Job Vacancy: New Role – Dorking RFC Director of Rugby

Dorking Rugby Club is looking for a top quality candidate for a new role to help develop the Club even further on its journey  "to be the best amateur community club in England, with Charitable status, and sustained success on and off the field".  


Formed in 1921, Dorking Rugby Club is a leading Surrey rugby club.

Fielding 4 Senior sides, the 1st XV currently plays rugby in National League 2 South (making it one of the top 70 Clubs in the country). The club has an excellent and highly successful youth and mini section for both boys and girls aged 5 to 18, with more than 500 children playing regularly each week during the season.

Throughout the club, Dorking reflect the RFU’s core values of:

Core Values


Whilst we are ambitious, we also have a strong family ethos, derived from a commitment to youth rugby for all age groups as outlined above.


Title: Director of Rugby

Reports to: Executive Committee (ExecCo) of DRFC


Essential to the continued success of DRFC is the recruitment of a high-calibre Director of Rugby (DoR) who will support the ExecCo in the implementation of DRFC’s strategic plan, which is:

“To be the best amateur community rugby club in England, with charitable status, and sustained success on and off the field”  

This incorporates our main charitable objective, which is “to promote community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities and inclusive environment for all ages and genders for the playing of rugby union football.”

Our Vision – How we achieve our Mission

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Detailed Job Spec




  • Responsibility for all Coaching. Including recruitment, education, development and Club Coaching co-ordinator
  • Coordinate a consistent approach to rugby matters across all sections by frequent attendance at each section’s committee meeting
  • Provide coaching master classes
  • Major involvement in the recruitment and retention of senior players
  • Transition of youth players into senior rugby
  • Player development at all ages with proactive feedback to enhance player Learning/Development
  • Schools Liaison and rugby development in the community
  • Kit and playing equipment checks maintenance
  • To coordinate structured support teams for club’s playing teams – senior, youth, minis, ladies & touch
  • Chair regular Senior Playing Committee meetings including weekly team selection meetings
  • Ensure that issues impacting the senior players that cannot be resolved by the Playing committee are escalated to the Executive Board
  • Ensure management information is shared with the Senior Playing section and broadcast to all players
  • Stand in on Disciplinary Committee if required
  • Maintain and develop close links with ECRU, EPDG and County
  • Advise management committee of changes/support required to improve rugby at DRFC to include appointment of additional resources. [coaches physio, etc]
  • Manage playing budget effectively and report to Treasurer accordingly
  • Develop effective working relationships with all other Club officers
  • Implement club policies in line with Club and RFU guidelines


The successful candidate will have proven experience in delivery of multi dimensional activities in a (preferably) sporting environment. You will have a thorough understanding of managing finance, resources and people, including future strategic development (in line with mission of DRFC) and planning, budgeting, information systems and business analysis.

Ideally you will have a good ‘pedigree’/experience in rugby although relevant experience in a comparable sport is also acceptable. DRFC is a club driven by its ‘one club’ ethos and the successful candidate must buy into to this and strive to deliver a best in class rugby experience for all.

Key attributes include:-


An ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate into delivery plan
Year on year look for incremental improvements in all aspects of DRFC offering:


  • Exceptional capacity for leading and managing employees (particularly volunteers)
  • Command respect from ExecCo, Club members and other external stakeholders (e.g. RFU)
  • Team builder with the ability to connect on an individual and group basis
  • Possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills


  • Proven track record of exceeding goals and focus on finances
  • Evidence of ability to make good decisions through a combination of analysis, experience and judgement
  • Problem solving, project management and creative resourcefulness skills
  • Hard working and challenge seeking
  • Able to act and react appropriately on limited information.
  • Decisive and able to take charge of a situation
  • Ability to cope with change and ambiguity

This is a key appointment and important to the current and future success of Dorking RFC. The package on offer is highly competitive and designed to attract the best. In the first instance, please email your CV and covering letter to our Chairman, Colin Troughton, at and secretary, Kevin Beal, at
Interviews will take place shortly and the intention is to make the appointment as soon as possible.


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