Job Description – Disability Development Officer
Job Title: Disability Development Officer
Reports to: Middlesex Cricket and Lord’s Taverners
Date Effective: 3rd May 2022 (subject to notice periods)
Remuneration: £24,000 - £28,000 plus expenses
Hours of work: 35 hours per week
Term: Fixed-term: 18 months (extension subject to funding)
Middlesex Cricket, in partnership with the Lord’s Taverners wish to appoint a Disability Development Officer to deliver Lord’s Taverners disability programmes (Table Cricket and Super 1s) across Middlesex. Through Super 1s, the officer will provide community-based cricketing opportunities, both competitive and coaching, for young people with disabilities. The Development Officer will use the power of cricket as a tool for change, increasing confidence, communication, leadership and independence in the participants. The role will also oversee other disability initiatives including Table Cricket and Champion clubs which directly contribute to the disability strategy of Middlesex Cricket, the ECB and Lord’s Taverners partnership. The person will also work closely with Middlesex’s Head of Disability County Cricket.
This new and exciting role seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for supporting and developing young people, working with multiple partners and organizations.
JOB PURPOSE & FOCUS
The focus of this role is to deliver the aims and outcomes of the Super 1s programme and disability cricket across the 17 London Boroughs that form the county of Middlesex. These include:
- To promote and develop disability cricket in community hubs and offer both participation and competitive opportunities
- Develop initiatives that increase confidence, communication, leadership and independence. Ensure participants personal growth can develop beyond cricket
- To promote and deliver the Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket programme across Middlesex
- To ensure pathway opportunities for young people with a disability
- To promote and implement the Middlesex Cricket Disability Development Plan and Policies
The needs of this role are:
- Plan, deliver and review the Super 1s disability community hubs that are aligned to the needs of the local people
- Successfully engage young disabled people aged 12-25 years old into a Super 1s community-based hub
- Deliver a year-round Super 1s competition that engages all disability community hubs in a minimum of 3 competition days and a final
- Create a sustainable pathway for higher ability players through actively signposting and supporting players through the existing County squad pathway
- Engage relevant schools, colleges and community groups to become active in Table Cricket
- Train and upskill teachers and group leads to deliver Table Cricket sessions within their school or group
- Run a county-wide Table Cricket competition that feeds into Lord’s Taverners regional structure. County competitions must provide a competitive opportunity for active schools and target participants that have limited access to mainstream competitive opportunities
- Recruit and train Young Leaders across both Super 1s and Table Cricket to support disability cricket activity
- Manage and run monitoring and evaluation of Super 1s and Table Cricket through the provided online system
- Maintain regular communication and dialogue, whilst also capturing feedback, opinion and a review of satisfaction
- Work closely with existing cricket clubs to engage with disabled people where possible
- Ensure the branding and identity of the programmes within delivery
- Deliver and coordinate a year-round Super 1s programme that is diverse, inclusive and is open to young people with a disability from the community
- Ensure Super 1s delivers an inclusive programme that develops participant’s personal skills and future prospects using cricket as its engagement tool
- Develop cricket opportunities for all players of all standards (coaching, tournaments, teams or casual play)
- Develop partnerships with external organizations and stakeholders resulting in an enhancement of the cricket development plan
- Provide formal written reports and case studies, and ensure that all monitoring and evaluation is undertaken as required
- Support the development of the wider pool of volunteers and sports coaches by mentoring and / or signposting for opportunities both formally and informally
- Increase awareness of Super 1s and Table Cricket programmes locally
The successful post holder will be:
- Committed to improving the lives of young people
- Committed to their own personal professional development and play an active role in the professional development of your colleagues
- Represent Middlesex Cricket and the Lord’s Taverners in a positive and professional manner at all times
- Ensure the health, safety and welfare of yourself, participants and others at all times
- Conduct sessions in accordance with the appropriate Middlesex and ECB guidelines and good practice
- Take part in other activities as and when required
- Perform all duties in an equitable manner and to actively promote the principles of equality amongst colleagues, partners and service users
- Conform to, actively commit to and promote both Middlesex Cricket’s and the Lord’s Taverners values when using any communication
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- High levels of energy and enthusiasm and the desire to succeed
- Experience of delivering community development programmes
- Experience of working within Sports Development with recreational sports clubs and the enthusing of volunteers
- Experience and insight in disability
- Experience of partnership working and the ability to create strong and sustainable links
- Experience of working in both school and community settings
- The ability to develop and implement high quality, varied and creative activity/cricket sessions
- Good project management skills and ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
- Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with a diverse range of people.
- Effective communicator and the ability to engage with people of all levels
- Excellent leadership skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Excellent administrative skills and evidence of project work
- Computer literate and effective user of Word, Excel, Outlook and other Microsoft programmes
- Child protection trained or, commitment to achieving this within a short period of time
- First Aid trained or, a commitment to achieving this within a short period of time
- ECB DBS checked (assistance provided)
- Ability to travel independently between sites
- Willingness to work ‘unsocial’ hours, including evenings and weekends
- Experience as a cricket coach to ECB level 2 or UKCC2 (or overseas equivalent)
- Understanding and experience of a variety of Cricket Development programmes
- Experience of managing a cricket coaching programme
- Experience of working with inactive people in recreational sport and/or physical activity sessions
- Experience of working with people with disabilities
- Experience of mentoring, supporting and encouraging volunteers
- Experience of monitoring and evaluating the impact of sessions and programmes
- Experience of working on cricket specific projects
- Experience of teaching/coaching children of all ages
SUPERVISION AND WORK PLANNING
The Disability Development officer will work across Middlesex and will have office space available at Middlesex Indoor School, East End Road, Finchley N3 2TA or Lord's Cricket Ground.
The employee’s normal working days will be Monday-Friday and will normally be expected to complete at least 35 hours in a week. Due the nature of the work involved in this position, the employee will be required to work some evenings and weekends. The post holder will be required to carry out their duties at such times and on such days that are the most effective to perform the responsibilities of the position.
This job description outlines the principle accountabilities/main duties relating to this post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out. Other duties may be required to be undertaken from time to time as directed by Middlesex Cricket.
If you would like to be considered for this post please complete the attached application form, along with a covering letter, explaining your reasons for applying to [email protected]
Closing date for applications is Midnight on Sunday 10th April 2022. Candidates will be invited for interview and will be contacted via email by 14th April 2022 and Interviews will be held at Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN week commencing the 18th April 2022.
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