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Governance Officer

  • Location: London
  • Organisation: Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Salary: Circa £23,000
  • Contract: Fixed Term, up to 12 months
  • Closing Date: 06 August 2017 | Governance

Governance Officer

Salary: Circa £23,000

Contract: Fixed Term, up to 12 months

Location: Burwood House, 14-16 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QT

Role Summary

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. Together with our members and in partnership with the wider sector, we make the most of opportunities and tackle the areas that provide a challenge. We do this by providing advice, support and guidance and by being the voice of the sector. Working with Government, policy makers and the media, we help grassroots sport and recreation grow and thrive. Having an active nation is important as it delivers huge benefits to society and the millions of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators.

One of the ways we support our members to thrive is by providing guidance and advice on governance issues.  The Governance Officer is responsible for leading and developing our work in this area to help members improve their governance, achieve legal compliance and demonstrate best practice.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

The Governance Officer works within the Policy, Governance and External Affairs team and reports to the Governance Manager.  The main responsibilities of the role are:

1) Working with the Governance Manager to establish the Alliance as the leading organisation for governance support in the sector 

2) Deliver programmes, identified in the governance strategy, that equip, enable and support members in the areas of corporate governance 

3) Manage programmes that aim to support and develop individual leaders in sport, which include our Director training courses and other governance training events

4) Manage relationships with external partners and seek to establish new ones 

5) Represent the Sport and Recreation Alliance at appropriate external forums and develop close member relations

6) Provide relevant and timely advice in response to member enquiries, working with the Governance Manager and other colleagues as appropriate

7) Source and develop high quality governance resources for members that complement training and development programmes

8) Any other duties as reasonably required.

Person Specification

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The Governance Officer should have experience of governance within public, private or voluntary organisations.  This is a role which will demand a flexible approach, the capacity to recognise and address organisational needs, and the ability to construct and deliver projects and programmes to support the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s members.  

S/he will need to demonstrate the ability to:

· Understand corporate governance and its application to different organisations; 

· Identify the various regulatory and environmental changes impacting on national governing bodies of sport and recreation and their member clubs and interpret the practical implications of regulatory requirements for these organisations;

· Build effective relationships with governance professionals operating in relevant sectors including legal, finance and charity;

· Using appropriate methods communicate effectively with a wide range of people including Sport and Recreation Alliance members and external stakeholders;

· Manage relationships with external suppliers to secure effective services for Alliance members;

· Manage a range of tasks, meeting tight deadlines where necessary with high quality work, including when working with external projects and partners;

· Manage multiple projects;

· Take ownership of an agreed work programme and demonstrate initiative in order to drive progress;

· Use Microsoft Office applications effectively.

Desirable attributes

It would be an advantage for the Governance Officer to be able to demonstrate:

· An understanding of the nature and operation of voluntary or not for profit organisations at local or national level;

· An active interest or participation in sport and recreation.

Job Description

How to apply

Please complete an Application Form Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and enclose a copy of your CV and return to Alternatively, telephone 020 7976 3920 for full details or email Please also include a CV.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact James Allen on 020 7976 3923 or email  

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 6 August 2017

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 15 August 2017 and candidates are expected to make themselves available. 

Equal Opportunities 

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is committed to equal opportunities for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnerships. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is keen to further increase the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We appreciate the range of skills and experience our staff have to offer. In return for your enthusiasm and commitment, we commit to actively developing and supporting you.  We also offer a very generous range of benefits including: pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, employee assistance programme, childcare voucher scheme, gym contributions, private healthcare, volunteering days plus generous holiday entitlement.

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