
£31,656 - £37,768 per annum with placement according to qualifications and experience
Closing date:
29 January 2016

The University of Aberdeen has in recent years invested heavily in national level sport facilities. This included the opening of the world class Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre in 2014, and the University is now targeting the employment of world class full-time coaches to complement the fantastic sporting facilities now on offer.

Following a review of Performance Swimming in the City, the University is about to invest in high performance swimming, through partnership with Scottish Swimming and Aberdeen Sports Village, with a goal to help swimmers compete and win on the world stage. The University of Aberdeen wishes to implement a coherent structure for performance swimming at the institution that will produce a continuous line of talented swimmers competing at the highest levels of competition at domestic, national and international levels.

Applications are invited for the post of High Performance Swim Coach as part of the University’s Sport & Exercise Team. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the development of performance swimming at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre, on behalf of the University of Aberdeen. He/she will also be required to provide leadership and direction to support the infrastructure and pathway for performance swimming in Aberdeen and the local area, which will contribute to the development of world class swimmers at the University.

• UKCC Level 3 or above or equivalent overseas award 
• Educated to Degree Level or equivalent 
• Proven track record at international level of swimming at youth and/or senior levels 
• Knowledge, experience & understanding of swimmer development especially transition from youth to senior 
• Proven knowledge & understanding of different coaching philosophies, coach development, and developing a performance culture & environment 
• Proven knowledge & experience of leading & coaching a swimming performance programme at British level 
• Understanding of modern sports science and sport medicine 
• Appropriate IT skills, competent with MS products 
• Relevant knowledge and experience of working with national and international swimming groups & associations 
• Outstanding leadership skills 
• Demonstrable mentoring experience 
• Excellent organisational and planning skills 
• Excellent inter-personal, communication and motivational skills 
• The nature of the duties require flexibility around work patterns including the need to work unsocial hours
Informal enquiries can be made to Donald Pirie, University of Aberdeen (
The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 January 2016