Providing our young people with the skills, confidence and opportunities to take part in high-quality physical activity and sport remains key to developing a sporting habit for life amongst future generations.
The Oxfordshire School Games offers every school-age child in Oxfordshire the opportunity to take part in high quality competition, whether within their school, cluster, district or county.
With a key focus on providing fun, engaging activities for 14-19 year olds, Satellite Clubs offers funding to those looking to deliver physical activity and sport to this age range.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018
OxSPA is one of 40+ County Sports Partnerships (CSP) located throughout England. Our purpose is to improve people's lives by growing participation in sport & physical activity. We do this by working with local partners (Local Authorities, Education, Health, the voluntary sector and the business community) and national organisations (e.g. Sport England and national sports bodies).
While Oxfordshire has one of the highest activity levels in the country we still have over 100k people (20+% of the population) who do less than 30 mins of physical activity per week. Our mission is to inspire people across the county to include sport & physical activity as an essential part of their daily routine making Oxfordshire an even greater place to live and work.
Following a recent strategic review in response to changes in the Sport England strategy (Towards an Active Nation) and changes in the priorities of our local partners we are looking to renew and reenergise OxSPA as an independent charity to meet the challenges of the future.
What we are looking for
We are looking for a Chief Executive with the drive and ambition to lead the new organisation in the next phase of its evolution. The role requires exceptional leadership and advocacy skills to bring together organisations around a shared ambition to improve the lives of people in the county by reducing inactivity. We need someone who has the potential to be seen as the figurehead and primary advocate for sport and physical activity in the county.
While a passion for sport and physical activity is essential we are keen to consider applicants from outside the sector. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to shape the future direction of the organisation and make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of people in Oxfordshire.
Please note we welcome applications from all members of the community regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith or disability.
How to Apply
For a confidential discussion about the role please contact:
Mary Nicholls on 01865 529541 or 07826 894867
For general information visit: www.oxspa.co.uk
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, setting out in no more than two sides of A4 how you meet the person specification criteria for the role, to: email@example.com
or by post to:
CEO Application, Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity, c/o Community Services Directorate, Oxford City Council, Horspath Road, Oxford, OX4 2RH
- Closing date: Friday 1st June 2018
- Interviews: Thursday 14th June 2018
Job Title: Chief Executive
Organisation: Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity / Active Oxfordshire
Responsible to: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Staff Responsible for: OxSPA Core Team (8-10)
Main Purpose of Job
A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is required to lead OxSPA to work at a strategic level with partners to reduce the levels of inactivity in Oxfordshire and be seen as the figurehead and primary advocate for sport and physical activity within the county. The CEO has overall responsibility, accountability and authority within the organisation and must inspire, lead and develop a small core team to deliver on its remit. The CEO must also work with the Board of Trustees and partners to develop and drive the local agenda. They must ensure that relationships are managed effectively and positively to ensure OxSPA's influence and expertise impact on the strategic decision making of partners and local community organisations.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Strategy, Business Planning and Delivery:
- Create, communicate and implement the organisation's purpose, vision and strategy with stakeholders, trustees and core team.
- Develop and implement the organisation's overall business plan in consultation with stakeholders, trustees and the core team
- Provide strategic leadership to OxSPA
- Identify and pursue business opportunities to ensure the commercial sustainability of the organisation
- Oversee the day to day operations of the organisation, ensuring it is positioned as the primary agency for the development of physical activity and community sport in Oxfordshire.
Leadership and Advocacy:
- Develop and maintain excellent relationships with national, regional and local partners and stakeholders ensuring that OxSPA is positioned locally as the partner of choice in relation to the development of community sports participation and physical activity
- Establish OxSPA as an evidence and insight led, people focused organisation, which aligns its work to national and local strategic priorities
- Influence relevant policy and practice, at a national and regional level across sectors
- Engage in high level advocacy to ensure cross sector understanding and commitment to the value of physical activity and achieve the outcomes of the Sport England strategy 'Towards an Active Nation'
- Ensure that OxSPA earns a reputation as one of the country's leading County Sports Partnerships
- Represent OxSPA at civic and professional events.
Management and Governance:
- Ensure the Board of Trustees and organisational structure are always fit for purpose to support delivery of the strategy and business plan
- Ensure the organisation is fit for purpose to deliver against the new Sport England contract and local strategies
- Ensure that the organisation's leadership maintains constant awareness of the external and internal landscape, emerging evidence and opportunities to optimise delivery against the organisation's purpose and vision
- Oversee the recruitment of trustees and team members to ensure the organisation remains fit for purpose
- Work effectively with, and report to the Executive Board on all strategic matters relating to the organisation, including, but not limited to performance, risk, corporate governance and staffing issues
- Ensure the Board of Trustees are fully aware of matters relating to the delivery of the strategy, major expenditure items and any significant variances to budget
- Leverage the skills and experience of trustees where appropriate as well as advice and guidance from external advisors and partners.
The post holder must:
- Be values driven and display the utmost integrity and transparency
- Work with high energy and be motivated to succeed
- Be a leading advocate for the benefits that physical activity and sport can play in developing communities and individuals
- Be a leader who will bring creative and innovative approaches to the role of CEO
- Have strong interpersonal skills that provide an exceptional basis to create strong strategic networks
- Have the skills and knowledge to influence senior decision makers.
The above job description is a guide to the work you may be required to undertake but does not form part of your contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances.
Job Title: Chief Executive
Organisation: Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity / Active Oxfordshire
Responsible To: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Responsible For: OxSPA Core Team (8-10)
Qualifications/ Academic Achievements
- Educated to degree standard.
- Experience navigating large and complex organisations, including gaining access to key executives and stakeholders and successfully managing senior relationships
- A proven ability to respond quickly and on own initiative to changing complex circumstances, maintaining a clear view of overall strategic picture
- A proven ability to build partnerships and represent the organisation to the outside world
- A track record of identifying commercial opportunities and business development
- Knowledge of the sport and physical activity landscape and the social and economic benefits that this can bring
- Practical knowledge of health, education, local government and the political environment that drives investment into sport
- A proven ability to build and manage a high performing team including the ability to improve teamwork and individual performance
Skills/ Special Aptitudes Required
- Highly developed written and oral communication skills including the ability to present complex messages at the highest level
- Strong influencing and relationship management skills
- Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills and ability to work with the media
- Ability to develop a compelling business case based on sound strategic and commercial reasoning
- Strong strategic planning skills along with the ability to oversee the operational aspects of its implementation
- Ability to motivate and lead a diverse team from a range of backgrounds
- Clear, strategic thinking with an organised approach.
- Integrity, transparency and authenticity
- Focus and confidence: able to make difficult decisions for the future of the organisation
- Inspirational, with the ability to motivate and lead others
- Highly motivated, demonstrating a passion for the positive role that sport and physical activity can play in developing people and communities
- Innovative: bringing fresh thinking and new ideas
- Self-aware, with strong interpersonal skills to develop productive and strategic working relationships within a political environment.
- The successful candidate will be required to travel locally, regionally and to national events
- The role will require occasional unsociable hours with weekend and evening working.
Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Next week is School Games time again!
On the 18th and 19th April the Football, Primary Netball, Boccia, Primary Panathlon, Swimming and Sportshall Athletics competitions will take place. We are glad that we could give so many children in Oxfordshire the opportunity to get involved with sports.
We hope to see you at St Helen and St Katherine in Abingdon on the 18th and at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre in Oxford on the 19th.
Click here for more information about the Oxfordshire School Games
Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Why attend? Learn to introduce yoga to your PE and well-being curriculum. Yoga reaches the parts that some conventional PE does not
Who? Secondary PE teachers, primary PE co-ordinators and classroom teachers, teaching assistants, youth workers and other school-facing staff including coaches
When? 30, 31 May, 1 June 2018
Where? The Oxford Academy, Oxford
Provided by? Yoga in Schools Community Interest Company www.yoga-in-schools.co.uk
and School Games Oxford City and Thame
Additional benefits included in fee? Copy of the excellent 'Yoga: your home practice companion' and 10 free yoga lessons in Oxford for those who can access them
Cost? £400 if enrolment forms are received by 26 March (£420 thereafter). This is a highly appropriate use of the Primary School Sport Premium
Subsidies of £120 available to secondary PE teachers in the North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership.