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Chief Medical Officer

World Rugby
Location Dublin, Ireland
Posted 23/11/2018
Closes 14/12/2018
Sector Federations & LOCs, Science & Medicine
Function Board & Executive, Medicine & Science, CEO & Executive Levels
Contract Type Contract
Hours Part Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

World Rugby is the international federation for the sport of Rugby Union headquartered in Dublin. Driven by a strategic mission to grow the global rugby family, World Rugby is both a game regulator and a game inspirer. It is responsible for the regulation and governance of a sport that is experiencing record global participation and fan-base growth.

World Rugby also plays a major role in inspiring new audiences to engage with the sport and owns some of the world’s biggest and best-loved major sports events, including the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The role
World Rugby wishes to engage a Chief Medical Officer, reporting directly to the Head of Technical Services Department.  In line with World Rugby’s Strategic Plan, the role holder will be responsible for advising and assisting in the development of leading-edge medical policies, expert papers and medical guidelines to support all levels of the game of rugby union. 

It is envisaged that the role will initially be as a Deputy CMO but that the successful candidate will have the qualities, skills and experience to take-over fully as the sole CMO within two years. Initially the CMO and DCMO workload will be split 60:40 with a phased transition managed thereafter.

Principal Accountabilities
•    Develop Player Welfare strategic goal for each year 
•    Review and develop strategies for issues identified at MCC
•    Manage evolution of CSx app
•    Monitor Domo database for consistency
•    Internal research project strategic management
•    Attend Exco and Rugby Committee meetings
•    Monitor topical media issues and if indicated develop strategy for response
•    Provide medical policy advice to World Rugby on existing structures, projects and actions consistent with player welfare objectives
•    Provide leadership on the international sports forums or conference groups
•    Attend if requested relevant working parties involved in policy development
•    Liaise with external bodies to ascertain data and information to enable policy development
•    Work closely with Member services and Legal departments on regulatory matters  
•    Liaise with elite competition owners regarding premium player welfare standards
•    Develop presentations for Conferences and Meetings as required
•    Manage or participate in World Rugby initiated player welfare projects
•    Liaise with elite competition regarding premium player welfare standards
•    Provide support and advice for the Rugby Committee and Law Review Group
•    Support Technical Services with the planning and execution of the annual medical conference
•    Liaise with relevant medical experts when required
•    Establish and maintain excellent relationships with medical experts of global stature
•    Establish and maintain excellent relationships with research bodies of international standing
•    Maintain ongoing communications with the Chief Medical Officers within World Rugby member Unions to ensure that World Rugby achieves the objective and is regarded as at the forefront of medicine in Rugby
•    Develop relationships with relevant World Rugby Departments to work in a collaborative fashion
•    Represent World Rugby at relevant conferences as agreed
•    Prepare and deliver sports medicine papers as agreed
•    Such other services as are agreed between the parties as consultancy services

Qualifications and Experience
•    Experienced Doctor (essential)
•    Qualification in Sports Medicine (essential)
•    Relevant national medical council registration (essential)
•    At least 10 years relevant post qualification experience 
•    Experienced as a Pitch side care practitioner
•    Fluent English and a second language preferable
•    Experience of working with a Union or elite competition organizer.

Key Skills and Personal Attributes
•    Adaptability/flexibility
•    Results focused
•    Ability to co-operate with a wide range of stakeholders and unions of different maturity
•    In depth knowledge of the game of Rugby, it’s regulations, medical policies and processes essential 
•    Empathy

•    Interpersonal skills
•    Communication skills
•    Facilitating change
•    Influencing skills
•    Strategic thinking/management
•    Creating and maintaining networks
•    Presentation skills
•    Training delivery & facilitation 

Please submit applications by cob Friday 14th December.

World Rugby

World Rugby is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of Rugby Union based in Dublin.

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