Head of Health (12-month Maternity Cover)
Sport England is seeking an outstanding individual to help develop and manage partnerships which maximise the impact of physical activity on the nation’s physical and mental health.
Our vision is that everyone in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability, feels able to engage in sport and physical activity. With more than one in four of us doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week and one in six deaths caused by inactivity, we are particularly interested in what we can do to help people who do no, or very little physical activity. You can help us do that.
In our new strategy Towards an Active Nation, tackling inactivity is a key feature. In it, we commit to triple the amount we invest in helping the people who are inactive, become active. This is where we will have the greatest opportunity to secure the outcomes set out in the Government’s new strategy Sporting Future including both physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing.
This is a unique opportunity to join the health team at Sport England, which has been established under a new directorate leading on inactivity, designed to develop partnerships which contribute to reducing population level, inactivity and that we learn and share this learning along the way.
We are looking for a Head of Health to join our high performing team with particular responsibility for leading on a number of relationships with partners across national and local government, third and community sector and a diverse landscape of health partners.
You will be responsible for delivering high profile and value programmes which you will have co-designed to ensure health outcomes are achieved – as well as helping to build a credible evidence base about what works with the rest of the senior team. Examples include:
- Manage and deliver a portfolio of practical programmes designed to support inactive older people to get active (Active Ageing investments), ensuring a strong focus on evaluation, managing resources and supporting and managing staff, contractors and external partners.
- Work with colleagues to develop and disseminate key information to make the case for sport and physical activity’s impact on health, drawing on best practice, insight and project learning through producing new guidance and tools, presentations and exploring submission of a special journal article.
- Work alongside the Strategic Lead for Health to develop, secure and embed a coherent approach to tackling inactivity for health in England.
- Deliver high quality, evidence-based advice and support relating to reducing inactivity, improving health and reducing health inequalities to inform effective design, implementation and evaluation of a range of projects with a range of partners such as Parkrun, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Asthma UK and National Governing Bodies of Sport.
We are looking for someone who has significant experience working in the physical activity and health field with practical working knowledge of the health sector. An ability to successfully project manage is essential. However most important of all, is the ability to manage relationships and successfully influence change at a senior level in order to deliver strategic outcomes of the health agenda.
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Potential applicants must be available to join Sport England by mid-December 2017. We would also consider potential secondees from other organisations.
Sport England actively promotes diversity in employment and sport and welcomes applications from all parts of the community.