URA Head Rowing Coach

Full Time (Fixed term) - £30,116.11

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JOB TITLE:                       URA Head Rowing Coach
HOURS:                            39 hours per week (includes evening and weekend hours)
POSITION TYPE:              Full Time - Fixed Term to 31/07/25 (potential for extension subject to funding)
SALARY:                           £30,116.11
DEPARTMENT:                 RGU Student Union
ACCOUNTABLE TO:        President of Sport and Physical Activity (RGU Student Union) and Sport and Physical Activity Development Manager (Robert Gordon University)

CLOSING DATE:              7th July 12pm

The University Rowing Aberdeen (URA) programme is searching for a Head Coach!

The URA programme is a joint venture between University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University with support from Scottish Rowing.  The URA programme has supported multiple GB under 23 and senior internationals over the past 10 years and as the programme is at a key stage of its development we are now looking for a talented, ambitious and experienced coach to continue the journey!

We are looking for someone who is driven to create a performance culture and has the skillset to recruit, develop and retain high level student athletes to achieve performance success.

The successful candidate will be required to have strong communication skills, the ability to build excellent relationships with a variety of stakeholders and will have strong knowledge and understanding of the Scottish/British rowing landscape.

This is a brilliant opportunity for a Head Coach to play a key part in the strategic development of the rowing programme and we are looking for an innovative, reliable, self-starter who has a track record of helping rowers achieve their potential.  The role would suit an experienced assistant coach from an established programme who is looking for an opportunity to lead their own rowing programme.

The post will be a part of an experienced team of University Sport staff and will benefit from the opportunities available from being part of a Sport Development team.  As well as this, the coach will benefit from a strong support network through Scottish Rowing and will receive valuable input to ensure that they continue to develop their coaching skills. 

If you are searching for an exciting new opportunity and are motivated to support students to achieve performance rowing success then please do not hesitate to apply. More information about this role can be found in the job description and see below for person specfication.


Person Specification





Substantial previous experience of planning and coaching rowing programmes for students.

Experience of leading a sports programme and managing a team of coaches.

Skills & Abilities

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


In-depth understanding of the organisation & structure of Scottish / British Rowing


Ability to assess individual abilities and fitness needs and respond as appropriate e.g. tailoring session format and/or exercises


Ability to coach and manage sessions comprising individuals with varying abilities and needs


Ability to listen and receive feedback


Excellent organisational and time management skills.

An understanding of the University environment and facility use.


In-depth understanding of the organisation & structure of British / Scottish student sport


Knowledge of health and safety legislation (in particular risk assessments).



Minimum UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification or equivalent


Full, clean, driving licence with the necessary entitlements to allow for towing trailers

Valid First Aid Certificate.


UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification


Willingness to work irregular hours as necessary, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as required.


Evidence of keeping abreast of developments in the area of specialism and to adopt new procedures as and when required (e.g. coaching updates/seminars, writing journal articles).


For coaching students aged under 18, willingness to attend a Sportscoach UK child protection course, or evidence of having previously attended such a course.


Commitment to observing the University’s Equal Opportunities policy at all times.


To undergo or provide a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland check.

Previous involvement in the sport, as an athlete or coach at a high level.


Awareness of sport specific fitness drills and knowledge of strength and conditioning and ability to deliver sport specific sessions in these are


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Coaches who would like to have an informal conversation about the role prior to application are welcome to make contact with Hannah Leslie, Robert Gordon University Head of Sport (h.m.s.leslie@rgu.ac.uk) or Lee Boucher, Scottish Rowing Head of Performance Pathway (lee.boucher@scottish-rowing.org.uk) to arrange a time for a call.




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