Head of Swimming - ASA Level 2 qualified

University of Leeds
Job Type:
Fixed-term contract
Working Hours:
Part time
£22,214 to £25,728 per annum pro rata
Closing Date:
24th November 2017
Job Reference
University of Leeds

The University of Leeds are recruiting a head of swimming with a UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming qualification to plan, deliver and manage the University swimming programme.

Do you have a proven track record delivering swimming coaching? Do you have a passion for sport and physical activity? Do you have excellent organisation skills with the ability to plan and prioritise your work effectively?

The University of Leeds has a new strategy for sport which articulates our aim of becoming the leading provider of university sport in the UK. Through this strategy we are committed to ensuring that we provide opportunities for our students, staff and members of the local community to fulfil their sporting potential.

Swimming is an important sport in the city of Leeds and we are working in collaboration with the City of Leeds swimming programme and Leeds Beckett University to provide the very best swimming opportunities for talented athletes in higher education.

Your key areas of responsibility will include the role of head coach for swimming at the University of Leeds, athlete recruitment and managing key partnerships with the City of Leeds swim programme and Leeds Beckett University. You will be expected to produce annualised plans for the athletes you are responsible for and review sessions accordingly. You will hold a UKCC Level 2 swimming coaching qualification or equivalent, and have a proven track record as a coach. Working as part of a team, you will be flexible, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will also have significant experience of developing and working in partnership in both sport and non-sport environments. You will be highly motivated and have the ability to work unsupervised and use your own initiative.

This role is part time, working 17.5 hours per week. You will be required to work some early mornings and weekends and flexibility will be required.

As head of swimming your main duties will include:

  • Providing high quality coaching delivery for the University’s swimming club
  • Providing high quality coaching delivery for our shared squads programme with City of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University
  • Working with a team of support service providers including physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches to ensure athletes are prepared physically for training and competitions
  • Working with the University’s club and performance sport manager to develop a swimming specific sports scholarship
  • Acting as the point of contact for our swimming partners, City of Leeds Swim Club, Swim England and Leeds City Council
  • Developing a coaching structure and programme to support the University’s representative squads
  • Supporting professional staff to attract and recruit talented swimmers to the University
  • Developing and implementing a talent identification process including an open and transparent selection criteria for the University squads
  • Overseeing the trialling process for prospective swimmers ensuring a fair and equitable process of selection
  • Working with the swimming club leadership team to select swimmers for fixtures
  • Attending the British University and College Sport (BUCS) swimming meetings across the year;
  • Working with professional staff to develop pathways from development squads to performance squads
  • Promoting and upholding commercial services and university values through personal example and working practices.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What will you bring to the role?

As a lead swimming coach you will have:

  • A UKCC Level 2 swimming coaching qualification or equivalent
  • A sound understanding of the processes involved in the development of elite swimmers
  • A proven track record as a coach in swimming and in-depth understanding of coaching styles and practical delivery
  • A working knowledge of performance profiling and analysis
  • Significant experience in developing useful working partnerships with both sports and non-sports based organisations
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to motivate, persuade and influence others
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and plan work accordingly
  • Demonstrable team leadership skills
  • Demonstrable behaviours in line with Commercial and Campus Support Services’ and University values.

You may also have:

  • An understanding of the structure of student sport
  • Experience in sports conditioning
  • An understanding of long term athlete development
  • A qualification at degree level (or equivalent) in sports science specialising in the area of physical preparation of elite athletes
  • A First Aid certificate.

How to apply

You can apply for this role online. Please click here to be redirected to the University's website.

Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the advertised closing date.

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