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Regional Development Officer (East)

  • Full time
  • £25,500 – £28,350
  • Hybrid working, with access to RYA Scotland Offices (Edinburgh)
  • Closing 2nd May 2023

  • Advertised from 31st March 2023
  • Salary of £25,500 to £28,350 (qualification & experience dependent), 35 hours per week Benefits package includes pension and life insurance, free RYA Membership and associated preferential staff discounts, 26 days holiday plus public holidays.


Our East of Scotland region takes us from the beauty of the Scottish Borders to scenic Aberdeen and back to the glory of Stirling and Perth. There are numerous lovely places and coastlines to explore and enjoy, along with areas of Natural Beauty and numerous inland lochs and waterways. The people are friendly and welcoming, and supportive of one another.

Does this sound like a place you would like to work? Are you interested in supporting the development of the People, Places and Communities who can benefit from safe and inspiring boating activities in the East of Scotland?

Why? So What? - These are the challenges that RYA Scotland is asking in our approach to supporting boating. We are thinking outside the traditional 'sporting' box and it's an amazing, trail blazing journey – so would you like to join us?

The role of the Regional Development Officer (East) offers an exciting opportunity to get involved!

Royal Yachting Association Scotland (RYA Scotland) is recruiting for a Regional Development Officer for the East that will help us to continue to grow our reach and support for clubs, centres and communities from the Scottish Borders, all the way up the East coast to Aberdeenshire and back down to Perthshire, Stirlingshire and the Lothians, to enable them to thrive and become as sustainable as they can be.

This is a great time to join our forward-thinking organisation as our strategic plan is just moving into its second year and we have a number of new staff who have joined or will be with us soon. We are continuing to develop the more regional approach to our delivery and build on the conversations of how boating can develop life-skills and grow the opportunities for anyone to access boating, a sport and pastime that is available for life.

As a member of the Participation and Development Team, the RDO will be responsible for leading the delivery of a strong and vibrant East regional work plan reflecting both the RYA Scotland Strategic Plan and the needs of the local and East communities.

Therefore, we are looking for an exceptional individual to add to our team, who is:

· Enthusiastic, has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and has a track record of working collaboratively within a team.

· Has experience of working with a variety of partners using sport & physical activity to create impact and bring about positive changes for clubs, communities, and people.

· Creative and curious to explore new ideas to be more effective and have a bigger impact on individuals, clubs, centres, and communities.

· Passionate about developing partnerships, people, and places.

· Self-motivated and able to prioritise tasks.

The RDO role will work directly with clubs, centres, organisations, and other local partners, taking the time to understand their challenges and work with them to build creative solutions that address their needs. The role will continue to connect both the boating and the local community, share information and support affiliated organisations in their plans.

There are exciting opportunities to support local organisations to develop vibrant, engaging activity that makes a positive impact across the East of Scotland and beyond.

For this role there is considerable travel across the region as well as travel throughout Scotland and occasional travel to wider UK locations. Consequently, a full clean UK driving licence and access to a car are essential as is the availability to work flexibly including regular evenings and weekends throughout the year. The successful candidate will also be required to undertake a PVG check upon offer of the role, as this position involves regular contact with children and/or adults at risk.

RYA Scotland is committed to equality of opportunity.

We are passionate about equality and inclusion and welcome applications from all.

We are proud to be the first and only Sport Governing Body in Scotland to hold the LGBT Youth Scotland Foundations Charter and to have been the first in Scotland to achieve the Sport Councils Advanced Equality Standard. We have a focus on engaging women in sailing, disability is no barrier to participation, and we are actively changing to include young people in our decision making so when we say we welcome applications from all – we really mean it!

RYA Scotland is one of the foremost Sport Governing Bodies in Scotland. We protect and promote the interests of the 76,000 strong boating community and the 18,300 people in 269 RYA Affiliated Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres across Scotland.

For more information about this role, please have a look at the job description and person specification or please contact the Development Manager – Liza Linton – should you have any specific questions on the role: – Liza Linton

Application notes

Closing date for completed application forms is 12 noon on Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Interviews will be held, in person, week commencing 22nd May or 29th May 2023 at the

RYA Scotland Offices, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ

Further information can be found on our website or call 023 8060 4105 or e-mail

The RYA Scotland Strategic Plan and Annual Reviews are available on our website

Please complete an application form and return it, along with a completed equality monitoring form, to the HR Department ( prior to the closing date. CVs are not accepted.