Macclesfield Rugby Club Chairman – Role & Job Description

Macclesfield is a thriving Rugby Club in the heart of the community playing in the Regional One North West League (level 5). Despite the recent pandemic, the Rugby Club has successfully and substantially grown both of its core activities; On the rugby side, the existing structure of four men’s teams, a women’s team, a thriving colts set up and hugely popular and successful minis and juniors, has been strengthened by the addition of the girl’s age grades and a walking rugby group. The coaching team has been re-enforced with first class experience and is aligned with our recently-finalised One Club strategy. On the commercial side we have expanded our hospitality and business facilities and have increased turnover significantly – revenue generated is re-invested into club projects for the benefit of all members. Finally, we have announced a strategic partnership with Macclesfield College to develop a rugby academy hopefully in the 2023/24 season.

All of this has been achieved through the efforts of volunteer members and sponsors, overseen by a management committee. The current chairman will be standing down in May 2023; the club now wants to appoint a successor to ensure transition to a new leadership and the seamless progress with the Club’s exciting development plans.

If you are an avid rugby fan and have commercial, strategic or operational management experience, we would like to hear from you. Please send your expression of interest with a one-page cv to stephen15branch@gmail.com. If you would like to have an informal conversation with the current incumbent, we are happy to arrange this. If you would like to find out more about this role, the role description is appended to this advertisement.

Applications are welcome until the 28th February 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you as we enter the next exciting phase of the club’s development.

The Role

The Chair is the most senior executive role at the Rugby Club – it is unremunerated and voluntary. It is a prestigious position within the Club and is responsible for providing vision, direction and leadership in setting the conditions and creating the environment in which the Club can fulfil its potential.

The role encompasses two broad sets of activities; Executive – the direction and management of the rugby club as a whole and in its constituent parts; and Ambassadorial – representing the club to its members, sponsors, guests, other rugby clubs and the various administrative bodies established by the RFU. The Chair leads the Executive Management Team and sets out a plan for the overall development of the whole Club in the medium to long term (3-5 years) and monitors and reports progress against that plan through the normal governance structures. The chair relies on the other members of the management committee, volunteers and full-time members of staff at the club to implement the various projects and activities.

The chair is supported by a small management committee with executive authority and a range of sub-committees to support the efficient running of the club.

Accountable to: The Membership

Executive – the chair will:

  • Lead and oversee activity to deliver a successful and sustainable Rugby Club at the heart of the community for the benefit of all members.
  • Establish and lead an effective executive and management team to deliver the One Club strategic plan
  • Be responsible for the re-structuring of the management committee including the identification and recruitment of a Commercial Director and a Director of Rugby.
  • Ensure the effective and responsible management and development of the Rugby Club on behalf of the membership and sponsors both informally and through the normal governance structures and procedures, upholding the Club constitution and following national governing body regulations.
  • Ensure compliance with statutory requirements – e.g., health and safety, HMRC regulations etc.
  • Establish a robust commercial function for the Club that ensures financial sustainability and managed investment.
  • Enable and support the establishment of a vibrant and proactive volunteer group at the Club.
  • Foster activity and investment to increase participation in all forms of the game across all age grades and to play at the highest levels achievable within the club’s financial means.
  • Ensure the safeguarding and welfare of players across the whole Club.
  • Conduct, and report on, periodic reviews of the One Club strategy making adjustments as required.
  • To Chair major Club projects and initiatives (or delegated authority within normal management procedures)

Ambassadorial – the chair will

  • Be the main voice for the club, its values and its vision and to be able to articulate this in an appropriate way to a variety of audiences.
  • Be visible and accessible to the membership, including players, volunteers and sponsors.
  • Encourage links with the community – for example, with local schools, businesses or not-for-profit initiatives – to place the club as a responsible civic partner.
  • Represent the club as a host for first team games at home and as a guest for away fixtures.
  • Support other teams in the club as much as is practical.

Skills

  • An ability to think strategically in the context of the club, the wider game and its role in society more broadly.
  • A high degree of effective leadership and management skill. Would suit a naturally collaborative leader
  • Articulate and with highly-developed communication skills
  • Highly numerate with a good working knowledge of financial management including profit and loss, cash flow and management accounts.
  • Diplomacy and discretion.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate a cross-functional team of volunteers in a community enterprise.
  • Ability to delegate responsibility whilst remaining accountable.

Experience

  • A leadership role, preferably in general management, that includes strategic planning.
  • Familiar with the principals and practices of business administration.
  • Familiarity with the importance and detail of organisational governance.
  • Compliance with governmental, organisational and business legislation
  • Planning, problem solving and decision making.
  • Knowledge of the running/management of a rugby club, sports club and/or community enterprise.

Time Commitment

Approximately 8 to 12 hrs per week excluding attendance at meeting and on ambassadorial duties.

The role is a privilege and requires a high degree of integrity. It is demanding but incredibly rewarding

Macclesfield Rugby Club welcomes applications from any suitably-qualified person regardless of sex, race, age, sexuality, disability or beliefs. If you would like to apply for this role, please send your expression of interest and a one-page cv to stephen15branch@gmail.com. If you would like an informal conversation first, we are happy to arrange that.

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