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)

5 days Full time (34 hours p/w)

Fixed term contract until 30 April 2023 under current funding commitments with an  expectation a similar role will continue, subject to the outcome of the pilot and funding.

Location: Home based/Remote worker in the Yorkshire and Cleveland area with frequent travelling throughout the region. Attendance at RDA National Office in Warwickshire will also be required from time to time as necessary.

Closing date:  9am 11 October 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 Group Development Manager to achieve our growth goals.  This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and is looking to further their career in project management and/or sport development.

Role Purpose:

To pilot an approach over a 18-month period to stimulating growth in numbers of participants in RDA activities in the Yorkshire and Cleveland Region.  This role may expand into a wider geographical area depending on the early outcomes of the project.

Working for RDA

The dedicated and committed staff team at RDA National Office supports the work of around 460 individual RDA groups and a further 50 commercial riding centres throughout the UK. We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday + bank holidays and pension scheme. We offer up to 5 volunteering days a year, personal discount on riding lessons and use of the facilities at our National Training Centre.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers and participants. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone and we want to challenge all forms discrimination. We will ensure that we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or on any other basis. We aim to design and deliver our activities and services in a way which will encourage and support participation from everyone.

We believe that greater diversity within our organisation provides a more diverse perspective. This leads to a broader range of opinions being heard in decision-making and creates a positive and open environment for achieving our objectives.

Hybrid working

Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick, and we’d love to see you there from time to time to help you feel part of our friendly staff team. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample parking and free electric charging points. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the office by prior agreement to aid job satisfaction and wellbeing. For some roles, it may be possible to be a remote worker, which will be specified in any job description.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

Download the full role description and person specification here: Regional-Coordinator-Role-and-Person-Spec.docx

Email your CV and a covering letter to Catherine Holland, Group Development Manager, cholland@rda.org.uk , Tel: 01962 405962

As part of our commitment to equality and diversity, we would like all applicants to complete this completely anonymous survey so we can understand the demographics of those applying for RDA roles: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Newroleapplicationsurvey

Closing date for applications: 9am 11th October 2021

 

The Regional Fundraising Volunteer is a voluntary position to increase voluntary income within the South West Region.

This is an excellent opportunity to engage your fundraising skills, drive fundraising activity within the region and get involved with RDA UK.

This position will play a vital role in increasing voluntary income within the Region and in turn helping to raise awareness of RDA. We are looking for an experienced fundraiser, of managerial level, looking for the next step in their knowledge and career. You will have significant fundraising experience, bringing ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm to the role.

The Regional Fundraising Volunteer will:

  • Engage and liaise with local groups.
  • Manage volunteer Community Champions.
  • Create, support and engage with fundraising ideas and events.
  • Work with RDA UK on joint applications.

Why take on an 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, questions or to register your interest please contact:

Catherine Stuart-Yapp, National Events and Community Fundraising Manager (RDA UK)

Email: cyapp@rda.org.uk or Tel: 01926 405 979

The Regional Chair is a voluntary position providing development and direction within the West Mercia Region.

This is an excellent opportunity to engage your leadership 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 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
  • Consults with the region members ensuring collaborative involvement for decisions and actions.
  • Liaises with National Office, Regional Staff and Groups.
  • Encourages the recruitment, induction and training of new volunteers.

 

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:

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

Phone: 01926 405966

Email: 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