Acorn Executive Search is working in partnership with Canoe Wales to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer to provide inspiring leadership for their staff team and develop the partnerships and programmes needed to get more people on the water and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.
As the national governing body for paddlesport, their mission is to inspire and support more people across Wales to go paddling. They are nearly two years into their current strategic plan, and despite the impact of COVID-19, they are in the middle of exciting changes to how they work and what they offer to members, new paddlers and partner organisations. They are also seeing unprecedented demand for outdoor recreation, and your job as their new CEO will be to position Canoe Wales to make the most of this unique opportunity to get more people than ever onto the water.
You will be a thoughtful and caring leader, with the ability to listen to staff, members and directors and translate this insight into a strategy to drive growth and improve the quality of our services. You should have a talent for diplomacy, the confidence to make tough decisions and a knack for building consensus around solutions to contentious issues. With outstanding organisational and communication skills, you should enjoy forging and nurturing partnerships with a diverse range of organisations and funding partners. And you should be comfortable working with senior leaders at and key partners, including Sport Wales and British Canoeing, to ensure we maintain strong and productive relationships.
As a small organisation with a unique work culture, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior leader. They have a policy of fully-flexible home working, where employees have the freedom to set their own hours to deliver their objectives. While most of your work will be done from home, you will also need to travel throughout Wales from time to time to meet with staff or partners, attend events and represent Canoe Wales. You do not need to have a background in paddlesport – what matters most is your ability to bring inspiring leadership to a talented team.
*Lead the staff team to deliver, monitor and record progress against the Canoe Wales' Strategic Plan.
*Ensure all Canoe Wales' staff are motivated and supported to deliver the Canoe Wales' Strategic Plan and succeed in their roles.
*Raise the profile of Canoe Wales within the Welsh sports sector to grow participation and increase membership.
*Manage and strengthen existing relationships, including our funding partnership with Sport Wales, and identify and build new partnerships to increase participation and grow investment in paddlesport.
*Maintain effective communication with all stakeholders to ensure they're engaged and able to contribute to and inform the development of Canoe Wales.
*Work closely with and report regularly to the Board of Directors.
*With the Board of Directors, manage the Canoe Wales' budget.
*Ensure Canoe Wales maintains a duty of care to all staff and members, including ensuring all safeguarding and child protection systems continue to follow best practice.
*Ensure Canoe Wales is compliant with all legal requirements and meets all governance and capability requirements required for Sport Wales' investment, including leading on the process of reviewing key policies and procedures.
*Lead on the process of developing and embedding the Canoe Wales' Equality Policy in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the Equality Lead Officer.
We are looking for someone who has:
*Experience in a senior management role.
*Experience managing and motivating staff & volunteers and providing support to ensure they can achieve their best at work
*Managed a large budget across multiple programme areas.
*Experience of preparing proposals and/or reports for a funder.
*Knowledge of strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation methodology.
*Confident with financial information and able to prepare and manage budgets.
*Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
*Able to work remotely and manage your own schedule and work priorities
*Experience managing teams remotely.
*Passion for sport and an ability to motivate and energise others (it is not essential to be involved directly in paddlesport at present)
*A commitment to achieving equality and diversity in high performance sport.
*Ability to occasionally work unsocial hours including evenings and weekends with overnight stays when required.
We encourage women and other people who are under-represented in paddlesport and sports leadership to apply. Closing Date: Monday 25th January 2021
Keen to hear more? Get in touch with Zoiya Saleem at Acorn Recruitment to receive the full candidate pack for this role and arrange a confidential discussion to let us tell you more!
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