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National Development Officer


Department: RoR Education and Development
Employment location: Within allocated UK region and head office as required
Reporting to: RoR Managing Director (MD)
Responsible for: Regional Development Officer team
Employment basis: Part time – four days per week
Salary range: £45,000 - £48,000 pa (pro-rata) + benefits

To apply

Please submit your CV and a concise covering letter, outlining why you think you are suitable for the role to
by 31 May 2024.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments, please contact to
provide further detail


  • To lead the implementation of RoR education strategy as outlined in RoR Strategy 2024-26, to help ensure the seamless transition of racehorses from racing into new careers.
  • To increase access to and take up of education and training resources to provide retraining support for owners of former racehorses.
  • To expand networks, collaborating with recognised bodies, professionals and those with the relevant expertise.
  • To lead and develop a motivated education team that thrives. To create an inclusive RoR community.

Job description

Reporting to and under the direction of the Managing Director, the National Development Officer (NDO) will be responsible for:

  1. Representing RoR, acting as a positive ambassador for the organisation and our work.
  2. Overseeing the planning and resourcing of annual programmes of work to deliver RoR education and
    community activities.
  3. Managing, motivating, and empowering a professional team of part-time Regional Development Officers,
    providing supportive supervision and guidance to allow them to excel in their roles.
  4. Designing ambitious success measures, recording, reporting and being accountable for all educational
  5. Setting individual and team objectives.
  6. Identifying new opportunities and initiatives that will help to deliver our goals, whilst aligning and
    coordinating with all other relevant RoR functions and activities.
  7. Supporting the writing of and reporting requirements for grant-funding applications for all relevant
    education activities. Identify new funding streams, making applications and funding bids as necessary under the direction of the MD.
  8. Establishing and managing team budgets by planning and exercising approval and authority for expenditure within the team
  9. Strategically coordinating and supporting the provision, growth, and development of education in line with the strategy.
  10. Ensuring that all education activities and new services are fully integrated into RoR’s ways of working.
  11. Ensuring that robust project management and service-design principles are adopted when developing new activities.
  12. Ensuring an integrated approach across RoR and key partners from across equestrian, education,
    community, and voluntary sectors.
  13. Ensuring corporate instructions and guidelines, including policies and procedures are maintained and
    implemented consistently across all RDOs and regions.
  14. Facilitating the delivery of membership recruitment and retention initiatives and achieve membership
    growth as set out in the strategy.
  15. Developing and coordinating a network of volunteers to expand our reach.

Personal attributes

  1. Excellent initiative, dynamism, leadership qualities and people-management skills.
  2. Ability to work independently, forge relationships, drive initiatives and influence outcomes through
    diplomacy, tenacity, and personality.
  3. Ability to gain the confidence of and communicate with, national equine practitioners and those leading
    across the equestrian, education, community, and voluntary sectors.
  4. Proven experience in project management and service-design.
  5. Possession of professional integrity and the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
  6. Proven ability to remain calm and focused under pressure and abilty to work to challenging deadlines.
  7. Ability to work from home with limited supervision, being flexible as required by the role which may include evening, weekend and bank holiday working, including travel to office and regional events as required
  8. Supportive of RoR strategy, vision and mission and be positive and supportive of the wider racing industry.
Qualifications Essential:
• Full driving license
• Relevant leadership and management qualifications/experience
• Relevant project management qualifications/experience
• Relevant equestrian coach qualifications
Experience Essential:
• Knowledge of the GB horseracing industry and wider equestrian disciplines
• Experience of establishing and running
education and training programmes, ideally in the equine industry
• Budget management
• Proven leadership skills
• Ability to manage change and problem solve
• Computer literate – MS Office
• Ability to deal with sensitive and challenging situations
• Previous experience with volunteer programmes
• Knowledge of RoR
• Knowledge of the equine welfare landscape

Equal opportunities

We acknowledge that having a diverse and inclusive workforce is fundamental to our success and we actively encourage and welcome applications from candidates of diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences. People with disabilities or from ethnically diverse communities are currently under-represented in the organisation and therefore we welcome these candidates to apply.

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