Job Vacancy – Head Riding Coach at Woodbridge & District

Formed in 1987, the Woodbridge and District Group operates from a purpose built centre, constructed in 2017 at their new home in Clopton, Suffolk. An opportunity to join our small and dedicated team, this new post will take a leading role in organising and coaching sessions for our riding participants and mentoring our volunteer coaches.  The role will also include work on the yard looking after our 12 horses.

Permanent, full-time: 35 hours a week (Tuesday to Saturday)

Salary: £18,000 to £20,000 dependent on experience.

Leave: 28 days

Key responsibilities:

  • Liaising with the Centre Manager to agree appropriate equines and volunteers for riding sessions, ensuring the safety of participants, volunteers and equines.
  • Developing lesson plans and coaching riding sessions
  • Reporting any issues with horses to the Centre Manager as soon as possible.
  • Evaluating the safety and suitability of tack and equipment prior to each session.
  • Co-ordinating / providing after-session horse and tack care.
  • Instructing participants on horse care and stable management. Giving practical demonstrations as required.
  • Assessment of new horses and riders.
  • Management of volunteers supporting riding sessions
  • Maintaining appropriate records
  • Regular afternoon stable/yard work and ad-hoc cover for other equine staff e.g., during holidays or sick leave.

For full details and how to apply, see: https://www.rdawoodbridge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies

Closing date for applications: midnight Thursday 26th May 2022

Page Last Updated: May 5, 2022

Vacancy: National Vaulting Lead

The Role:

The Vaulting Lead plays a vital role in providing direction and development of RDA Vaulting activities and supporting the promotion of RDA Vaulting and the development of this discipline within RDA. 

As Lead, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of RDA UK as a national organisation, through your membership of the Operations Planning Committee, which reports directly to the RDA Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities:

  • Leading the activity of Vaulting, delegating responsibilities and tasks if needed
  • Play a key role in any Working Groups for Vaulting, providing technical knowledge of the discipline.
  • Working alongside a variety of teams within National Office which will include Training and Education, Competitions, National Championships and Group Development
  • Ensuring effective communication across the wider Vaulting community by Zoom, phone, email and in person where necessary
  • Supporting the National Office team and RDA Groups with Vaulting queries and rulebook updates
  • Play a key role in the organisation of any Vaulting training
  • Liaise with British Equestrian Vaulting via Zoom Meetings or in person
  • Supporting National Championships Co-ordinator with recruitment and allocation of Judges
  • Attend National Championships. Liaise with Judges, Stewards, Vets, Scorers and manage any appeals
  • Being committed to the growth of Vaulting within the RDA network
  • Attending and representing Vaulting on the Operations Planning Committee
  • Carrying out such responsibilities as may be delegated from time to time by the RDA UK Board of Trustees

Person Specification:

  • You must have passion and enthusiasm for vaulting
  • You must have good understanding of equestrian vaulting
  • You must have a good use of technology, including the use of Zoom for training and meeting purposes.
  • You must be able to work effectively as part of a team, including National Office staff. BEV, Vaulting judges as well as RDA Participants and Volunteers.
  • You must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including presentation skills
  • You must be committed to improving the growth of the activity of Vaulting within RDA.
  • You should have Equestrian vaulting coaching experience
  • You should have good organisation skills
  • You should have a flexible approach to change.
  • You should have some understanding of finance and planning

We would love it if you also had:

  • Coaching qualifications eg RDA Vaulting Coach/ BEV Level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • Coach development knowledge
  • Links to BEV
  • Links to other RDA disciplines
  • Links to Physio knowledge
  • Good knowledge of vaulting horses
  • Experience of Training of vaulting horses
  • Training of vaulters (ground management)

Method of Appointment:

The National Volunteer Lead is appointed in consultation with the Volunteer Appointment Committee.

To apply

Please fill out the RDA UK Application form and return it to volunteer@rda.org.uk 

Deadline: 11th April 2022.

Please contact Helen Kallow on hkallow@rda.org.uk if you have any questions or for an informal discussion about the role.

Page Last Updated: March 23, 2022

Job Vacancy: Business and Development Manager

The Unicorn Centre in Middlesbrough opened in 1998 as a purpose built riding Centre and member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, with aims to enrich the lives and experiences for disabled children and adults.

This new post will take a leadership role and join a small and committed team.

You will find new opportunities to grow the Centre’s work and manage the infrastructure which underpins our activities. Working closely with Trustees, the new Equine Operations Manager and other staff and volunteers, you will help shape the future of the Centre and ensure its continuing success.

You will

  • Identify new opportunities for the Centre
  • Lead on the Centre’s fundraising and grant application activities
  • Lead on the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations of the Centre
  • Lead on the Centre’s work to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Lead on the Centre’s volunteer programme
  • Manage the Centre’s finances.
  • Manage staffing procedures
  • Manage the Centre’s facilities
  • Lead on Health and Safety matters
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures that support the Centre’s operation

Permanent

Part-time 24 hours a week (0.6 FTE)

Salary £30,160 (pro rata)

Leave 28 days (pro rata)

Location Unicorn Centre Middlesbrough

Full details and application process https://www.rdaunicorncentre.co.uk/vacancies.html

Application Process

            Deadline for applications:      midnight Friday 8th April

            Interview Date:                       tba

Page Last Updated: March 10, 2022

Job Vacancy: Equine Operations Manager at The Unicorn Centre

The Unicorn Centre in Middlesbrough opened in 1998 as a purpose built riding Centre and member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, with aims to enrich the lives and experiences for disabled children and adults.

This new post will take a leadership role for equine operations joining a small and committed team.

You will focus on leading and working with the existing Equine Team to be able to meet the needs of the Centre’s activities and the delivery of coaching and other activities to participants. Working closely with yard staff, coaches, volunteers, the new Business and Development Manager and Trustees, you will help shape the future of the Centre and ensure its continuing success.

You will

  • Lead on all matters relating to the Equine Team
  • Monitor the composition of the Equine Team
  • Lead on the management and the operation of the Yard
  • Lead on the delivery of coaching
  • Lead on special events involving the Equine Team
  • Lead on the provision of Equine Therapies
  • Support participants and volunteers
  • Lead on Safeguarding

Permanent

Part-time 24 hours a week (0.6 FTE)

Salary £30,160 (pro rata)

Leave 28 days (pro rata)

Location Unicorn Centre Middlesbrough

Full details and application process https://www.rdaunicorncentre.co.uk/vacancies.html

Application Process

            Deadline for applications:      midnight on Friday 8th April

            Interview Date:                       tba

Page Last Updated: March 10, 2022

Congratulations coaches – Princess Royal Coach Academy chooses coaches for its Coach Programme 2022

Congratulations to the following Coaches on their successful selection for the inaugural Princess Royal
Coach Academy – Coach Programme 2022:

  • Susan Law – Edinburgh, Lothian, and Borders
  • Andi Bruce – West & Central Scotland & Grampian & Highland
  • Frances Cape – Edinburgh and Borders
  • Laura Winter – North
  • Shirley Hart – East Yorkshire & Ryedale
  • Alys Lewis-Jones – North Wales
  • Kady Chatman – Mid West
  • Peggy Douglas – South West
  • Lizzie Hill – West Mercia
  • Holly McConnell – South East
  • Kate Gordon – Greater London
  • Natalie O’Rourke – Greater London
  • Louise Einchcomb – East
  • Kate El Bizanti – South East
  • Clare Pettitt – East
  • Kath Hatwell – East
  • Kate Bailey – North West
  • Clare Skinner – East
  • Alex Henderson – Grampian & Highland
  • Lorna Clark – Grampian & Highland

The Princess Royal Coach Academy aims to develop coaches with expertise who can support peers
and influence coaching programmes that improve participant experiences.

Coaches selected for this programme have shown that they are ambitious in improving their own
performance and already have success in coaching riders with disabilities; effectively encouraging and
challenging participants whilst creating enjoyable, person centred coaching environments.
Additionally coaches have demonstrated their commitment to the cascading of knowledge and
experience to peers across the RDA coaching pathway.

Successfully selected coaches are set to benefit from unique learning and development opportunities
including established communities of practice which offers exposure to new, innovative and relevant
ideas as well as reinforcing successful current practices.

Huge congratulations to all selected!

Page Last Updated: March 3, 2022

Vacancy: Director of Fundraising

£70,000 per year + benefits

5 days Full time , permanent contract.

Location: Office based at RDA National Office, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Shrewley (approx. 5 miles to the West of Warwick) and Home based. Ideal candidate will be in the office 3 to 4 days a week.

Closing date: Monday 14th of March at 9am.

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

RDA UK are seeking a dynamic team leader who can inspire their team and the volunteer network they work with to dramatically increase their income and help deliver their ambitious growth strategy.

The charity is well positioned to deliver a step change in outcomes, but this requires a comparable step change in income.

Over the next three years they need to substantially increase their fundraised income from £1.8 million to near £4 million. While this is a significant challenge the right person will be working with a committed team delivering significant and meaningful services that they are determined to grow.

Role Purpose

RDA UK is looking for someone who is highly motivated by what RDA do and believe that this is a great opportunity to transform a charity with a fabulous reputation, but very much underleveraged in terms of voluntary income, into a highly successful fundraising organisation, for the benefit of the whole federation, and more importantly for the participants that they serve. The candidate must currently be a Head of Fundraising and has the experience and gravitas to lead RDA UK into significant growth. At least 5 years of senior fundraising experience and the senior level is required.

Working for RDA

The dedicated and committed staff team at RDA National Office supports the work of around 460 individual RDA groups and a further 50 commercial riding centres throughout the UK. We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday + bank holidays and pension scheme. We offer up to 5 volunteering days a year, personal discount on riding lessons and use of the facilities at our National Training Centre.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers, and participants. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, and we want to challenge all forms of discrimination. We will ensure that we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or on any other basis. We aim to design and deliver our activities and services in a way which will encourage and support participation from everyone.

We believe that greater diversity within our organisation provides a more diverse perspective. This leads to a broader range of opinions being heard in decision-making and creates a positive and open environment for achieving our objectives.

Location

Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample parking and free electric charging points. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the office by prior agreement to aid job satisfaction and wellbeing.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

To apply for this position, please see here.

Closing date for applications: Monday 14th of March at 9am. 

Page Last Updated: February 22, 2022

Letter from UK Sport & Sport England about tackling racism in sport

The Chief Executives of Sport England and UK Sport have issued a joint letter regarding racism in sport, a copy of which you can find here. RDA is committed to greater equality, diversity and inclusion within our organisation, with a volunteer working party already in place to address this vital issue. For more information about this group and our commitment to ED&I please contact Lucy Wake lwake@rda.org.uk

UK Sport and Sport England – Joint Letter to Governing Bodies

Page Last Updated: January 19, 2022

Vacancy: IT Project Manager, RDA UK

£30,000 + benefits (pension, PHI, death in service)

5 days Full time (35 hours p/w), permanent contract.

Location: Office based at RDA National Office, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Shrewley (approx. 5 miles to the West of Warwick)

Closing date: 9am 7th February 2022

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development, and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

This is an exciting time for us as we launch our ambitious 9-year strategy for growth and development. To ensure we meet our goals, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player to fill this role. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and wants to begin their career.

Role Purpose:

To develop, lead and manage IT projects for RDA, working to scope and understand business/ volunteer needs, running tendering processes with third-party providers and contract managing all IT projects through to completion and ongoing relationships with suppliers.

To be product owner of specific RDA-wide software packages to provide the interface with the supplier and to understand the capabilities and functionality of the systems.  This will include (but not be limited to) websites and database (salesforce).

Working for RDA

The dedicated and committed staff team at RDA National Office supports the work of around 460 individual RDA groups and a further 50 commercial riding centres throughout the UK. We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday + bank holidays and pension scheme. We offer up to 5 volunteering days a year, personal discount on riding lessons and use of the facilities at our National Training Centre.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers, and participants. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, and we want to challenge all forms of discrimination. We will ensure that we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or on any other basis. We aim to design and deliver our activities and services in a way which will encourage and support participation from everyone.

We believe that greater diversity within our organisation provides a more diverse perspective. This leads to a broader range of opinions being heard in decision-making and creates a positive and open environment for achieving our objectives.

Location

Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample parking and free electric charging points. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the office by prior agreement to aid job satisfaction and wellbeing.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

Download the full role description and person specification here: IT PM Job Des Jan 2022

 

Email your CV and a covering letter to Lydia Joyce, Business Support Coordinator, ljoyce@rda.org.uk

If you wish to discuss the role further, prior to application, please call Lydia Joyce – 01926 476304 to arrange.

As part of our commitment to equality and diversity, we would like all applicants to complete this completely anonymous survey so we can understand the demographics of those applying for RDA roles: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Newroleapplicationsurvey

Closing date for applications: 9am 7th February 2022

Page Last Updated: January 7, 2022

Vacancy: Finance Officer (job share)

£13.00 per hour plus benefits

21 hours per week, flexible hours, permanent contract

Equivalent to £23,000 FTE

Location: The role is office based at RDA National Office, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Shrewley, CV35 7AX (approx. 5 miles to the west of Warwick)

Closing Date: Midday 24th January 2022

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults.  For further details of the charity, please visit rda.org.uk

Role

To process and control the finances of RDA and its two trading subsidiaries, including the monthly RDA payroll (job share).

We are looking for an experienced Finance Officer who will enjoy working within a small Finance team of 3.  The tasks are to be split between two Finance Officers (one existing and one new post) on a job share basis, reporting to the Director of Finance.  The hours are flexible and may be worked over 3, 4 or 5 days.  The role is varied and includes purchase and sales ledgers, bank reconciliations, VAT returns and payroll.

Download the full role description and person specification here: Finance Officer Job Description Person Spec

Working for RDA

We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata) and RDA pension scheme.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers, and participants.

Location

Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample free parking and electric charging points.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will: 

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

Email your CV and a covering letter to Lydia Joyce, Business Support Coordinator, ljoyce@rda.org.uk

Closing date: Midday 24th January 2022

Proposed interview date:  8th February 2022

As part of our commitment to equality and diversity, we would like all applicants to complete this anonymous survey so we can understand the demographics of those applying for RDA roles: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Newroleapplicationsurvey

 

Page Last Updated: December 16, 2021

Vacancy: Team Support Administrator

£18,000 + benefits 

5 days Full time (35 hours p/w), permanent contract.

Location: Office based at RDA National Office, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Shrewley (approx. 5 miles to the West of Warwick)

Closing date: 9am 10th January 2022

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development, and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

This is an exciting time for us as we launch our ambitious 9-year strategy for growth and development. To ensure we meet our goals, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player to fill this role. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and wants to begin their career.

Role Purpose:

To play a key role by providing an efficient and reliable administration and ‘Front of House’ service to the RDA National Office Group Support, Training & Education and National Training Centre teams, and to ensure that all visitors to the site (both scheduled and unannounced) and all those making enquiries by telephone or by email are responded to quickly, and in a professional manner, giving the best possible impression of RDA UK to all involved.

Working for RDA

The dedicated and committed staff team at RDA National Office supports the work of around 460 individual RDA groups and a further 50 commercial riding centres throughout the UK. We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday + bank holidays and pension scheme. We offer up to 5 volunteering days a year, personal discount on riding lessons and use of the facilities at our National Training Centre.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers, and participants. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, and we want to challenge all forms of discrimination. We will ensure that we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or on any other basis. We aim to design and deliver our activities and services in a way which will encourage and support participation from everyone.

We believe that greater diversity within our organisation provides a more diverse perspective. This leads to a broader range of opinions being heard in decision-making and creates a positive and open environment for achieving our objectives.

Location

Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample parking and free electric charging points. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the office by prior agreement to aid job satisfaction and wellbeing.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

Download the full role description and person specification here:  Team Support Administrator

Email your CV and a covering letter to Lydia Joyce, Business Support Coordinator, ljoyce@rda.org.uk

If you wish to discuss the role further, prior to application, please call Lydia Joyce – 01926 476304 to arrange.

As part of our commitment to equality ad diversity, we would like all applicants to complete this completely anonymous survey so we can understand the demographics of those applying for RDA roles: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Newroleapplicationsurvey

Closing date for applications: 9am 10th January 2022

Page Last Updated: December 10, 2021