In order to maintain the support provided to its member Unions, Rugby Americas North is looking to engage a suitably qualified and experienced person to fill the role of Regional Development Manager (RDM).

Download the RDM Job Description here.

In line with Rugby Americas North’s Strategic Plans, the successful candidate will support the implementation and delivery of the region’s and individual Member Union’s rugby development by delivering needs-based coaching, officiating, development and corporate governance programmes.

The successful candidate will work towards achieving targets set by Rugby Americas North and will report to the General Manager of Rugby Americas North and EXCO. The Regional Development Manager will also work closely with the regions Regional Training Manager.

Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability in relation to the Key Accountabilities and the Person Specification in the Job Description provided to by the 18th January 2019. An indication of earliest start date should also be provided.

The needs of the role necessitate significant travel within North America and the Caribbean as well as occasional travel to other World Rugby regions, hence the postholder will need to be an English speaker with the ability to speak French and / or Spanish advantageous.

This is a full-time position under a Personal Services Agreement with Rugby Americas North. Closing date for applications is 18th January, 2019.  Interviews will take place from 28th January, 2019 onwards.


RAN Regional Development Manager Job Description

Job Title:Regional Development Manager (RDM)Team:Regionally engaged
Reports to:RAN General Manager (Direct)Location:Rugby Americas North (RAN)
Job Purpose:

In line with RAN’s Strategic Plans, support the implementation and delivery of the regions coaching, officiating, development and corporate governance programmes.

Key Accountabilities:

•       Undertakes a regional needs analysis to identify gaps in RAN and RAN member Union development programs, competition pathways and infrastructure.

•       Advises and assists (where necessary) Unions in the creation of their strategic and operational rugby development plans

•       Monitors Unions’ strategic, operational and rugby development plans on a semi-annual and yearly basis and ensures that annual operational plans are in place that align with the Development Grant allocation

•       Review strategic and rugby development plan outcomes towards the end of the 4 year cycle (2020-2024 etc.)

•       Attend RAN EXCO and Staff meetings as necessary

•       Advise RAN’s General Manager on RAN’s and the Union Trust Grant process

Program Delivery:

•       Deliver RAN’s and World Rugby’s game development programme, where and when required

•       Share best practices with Unions to enable the implementation of RAN’s and World Rugby’s game development programs.

•       Serve as Technical Expert Resource for RAN Member Unions

•       Serve as lead for RAN Olympic Solidarity applications and initiatives

•       Advise and assist Unions with game development programming, as appropriate

•       Supports all aspects of each Union’s development officer identification appointment and training as required.

•       Promotes and encourages the application of long-term game development pathways for players, coaches and officials, where appropriate.

•       Supervise RAN’s GIR program, with an emphasis developing strategies for Unions to transition Play and Stay phases, and ensure that all RAN and World Rugby reporting requirements are attended to in a timely manner.

Training and Development:

•       Where necessary, assist with the delivery of trainer and educator programs in RAN.

•       Manage quality assurance on the delivery and outcomes of workshops on an on-going basis.

•       Works with the RTM to address training and education gaps identified in needs analysis

Tournaments and Projects:

•       Participate, as and when required, in strategic planning exercises for RAN and World Rugby tournaments

•       Advise on the relative strategic value of Union hosted tournaments.

•       Undertake operational roles at RAN and World Rugby Tournaments, as and when required.

•       Undertake special projects from time to time, as agreed with the RAN General Manager


To undertake any other duties as appropriate, within their competence, as required by RAN.


Job Description Continued
Key Dimensions:
Number and Level of staff:Currently one direct report

Supervision of RANs Get into Rugby Coordinator.

Financial Responsibility:Preparation and ongoing monitoring of programme budget as directed by the RAN General Manager.

Monitoring of RANs annual Investment Grants in conjunction with Regional Rugby Services Manager and RAN General Manager

Physical Resource Responsibility:Regional Training, Development and Education equipment including IT resources used for programme delivery.
Working Environment:Split between office and field, regular international travel. Frequent work away from home requiring overnight stays for periods of time ranging from 1-10 days
Physical aspects of role:Office and field-based educational work – including on-field delivery and assessment, classroom delivery, and workforce training and development
Impact on public image, business success & viabilityDirect impact on public image dealing with regional and member union stakeholders

Direct impact on public image dealing with key partners from other regions, member unions, other International and Olympic Federations

Direct impact on business success and viability with above stakeholders through development of key relations, and delivery / support of programmes

Directly impact, in conjunction with RANs Regional Training Manager, on raising the quality and quantity of Trainers/Educators/ coaches / match Officials/medics/game day staff within region and globally.

Key Internal and External Contacts:
·       World Rugby Training Manager

·       RAN General Manager

·       RAN Get Into Rugby Coordinator.

·       World Rugby Head of Technical Services

·       World Rugby Rugby Services Manager – RAN

·       RAN Committee Members and staff

·       World Rugby Technical Services and Regional staff

·       Regional Trainer and Educator workforce

Authorities and Limitations:
·       Post holder is responsible for delivering regional programmes – this will require flexibility including out of normal office hour working, regular evening and weekend work and frequent travel

·       Post holder is responsible for delivery of allocated specific projects and has authority to plan, develop and implement programmes within agreed budget

·       In conjunction and agreement with RANs Regional Training Manager, authority in deployment of Trainer and Educator workforce in delivery of programmes – accountability to ensure courses are staffed accordingly

·       Authority in resource development to support national programmes and allocated projects

Problem Solving Skills Required:
·       delivery of global programmes regionally to differing client basis

·       deployment of workforce in the delivery of programme

·       delivery of allocated project-based work

·       finding solutions for short, medium- and long-term issues


Person Specification
Qualifications and Attainments:·     World Rugby Trainer

·     World Rugby Educator

·     World Rugby Master Trainer

·     World Academy of Sport Trainer

Knowledge and Experience:·     Knowledge of current coach/MO/Medical/S&C/game day staff development programmes and experience in delivery of World Rugby Training & Education Programmes

·     Knowledge of World Rugby Anti-Doping programmes

·     Track record of successfully delivering strategic initiatives/projects

·     Experience of working productively in partnership with various stakeholders

·     Knowledge & understanding of World Rugby’s Strategic Plan

·     Experience of working productively with volunteers, union and Regional staff

·     Knowledge and understanding of Workforce Development principles

·     Knowledge and understanding of LTPD principles

·     IT skills & experience

·     Confident in presenting to all levels of audience

·     Experience in providing specialist / technical advice to others

·     Resource Development Experience

·     Training or Teaching experience

·     Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of a member union and region

·     Project management experience



Competencies:·     Effective Communication

·     Facilitating Change

·     Planning and Organising

·     Team working

·     Leading Others

·     Flexibility

·     Personal Accountability

Additional Requirements:·  English speaking

·  Ability to undertake flexible working hours and frequent travel

·  French and / or Spanish speaking