Wheelchair Tennis Team Lead – ITF
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the world governing body of tennis. With its main office in Roehampton, it is one of the few truly global sports with 205 member nations. Its key objectives are to:
- grow and develop the sport worldwide
- develop the game at all levels and all players
- promote its International Team and Individual events throughout the World
- ensure that the rules and integrity of the game are upheld at all times.
Its main commercial activity is the organisation of the International Team competitions within tennis -The Davis Cup and Fed Cup, but also the management of tournaments below the ATP and WTA tour level and also the general administration of the game and communication.
- Work with the Head of Wheelchair Tennis to manage ITF Wheelchair Tennis activities, including the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the athlete classification programme.
- Work with the Head of Wheelchair Tennis to facilitate the implementation of agreed strategies for Wheelchair Tennis activities and liaise with relevant Committees, Commissions, Taskforces, governing bodies and the Wheelchair Tennis community as required.
- Assist the Head to manage, develop and monitor: the day-to-day operation of the Tour; Tour ICT programmes (tournament results, ranking, database, player online entry system); Tour support programmes (player welfare and player education); wheelchair budgets.
- Monitor, uphold and implement the Wheelchair Tennis Regulations and Code of Conduct.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with external authorities (Grand Slams, International Paralympic Committee, Regional and National Associations) to ensure the ITF’s wheelchair interests are professionally represented.
- Assist with the organisation and delivery of major ITF events and attend wheelchair competitions and other ITF events as required.
- Assist the Head to monitor, develop, support and appraise department personnel, providing leadership, guidance, interpretation and implementation of strategy and ongoing review of performance.
- Work with other departments and personnel, including but not limited to:
- Sports Science and Medical – to ensure appropriate classification of wheelchair athletes and facilitate implementation and review of the classification system in accordance with the IPC Classification Code;
- Legal – to provide consultative briefings relevant to Code of Conduct, Eligibility and other issues as required;
- ICT – to ensure efficient and effective systems are implemented for players, National Associations and for internal administration;
- Finance – to ensure efficient and effective budgeting and collection of monies due.
- Coordinate with the Executive Director to ensure all committees (including the Player Advisory Panels) are properly informed and consulted. Ensure the strategic and operational goals set by the committees are achieved.
- Contribute to the overall strategy of the ITF, with particular emphasis on the Circuit, through the preparation and presentation of strategy documents to committees and the Board, as requested.
- Undertake other responsibilities and projects as required by the Executive Director.
Qualifications & Skills
- The post-holder is expected to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, skill and experience in sport governance, child protection/player welfare issues, player education, internal and external committees, rules and regulations, information technology etc. Knowledge and experience of wheelchair tennis and/or disability sport would be beneficial.
- Effective interpersonal, communication and supervisory skills are important, as are project management, leadership and the ability to manage relationships within a team and aid personal development of staff members.
- Applicants should be fluent in both written and spoken English; additional European language(s) are desirable but not essential.
- Core hours 9.15am -5.15pm Mon – Fri (although longer hours and weekend work are a part of the role when travelling)
- Lunch is provided by the ITF (up to £7 per day) at on-site facilities
- 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
- Group personal pension scheme/Life assurance (subject to conditions)/Private healthcare
- Childcare vouchers/ ride to work scheme (in conjunction with Evans Cycles)
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