British Showjumping, the National Governing Body for Showjumping in Britain, is currently seeking to appoint a Development Officer (Northern region). The successful applicant will be a highly driven and self-motivated individual who is able to deliver against key objectives.  They will join an existing team of Regional Development Officers to assist in the growth and development of the sport.
Job Objective
To promote membership of the organisation within your regions, and working closely with key organisers and volunteers to meet certain business objectives.
Main Duties
  • Recruiting and retaining National, Club and Just for School’s British Showjumping Members.
  • Liaising with Show Organisers in respect to calendar of show dates.
  • Working closely with the Shows Department in the allocation of qualifiers.
  • Overseeing the assessment and monitoring of affiliated venues across the Northern region, and ensuring standards are maintained.
  • Actively identifying new venues, officials, volunteers and coaches as required.
  • Facilitating and organising training for Showjumping.
  • Promoting and managing of Academies in accordance with the national framework.
  • Assisting in the organisation and running of officials, coaches and volunteer training.
  • Ensuring CPD and assessments within the region are completed.
  • Working closely with Area Representatives and committees to ensure effective running of the sport across the region.
  • Monitoring Health and Safety aspects of shows, and ensuring that the welfare of the horse is paramount.
  • Supporting the safeguarding of young and vulnerable persons within the sport.
  • Working closely with other equestrian organisations and key partners (such as the BEF regional staff, member body staff/volunteers and county sports partnerships) to maximise joint initiatives and to access funding.
  • Providing regular updates for the regional webpages and social media platforms.
  • Supporting the promotion of British Showjumping and its activities.
  • Providing information, advice and guidance on all aspects of Showjumping to those within the region.
  • Attending and support key fixtures across the Northern region.
  • Managing the budget; ensuring financial regulations are adhered to including effective planning, monitoring and reporting.
  • Attending team and individual meetings.
  • To assist with Stewarding at competitions when required.
Essential Desirable
Qualifications and Knowledge
  • Degree or similar level qualification in sports discipline or evidence of the equivalent practical experience
  • Knowledge of the sport of Showjumping, it’s structure  and operating procedures
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Experience working in sports development
  • Understanding of the structure of Sports Development within the UK
  • Understanding of sport equity, health and safety and safeguarding children practices
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Experience of developing and managing projects from development to implementation
  • Experience of working with National Governing Bodies of sport and/or similar Organisations
  • Evidence of achievement in meeting targets, ideally in the sports or a related sector
  • Evidence of partnership working
  • Managing and reporting on budgets
Behaviours and Skills
  • Excellent leadership skills with the capability to manage and inspire participants and volunteers of British Showjumping
  • Ability to develop working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on an individual basis and have a flexible approach to work
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage challenging situations in an appropriate manner
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Able to use own initiative, self-motivated and committed to ongoing personal development and training
  • Well-developed active listening skills showing an ability to take direction as well as to direct
  • Outstanding commitment to the development of sport
  • Commitment to equity and diversity
  • A flexible approach to working, including evening and weekends
  • Flexibility to manage, prioritise a varied and complex workload
  • Customer and client management skills.
  • Qualifications/ experience using Microsoft Office software
  • The ability to present information in an accurate and appropriate format; illustrating good communication, personal organisation and interpersonal skills
Contractual information
Salary:  £28K Circ.
Annual Leave Entitlement:  22 days per annum plus statutory Bank Holidays.
To apply please send a covering letter with CV to Sarah Jackson, British Showjumping, Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands, CV5 9RG or email:
Closing date for applications:  Monday 27th May at 12 noon
Interview date: Tuesday 4th June