Club Development Officer - UB Sport - Band 500
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, GB
3d ago

Job Summary

Birmingham has a proud and illustrious sporting history and we are looking to appoint a Club Development Officer (CDO) to continue this tradition.

The CDO plays a key role in the delivery and development of student sport through the provision of an efficient and effective support service to all sports clubs, particularly in providing long term sustainable development of the sports club infrastructure to enhance the University of Birmingham’s commitment to enhancing the student experience.

Main Duties

Club Development and partnership

Working with 56 clubs providing opportunities to over 4,200 students, the CDO is expected to grow and improve the support offered to the student committee members and coaches of the 56 student clubs.

  • Develop and co-ordinate training programmes for committee members (with particular focus on team captains) with the aim of increasing the quality of service provided by each club, including annual club committee training.
  • Support the management of sports club financial issues, forecasting and monitoring income and expenditure, working with the Club Development Manager to review budgets and provide budget recommendations for the following financial year.
  • To support clubs in researching and applying for appropriate funding to support club development programmes.
  • To work closely with NGBs implementing appropriate programmes and initiatives.
  • To assist and work with the Guild of Students, elected Sports Officer, and Guild Sports Societies to ensure consistent in approach to club development and opportunities for participation.
  • To manage disciplinary issues raised with club members after consultation with the Club Development Manager and the Sports Officer.
  • Collate reports and evidence outlining key points of incidents which may occur.

  • To attend BUCS regional meetings, BUCS Conference and any other meetings and events as necessary.
  • To be responsible for effective communication between UBS and all relevant partners and stakeholders.
  • To ensure sport club webpages contain up to date and relevant information.
  • Club Development Financial Administration

    The CDO will provide excellent administration support to ensure the smooth running of the Club Development team and student sports clubs, focussing on financial administration.

  • Process and maintain accurate records of club and coach expenditure via expense forms, payment of invoices, purchase card transactions and casual coach payments
  • Placing of club orders, including those via our sportswear provider.
  • Maintain accurate income records on Club accounts
  • Maintain club statements to sports clubs to support their financial management
  • Other Duties

  • It is a requirement of the post holder to be conversant with and work to UBS’s Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures
  • To assist the University in Open Days and participation events such as Sports Fair, Alumni Open Day and other UBS Big Events.
  • To actively participate in job chats and personal development reviews; agree objectives and targets and work to achieve these within agreed timescales.
  • To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required and which can be accommodated within the postholder’s grading.
  • Skills and Experience


  • GCSE Maths and English (minimum Grade C) or equivalent.
  • Knowledge

  • An in-depth understanding of BUCS rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of student sport and the complexities of working in a student environment.
  • Good understanding of National Governing Body competition structures and delivery methods.
  • Understanding of equity and diversity relating to sporting provision.
  • Skills

  • Motivational and mentoring skills, including empathy of working in a student environment
  • Ability and track record of working as part of a busy team and working effectively under pressure to tight deadlines
  • A commitment to the development sport at all levels and understanding of the sports development process
  • Effective problem solving and decision-making skills
  • IT skills including competence in the use of word processing, and spreadsheet software
  • Positive attitude towards CPD
  • Experience

  • An empathy with working within a student environment
  • Extensive experience in administrating sports clubs within these structures.
  • Experience of successfully leading others, preferably in both direct supervision of other paid employees and of volunteers
  • Energy, commitment and enthusiasm to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Informal enquires to Rebecca McWhinnie, email : R.McWhinnie

    We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community’

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    Clerical / Administrative

    Full-time Grade (for job description) : Band 500

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