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Head of Performance

British Paralympic Association
£52,000 - £60,000
Closing Date
25 March 2019
Interview Date
03 April 2019
British Paralympic Association (“BPA”) central London headquarters and mobile based – exact split to be determined by mutual agreement with post-holder.

Are you passionate about Paralympic sport? Are you a credible leader within the high performance system? Have you delivered demonstrable success in this environment? Can you deliver your best performances when under pressure and support others to do the same? If so, you could be part of a world leading National Paralympic Committee that works tirelessly with National Governing Bodies and its high-performance system partners to deliver the ‘best prepared’ ParalympicsGB team at each summer and winter Games.

Demonstrating the BPA’s core values at all times, the post holder will assume significant responsibility in leading, managing and delivery of the BPA’s preparation strategy and ParalympicsGB’s Games-time performance services. Working directly to BPA Director of Sport and Chef de Mission, Penny Briscoe, the post holder will:

1. Demonstrate exemplary leadership in all aspects of the BPA’s Performance and Preparation strategies and associated programmes, people and partnerships

2. Ensure excellence in the design and delivery of the BPA’s sports science and sports medicine strategy including recruitment, development and leadership of the sports science and sports medicine core team

3. Provide world class advice and support to all Paralympic sports; contributing positively to a best prepared team at each Paralympic Games

4. Provide other input and support as a member of the ParalympicsGB core team in the creation and delivery of an optimal Games-time environment

The BPA is the lead organisation responsible for the Paralympic movement in the UK. We focus on creating the best environment for our athletes as part of ParalympicsGB to perform at summer and winter Paralympic Games. With Paralympic sport in the spotlight like never before, we believe we can build on that to deliver our vision ‘Through sport inspire a better world for disabled people’.

The BPA is fully committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity. It is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment, on the grounds of age, race, disability, parental or marital status, religious belief, sex, gender, social status or sexual orientation, than any other.

Disabled applicants meeting the minimum requirement of the role will be offered an interview. Please indicate in your cover letter if this may be applicable to your application.

Sport Directorate

Responsible for the development and on-going management of a cohesive and collaborative Sport Team environment which proactively embraces cross directorate / partnership working, additionally:

  • To deputise for the Director of Sport in his / her absence and at key meetings / activities on an agreed basis
  • To advise and provide support to the Director of Sport in delivering identified BPA and Sport Team organisational objectives
  • To line manage identified staff within the Sport Directorate and fulfil all related organisational processes relating to this
  • To maintain an overview of the Sport Directorate Programme Plan and budgets at all times; reporting on these as required
  • To proactively identify and develop key performance partnerships both within the UK and overseas to support delivery of organisational and system objectives

Preparation Strategy

  • Responsible for the leadership, management and effective delivery of the BPA’s preparation strategy for each summer and winter Paralympic Games including:
  • Development of key partnerships including UK Sport, Home Country Sport Institutes (HCSI), Team Leaders and others
  • Leadership / Management / Contribution to Paralympic specific planning groups
  • Initiate Games Environment intelligence gathering on behalf of the system
  • Collaboration, communication and dissemination of Games Preparation intelligence
  • Development and delivery of the Paralympic Preparation Profiling Tool
  • Pre-Games preparation environment project development and all reporting
  • Member of UK Sport Project Para Impact Group Games-related

Performance Services

  • Responsible for the development of all Games-related performance services and associated programmes, people and partnerships, supporting the creation of an optimal Games-time environment for ParalympicsGB.
  • Main point of contact for ParalympicsGB with the Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on all performance services matters 
  • Lead, recruit and develop the performance services team 
  • Oversee wider aspects of Games-time performance services including Safeguarding, Welfare, Anti-Doping and Classification
  • Planning and procurement of performance kit and consumables
  • Design and delivery of Games-time performance centre
  • Develop, manage and report on all associated budgets
  • Member of the BPA’s Games Leadership Group
  • Member of the BPA’s Games Planning Group Miscellaneous:
  • To liaise closely with Paralympic sports, the IPC and OCOGs, UK Sport, HCSIs, British Olympic Association and other partners to ensure coherence in positioning, approach and impact of the Performance Strategy and Games-specific services and support
  • To ensure processes of monitoring, evaluation and quality control, and the observation of key performance indicators across all responsibility areas
  • To support and/or mentor colleagues, within the BPA / ParalympicsGB, as reasonably required by the Director of Sport
  • To attend all meetings, workshops and seminars, whether internal or external, regional, national or overseas, which are reasonably deemed to be relevant to the fulfilment of the demands and responsibilities of the role
  • To fulfil any other agreed duties as required by the Director of Sport Games-time Role Due to the event-delivery nature of the organisation, all Games-time roles at the BPA will be discussed and agreed for each Paralympic Games.
  • It is likely but not confirmed therefore that the Head of Performance will fulfil Games-time roles as follows: Summer Paralympic Games: Deputy Chef de Mission (Performance) Winter Paralympic Games: Deputy Chef de Mission (Performance)

How to apply

For details of the person specification download the Job Description and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form from the British Paralympic Association’s website. Please send a role specific cover letter, completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, CV and indication of current salary to Eleanor Edson, Corporate Services Officer, at

All enquiries are to be directed to the email listed and no phone enquiries will be taken.