Disability Snowsport UK - Chief Executive

About Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) is a charity and membership organisation which offers unique opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to access snowsports.

DSUK believe that taking part in adaptive snowsport has the power to transform a person’s relationship with not just their disability, but with all aspects of their lives. We believe that all people have the right to access the unique physical, mental, and social benefits of snowsport, regardless of disability, injury, or experience.

With a team of around 400 staff and volunteers, we operate ski schools at various locations throughout the UK as well as delivering opportunities to ski and snowboard in a mountain environment worldwide. We also provide a platform for disabled skiers to meet and participate in snowsports through our local groups.

With over 40 years’ experience in teaching adaptive snowports in the UK, DSUK has been successful in raising prominence of the sport through working with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) to introduce the Adaptive Snowsport Instructor qualification pathway and through getting our Para-athletes onto the world stage.

Over the past two years the organisation has been undergoing a process of change as we set in place a new and ambitious strategy; and sought to extend our reach and widen the services we offered. While it is fair to say that the pandemic has temporarily stopped our physical delivery, it has not dampened our desire to grow and to provide support to our members.

We recognise that disabled people are disproportionately affected by the current situation and that the isolation that many people are feeling is compounded by their disability, particularly for those clinically vulnerable and shielding. To this end we are developing a range of new ideas which will support the health and wellbeing of our members; and further accelerate the organisation’s transformation.

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The Role

We are seeking a strategic, dynamic and effective leader to continue this work. To help take stock and lead the charity on the next stage of growth, expanding reach and increasing revenue through developing a range of new products and member services. They will be tasked with further developing thinking around the nature and shape of the Charity post-pandemic and delivering a strategy for Disability Snowsport UK which is forward looking and ambitious. As such, they will be a confident communicator with experience of building effective partnerships with external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience working in a senior level role with budgetary accountability and interaction with a Board. They will have a proven track record of strategic leadership and managing change. Strong operational management and risk management experience will be essential. You will have the ability to empower and build the capability of a diverse and geographically spread workforce. Above all, you will be passionate about the impact the charity can have and able to inspire others to change attitudes towards disability. Previous charity experience is not essential but some knowledge of, or experience in, the area of disability or disabled sports is highly desirable.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Define and deliver a forward looking and ambitious strategy to expand the opportunities for Disability Snowsport UK and its members
  • Lead a proactive and ambitious approach to fundraising and revenue generation with an aim to diversify the income sources for DSUK
  • Identify opportunities to innovate, improve and strengthen the delivery of Disability Snowsport UK’s core business
  • Align operations with overall strategy and optimize available resources
  • Develop the capacity of the senior management team to facilitate organisational growth
  • Expand grassroots participation in adaptive snowsports across the UK
  • Oversee delivery of snowsports programmes in the UK and activity weeks abroad in Europe and the US
  • Provide strong, inspirational leadership and management of staff and volunteers across multiple locations
  • Implement appropriate corporate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and foster a culture that provides a safe, effective, child/vulnerable adult friendly environment across the charity
  • Manage relationships with external stakeholders including patrons, high profile sponsors and funders

How to Apply

If you have any queries or wish to discuss the role further please contact either Debbie Shields or Emma McEneaney at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter / supporting statement expressing why you are interested in this opportunity and your suitability by clicking here.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV and supporting statement against both the job description and the person specification. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements.

We would also be grateful if your covering letter / supporting statement could include the following information:

  • Current salary / package
  • Current notice period
  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)

Please note that you will receive an immediate acknowledgement of your application. If you do not receive this please contact Katy or Kelsey on 0141 212 7555.


Open Session (meet some of our staff & members on Zoom):

To register your interest for this please email clientpartners@aspenpeople.co.uk

Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 18:30

Closing date for applications:

Sunday 14th March 2021

Longlist Interviews:

Week commencing 29th March 2021

Shortlist Interviews:

15th - 20th April 2021