Queen’s Rowing Development Coach: Temporary Casual Position:

Queen's Sport - QUB Rowing


Temporary Casual Position: Queen’s Rowing Development Coach

School/Department: Queen's Sport

Reference: QUB Rowing

Closing Date: Friday 2 November 2018

Salary: £10 per hour (+ agreed expenses)

Hrs: Maximum of 20hrs per week

Contract: Casual

Anticipated Interview Date: w/c 5 November 2018
Start Date: ASAP


Reporting to the Queen’s Sports Development Team, the Rowing Development Coach is responsible for participation coaching for Queen’s University Belfast Men’s and Women’s Rowing Clubs. This position is to complement the existing Head Rowing Coach at Queen’s Sport and the Sports Development Athlete Pathway. The post holder will assist Queen’s Rowing to administer, co-ordinate and support the delivery of Coaching and Participation programmes, projects and initiatives. The post is based at the recently extended and refurbished Queen’s Sport boathouse in Belfast. The boathouse is fully equipped with an impressive fleet, towing vehicle and coaching launches supporting over 100 student rowers.


  1. Coach for Men and Women from novice level and lead a group of volunteer coaches in partnership with the Head Rowing Coach.
  2. Liaise weekly with the Head Rowing Coach, volunteer coaches and club captains.
  3. Provide technical assistance for current volunteer coaches.
  4. Create and review fortnightly training plans for each participation squad based on capability of squads and taking account of the academic and rowing calendars.
  5. Set performance targets for all participation crews aligned to yearly plan and agreed by Queen’s Sport and the Club Captains
  6. Agree a programme for competing at regattas and select participation crews with club captains and volunteer coaches.
  7. Assist the Head Rowing Coach and Queen’s Sport Operations with fleet management including allocation of boats to the student clubs including the van, trailers and coaching launches, in conjunction with the student club committees.
  8. Regularly meet with student club commitees, Queen’s Sport staff and Head Rowing Coach.
  9. Be qualified to tow rowing boat trailers and be qualified to drive a coaching launch. (Level 2 power boat from RYA).
  10. Adhere to the Operating, Security and Health and Safety protocols as set out by Queen’s Sport in relation to the boathouse.
  11. Take responsibility for deciding when water conditions are unsafe for training or competition with due regard to the competence of the athlete/crews.
  12. Be responsible for ensuring all club members comply with the current Rowing Ireland/GB Rowing safety standards.

 Essential Criteria:

  1. Relevant academic/vocational qualifications (e.g. GCSE O Level, NVQ2 or equivalent) and typically at least 1 years’ relevant Coaching experience in an academic environment (School or University).
  2. Level 1 NGB approved Coaching qualification or equivalent Rowing Coaching qualification.
  3. Level 2 Power Boat Coaching Qualification from  RYA
  4. Ability to manage and motivate a team of volunteer coaches
  5. IT literacy and ability to use computer packages relevant to area of work.
  6. Numerate and accurate when working with figures and handling payments.
  7. Good oral and written communication skills.
  8. Provide effective coaching services.
  9. Have the ability to deal efficiently with face to face, telephone and external enquiries.
  10. Communicate effectively with staff, students, volunteer coaches and members of the public.
  11. Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  12. Flexible, willing to adapt to new tasks and duties.
  13. Ability to make decisions and to plan and prioritise within remit of post.
  14. Organised, methodical approach to work.
  15. Full driving licence with trailer towing endorsment.


Desirable Criteria:


  1. Level 2 NGB approved Coaching qualification or equivalent Rowing Coaching qualification.
  2. 2 years’ experience within a university rowing setting.
  1. Hold a valid First Aid qualification

To apply please send your CV with a cover letter to Ruairi Taylor at

Please note, interviews for this position are expected to take place w/c 5 November 2018

Please note applications submitted after the closing date and time, cannot be accepted.

Committed to an Equal Opportunities policy and selection on merit, the University welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Candidates with disabilities who have specific support requirements should contact us to make appropriate arrangements.