Director of Rugby Vacancy

The Royal Navy Rugby Union is seeking a suitably experienced candidate to fill the post of Director of Rugby in May 2019. This is a voluntary and unremunerated role and the successful candidate would ideally commit for a period of 2-3 years.

The RNRU, as well as being a part of the Royal Navy, is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and a registered charity. It is, therefore, charged with the management, administration and development of the game of Rugby Union within the Royal Navy, in accordance with Service regulations and traditions, as well as in compliance with the requirements of the RFU and regulatory framework for charities.

Our Vision is: To be fun, relevant and successful, inspiring players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators to enjoy rugby at all levels from mess deck to international, wherever the RN goes, reflecting all that is best in the Service.

RNRU Strategy

The strategy of the RNRU is founded in the recognition and identification of our many, and varied, stakeholders including (but not limited to): The Naval Service; The Charity Commission; Member Clubs; The Rugby Football Union (RFU); Sponsors. The RNRU’s Executive Committee is responsible for day-to-day management of all RNRU activity to deliver this strategy and to provide a broad effort on behalf of those stakeholders. In particular, this has led to a gradual shift of emphasis away from a focus on representative rugby (whilst seeking to maintain our hard-earned reputation for success), with greater investment in promoting participation and enjoyment of rugby across the Naval Service.

RNRU Director of Rugby
The role:

  • As a voting member of the RNRU Executive Committee, to support the Chairman and its members in fulfilling their collective and individual responsibilities for the conduct of RNRU business and the delivery of goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for delivering the vision and strategic direction of the RNRU representative player’s pathway and oversight of all 5 representative teams.  Senior XV, RN(W), Mariners, U23 and Sharks (7s).
  • Responsible for all representative on-field performance and specifically to achieve a creditable winning record for the teams that compete in the annual Inter-Services Championship. 
  • Responsible for the identification, selection and succession planning of Assistant Directors of Rugby and Team Support Groups (including coaching staff, team managers, medical, performance analysis and strength and conditioning support) for each of the 5 representative teams.
  • Responsible for ensuring a coherent approach to standards and protocols across the RNRU representative area.
  • Work with the representative Assistant Directors of Rugby to secure the availability of players for key RNRU fixtures, competitions and tours.
  • Deliver and promote RN representation in the UK Armed Forces and other higher representative environs.
  • Accountable for financial control across all representative teams in order to conduct its activities in an efficient manner and in meeting the Union’s financial goals, performance and budgets.
  • Oversight of the day to day functionality of the RNRU Referees Society.
  • Facilitate and encourage development of individuals’ and teams’ core values.

 The person:

  • A background and passion for rugby is essential.
  • Able to commit to Navy Rugby, and capable of supporting the RNRU through successful performance of the role of Director of Rugby.
  • Knowledge of the sporting landscape within the Royal Navy is an advantage as will be an experience of working with or in a sports club, preferably in a rugby environment.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Ideally, but not exclusively, a serving member of the RN (including RM) or the RNR/RMR.
  • Personable and able to represent the RNRU in engagement with stakeholders.

The selection process

  • Closing date for applications is Monday 1 October 2018.
  • Applications should be sent via email to Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Navy Rugby Union at the following address Anthony.king149@mod.gov.uk.
  • Applications should include sufficient detail to explain an individual’s suitability for the role and how they intend to meet the breadth of tasks outlined above (CVs and covering letters are encouraged).
  • Applications will be considered by a panel formed from members of the Executive Committee of the RNRU; candidates may be invited to interview to constitute a second round of the selection process if deemed appropriate by the panel.
  • If required interviews will be held in the forenoon of Wednesday 31 October 2018, with a decision communicated no later than Friday 9 November 2018. Please indicate on your application if you are unable to attend or foresee potential difficulties in attending on the planned date for interviews.