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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    RYA Youth Racing Committee Member

    Voluntary - Travel Expenses Reimbursed

    The RYA’s ambition is for Great Britain to be the best sailing nation in the world. Do you want to be part of a committee who helps to oversee and steer this aspiration?
    The Youth Racing Committee (YRC) is a volunteer group responsible for policy setting, advising and challenging the staff within the British Youth Sailing programme at the RYA. Its primary focus is to encourage and promote racing for young sailors up to the age of 23, with a focus on supporting the world-leading youth squad programme led by the staff, as well as ensuring we attract and retain young sailors across sport both as youths and beyond. You will also get involved in developing policy, dealing with selection matters and liaising with Class Associations as well as dialogue with other specialist Racing groups such as team & match racing, Judges etc.
    We are keen to achieve a broad spread of experience within the Committee and particularly interested in hearing from those who have experience in the areas of Windsurfing, Kite surfing or Foiling.
    If you can demonstrate the right mind-set, passion, commitment and competencies to help us achieve the ambition, then please read on.
    You would need to head down to the south coast four times a year for meetings which are normally held at RYA HQ in Hamble, Hampshire. Meetings are in the afternoon/early evening and we even provide some light food to keep you going!
    If you have an interest in shaping the future of British Youth Sailing, can provide constructive feedback and long term perspective then perhaps this challenge is for you. Take a step closer to your next venture and get in touch with us to express your interest in this position.

    To Apply

    Please review the full role description and email to express your interest in this exciting opportunity.

    Closing date for applications: Friday 31 August 2018


    Non-Executive Director

    The RYA is seeking an enthusiastic and forward thinking non-executive director to join its Board. We are looking for experienced individuals with strong critical thinking skills who are capable of applying independent judgment to work effectively with other executive and non-executive directors. Following a skills evaluation, the Board is keen to balance its composition and skills and seeks to receive applications from candidates with business experience relating to any of the following fields: Marketing and Communications, Sports Administration or Legal.


    A recognised qualification in public relations, marketing or law plus wider knowledge and experience or a meaningful period of involvement in and management of related activities in complex organisations.

    RYA Board

    The Chair, Chief Executive and Finance Director sit on the Board with a further seven non-executive directors appointed on the basis of personal competencies. You will serve a four year term with effect from this year’s AGM. Those elected will have the opportunity to stand for a further term.

    The RYA Board meets six times a year, this role is not remunerated however basic travel expenses are paid. We welcome applicants from the whole of the UK.

    The role of the Board is to supervise the management of the Association’s business and to discharge the responsibilities of the directors under the Companies Act.

    The Board’s main duties are to:

    • Lead on Corporate Governance
    • Develop long term Strategic Plans;
    • Support operational management and approve the annual operating plan and operating budgets;
    • Supervise risk management and safety matters for the Association;
    • Lead on our obligations regarding the Association’s Stakeholder engagement strategy.


    The RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. In line with our Diversity Action Plan we are keen to achieve a more diverse Board and particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, in particular people from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

    In order to maintain gender balance we are particularly keen to attract an additional female Board member.  The RYA's Public Commitment Statement on Gender Diversity can be found here.

    If you would like to join the Board and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please download and complete an Assessment Form. Assessment forms must be emailed to Dave Strain, Finance Director, by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 14 September 2018. Please also include a covering letter, Equality Monitoring Form and CV/Career summary.


    Sailing Development Officer

    Location: RYA East Region

    The RYA wishes to engage a self-employed contractor to act in the role of Sailing Development Officer, with a particular focus in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The primary aim of this role is to develop the RYA’s OnBoard programme across the RYA East region, this is done in part by supporting and growing the number of RYA OnBoard accredited clubs and centres.

    As well as striving to achieve targets for OnBoard, the role holder will also be required to manage stakeholder relationships with a targeted network of affiliated clubs and centre, and work as part of the regional team to support and attend regional conferences, lead workshops and organise events. Sailing Development Officers are required to take responsibility for meeting project specific targets as agreed with their Regional Development Officer.

    The overall aim of the role of Sailing Development Officer is to sustain and grow participation and membership in line with the RYA East Regional Plan, thereby supporting the objectives of the RYA Strategy.

    The ideal candidate will be qualified to a minimum of RYA Senior Instructor and ideally hold a Coach Assessor or Trainer qualification. This role focuses heavily on working with volunteers, therefore the ability to form productive working relationships is crucial. The candidate will also need to have experience of club and centre based activity, including participation pathways within clubs and club management. Hours of work as specified below will include a range of evenings, days and weekends, and so flexibility is also key.

    We are looking for candidates with enthusiasm and a passion for sailing and boating activities to help us achieve our ambitions and goals across the region. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead an exciting project whilst working within a progressive team focused on participation development.

    Subject to satisfactory performance, this is a 6 month contract until 31 March 2019, with the potential to extend for a further 12 months until March 31st 2020. You will be required to work flexibly to achieve the goals, however the assumed indicative commitment is in the region of 2 days per week, ranging from £110 to £120 per day (depending on qualifications, skills and experience). Travel expenses will also be paid.

    To Apply

    Please review the full role description and complete the application form. Completed application forms should then be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to

    Closing date for applications: Friday 7 September 2018


    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.



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