Staff vacancy: BPA Communications Manager

Applications are invited for the new staff post of

BPA (becoming British Skydiving)

Communications Manager

BPA - which is to adopt the new trading name of British Skydiving - is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Sport Parachuting. We have created a new, senior staff role of Communications Manager to join our small, hard-working team at our Leicester HQ.

About us

We are a third sector, not-for-profit membership organisation of some 6,000 sport parachutists and around 60,000 students a year. Our Chief Operating Officer is Tony Butler who leads our staff of 10. Our work also depends on the contribution of a host of skilled and dedicated volunteers from our membership. We have some 28 Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations (PTOs) and 24 Display Teams registered with us.

About the role

We need an experienced communications specialist to provide professional support to the COO, Safety and Technical Officer and Secretary-General and strategic support to the governing Council through its Communications Committee in delivering the strategic plan for British Skydiving. The plan helps to realise our vision to secure skydiving as a safe, enjoyable and accessible sport for all whilst ensuring that the needs of all our stakeholders are met.

British Skydiving’s ambitious strategic objectives are predicated on accurate, timely and engaging communications. Presently British Skydiving has no dedicated communications specialist on the staff and is short of editorial resource: and of an over-arching, joined-up, concerted communications activity to our range of stakeholders. This resource is essential to the success of our strategic plan - especially in this age of social media.

A key part of the role will be public relations and developing links with mainstream media for the promotion of competitions and events so that Skydiving is seen as a sport.

Hours are as required to discharge the responsibilities of the post, based on a notional full-time 35-hour week. The post will be based at our Leicester HQ and will involve travel, expenses paid, typically to report on competitions and events, many of which may take place over a weekend, including bank holidays. Attendance at daytime and occasional evening meetings, often at HQ, will also be required.

About you

It’s essential that you are:

  • An experienced communications professional, ideally with a solid track record of communications in sport, membership organisations, and/or the not-for-profit sector.
  • A competent writer and editor of words and images, who understands tone of voice, knowledgeable and experienced in the use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, aware of new developments and opportunities in social media, and experienced in web content management.
  • Of a resilient disposition, with the diplomacy, enthusiasm, interpersonal skills and drive, to work in multi-disciplinary teams and on your own initiative to reflect positively on British Skydiving.
  • A holder of a full UK driving licence.

It could be an advantage for you also to be:

  • A BPA member, perhaps even a coach or instructor.
  • A photographer / videographer in our sport, as visuals play such a a huge part in making our communications appealing and effective.

Benefits package

Salary to be discussed with those shortlisted for interview. Benefits package includes remote access hardware and software; contributory pension scheme and medical and life insurance (after a qualifying period); and a positive approach to continuing professional development.  

Could we be looking for you?

  1. Before applying, please read the full person specification and job description and the BPA staff handbook
  2. Applicants are asked to email a CV with a covering letter to highlight your match with our requirements stating when, in the event of a successful application, you would be available to take up the post.
  3. Applications to Martin Shuttleworth, Secretary-General, British Parachute Association, at martin[at]  Closing date for applications: Thursday 7 February 2019. No agencies.
  4. Initial interviews will be held by a selection panel, and include a short competency-based exercise, at BPA HQ, Leicester, on Friday 22 February 2019.

Our values:
Commitment to excellence - Honesty and openness - Respect, integrity and trust - Building our knowledge









Updated 8 March 2019

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