Mentoring and Learning Officer

Sale Sharks Foundation is the official charity of Sale Sharks Rugby Club.

We work hard every day to deliver our mission to inspire, support and deliver change to communities across the North West to people of all ages and abilities.

We work with over 12,000 people annually in three key areas: Community Engagement, Education and Rugby Development. Our highly skilled, dynamic and passionate team now deliver over 50 community projects that change the lives of a huge spectrum of people across the North West; from children and young people right through to senior citizens.

We believe in the immense power of our sport being used to positively transform people’s lives. We believe the North West is a home to extraordinary people like you. This is your chance to be part of our story!

The charity is now looking to recruit to the role of Mentoring and Learning Officer to work on the Foundation’s new Sharks on Track Mentoring Programme.

Job Description

Job Title: Mentoring and Learning Officer

Hours of Work: Full-time 37.5 hours per week

Location: Schools across Greater Manchester

Starting Salary: £20,000 – £22,000

Reporting to: Education Programme Manager

Closing date: Wednesday 12th October 2022

As a Mentoring and Learning Officer for the Sharks on Track mentoring mentoring for Sale Sharks Foundation you will be responsible for providing mentoring and tuition to young people in mainstream and alternative education.

The Mentoring and Learning Officer will work with children at every stage of mainstream, specialist or alternative education. These are often children who struggle to engage with mainstream education, are Looked After Children or have experienced trauma leading to difficulties in school.

The successful candidate will plan and deliver effective tuition, activity or sports sessions. They will act as strong, positive role models, support behaviour management systems, provide creative approaches to engagement and communicate effectively through emails, Learning Plans and reports.

The Mentoring and Learning Officer will report to the Education Programme Manager who will provide support to ensure effective mentoring and development in the role.

Roles and Responsibilities

There are a number of key aspects to this role. The successful candidate will:

Plan and deliver tuition, sport and mentoring sessions for children at all stages of mainstream and specialist education and organize creative activities, off-site activities and community links support to participant’s engagement and positive progress.

Act as a strong, positive role model for children of all backgrounds to both participants and school partners through both actions and performance.

Keep accurate attendance and monitoring records for all sessions and contribute to the creation of Individual Learning Plans, Personal Education Plans and Educational Health Care Plans.

To maintain strong relationships with schools, managers and referral partners through effective and regular communication.

Create media to ensure awareness of the work of Sale Sharks Foundation particularly across social media platforms and other club media channels.

Ensure subject knowledge and knowledge of qualification requirements is up to date in line with requirements of training providers and the Department of Education.

Any other relevant duties as required by the employer.

It is key to this role that candidates:

Understand and implement the Foundation’s Safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines and to use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to a safe environment

Continuously evaluate the success and standards of their work and that of others, through rigorous self and departmental reflection and analysis. This includes creating a CPD plan.

Are able to work flexible and unsociable hours where this is required by the role.

Demonstrate the Sale Sharks Foundation values at all times.

Promote Sale Sharks Foundation and Sale Sharks brand and ethos in a professional and positive manner.

Be committed to applying and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across Sale Sharks Foundation and comply with all Charity policies and procedures.

Person Specification


A positive attitude towards professional development and their own learning.

Proven experience of planning and delivering high quality activities for young people.

Experience of community work to engage young people in education or enrichment activities.

Experience of assessment, monitoring and evaluation An understanding of safeguarding procedures.

A passion for the community and making a difference.

An ability to inspire others.

A friendly, polite, positive ‘can do’ attitude.

A commitment to the aims, vision and values of Sharks Community Trust.

Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships.

Excellent organisation and time management skills.

Excellent communication and motivation skills.

Willingness to work flexible hours Full driver’s license and use of a vehicle.

Sale Sharks Foundation expects professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication from its staff team. In return, you will get the following:

Uniform – Everyone will receive an allocation of Sale Sharks kit annually based on their role.

Pension – All employees will be enrolled in the Trust’s pension scheme and the Trust will match your contribution up to 3%.

Annual Leave – Everyone is entitled to 20 days holidays plus all bank holidays and extended days over Christmas. This allocation increases after three years’ service.

Club Shop Discount – Discount in the club shop to an agreed allowance.

Health Insurance – Foundation staff will be enrolled in the organisation’s Vitality health insurance scheme after a successful six-month probationary period.

Gym access – Access to the Sale Sharks High Performance Centre gym.

Match Tickets – Access to Sale Sharks home matches for both the men’s and women’s team.

CPD Opportunity – to develop yourself through a range of external and in house training.

Work Phone or Mobile Phone Allowance – Depending on your role at the Trust, you will either receive a work phone to complete your role or a phone allowance. Phone allowance ranges from £10-£20 per month.

Flexible Admin Working location – As agreed with line manager, admin work can be completed flexibly.

Management – Supportive and encouraging management group.

Role – Key role in changing lives in our communities.

Please send a CV and a covering letter setting out why you believe you are our ideal candidate to

Please do not hesitate to contact Claire if you would like to discuss the role in more detail on 0161 667 7519 or email her at the above email address.