Chief Executive Officer – Nottingham – National Ice Skating Association Of Uk And Ni Ltd

Job Description
Job Purpose
The National Ice Skating Association of UK Ltd (NISA) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Ice Skating in the UK involving 6 disciplines of which 4 are Figure Skating (Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance and Synchronised) and 2 are Speed Skating (Short Track and Long Track).

Reporting to the Board, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is accountable to the Board for:
• Contributing to the formulation and responsible for the delivery of the Board’s strategic plan,
• Managing all aspects of the office’s functions, human and physical resources
• Generating funding streams to support the promotion and development of the sport in general and NISA in particular
• Leading a change in culture across the membership, stakeholders and sponsors of the organisation thereby generating confidence in the organisations governance and management

Annual Turnover – £1.1m
Staff – 11

Key Result Areas
1. Policy & Strategic Planning
a) Working with the Board, in developing and delivering the Board’s Strategic Plan
b) Identifies risks and opportunities and ensures appropriate strategies are in place to address them; brings those which are appropriate to the Board and/or its sub-groups/committees for discussion and resolution and facilitates discussion and deliberation.

Management and administration
a) Leads the organisation through a significant organisational and cultural change, provides oversight of all NISA activities, manages the day-to-day operations, and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient organisation.
b) Delivers the organisation’s ongoing strategic plan, ensuring the association has the necessary resources to achieve its plans and goals.
c) Delivers quality and organisational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.
d) Provides a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff and volunteers and assures processes for selecting, developing, motivating and evaluating staff and volunteers are embedded in NISA policies and procedures.
e) Recommends staffing levels and financing to the Board of Directors and, in accordance with Board requirements, recruits personnel, negotiates professional contracts, and ensures that appropriate salary structures are
developed and maintained.
f) Specifies accountabilities for management personnel (whether paid or volunteer) and evaluates performance regularly.

2. Governance
a) Supports the Board to articulate its own role and accountabilities and that of its sub-groups/committees and individual members and supports the Board Chair in evaluating Board and Board Members performance regularly.
b) Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfil its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its sub-groups/committees and individual Board members.
c) Establishes and delivers robust governance processes to demonstrate NISA’s corporate and financial integrity to stakeholders, members and funding partners.
d) With the Board Chair, focuses Board attention on long term strategic issues.
e) Manages the Board’s due diligence process to assure timely attention to core issues.

3. Finance
Promotes programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality.
b) Manages the fiscal activities of the organisation employing rigorous financial accountability and forecasting, including budgeting, reporting and audit. Works with the Board to ensure financial support in short and long term goals
c) Identifies and exploits new income opportunities against agreed targets with the Board Chair and the Finance Committee while optimising existing income streams.
d) Identifies, cultivates and solicits sponsorship prospects.

4. Communications
a) Develops and implements an effective marketing strategy and supporting communications activities to support the on-going work of NISA and its development projects.
b) Plans and delivers a communication strategy to improve the quality of information and understanding of stakeholders, members and external agencies in relation to NISA activities
c) Builds and maintains strong relationships with the membership and stakeholders through the development and delivery of a two way communication channel to promote the activities of NISA and generate feedback from members, stakeholders and the wider general public to improve services and generate wider involvement in NISA policies and operations.
d) Serves as chief spokesperson for NISA, assuring proper representation of NISA to members, stakeholders and the wider general public at events, conferences and with the media.
e) Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key stakeholders
f) Key driver of effective and positive communication with our funding providers. Timely reporting to UK Sport, Home Countries Sporting Governing and Funding Bodies, British Olympic Association, International Governing Bodies and National Governing Bodies of other countries.

Key driver of positive communication with other ISU members for the furtherance of British skating objectives

The post holder generates and prioritises his/her own work and the work of the office staff to deliver the Board’s strategic plan.

The post holder is subject to general direction and will discuss conflicting priorities with the Board Chair if required.

Using the Board’s strategic plan, objectives and deliverables are agreed with the Board Chair and the post holder is responsible for devising appropriate strategies to deliver agreed objectives and priorities.

Work will also be generated from meetings with the UK Sport, the Home Countries Sport authorities, stakeholders, sponsors and the wider membership of NISA.
The post holder continuously reviews his/her work to ensure satisfactory standards are achieved and the Board Chair will review work generally for quality and the achievement of objectives within timescales according to the formal performance appraisal system and informally as required.

NISA Board Chair and Directors – to manage the organisation and deliver the strategic plan
NISA Staff – to manage operational activities and undertake staff development and performance management
NISA Membership – to generate communication channels and achieve members input into NISA policies and operational activities

UK Sport – to manage relationships with a key stakeholder, facilitate the transition of funding and support the Short Track Speed Skating World Class Programme and Figure Skating Performance Programme support, where needed, with BOA or UK Sport
Home Country NGBs – to promote collaborative working and consistency of NISA policies with in the home countries
Funding Partners – to manage the investment of funding programmes within NISA
Sponsors – to develop relationships and involvement with prospective sponsors to promote and develop the sport and NISA
Media – to promote positive media coverage of NISA and its activities

The CEO will be accountable for managing the cultural change and reputational recovery required to assure all those with an interest in NISA that robust governance, management strategies and operational plans are in place and being delivered.

Educated to degree level with a minimum of 5 years experience at CEO level in a sporting or comparable environment.
Proven ability to manage an organisation through a period of considerable structural and cultural change.
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

How to apply
Please send a covering letter and CV to

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