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Sport for Development Coalition: Executive Director

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Sport for Development Coalition: Executive Director

The Sport for Development Coalition is looking for a new Executive Director to lead the next phase of its development. Deadline: 12 Jan 2022.

  • Salary: £60,000 per annum with an attractive benefits package
  • Location: Flexible working with a regular presence in the London office. 

About the opportunity  

The Sport for Development Coalition is recruiting an Executive Director to lead the next phase of its development. 

This is a unique opportunity for an engaging leader with a strong track record of collaborative working and a proven ability to influence a diverse range of stakeholders. The incoming Executive Director should be deeply committed to tackling health and societal inequalities and passionate about maximising the contribution sport can make to changing lives and strengthening communities. 

The Executive Director is responsible for delivering the Coalition’s strategy and business plan, strengthening the long term legal and governance model of the Coalition, and leading the ‘backbone’ infrastructure organisation supporting the collective action of the network.  

They spearhead the Coalition’s advocacy and influencing efforts, manage the network’s public affairs and policy analysis functions, and are responsible for stakeholder relations and resource mobilisation. They act as a representative and spokesperson for the Coalition, both individually and alongside leaders from the network, and have oversight of strategic communication, insight and member engagement.  

The role reports to the Chair of the Sport for Development Coalition and works with the Coalition’s Board, inclusive governance structure and wider movement of sport for development organisations. They directly manage a backbone support team of three colleagues as well as a range of contractors.  

This is a rare opportunity for an innovative and collaborative professional to play a key role in championing and advancing the intentional use of sport and physical activity to address key social challenges faced across the UK.  

About the Coalition 

The Sport for Development Coalition is a national network of more than 200 charities, community organisations, sports governing bodies and foundations, over-arching thousands of projects and programmes across the UK, who are intentionally using sport and physical activity to generate positive social outcomes.  

The Coalition’s mission is to ensure more organisations and people recognise, value and invest in the contribution sport can make to changing lives, strengthening communities and tackling health and societal inequalities. The Coalition is committed to ensuring these benefits are enjoyed without barriers or discrimination. 

How to apply 

To apply please send a covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification and your CV to: 

As part of the shortlisting process, personal and identifying data will be removed ahead of the shortlisting process.

We would also welcome applicants competing a voluntary diversity monitoring process at the following link. This process is not part of the assessment process but is to help the Coalition monitor the equity of our recruitment processes. 

If you would like to access this pack or complete your application in an alternative format please contact the Coalition on

Applications close on Wednesday, 12 January 2022. 

Application deadline

Wed, 01/12/2022

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