Student Enrichment Directorate

Grade 4: – £21,630 – £23,144 per annum

Fixed Term – Full Time

Contract Duration: 6 months

Contracted Hours per Week: 35

Closing Date: 04-Jan-2023, 7:59:00 AM

Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Please note that the successful applicant will require DBS disclosure. Further info:

Job Title: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Department: Student Enrichment Directorate

Grade: Grade 4   

Salary range:  £21,630 – £23,144 per annum

Working arrangements: 6 months fixed term, 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Closing date:  Monday 2nd January 2023    

The University

At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.  Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  Whether you are at the very start, middle or end of your career, there is a role for you. We believe everyone has their own unique skills to offer. 

We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University.  

Further information about the University can be found here

The Role and the Department

As a Department the Student Enrichment Directorate is striving to play a pivotal role in developing, delivering and transforming a Wider Student Experience that is as impactful as anything in the world. We remain steadfast in our core commitment to accelerating the growth of far-reaching and market-leading programmes across performance, participation and community outreach, whilst fostering a culture that safeguards academic excellence. We are guided by the belief that an investment in the Wider Student Experience is ultimately an investment in the quality of graduates that the University produces and are motivated by the opportunity to engage and inspire the next generation of talent. In doing so, we feel confident that we are making a positive contribution to the development of rounded, global citizens.


Durham University is one of Europe’s leading sport universities and has been ranked as Britain’s Number 1 Team Sport University since 2013. In the autumn of 2019, the University completed the construction of a £32m Sports & Wellbeing Park, adding to a prior investment, on the same site, of £8m in 2012.The new development has a range of indoor facilities including; a 12 court sports hall, 5 lane cricket centre, sport science laboratory, state of the art fitness centre and two strength and conditioning gyms.

Strength and Conditioning

Durham University has an established high performance athlete support programme aimed at providing high quality services to student athletes. Strength and conditioning is a crucial component of the programme and the post holder will work closely with both teams and individuals to deliver a service that meets the requirements of the student athletes and sport specific programme leads. The post holder will also be required to provide nutrition support and guidance.

Working at Durham

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits: 

  • 27 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 39 days per year. 
  • No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies. 
  • Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme. 
  • On site nursery is available and children’s clubs in the summer holidays. 
  • Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers). 
  • There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities.  
  • The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community 
  • Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions.  
  • We offer generous pension schemes.

Durham University is committed to equality diversity, inclusion and values

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  

As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. 

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

What you need to demonstrate when you apply/Person Specification

When you apply it is important that you let us know what skills/experience you have from a similar role and/or what skills/experience you have which would make you right for this role.  Further information about the role and responsibilities is at the end of this job description.  Where a criteria has an asterisk* next to it, it may be given additional weighting when your application is considered.  

Your application should cover the following criteria: 

Essential Criteria

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.   
  2. Good digital skills including experience in using core digital tools including internet, email, digital communication tools, Microsoft 365 applications, digital booking system. 
  3. Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience or qualifications).  
  4. Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.    
  5. Ability to work towards full UKSCA accreditation within 12 months.
  6. Experience of writing and delivering strength and conditioning programmes.
  7. Knowledge of, and ability to, teach Olympic lifting techniques.
  8. Knowledge of, and ability to, coach speed and agility in a team based setting. Knowledge of sports nutrition
  9. Evidence of relevant personal development to maintain skills.   
  10. Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.   
  11. Experience of working on the front line with service delivery, and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality.   
  12. Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve straightforward issues. 
  13. Relevant experience in a similar role / environment. 

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of working with a range of sports.
  2. Experience of the British University sports system.
  3. Have an understanding of anti-doping regulations and their application within different sports
  4. Have an understanding of the needs of students competing at a high level in performance sport
  5. Sports nutrition qualification.

How to apply

To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above.  Where there are desirable criteria we would also urge you to provide any relevant evidence.  Please don’t forget to check if there is any weighted criteria (see above). 

While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.

Submitting your application

We prefer to receive applications online.  We will update you about your application at various points during the process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails

What you are required to submit: 

  • A CV  
  • Optional – A covering letter which shows examples of how you meet all of the criteria within the Person Specification   

Contact details

If you would like to have a chat or ask any questions about the role, Richard Warburton would be happy to speak to you. [email protected] 

Typical Role Requirements

Plan and deliver bespoke strength and conditioning programmes for selected BUCS programmes, scholarship athletes and external partner organisations. Work closely with technical coaches and broader support services team to provide a rounded programme of support. Provide nutrition guidance to support training and competition requirements.

Service Delivery

  • Provide a responsive and proactive support service for stakeholders.  
  • Focus on checking stakeholder requirements to ensure the delivery of excellence with the frontline stakeholder experience. 
  • Solve day-to-day routine problems and source background information within the role. 
  • Record data and information accurately and provide reports as required to team members and more experienced staff. 
  • Apply professional and regulatory procedures and processes and use of systems.   
  • Apply recognised professional, commercial and/or organisational service level standards to enhance the stakeholder experience. 
  • Resolve queries and requests for information and advice and escalate more specialist and complex queries or issues to more experienced team members. 
  • Apply professional and regulatory procedures and processes and use of systems. 
  • Record, collate, analyse, store and report data and information in relation to performance sport support
  • Compile, record, store and archive data and information to ensure the accuracy and safety of information. 
  • Provide service and support for networks, committees and meetings, to draft and distribute documents and communications in standard professional formats.
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values.


  • Contribute to the planning of team activities, work and deadlines to ensure the smooth running and timeliness of service. 
  • Assist team members to organise, plan and prepare for events, meetings and activities. 
  • Work with team members to ensure the timeliness and relevance of products and services. 
  • Work with team members and others across the organisation to prepare for the delivery of exhibitions, activities and events.


  • Respond to service users answering and recording standard queries and bookings for activities and/or events. 
  • Flexible in approach to accommodate the needs of team members and/or service users. 
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers, contractors and professional specialists to pass on information. 
  • Liaise and collaborate with staff in other areas of the organisation to ensure a seamless, smooth and efficient service. 
  • Provide guidance to service users with the use of and access to exhibitions, artefacts, resources and equipment. 
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers and specialists with the organisation, planning and delivery of services, activities and events.
  • Any other reasonable duties. 

Useful links

If you would like further information you may find the following will help 

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data. 

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.


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