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University of St Andrews -Director of Rowing Vacancy

Posted: 20 August, 2019


The University of St Andrews is looking to fill the vacant position of Director of Rowing. This hourly paid position will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to work with a close-knit group of dedicated student athletes who are committed to success in both their academic and athletic pursuits.

The Club has grown from very humble beginnings and since the introduction of the Director’s role 5 years ago, the club has seen many record-breaking years. This year we saw huge improvements with our men’s 4+ reaching the semi-finals of the Prince Albert at Henley Royal Regatta and our women’s 4- making the quarter finals at Henley Women’s Regatta. These successes followed a record medal haul for the club at BUCs regatta, where both senior men’s and women’s squads saw their pairs win gold, and both coxed fours win bronze.

As the club has grown, so have the ambitions of our athletes. This summer saw two of our senior women compete for Scotland and race well to win the coxless fours event at the Home International Regatta. Scottish and British selection are pathways that we hope to see more of our athletes following in the near future. However, these ambitions can only be pursued with the guidance and advice of an experienced rowing coach who shares in these ambitions and values.

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th September

Role of the Director:

Key Tasks:

  • To lead the University boat club, working closely with the Deputy Director of Sport and club committee.
  • To continue to build the club’s performance culture.
  • To design, implement and deliver a safe and effective training and competition schedule.
  • To work with key colleagues within the University to deliver the desired boat house.
  • To encourage students of all levels to take part in rowing.
  • To work closely with Scottish Rowing as appropriate and ensure effective relationships are forged with key staff.
  • To work with the Deputy Director of Sport to plan and deliver an effective and realistic student recruitment strategy.


  • A vision for the future success of the Club.
  • Proven coaching track record and knowledge of current coaching and training processes.
  • Experience of coaching talented rowers at a competitive level.
  • An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with health and safety policies.
  • To be highly motivated and able to motivate and lead others.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Hold a towing licence (desirable).

This post involves a considerable amount of early morning and weekend work, especially during the University semesters and pre and during key regattas. We would require between 15-30 hours per week, potentially more during peak periods, and less when out of season.

For further and more in depth details please contact the club at: rowing@st-andrews.ac.uk or Ian Gaunt, Deputy Director of sport ig21@st-andrews.ac.uk