This May sees Sian Haynes step down as the Saints’ head of community after 17 years in the role. Northampton Saints is therefore inviting applications for the position to lead the club’s community team into a new era from experienced individuals who have a dynamic approach to developing community programmes both on and off the field and who relish the challenge of building on Sian’s outstanding legacy.
Northampton Saints has been at the heart of the community of Northampton and the surrounding area for nearly 140 years, ever since its founding as part of a boys’ improvement class by Reverend Samuel Wathen Wigg, curate of St James Church, within sight of the club’s Franklin’s Gardens home.
A strong community ethos remains one of the club’s key pillars to the present day, whether through developing youth rugby in schools and clubs, using the sport to inspire youngsters across a range of educational programmes, working with key sponsors such as Elite Insurance on Rugby Academies and Rugby Sevens, helping charities raise much needed funds through donations for auctions, raffles or match day bucket shakes, or introducing new supporters to the club with match day tournaments and ticket sales.
The new head of community will be expected to build on these strong foundations while also bring a new approach to areas such as Bernie’s Gang (the junior Saints supporters club), Saints in the Schools programmes, match day entertainment and other outreach opportunities.
Reporting to the commercial director, the successful appointee’s responsibilities will include:
To manage the Saints’ community officers and coaches to maximise outreach opportunities across Northampton and the surrounding area
To oversee delivery of the club’s programmes, such as Elite Insurance Rugby Academies; the Elite Insurance Sevens Series; Premiership Rugby activities and programmes; Saints in the Schools; Bernie’s Gang and Little Saints; charity outreach work; match day entertainment and tournaments; and help drive ticket sales
To identify, develop and maximise available and appropriate sources of funding for community activities
To liaise with the club’s playing department to ensure player involvement in appropriate community activities
To develop a database of organisational contacts and to develop relationships accordingly
To maintain records and provide management information and reports as required
This is a full-time position based at Franklin’s Gardens with a competitive salary. To apply send a cover letter and CV to Brian Facer, commercial director, at [email protected] no later than close of business on May 12th, 2017.
Interview date will be on May 22nd; only applicants invited for interview will be contacted.