Time Commitment: Up to 2-3 hours p/week Location: Home-based and SW London
The non-profit, SEUK certified social enterprise; Harper Performance CIC is currently seeking applications from volunteers with the ability to conduct research and prepare internal documents and assist with the continued growth of our young and ambitious social enterprise. Applications are invited from those that aspire to work in international sports development, performance-sport, sports management, social enterprise/non-profits and from budding social-entrepreneurs who are keen to build their experience in the industry.
Through this voluntary role (any expenses incurred will be refunded), the successful applicant will gain exposure to a growing non-profit organisation and those that support it; a fast-paced, productive and agile work culture and acquire important transferable skills in fundraising, business development and social enterprise operations under the guidance of professionals.
The role includes (but is not limited to); - assisting with research and network building - researching potential donors, partners and sponsors - preparing internal documents - liaising with our team across multiple timezones - attending meetings with senior management team - assisting with event research and management - note taking and assisting with the maintenance of up-to-date internal records
Our perfect volunteer would be: - working towards an under- or post-graduate degree in a relevant field - have demonstrable ability to conduct thorough research on- and off-line - passionate about the 'third sector' and social impact businesses - understands social enterprise and non-profit business models - understands sports performance systems in elite sport - presentable, hard-working, humble and willing-to-learn
No specific previous work experience is required for this role however the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate their understanding of our organisation and our goals during an informal interview process. The role is varied and will be continuously reviewed and modified to reflect the volunteers' skills and areas of interest. We very much value the work done by our volunteers, who are treated as equals by our staff - you won't be making tea!
Background to Social Enterprises & Community Interest Companies
Social enterprises address the most pressing problems societies face through employing scalable, self-sustainable and innovative business models. They must balance financial responsibilities and social impact and must coordinate among multiple stakeholders, including employees, regulators, clients and beneficiaries. As a result, social enterprise leaders manage complex trade-offs.
Social enterprises take on various legal structures, the most common being as a Community Interest Company (CIC). Harper Performance is a registered Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. A CIC is, put simply, a normal limited company with extra features to mark it out as a non-profit social enterprise. The key added feature is that CIC’s come under the regulation of the office of the CIC Regulator. The Regulator’s job is to make sure that the CIC is genuinely a social enterprise and is not abusing the trust that the public expects to put in a community interest company. By putting the company under the Regulator’s scrutiny, the directors of a CIC can clearly demonstrate that the company is genuinely a social enterprise venture and not for private profit.
Background to Harper Performance CIC
Harper Performance CIC is an SEUK certified non-profit social enterprise providing performance-support services and consultancy to aspirational athletes, teams and sports organisations across the world. We exist to fiercely champion the underdog, specialising in the provision of relevant, accessible, sustainable and locally-driven performance support to athletes and organisations hamstrung by logistical, economic and sociocultural barriers to sporting excellence.
Harper Performance was founded in 2015 by the performance-support practitioner; Tim Harper following over a decade working in elite sport in the UK and overseas. Tim had grown frustrated with the lack of performance-support available to vast swathes of talented athletes and the calm acceptance that athletes from large, rich countries enjoy benefits not available to those from poorer, smaller countries and regions. Tim rewrote his mission statement to make better use of his skills, of his experience and of his professional training and set about working with people and organisations that harboured all the talent and all the GRIT, but none of the performance support that they need to realise their true athletic and sporting potential.
This became the mission statement of Harper Performance and with the help of like-minded practitioners, a small group of expert sports scientists, strength & conditioning coaches, and sports medicine practitioners started pursuing opportunities to work with athletes and teams from all sports and disciplines with genuine aspirations to reach the top but who are hamstrung by logistical, financial and sociocultural barriers to performance.
Harper Performance was born, and with social enterprise certification awarded in August 2016 by SEUK, incorporation as a 'community interest company' in early-2018 and an ever-growing collection of clients and projects all over the world, things have snowballed from there!
Deadline for Applications
Interested parties are invited to submit an application before the end of June 2018, by email to this address; firstname.lastname@example.org. Harper Performance CIC will formally respond to all interested parties in due course.
Please include an up-to-date CV, brief cover letter and any other information that you think will help us with our decision with your application.
We reserve the right to close the application process early so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.