Loughborough, Leicestershire
circa £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Development Manager - Sport

Circa £32,000 per annum

Loughborough, Leicestershire


This is an incredible opportunity to use your background in sports development, events or education support to create a world leading sport system that reaches, inspires and engages all young people – whatever their age or ability.


As Development Manager within the Youth Sport Trust, you will help achieve this for a high-profile programme by providing leadership, expert knowledge, creativity and direction to the development of young people at any level of sport. You will work to understand the needs of a diverse range of young people as well as the latest domestic and global models and practice on removing barriers to sport for youth groups, especially in relation to competition and multi-sport environments. You will maintain and build credibility with local and national agencies to ensure stage appropriate environments and activities are provided for all young people. You will also work with colleagues and external bodies to develop profile, relationships and connectivity with other work areas. You will oversee programme communications within YST and with key external partners and stakeholders too. Critical, will be the ability to control budgets, monitor and evaluate programme performance and identify areas for improvement.


Much of your success will depend on you having experience in a relevant sector, such as sports development, events and education, coupled with a strong understanding of participation, competition and talent pathways. You will have a track record of providing high level development support and thought leadership to sport/education organisations too. Knowledge of the latest developments in national and regional sports strategy is a must, as well as current education and policy trends. Experience of delivering and directing large scale national events would be an advantage.


Your technical skills will be complemented by the ability to express yourself persuasively in speech and writing and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You will also be the sort of person who is comfortable monitoring and evaluating performance as well as creating and implementing initiatives to deliver programme improvements.


The Youth Sport Trust is a passionate and forward-thinking charity full of committed professionals.  As a member of the team we guarantee you will feel very much part of our mission and will experience fun, challenge and fulfilment in your role.


In return you will get to join a dynamic and energetic charity passionate about improving young people’s lives where all staff are given the opportunity to engage in the leadership and direction of the organisation. Our values of trust, responsibility, integrity and partnership working underpin everything we do and we pride ourselves on a work culture which fosters innovation, creativity and personal passion.  All staff are encouraged to engage in physical activity with opportunities put on every lunchtime and free yoga sessions. Benefits include generous annual leave entitlement, health cash plan, employee assistance programme and volunteering days. In 2018 we were ranked one of the best places to work in the UK by the Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Companies to Work For list.


If you possess all these attributes and share our passionate belief in the benefits of sport for young people, please go to our website via the link and complete an online application.

The Youth Sport Trust believes that diversity drives excellence and that representation is important. The Trust therefore positively welcomes and seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment. We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. 

Please note that this position is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Closing date: 10am on 9 March 2020

Interview date: 16 March 2020 in Loughborough

Registered charity number: 1086915


Posted on: 18 February 2020
Closed date: 09 March 2020
Tags: Project Management, Operations