Head of Sport (Senior Management Team)

Salary: £36,000 to £40,000pa (permanent)
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)
Reporting to: CEO and Deputy CEO
Responsible for: Core Sport Membership Mangers, delivering tutors, professional volunteers and progressing member volunteers
Location: 1 St Barnabas Terrace, London, E9 6DJ

Closing date: Friday 21st of May 2021
Interviews will be held week of Monday 24th May 2021

Purpose of the role:

Core Arts mental health creative college in Hackney are looking for a new Head of Sport to join our senior management team. Our award winning Sports Department provides a range of sporting provisions for adults with mental health problems as part of an individual’s recovery plan. The post holder will continue to lead the development, implementation, and delivery of services that support people with mental health problems and support positive wellbeing, ensuring that these are in line with the strategic plan of the organisation and are delivered within a framework of empowerment and excellence, tackling health inequalities in Hackney and surrounding boroughs through sport.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ management experience in a sport development role with a proven track record of delivering impactful services. Experience working with adults with mental health is desirable. Plus excellent hands on delivery experience in sports coaching, programme and budget management, have managed staff and volunteers and be confident in developing external partnerships and contracts.

Key tasks:

Leadership:

  • Provide effective leadership of the Core Sport programme delivered at Core and within the local community and to be able to lead the department independently. This included taking full responsibility for the entire programme which included service delivery at Core Arts, Online and within the community.
  • Contribute effectively to the senior management team’s organisational leadership, supporting the senior management team across the whole organisation as well as providing sound leadership to membership managers, the delivery team, and to members as part of the member volunteer scheme as part of their progression routes.

Strategic development:

  • Continue to develop, design, and plan a programme of services that will meet the needs of local people, delivering outcomes and impact in line with Core Arts strategic plan, which includes both face-to-face delivery and a blended dual class approach online. As well, as to continue to network across different organisations in the mental health sector including the NHS and other VSO’s, as well as with National Sporting Bodies (NGB’s such as The Lawn Tennis Association, The London FA, Table Tennis England etc).
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on organisational success in relation to these strategies.

Service delivery and development:

  • Provide consistent, ethical oversight of all services, implementing a coherent philosophy across all modes of delivery.
  • Plan, implement, and project manage the development of new services which expand the reach of the organisation through a) Expansion of existing portfolio b) Expansion of geographical area served, and c) increased beneficiaries.
  • To provide and contribute knowledge and expertise in the tendering and roll out of new services to ensure they transition into being robust and effective services.
  • Manage pathways and referral routes for all services (GP’s, Care-Coordinators, Psychiatric teams, and social prescribers) ensuring that the formal route for referring people to Core Sport is effective; communication and information sharing mechanisms are in place, and that working collaboratively with all relevant agencies (health, social care, locality teams, education and voluntary) creates smooth progression for clients without unnecessary delay.
  • Provide coherent pathways through the organisation for clients and service users that maximises the impact for them and builds a framework of community support and empowerment.
  • To embed services into neighbourhoods and communities, ensuring they respond to local needs and demands of the members of Core Sport.

Service user/client involvement:

  • Engage clients and service users in the consultation, design, implementation, and evaluation of all services.
  • To be flexible, person-centred, and always embrace changing approaches to delivery, to ensure that services are fully responsive to and accommodating of the needs, wishes and aspirations of the people who use them.

Management:

  • Provide line management to the Core Sport Member Managers and session delivery staff, supporting them to achieve their potential within their roles.
  • Provide effective management, setting clear objectives, managing, and developing the team to deliver high performance levels.

Safeguarding:

  • To ensure all risk and safeguarding pathways, processes and policies are effective, up to date and robust.
  • Ensuring that that all teams understand the process and provide leadership on risk and safeguarding at both an organisational and service level. As well as writing risk assessments for the services delivered in person in the building and within the community and online.

Income generation initiatives:

  • Identify and develop opportunities and initiatives to expand existing revenue streams in relation to service delivery. This may include networking with local venues in the community and access funding in the local area that offer sporting opportunities which can be rolled out across our membership and form part of our programme offerings.

Partnerships and innovation:

  • Build strategic and sustainable partnerships across the statutory, corporate, voluntary, and public sectors to achieve maximum impact for our beneficiaries. Including sitting on the board of City & Hackney Primary Care Alliance (CCG), Patient Knows Best Pilot scheme board and other funding pathways contractual work sharing opportunities and meetings.
  • Play a key role in driving innovation within the organisation, ensuring that managers are supported to respond to needs and that best practice is captured, celebrated, and promoted appropriately. 

Monitoring and evaluation:

  • Implement an effective evaluation framework that tracks impact across the organisation and provide reports to be published showcasing the impact of services delivered across all funding streams, as well as providing quarterly, bi-monthly and end of year reports to funders, partners, and to the Director and Deputy Director of Core Arts.

Processes and systems:

  • Oversee client information on Salesforce, which is the system in place at Core, capturing relevant and appropriate data to be able to evaluate our services and member information and client risk effectively.
  • To ensure that all information and data meets GDPR and data compliance.
  • Develop systems and processes to effectively track outcomes and provide effective reporting to CEO, trustees, and funders.
  • To keep up-to-date risk assessments and safeguarding process inline with the organisation and as the department grows.

Relationship building:

  • Create effective relationships with senior managers, managers, and staff, collaborating and working jointly to deliver growth and excellent levels of service across all departments of Core Arts.

Regulations and Governance:

  • Advise and support the Director and Deputy Director to meet regulatory requirements appropriate to service delivery.

Budget and finance:

  • Ensure income opportunities are maximised and that Core Sport achieves good value for money on spend.

Equality and diversity:

  • To embed equality, diversity, and inclusion best practice into all aspects of your work. This may also be delivering training as part of in-house training methods alongside your peers and to staff within the Core Sport remit.

Person specification

All experience may be paid or voluntary, full, or part-time, in the UK or overseas.

Qualifications:

  • Degree qualification in Sport Studies or Recreation Qualifications Management or equivalent (E)
  • Appropriate NGB qualifications (minimum level 2) across a range of different sports including sport specific and Gym Qualifications, to help aid the delivery of the programme as and when needed by demand. (E)
  • Membership to relevant Sports Governing Bodies
  • Knowledge of National Governing Bodies/ Sports Development structures and external funding
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults knowledge (E)

Experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a sport development role with a proven track record of delivering impactful services. (E)
  • Experience working with adults with mental health is also desirable. (D)
  • Experience of having written and implemented a strategy and reported against it. (E)
  • Management and leadership experience. (E)
  • Experience of delivering evidence-based interventions with vulnerable adults. (E)
  • Experience of undertaking roles which include multi-disciplinary working, safeguarding, managing risk, undertaking complex assessments, planning, and evaluating support plans. (E)
  • Experience of service design and development. (E)
  • Experience of working in partnership with partnership agencies, including experience of co-production and client involvement, and influencing, persuading, and negotiating with senior internal and external stakeholders. (E)
  • Experience of working with IT to capture and report team data. (E)

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, general NHS processes, policies and current strategies and performance framework. (D)
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care e.g., Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Child Protection and Safeguarding of Vulnerable adults and Children etc. (D)
  • Understanding of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults. (E)

Skills and Competencies:

  • Able to evidence effective monitoring and evaluation processes and impact assessment.
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive. (E)
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data and information to make decisions, provide reports, make recommendations and changes. (E)
  • Advanced keyboard skills and ability to communicate through IT using packages such as Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. (E)

Attributes:

  • A commitment to supporting the purpose of Core Arts and Core Sport and enriching lives through better mental wellbeing.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • Able to work self-motivate/ target set alongside other managers and the business plan.
  • Discretion and sensitivity in contact with clients
  • Able to engage and motivate potential clients.
  • Able to work productively and creatively with a wide range of people.
  • Able to always communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Able to work alone without supervision.
  • Able to instil confidence in others.
  • Able to motivate people, especially where they have little confidence or positive self-image.
  • Ability to maintain high standards whilst working under pressure.
  • Able to work as part of a high performing team.

Personal Qualities

  • A strong person-centred ethos which can be communicated to other professionals.
  • Creative and innovative working style.
  • Excellent time-keeping skills and sound knowledge of lone working practice.
  • Excellent organisational skills and proactive outreach experience.
  • Creative and flexible approach to work and responsive to new ideas.
  • Methodical and thorough approach to managing relationships and continuous networking.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and networking skills.
  • Ability to pitch appropriately to various audiences and promote sports to aid positive mental health.

Terms and conditions:

Annual Leave – 33 days per year. Bank holidays are included in the total annual leave days for the year and are not an additional extra. We require 60% of annual leave is taken during the holidays set out at Core Arts.
Typical working days are Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, however additional evening and weekend work may be required, as well as any other duties to meet the demands of the organisation.

Pension

We operate a contributory pension scheme, which you will be auto enrolled into (subject to the conditions of the scheme).
Probationary period This is usually 6 months but may be extended for a period of no more than 12 months.
The successful candidate will be approved following a DBS check and receiving satisfactory references before contract of employment is issued.

How to apply

To apply, please sent a CV and covering statement on how you meet the requirements of the job description and specification to gmolinari@corearts.co.uk

For further information please call Giuliana Molinari on 020 8510 9990.
Closing date: Friday 21st of May 2021
Interviews will be held week of Monday 24th May 2021