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Communications Manager

  • Location: East Midlands
  • Organisation: British Parachute Association (becoming British Skydiving)
  • Salary: Salary to be discussed with candidates shortlisted for interview
  • Closing Date: 07 February 2019 | Marketing & Communications

Communications Manager

Salary: Salary to be discussed with candidates shortlisted for interview

Location: East Midlands

British Parachute Association - which is to adopt the new trading name of British Skydiving - is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Sport Parachuting. We have created a new, senior staff role of Communications Manager to join our small, hard-working team at our Leicester HQ.

Skydiving is an exciting, photogenic sport - our members redefine the boundaries of what is possible.

The role

The post reports to the Chief Operating Officer and the Communications Committee through the Communications Chair.

The Communications Manager provides professional support to the COO, Safety & Technical Officer (STO) and Secretary-General and strategic support to the governing Council through its Communications Committee in delivering the strategic plan for British Skydiving.

The plan helps to realise our vision to secure skydiving as a safe, enjoyable and accessible sport for all whilst ensuring that the needs of all our stakeholders are met. British Skydiving’s ambitious strategic objectives are predicated on accurate, timely and engaging communications. Presently British Skydiving has no dedicated communications specialist on the staff and is short of editorial resource: and of an over-arching, joined-up, concerted communications activity to our range of stakeholders.

This resource is essential to the success of our strategic plan - especially in this age of social media. A key part of the role will be public relations and developing links with mainstream media for the promotion of competitions and events so that Skydiving is seen as a sport.

A full job description is available on the BPA website. Hours Hours are as required to discharge the responsibilities of the post, based on a nominal full-time 35-hour week.

The post will be based at our Leicester HQ and will involve travel, expenses paid, to the UK and possibly beyond, typically to report on competitions and events, many of which may take place over a weekend, including bank holiday weekends. Attendance at daytime and evening meetings, often at HQ, will also be required.

Person specification


• An experienced communications professional, ideally with a solid track record of communications in sport, membership organisations, and/or the not-for-profit sector.

• A competent writer and editor of words and images, who understands tone of voice, knowledgeable and experienced in the use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, aware of new developments and opportunities in social media, and experienced in web content management.

• Of a resilient disposition, with the diplomacy, enthusiasm, interpersonal skills and drive, to work in multi-disciplinary teams and on your own initiative to reflect positively on British Skydiving.

• Holder of full UK driving licence.


• A BPA member, perhaps even a coach or instructor.

• A photographer / videographer in our sport, as visuals play such a a huge part in making our communications appealing and effective. Personal qualities:

• A team player able to fit in and work as part of the British Skydiving team, including staff and volunteers, who is capable of negotiating the bounds of their role and working on their own initiative within them.

• Know what you don’t know, but know who to ask.

Could we be looking for you?

  1. Before applying, please read the full person specification and job description and the BPA staff handbook
  2. Applicants are asked to email a CV with a covering letter to highlight your match with our requirements stating when, in the event of a successful application, you would be available to take up the post.
  3. Applications to Martin Shuttleworth, Secretary-General, British Parachute Association, at martin[at]  Closing date for applications: Thursday 7 February 2019. No agencies.
  4. Initial interviews will be held by a selection panel, and include a short competency-based exercise, at BPA HQ, Leicester, on Friday 22 February 2019.

Our values:

Commitment to excellence - Honesty and openness - Respect, integrity and trust - Building our knowledge

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