Join the RDA UK team

Our volunteer groups around the UK are supported by a dedicated team of RDA UK staff and volunteers and we are always looking for talented and enthusiastic people to join us. Take a look at our current vacancies – and we look forward to hearing from you.

These vacancies are for staff and volunteer roles supporting RDA at national, regional and county levels. If you are looking to volunteer or support your local group, please find them here.

£25,000 + benefits (pro rata)

2.5 days part-time, (17 hours p/w)

Full time role will be considered with elements of the concurrently advertised Training and Education Senior Coordinator role depending on working pattern preference and balance of skills of applying candidates across the two roles.

Location: Flexible but regular attendance at National Office in Warwickshire will be required as necessary.  National travel may be required.  Remote working may be considered.

Closing date: 16 July 2021

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

This is an exciting time for us as we launch our ambitious 9-year strategy for growth and development. To ensure we meet our goals, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player to support our Training and Education Managers and be part of our Training and Education Team. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and is looking to further their career in training and education, project management and/or coach development.

Role Purpose:

To co-ordinate and develop training and education projects, with a specific focus on development of a Training Academy.

How to apply

Download and read the full job specification here: Training&Education_SeniorCoordinator_TrainingAcademy_JobSpec

Email your CV and a covering letter to Angela Sly, Business Support Coordinator, asly@rda.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 16 July 2021

Applications will be considered for both this role and the concurrently advertised Training and Education Senior Coordinator role due to the similarities in person specification.  Please can you provide a clear statement in your covering letter about your role preference and preferred working pattern (full or part time).

If you do not wish to be considered for both roles, please make this clear in your covering letter.

£25,000 + benefits

 

Full time, (35 hours p/w)

 

Part time role will be considered with the concurrently advertised Training and Education Senior Coordinator – Training Academy picking up some of the specific responsibilities depending on working pattern preference and balance of skills of applying candidates across the two roles.

 

Location: Flexible but regular attendance at National Office in Warwickshire will be required as necessary.  National travel may be required.  Remote working may be considered.

 

Closing date: 16 July 2021

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

This is an exciting time for us as we launch our ambitious 9-year strategy for growth and development. To ensure we meet our goals, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player to support our Training and Education Managers and be part of our Training and Education Team. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and is looking to further their career in training and education and/or coach development.

Role Purpose:

To co-ordinate and develop training and education projects, with a specific focus on carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping coaching pathways.

Lead on Accessibility Mark, Accessibility Mark Support Officer liaison and training.

How to apply

Download and read the full job specification here: Training&Education_SeniorCoordinator_JobSpec

Email your CV and a covering letter to Angela Sly, Business Support Coordinator, asly@rda.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 16 July 2021

Applications will be considered for both this role and the concurrently advertised Training and Education Senior Coordinator role due to the similarities in person specification.  Please can you provide a clear statement in your covering letter about your role preference and preferred working pattern (full or part time).

If you do not wish to be considered for both roles, please make this clear in your covering letter.

£22,000 + benefits

Full time (35 hours p/w)

Location: Hybrid home/office based (Warwick). Minimum one day in office per week.

Closing date: 16 July 2021

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

This is an exciting time for us as we launch our ambitious 9-year strategy for growth and development. To ensure we meet our goals, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player to support our Head of Communications & Insight. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and is looking for a career in third sector communications and PR.

In this varied and interesting position, you will support both internal and external communications initiatives, helping us raise awareness of our work and maintaining strong links with our member groups around the UK. Reporting to the Head of Communications & Insight, as well as collaborative working with other departments, you will be encouraged and supported to develop your skills in all aspects of charity comms, including effective writing, media relations and social media marketing.

How to apply

Download a full job specification here: CommsCoordinator_JobSpec

Email your CV and a covering letter to Angela Sly, Business Support Coordinator, asly@rda.org.uk

The Regional Treasurer is a voluntary position ensuring sound financial organisation within the South Region.

This is an excellent opportunity to engage your financial planning skills and get involved with RDA beyond your local group. We are looking for a professional with managerial experience who is reliable, warm, and empathetic with the ability to support others with their finances. Strong organisational and listening skills would also be an advantage.

The Treasurer:

  • Provides support to the RDA committee with financial planning.
  • Consults with the region members ensuring collaborative involvement for decisions and actions.
  • Liaises with National Office, Regional Staff and Groups.
  • Supports volunteers within the Region on matters relating to finance.

Why take on a RDA UK position?

  • Make a big difference in helping the RDA community
  • Embrace the opportunity to gain new or develop existing skills and learn more about RDA and our incredible participants and volunteers.
  • Boost your CV

For more information contact:

Frances Lochrane, South Regional Chair flochrane@btinternet.com

Could you help us to tell our story through our rich history and heritage?

For over 50 years RDA has been at the forefront of disability sport, and a pioneer in the world of horses for therapy. In partnership with Sporting Heritage, we are now looking for a volunteer (or volunteer team) to capture, record and share our heritage: preserving our history and making it more accessible for future generations.

This project will involve:

  • Developing a clear plan for heritage activity in RDA
  • Working across the RDA network to identify and preserve important records (including oral history)
  • Developing creative solutions for the sharing of our heritage

Person spec:

  • Interested in RDA’s history as a pioneer of disability sport, riding and driving as therapy and the role of women in sport
  • Some experience of archiving and record keeping
  • Self-motivated (and able to work in a team)
  • Understanding of how technology might help us achieve our vision

Supported by:

  • Head of Communications & Insight, RDA UK
  • Training and support from Sporting Heritage

How to apply:

Initial email of interest to Caroline Ward, Head of Communication & Insight, cward@rda.org.uk

The Role:

Dressage is one of our most popular activities and has a direct link to British Dressage and the Paralympic pathway.  It is a key role and ensures RDA activity is both aligned with this pathway for those with a desire to progress through competition but is also fun and engaging at all levels for all riders.

The Dressage Lead plays a vital role in providing direction and development of RDA Dressage activities and supporting the promotion of RDA Dressage.

As Lead, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of RDA UK as a national organisation, through your membership of the Operations Planning Committee, which reports directly to the RDA Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the activity of Dressage, delegating responsibilities and tasks if needed.
  •  Chair any Working Groups for Dressage.
  • Work alongside a variety of teams within National Office which will include Training and Education, Competitions, National Championships and Group Development.
  • Ensure effective communication across the wider Dressage community, in particular with Regional Dressage Reps and Dressage Judges by Zoom, phone, email and in person where necessary.
  • Support the National Office team and RDA Groups with Dressage queries and rulebook updates.
  • Play a key role in the organisation of any Dressage Judge training.
  • Liaise with British Dressage via Zoom Meetings or in person bi-monthly.
  • Support National Championships Co-ordinator with recruitment and allocation of Dressage Judges.
  • Attend National Championships. Liaise with Judges, Stewards, Vets, Scorers and manage any appeals for Dressage.
  • Be committed to the growth of Dressage within the RDA network.
  • Attend and represent Dressage on the Operations Planning Committee.

Commitment

This is a voluntary role within RDA and it is an important one.  It is anticipated that this person will:

  • Attend 4 Operational Planning Committee Meetings per year (currently 2 hours each by Zoom)
  • Chair 4 Regional Dressage Representatives Meetings per year (currently 2 hours each by Zoom)
  • Run/ support at least 1 Dressage Judge training session (in person or by Zoom)
  • Attend National Championships (3 days during the middle of July)
  • Provide support (up to approx. 1 day per month) to Regional Dressage Reps, Chair Working Group/s (e.g. review of RDA dressage tests), manage the list of RDA Dressage judges, update rule book.

Person Specification:

We are therefore looking for someone with the enthusiasm and drive to promote and advance the activity of Dressage in RDA.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Significant Para Dressage/RDA Dressage experience, ideally as a Judge or an experienced RDA/ Para Dressage rider or coach .
  • Great communication skills; to both listen to feedback from Regional representatives, competitors, judges. As well as share information and knowledge across the extensive RDA networks about Dressage
  • Great teamworking skills, as you will be working with National Office staff, British Dressage, Dressage judges as well as RDA participants and volunteers.
  • Enthusiasm, bringing new ideas to Dressage in RDA and an openness to change
  • A good understanding  of technology, or willingness to learn, including the use of Zoom for training and meeting purposes.
  • A real commitment to continuing to improve and grow Dressage within RDA for the benefit of participants, working closely with staff in National Office.

Method of Appointment:

The Dressage Lead is appointed in consultation with the Volunteer Appointment Committee.

For further information, please contact Faye McKenning fmckenning@rda.org.uk.

The Regional Chair is a vital volunteer position that provides development and direction to RDA groups within the South West Region.

This role provides an excellent opportunity to use your leadership skills and will enable you to drive wide impact to RDA groups across the whole of your Region.  We are looking for a professional with managerial experience who is reliable, warm and empathetic with the ability to motivate others. Experience of chairing meetings would be an advantage along with strong organisational and listening skills.

The Regional Chair;

  • Provides opportunities to influence the wider RDA community: within the Region and to National Office
  • Proactively consults with the region’s groups and members, ensuring collaborative involvement in decisions and actions.
  • Works closely with National Office, Regional Volunteers and Groups.
  • Encourages high quality recruitment, induction and training of volunteers at all levels, from groups to Counties and across the Region.

Why take on a RDA UK position?  You will:

  • Make a big difference right across the RDA community
  • Have the opportunity to gain new skills or further develop existing ones
  • Learn more about RDA and how we work
  • Get to meet and understand the impact of our work on our incredible participants and volunteers.
  • Be able to add this substantial role to your CV

For more information contact:

Faye McKenning (Projects Co-ordinator: Volunteer Development) at RDA National Office.

Phone: 01926 405966

Email: fmckenning@rda.org.uk