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Closing date: Friday 23rd February 2024

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Pathway Coordinator (Part Time)

Closing Date for Applicants:
Friday 23rd February 2024

HorseScotland is the national organisation for all equestrian sports and activity in Scotland and was founded in 1998.

HorseScotland is a partner of sportscotland (the national sports agency) and seeks to enable equestrian sport and the equestrian sector in Scotland to develop and excel through the highest levels of participation in the sport and the highest levels of growth for the country's equestrian industry.

As our team develops, we have a Part Time vacancy for a Pathway Coordinator to join our busy team. (approx 4 days per month - flexible depending on the requirements of the role)

The purpose of the role is to contribute to the vision and mission of HorseScotland through the delivery of a systematic and highly effective Pathway for riders and coaches.

The Pathway will identify participants from grassroots level upwards, developing riders and coaches with the potential to achieve medal success at major Championships.  

HorseScotland’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Strategy will be embedded throughout the Pathway identifying athletes, coaches and leaders within the equestrian sector, therefore driving the delivery of our workforce strategy.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To be accountable for all aspects of the leadership and development of all horsescotland’s Pathway Programmes including:

  • Working with the horsescotland Board Directors – developing a strategy and lead on its implementation, ensuring appropriate pathway data is accessible to support strategic planning, selection processes and athlete and coach feedback.

  • Setting and monitoring key standards of pathways that are critical to the success and long-term viability of the Pathway Programme. Utilising best practice from other sports as required.

  • Attendance at the Pathway Programme training days to review rider performance with the professional coaching team and be responsible for the review of the rider’s pathway - conducting formal review meetings

  • Develop a proactive feedback loop to the leadership of horsescotland, coaching professionals and support team on operational delivery of the pathway programmes and how it is helping support riders’ plans.

  • Ensure the Programmes operates within the budget set by the horsescotland Board.

  • Monitor the quality of coaching and input other expert support services as required such as sport science, horse welfare, physiotherapy into the pathway programmes including the appointment of fully qualified and insured coaches.  (including horse welfare)

  • Ensure all coaches and staff are working as proactively and efficiently across the pathway programme to the benefit of all riders and the overall pathway  programme reputation

  • Conduct technical and pathway performance planning meetings with the Education and Development Manager to identify the priority pathway support plans that capture the objectives and collaboration  of the Pathway and coaching  Programmes

  • Role model the professional codes of conduct of coaching and sports science ensuring that this is respected and adhered to in order to keep the rider and horses’ health and welfare at the centre of concern in all aspects of training and competition.

  • Develop and implement an induction/exit process for those riders transitioning onto/off the Performance Programmes

  • Administration delivery of pathway sessions

  • Take part in Continuing Professional Development activities to enhance effectiveness as agreed with Education and Development manager

  • Develop strong relationships with all Member bodies of horsescotland

  • Align annual key performance indicators to the objectives of horsescotland’s Strategic & Operational Plan

 The successful candidate will have/be able to demonstrate:

  • A high level of understanding in the areas of talent development, talent identification and rider development preferably with UKCC or equivalent qualifications

  • Effective communication skills, both verbally and written

  • Ensures own behaviours are aligned to HorseScotland’s philosophy, values and behaviours

  • IT literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office Applications

  • Works well with others as part of a team and encourages collaboration to create a strong team-working environment

  • Highly self-motivated and able to work under her / his own direction to achieve stated objectives within the necessary timescales.

  • Provides positive leadership traits and able to inspire and influence riders and colleagues.

  • Ensures Health and Safety guidelines are adhered to

  • Works in a flexible and agile manner to meet the needs of the programme, riders and colleagues

  • Ability to proactively develop strong relationships

  • Able to make first impressions count

This is a Part Time, contract, homebased role. However candidates must reside in Scotland in order to service the role and travel within the area.

How to apply horsescotland is an equal opportunities employer and aims to provide a discrimination-free working environment.

We are committed to an action plan and policy in line with the Equality Act 2010, which ensures that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of a protected characteristic.

To apply for this post please e-mail your CV  and covering letter to  

Your covering letter must state your location and level of salary expectation as well as outlining

‘The importance of the performance programme and why I can be the next Pathway coordinator at horsescotland’.

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