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Jobs with Link4Life

Thank you for showing an interest in working for Link4Life. All our current vacancies are listed below.

For each vacancy you will see a brief description of the job and a more detailed job description and person specification. These are important documents and you will be required to refer to them when making your application.

All applications must be made on our official application form. We do not accept CVs.

We prefer applications to be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. however, we appreciate that not all applicants have access to email therefore we will accept applications by post. If you do apply by post, we encourage you to contact the HR department to confirm receipt.

Applications for vacancies will be accepted on the closing date only and late applications will not be accepted.

If you have any queries contact our HR Team. This page is updated on a regular basis, so please check back at a later date for new vacancies.

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Link4Life Chief Executive - Job ref: L1470

Hours: 37 per week (flexible working arrangements considered)
Application Closing Date:
Friday 24 October 2014

pdfLink4Life Chief Executive - Job ref: L1470

pdfLink4Life Chief Executive Recruitment Information

Location: Link4Life Head Office, Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Hours: 37 per week (flexible working arrangements considered).

Could you lead and manage culture, leisure and sport in the borough of Rochdale?

The Board of Trustees of this Leisure and Cultural Trust is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive to lead and manage an £11 million not-for-profit, charitable company providing leisure and cultural services in the borough of Rochdale.

We invite candidates to indicate how they can commit to this position and fulfil the job role on a full-time basis. Flexible working arrangements will be considered.

The Trust has recently seen significant changes to its management structure and board and is seeking to appoint a highly motivated leader with a proven track record of managing and developing organisations. This will include the delivery of ongoing service improvements and efficiency programmes to ensure the organisation is fit for purpose and sustainable going forward.

This is a highly visible role requiring a commitment to providing excellence in service delivery. The successful candidate will be a results orientated individual who is able to demonstrate vision, a strategic approach and sound business acumen, within a charitable framework.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of local people and to deliver the Trust's vision to develop communities that are active, creative and healthy.

Background to the Trust

Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust, trading as Link4Life, is an independent company limited by guarantee (a registered charity) with a trading subsidiary company. It was set up on 1 April 2007 to provide Sport and Leisure and Cultural Services, including Arts and Heritage, on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council under a 15 year Partnership Agreement, with an option for extension. It is governed by a board of trustees who are all unpaid volunteers.

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Purpose and Objectives of the Post

This is a critical appointment that will guide the ongoing development of the Trust in the context of the emerging priorities within the borough as a whole. It is an exciting opportunity for the right person to become involved in shaping the future of cultural services – which include arts and heritage, entertainment, fitness and health and sport and leisure both in terms of facilities in the borough and engagement with the community, and to contribute to the overall quality of life of people who live, work and visit the borough.

You will have lead responsibility for ensuring the strategic development and operational management of the Group - which includes the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust, trading as Link4Life, and its Trading subsidiary, Link4Life Trading - which is a c£11m business, employing approx 250 FTE staff and managing assets in excess of £40m - in accordance with the aims and objectives of the company and the requirements of the Board of Trustees.

You will also lead the maintenance of a positive working relationship with Rochdale Borough Council (RBC) to create a culture of collaboration, to maximise mutually beneficial opportunities and to ensure efficient and effective delivery of the requirements outlined in the Partnership Agreement. You will also lead the development of effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders across the Borough by making a positive contribution to the Public Service Reform Board (PSRB) agenda, and beyond, to maximise the opportunities for collaboration.

Skills and Experience Required

You must be a strategic, strong leader who can make sound decisions and empower and motivate your team. You must also have a good understanding of the governance for charitable trusts and partnership working, with the necessary personal skills to grow and strengthen effective relationships with key stakeholders and customer groups.

Accountable to the Chair of the Board, you will have a passion for leading and creating organisations which deliver excellent results for the Board, staff and customers.

You will be able to demonstrate integrity, versatility, flexibility and sensitivity to ethical issues and commitment to equal opportunity in all matters.

You must be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject and/or have relevant experience.

You will have over five years' senior experience of running a large organisation of comparable size and complexity ideally within the private and/or not-for-profit sector.

The principal duties of the post cover five key areas, as detailed in the person specification:

  • Strategy and External Relationships
  • Management, Governance and Internal Relationships
  • Resource Management and Operational Issues
  • Health & Safety and Risk Management
  • Legislative Requirements

In addition you will be able to demonstrate proven leadership qualities and change management abilities with the capacity to direct and support Link4Life to achieve its objectives and have experience of working successfully with a Board of Trustees in a voluntary, public or private organisation.

The post-holder is expected to be flexible to ensure that the needs of the business are met at all times and evening and weekend working will be required as directed by the service.

Appointment to this post is subject to relevant criminal record and background checks.

The Application Process

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 October 2014. Interviews will be held on Monday 17 November 2014. If you are shortlisted, you will be expected to complete an online assessment before your interview.

Link4Life must receive your completed application form by midnight on the closing date. CVs and late applications cannot be accepted.

Previous applicants need not apply.

We encourage on-line applications. However, if you would prefer a Recruitment Pack to be posted to you please phone the HR Team on 01706 926212 (24 hours) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (quoting the job reference L1470).

If you would like to speak to someone about this post please telephone the HR Team and we will arrange for the Chair of Trustees or a member of the management team to contact you.

See details above for how to apply.

Casual Swimming Teacher - Job ref: L1443

Salary: Band 3
Salary (Step 11) £19,126 per annum (all inclusive) per annum /rate of pay £9.91 per hour.
Hours: Various hours
Application Closing Date:

Location: Rochdale Leisure Centre / Middleton Arena / Heywood Sports Village

Various Hours - includes days, evenings and weekends. Post-holders will be required, with reasonable notice, to change shifts as and when required to meet business needs.

pdfCasual Swimming Teachers Job ref: L1243 (Qualified & Unqualified)

Link4Life are currently recruiting swimming teachers to assist in the delivery of our schools swimming programme and Link4Life Swim Academy.

In partnership with the STA, our programme has grown considerably since the introduction of the Academy earlier this year. The Academy delivers lessons from non swimmers and beginners up to advanced level swimmers, with growth in more specialised areas planned for in the near future.

The demand for swimming teachers has never been greater and as a result Link4Life are developing opportunities within their aquatic team for enthusiastic, fun, high quality, committed teachers. We are interested in recruiting people who have swimming teacher qualifications and those who have the ability to train as a swimming teacher.

With great development and training opportunities, new state of the art facilities and an excellent rate of pay, it's a perfect time to get in touch.

Various hours are available at Rochdale Leisure Centre, Middleton Arena and Heywood Sports Village.

For an informal discussion please contact John Matson on 07807 510349.

Appointment to this post is subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Criminal Record check and background checks.

See details above for how to apply.