Head of Social Impact

British Paralympic Association

Closing date 29 November 2021
Location Home-based or London office
Position type Permanent
Role Operations
Education Bachelor's
Experience >3 years
Salary GBP 50,000–57,000
Benefits See below

Job description

Are you passionate about sport, disability rights and achieving demonstrable impact? Are you inspired by the power of Paralympic sport? We are looking for a social impact expert to drive a new programme of work for the British Paralympic Association to help deliver our vision: through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people.

The Head of Social Impact will be at the heart of embedding social change throughout the organisation and creating new programmes, campaigns and plans to fulfill the organisation’s ambitious new ten year strategy. Fundamental to the role will be partnership working to achieve funding, strategic partnerships and successful programme delivery with a view to achieving ambitious targets across a ten year time-frame.

You will be a dynamic individual with a creative approach to unlock new opportunities and partnerships.

The BPA is fully committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity. It is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment, on the grounds of age, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, race, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, disability, or socio-economic background than any other.

Disabled applicants meeting the minimum requirement of the role will be offered an interview. Please indicate in your cover letter if this may be applicable to your application.

Job Purpose

To lead the social impact team and drive the new social impact strategy forwards to help achieve ambitious targets across a ten year time-frame.

The role will be responsible for developing and managing a number of key social impact programmes and partnerships, develop good relationships with funders and stakeholders and develop insight, robust measurement and evaluation to inform and support the development and funding of programmes and create a business case for further investment.

Current programmes include Parasport, a grassroots sport and physical activity finder; Get Set youth engagement programme; Beyond the Podium, commercial partner D&I forum and social advocacy campaigns.

The Head of Social Impact is a senior position in the communications team and will require collaborative, cross team working.  The role reports to the Director of Communications but will require close working relationships with the Commercial team working with corporate partners, trusts and foundations and with wider stakeholders such as UK Sport. There will also be collaboration with the BPA Board’s Social Impact Committee.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop alongside the Director of Communications the new and ambitious social impact strategy for the organisation with the aim of delivering on the vision for the organisation ‘Through sport, improve the lives of disabled people’.
  • Responsible for managing budget and financial reporting.
  • Engage across the BPA to ensure full integration of social impact objectives within the organisation embedding a new approach and ensuring social impact is central to the organisation’ strategic focus.
Project & Programme Development
  • Research to inform which areas the BPA can have the most significant impact;
  • Working with wider stakeholders, define programmes and methodologies that will make best use of the BPA’s potential to bring about change
  • Produce strong business cases demonstrating the validity of proposed programmes
Team leadership
  • To establish and line manage new social impact team including programme managers such as the Parasport Manager and the Public Affairs & International Relations Officer.
  • Manage and ensure value for money delivery with a number of agencies working on behalf of the BPA.
Insight, Measurement, Evaluation
  • Ensure robust insight informs BPA’s programmes as well as robust measurement and evaluation to ensure the BPS’s KPIs are met as well as wider funder obligations.
Key relationships
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining meaningful relationships and partnerships with targeted stakeholders including sport organisations such as UK Sport, Home Country Sport Councils and Sport National Governing Bodies; disability charities and enterprises and funders.
  • Working closely with Head of Major Giving and Head of Commercial to develop funding proposals.
  • Working as part of the wider BPA team to consult, engage and empower athletes as part of all social impact programmes and campaigns.

Person specification

  • A degree or similar-level qualification, or equivalent working experience
Knowledge and skills


  • Experience shaping, developing and leading organisation-wide social impact programmes.
  • Experience of establishing partnerships and effective partnership working
  • Insight into establishing social impact programmes and effective identification of trends, existing sector programmes and opportunity identification.
  • Strategic thinking and evidence-based approach.
  • Project management and budget management
  • Effective team development and leadership
  • Passion for promoting equal opportunities for disabled people


  • Understanding of national and international sport and/or disability issues.
  • Experience working on issues-based campaigns e.g. diversity & inclusion
  • Experience working on influencing at a domestic or international level with Government, Parliament and decision-makers.
  • Lived experience of disability
Behavioural competencies and qualities
  • Strategic Planning: The ability to devise, plan and execute work strategies and to conduct creative strategic thinking;
  • Communication: The ability to express message and impart information clearly, concisely and convincingly to a wide variety of audiences and through a variety of mechanisms, including both verbal and written communication.
  • Team Leadership and Teamwork: The ability to demonstrate inter-personnel and cross-team working skills and to motivate, enthuse and drive forward others, and to work well within a team.
  • Creativity: The ability to understand a problem or issue, and the factors that influence it, and consider constructive inventive ways in which a solution can be found and a positive work outcome achieved. The desire constantly to consider ways in which existing practices could be done better and more efficiently.
  • Organisational Skills: The ability to plan, organise and execute work programmes, working to tight deadlines.
  • Financial Acumen: The ability to set, manage and report against budgets for each of the areas for which you are responsible.


The British Paralympic Association is an organisation with a unique role and key responsibilities within the UK high performance system. Delivery of our ambitions very much relies on both working with, and through others, and by focussing on our two strategic priorities: taking the best prepared team to each summer and winter Games; and inspiring social change.

As an organisation we are committed to three values: excellence, respect and integrity. Every BPA employee is expected to adhere to: 


Everything we do at the BPA reflects our ambition to be world leading. We care deeply about what we do and bring a flexible, positive and progressive approach to our interactions with others. Like the athletes that we support, we will always challenge ourselves and others to do better. 


Our relationships with each other, our partners and the wider community are based on respect, trust, and a deep-seated belief in diversity, inclusion and the value of our differences.  


We demand the highest standards from ourselves and others, seeking always to do the right thing and to engage with openness and transparency in all that we do. 


Currently home working, future working likely to be hybrid of London office and home based.  BPA Office: 101 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6XH.
Travel may also be required in the UK and abroad as necessary.

We are based in accessible, modern offices in the heart of London and have a new ‘performance hub’ on campus at Loughborough University. We have a flexible approach to working patterns. This commitment to flexibility in how we work, when we work and where we work is an important feature of life at the BPA and we will do all we can to help you work in a way that suits you.

How to apply

Please send a role specific cover letter, completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, CV and indication of current salary to Terry Race Corporate Services Officer, at jobs@paralympics.org.uk

All enquiries are to be directed to the email listed and no phone enquiries will be taken.

**Closing Date: **Monday 29th November 2021

Interviews: Week commencing 6th December 2021.

Candidates who have been shortlisted for interview will be notified by 3rd December 2021.

Data Protection: The BPA will process and store and your personal information (this means any information that identifies or could identify you) for the purposes of recruitment, for a period of up to six months after the closing date, after which it will be securely disposed.