Regional Development Officer - North


The North of Scotland and our islands are arguably one of the most beautiful places to explore and enjoy, all closely connected by the seas and lochs. The people are friendly and welcoming, and the local communities work together to support one another.


Does this sound like a place you would like to work? Are you interested in supporting the development of the People, Places and Communities who can benefit from safe and inspiring boating activities in the North of Scotland?


Why? So What? - These are the challenges that RYA Scotland is asking in our new approach to supporting boating. We have a whole new strategy that amplifies our commitments and values in a completely different way. We are thinking outside the traditional 'sporting' box and it's going to be an amazing, trail blazing journey.

The role of the Regional Development Officer (North) offers a unique and exciting opportunity to get involved!


Royal Yachting Association Scotland (RYA Scotland) is recruiting for a Regional Development Officer for the North that will help us to continue to grow our reach and support for clubs, centres and communities in the Highlands, Western Isles, Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands to enable them to thrive and become as sustainable as they can be. 


This is a great time to join a forward-thinking organisation as we launch our new strategic plan, move to a more regional approach in our delivery and build on the conversations of how boating can develop life-skills and grow the opportunities for anyone to access boating, a sport and pastime that is available for life.


As a member of the Participation and Development Team, the RDO will be responsible for leading the delivery of a strong and vibrant north regional work plan reflecting both the RYA Scotland Strategic Plan and the needs of the local and North communities.


Therefore, we are looking for an exceptional individual to add to our team, who is:

  • Enthusiastic, has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and has a track record of working collaboratively within a team.
  • Has experience of working with a variety of partners using sport & physical activity to create impact and bring about positive changes for clubs, communities, and people.
  • Creative and curious to explore new ideas to be more effective and have a bigger impact on individuals, clubs, centres, and communities.
  • Passionate about developing partnerships, people, and places.
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritise tasks. 


The RDO role will work directly with clubs, centres, organisations, and other local partners, taking the time to understand their challenges and work with them to build creative solutions that address their needs.  The role will continue to connect both the boating and the local community, share information and support affiliated organisations in their plans.


With events such as the International Island Games, due to take place in Orkney in 2025, there are exciting opportunities to support local organisations to develop vibrant, engaging activity that makes a positive impact across the North of Scotland and beyond.


For this role there is considerable travel across the region as well as travel throughout Scotland and occasional travel to wider UK locations.  Consequently, a full clean UK driving licence and access to a car are essential as is the availability to work flexibly including regular evenings and weekends throughout the year. The successful candidate will also be required to undertake a PVG check upon offer of the role, as this position involves regular contact with children and/or adults at risk.



RYA Scotland is committed to equality of opportunity.

We are passionate about equality and inclusion and welcome applications from all. 

We are proud to be the first and only Sport Governing Body in Scotland to hold the LGBT Youth Scotland Foundations Charter and to have been the first in Scotland to achieve the Sport Councils Advanced Equality Standard.  We have a focus on engaging women in sailing, disability is no barrier to participation, and we are actively changing to include young people in our decision making so when we say we welcome applications from all – we really mean it!


RYA Scotland is one of the foremost Sport Governing Bodies in Scotland.  We protect and promote the interests of the 76,000 strong boating community and the 21,000 people in 271 RYA Affiliated Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres across Scotland. 


For more information about this role, please have a look at the job description and person specification or please contact the Development Manager – Liza Linton – should you have any specific questions on the role: – Liza Linton



Regional Development Officer (North) 

Potential hybrid working, with an Inverness Touchdown/Base area



Salary of £25,000 to £27,000 (qualification dependant), 35 hours per week

Benefits package includes pension and life insurance, free RYA Membership and associated preferential staff discounts, 26 days holiday plus public holidays. 


Closing date for completed application forms is 12 noon on Tuesday 3rd May 2022


Interviews will be held, preferably in person, on Thursday 12th May 2022

Application Form

Equality Monitoring Form

RDO North Job Description

RDO North Person Specification



Further information can be found on our website or call 023 8060 4105 or e-mail

The RYA Scotland Strategic Plan and Annual Reviews are available on our website


  Please complete an application form and return it, along with a completed equality monitoring form, to the HR Department ( prior to the closing date. CVs are not accepted.