Assistant Secretary (Membership & Operations)

London, UK
15 Sep 2017
15 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Marylebone Cricket Club (M.C.C.) is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game.

With the arrival of the new Chief Executive & Secretary, Guy Lavender, and the imminent retirement of the Deputy Secretary, Colin Maynard, in March 2018, M.C.C. is now recruiting the senior position of Assistant Secretary (Membership & Operations). 

This position will be a member of M.C.C.’s Executive Management Board (E.M.B), reporting directly to the Chief Executive & Secretary, and will assist him with the day-to-day management of the Club. The successful applicant will provide a crucial interface with Members, as well as leading on operational planning and the delivery of matches.

Purpose of the Position

  • To assist the Chief Executive & Secretary with the day-to-day running of the Club.
  • To provide administrative support to him and to the M.C.C. Committee.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Supervising the management of, and having overall responsibility for, a number of departments which deal with membership and operations, as agreed with the Chief Executive & Secretary.
  • Acting as Secretary to the Membership and General Purposes committee.
  • Acting as Secretary to the Nominations Group.
  • Attending meetings of the M.C.C. Committee and as necessary Principal committees and sub-committees.
  • Compiling, proofreading and producing the Annual Report & Accounts.
  • Organising General Meetings and producing documents, including voting forms, etc.
  • Preparing departmental budgets.
  • Reviewing Rules, Regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Understanding of formal protocol essential for the planning of Royal visits.
  • Drafting correspondence, including answering complaints, to Members and the general public.
  • Representing M.C.C. as necessary at Club events at Lord’s and elsewhere.
  • Maintaining and enhancing the Club’s traditions and general reputation.
  • Liaising with other bodies at Lord’s.

Particular responsibilities relating to Major Matches

  • Liaising with ECB and ICC match managers and general overseeing of the administrative and operational arrangements.
  • Attending planning meetings with ECB and ICC personnel, and members of the M.C.C. Secretariat and staff.
  • Attending pre-match briefing meetings held on the day before all major matches.
  • Chairing meetings of the Major Match Cost Review Group.
  • Maintaining close contact with the Chief Executive & Secretary in relation to all matters.

Particular responsibilities relating to non-Major Matches

  • Liaising as necessary with Middlesex C.C.C. regarding the administrative and operational arrangements on county match days.
  • Chairing planning meetings for the following matches: Eton v. Harrow; Oxford v. Cambridge; National Village Cup Final; M.C.C. Schools v. ESCA; special matches (e.g. M.C.C. v. Afghanistan).
  • Attending planning meetings for the Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament.
  • Acting as Duty Officer in accordance with the Secretariat roster.

Skills and qualifications essential in every candidate

  • Understanding of M.C.C. Members’ views and attitudes towards current or planned policies.
  • Numeracy, literacy and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Proofreading ability.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Analytical and highly organised.
  • Ability to draft and deliver speeches (for himself/herself or others)
  • Significant knowledge of cricket and its history.
  • Adherence to M.C.C. Rules, Regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Measured approach to problem solving.  
  • Ability to meet specific deadlines and excellent time-management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a busy environment.
  • Flexibility with regard to the completion of a variety of tasks as required.
  • Flexibility in working hours.

Health and Safety

  • Responsibility at all times for the safety of yourself and others through adherence to M.C.C. (and legal) safety policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with fire and evacuation procedures and acting efficiently as a Fire Warden (if so appointed).