Job Opportunity: Chief INSTRUCTOR

About The ledge :- The Ledge Climbing Gym will be the largest climbing gym in the North of Scotland. With 1000m2 of climbing surfaces with bouldering, lead and training areas for performance, beginners, kids and our charitable work. Founded with an ethos of building community, it is open to all comers from Olympic hopefuls to first timers; our facilities include a replica Olympic bouldering wall, training digital boards, strength and conditioning gym, yoga studio supported by a cafe and specialist retail. 

The Ledge is a Mountaineering Scotland, sportscotland supported  Performance Centre for bouldering and mountain sports training. 

The Ledge Charity – As a charity, ourpurpose is to improve the lives of those facing challenges that are negatively affecting their quality of life, future prospects, and mental or physical health. We do this by using the sport of climbing and our linked therapeutic programs – both indoors and outdoors with the goal of creating a supportive and inclusive community that empowers individuals to reach new heights.

Charity Social Impact Statement:- We are not trying to make lots of new climbers, but instead, use our facility and related activities to create a therapeutic learning environment by developing and running a series of classes, courses, and long-term mentored projects, which will guide people towards more positive outcomes. 

This ambition is encapsulated under the title of ‘vertical living’ where we will use climbing, indoor and outdoor activity, movement, and green/blue space work, as a tool to aid people to reach higher ground. 

Our social impact programs under the general heading of ‘vertical living’ will principally be targeted towards: 

• Supporting young people most at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or reoffending, towards or into positive destinations. 

• Providing person-centred support for young people, parents, and families impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma. 

• Supporting young people and adults to improve their health, mental health, life skills, and wellbeing. 

• Supporting environmental education as it relates to outdoor sports and activity. 

These four principal aims, our ‘social impact’, are supported by running The Ledge Climbing Gym, a climbing and adventure sports gym situated at Unit 2, Telford Street Retail Park, Inverness, Highland, Scotland.

Role Summary

The role of the Chief Instructor is to lead and manage and help set the tone of the climbing offering at The Ledge Climbing Gym and Charity

To design and manage with the senior management team, a full range on indoor and outdoor rock climbing courses, and to aid the oversight, development and delivery of courses and coaching programs for the climbing gym; including performing general shared management roles with the team, such as GM, membership and entry duties, as well as potentially, representing The Ledge and its charitable and performance goals, to external bodies and groups such as Climb Scotland, Glenmore Lodge and Sportscotland

Along with the Head Route Setter, this roles defines our offering to the climbing visitors and the first time public users to The Ledge. They must therefore be able to foster within the wall, a modern encouraging atmosphere, which in turn helps to maintain footfall from our regular climbers as well as encouraging visitor and membership retention from our new climbers and first timers.

First and foremost we are looking for someone who can contribute both to the development of the Ledge’s offering and our desire to become a leading centre of excellence, both in terms of encouraging climber development through skills, coaching and safety, but also aiding the Social Impact team to safely deliver the important impact work outlined in the above Impact Statement.

As a centre of excellence we wish to engage someone who understands what it means to operate at high level both indoors and outdoors and who can help develop courses, classes and projects that engage with the membership and encourage them in their personal journeys in climbing and general well-being.

This from time to time will include liaising with Climb Scotland to host local, and national competitions, coaching seminars, performance training camps and develop the potential of becoming an outdoor rock training provider.

Principle duties include; Instructing the safe delivery of courses and duties including…

  • NGB courses and youth and adult groups sessions, NICAS Climbing and NICAS Bouldering
  • Working with differently able children and adults and aiding the “Social Impact Team” to deliver a diverse range of life-skills and health programs, which is the core charitable delivery of The Ledge.
  • Delivering lead, belay, indoor and outdoor sport climbing, trad and multi pitch climbing courses – Indoors and Outdoors
  • Daily H&S oversight of PPE; fixed and  portable climbing gear, including Auto belays, rope, hire and course equipment
  • Aid the scheduling of staff rotas, route setting, coaching programs and seasonal sports coaching for adventure sports, such as skiing and snowboarding and MTB riding.
  • The post holder is expected to undertake any other reasonable duties within their capabilities and the scope of the post as specified
  • Working to keep the climbing offering up to date, current and within the limits advised by the Gym’s External Technical Advisor(s).
  • Develop an indoor and outdoor rock climbing program
  • Manage internal training staff towards CWI and RCI qualifications as part of the CPD.

Professional requirements;

  1. RC(D)I minimum, preferably MCI (or higher), current relevant first aid
  2. Be willing to have or undergo an enhanced PVG
  3. RSA 2 (preferred)
  4. Climbing – smooth on 6b outdoor sport and to be comfortable on E1 trad multi pitch
  5. Mountain experience and navigation skills (preferred)
  6. A minimum or 3 years instructing across all UK rock disciplines
  7. Must keep abreast of the latest coaching and instructing techniques
  8. Must work to current ‘good’ practice 
  9. Be willing to work evenings and weekends
  10. Will be required to attend regular instructors meetings.

The ideal candidate should be an enthusiastic allrounder who is able and willing to work across multiple roles especially during the first 6-12 months of the Ledge being set up. Someone who can sees the value of climbing as a therapeutic force for good in someone’s life and can communicate their love of moving over rock and the outdoors.

The Ledge has the medium term ambition to run both indoors and outdoors climbing programs and potentially indulge in sun-rock trips with clients. This is a role does not require a high level of rock climbing ability but instead someone who can operate at a reasonable standard of safely and with confidence. Communication skills and the ability to relate to people from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences will be rated far more highly than being able to redpoint 8a.

The role will be jointly overseen by the CEO and the SID (Social Impact and Ops Director), you will be in charge of the daily direction of the CWI and RCI instructors and contribute to route setting as guided by the Head Route Setter and lead the safety of a) the delivery of all the courses and instruction and b) the suitability of the indoor offering and how it relates to our members and those involved in using the building and our programmes to enhance lives.

This person should have a progressive and working interest in driving standards of teaching climbing both indoors and out, understand and be able to instruct modern “essentials” such as dynamic belaying, the use of ABDs , the OHM etc.

Benefits and Salary – £23,000 – £25,000

Full holiday and benefits available to discuss at the interview stage.

This job description and summary is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job, Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed.

The Ledge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CV’s should be sent to duncan@theledgeclimbing.com

Title the email: –  Job Application –  Chief Instructor

Closing date for applications is 30th Sept 2022. Interviews will be conducted shortly after the closing date and may include a climbing test indoors or on a sport crag.

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