The future of Irish Cricket is incredibly bright following the recent awarding of ICC Full Membership and Test status to Cricket Ireland. The strategic vision of the organisation is to become a Test nation, not just in name (now achieved) but in the broader sense of what it means to be a ‘Test’ playing country – our Strategic Plan 2016-20 defines this is great detail.

Ireland has a great new opportunity to compete in Test cricket, whilst in one-day international cricket, Ireland has an immediate focus on the ICC 2019 World Cup Qualifier which will take place in the first half of 2018, and we will continue to schedule as many bilateral ODI’s as possible in 2018 and 2019 until the new ICC ODI League commences in 2020. In Twenty20, we intend to schedule as many International T20 matches as possible and improve our global ranking, ahead of the next World T20 Qualifier, likely late 2019/early 2020.

Cricket Ireland is seeking a National Chair of Selectors to help ensure Ireland selects its best players ready to take to the world stage. The successful candidate will report into the Performance Director, and the position will initially be a three-year term.

The position is a part-time paid position, and will require the candidate to attend a minimum of eight meetings annually, which will usually take place in Dundalk, at a representative match convenient to the other Selectors, or via phone or Skype if necessary. The position will need to have a flexible diary and time in order to be able to watch a good amount of International, A-team and Inter-Provincial cricket. They will also be required to tour at least once a year.

Job Description

Chair of Men’s Selectors

Purpose of the job:

To be responsible for the selection of all Ireland senior teams both home and abroad, oversee the selection of National Academy squads, and recommend players for Central and Inter-Provincial Contracts.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • The Chairperson is responsible for convening and chairing meetings, assisting the National Head Coach and National Selectors with the selection of Ireland senior teams and national academy squads, as well as making recommendations on centrally contracted players.
  • To liaise closely with the International Teams Administration Manager regarding the administration of meetings, including setting meeting dates and agendas.
  • To review the selection processes and protocols in conjunction with the Performance Director and High Performance Committee.
  • To liaise with the National Head Coach and Ireland Captain and provide help and support in selection matters and the deployment of standby players.
  • To liaise with the Ireland U/19 Head Coach and National Academy and Performance Manager on the selection of the Ireland U/19 World Cup (WC) Qualifying or WC squad.
  • To liaise with the Sports Science and Medical staff with regard to the health and fitness of players being considered for Ireland selection.
  • To assist in the recruitment and management of National Selectors including reviewing their performances in accordance with CI performance management policies.
  • To assist with the scouting of first class cricket in Ireland, through watching Inter-Provincial cricket.
  • Watch a significant amount of International and Wolves cricket at home, and be available to tour abroad at least once a year.
  • To assist in the feedback process to players concerning selection and non-selection for national teams and squads, including prospective squad members.
  • To assist the National Head Coach and media and communications team as required, when press releases and communication of national or international selection is announced.
  • To assist the Irish Cricketers’ Association (ICA) with the education of its members on the national selection criteria
  • To liaise closely with the Performance Director, and be prepared to undertake any other duties related to the work of these functions as required.   

 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • A thorough understanding of the internal workings of cricket at both a domestic first-class and international level in Ireland is required.
  • Experience as a player or coach in first-class or international cricket is desirable.  

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

Technical Skills (Specific Job Skills):

  • Knowledge of the structure and operations of cricket in Ireland
  • Familiar with the relative capabilities of players participating in first-class cricket

Administrative skills:

  • Familiar with Cricket Ireland’s Athlete Management System (AMS) or similar database administration experience
  • Ability to coordinate information from multiple sources and extract meaningful data upon which to base recommendations
  • Organised, thorough, accurate and timely administration skills

Interpersonal skills:

  • Strong and clear communicator with the ability to deliver tough messages with compassion
  • Ability to influence others, with excellent team building, collaboration and partnering skills
  • Ability to prepare and explain (verbal and written) information clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences including players and media

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential:

  • Driver’s licence
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Ireland

Personal Attributes:

  • Is passionate about cricket
  • Commitment to Irish culture and values
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Willingness to be held accountable
  • Willing and able to work in the best interest of Irish Cricket
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic and fast paced work environment
  • Must be able to travel domestically and abroad, and balance work/life priorities
  • A flexible attitude to working, willing to work evenings and weekends, understands cricket is a seasonal sport where seasonal variations are required to get the job done

 WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Performance Director
  • National Head Coach
  • Assistant Head Coach & Fast Bowling Lead
  • Performance Analyst
  • National Academy and Performance Manager
  • National Selectors
  • International Teams Administration Manager
  • Ireland Captain and Players
  • Provincial Union Selectors
  • Provincial Union Head Coaches

If this opportunity interests you, please email a cricketing CV and a covering letter detailing why you believe you have the skills and experience to undertake this role.

Please email to recruitment@cricketireland.ie

 The closing date for applications is Saturday 2nd December 2017. Candidates who meet the criteria and are shortlisted will be required to attend an interview on Sunday 10th December.