The Walking Promotion Officer (WPO) will lead the advocacy, promotion and development of walking on behalf of all local and national partners and agencies. The WPO will implement a programme of work that is aligned to the Get Ireland Walking Strategy 2021 – 2023 and the local Get Cork Walking plan.

Specific Responsibilities:
Marketing & Promotion
 Lead, Promote and increase awareness of Walking in Cork and nationally with the support of the team in Cork Sports Partnership (CSP) and Get Ireland Walking (GIW).
 Identify and secure, in consultation with the steering committee, opportunities that present in the area of public relations and marketing for CSP, GIW and the local and national walking plan.
 Liaise directly with the GIW Communications Officer to ensure that all walking promotion in Cork aligns with national objectives and ongoing consistent branding.
 Develop an annual promotional and marketing campaign for Cork in line with the national objectives of GIW.
 Collate walking participation material for inclusion in a regular CSP e-zine and quarterly updates to the steering committee.
 Provide support and assistance in maintaining an up-to-date members database of groups and clubs
 Prepare regular reports and updates for partners on the continued developments as part of the WPO role.

Planning and Programme Development
 Coordinate the Get Cork Walking operational plan with specific emphasis on key demographics currently not participating in recreation walking.
 Lead the local Steering Committee, through a regular (monthly) coordination of meetings and circulation of minutes for same across all ongoing operations.
 Work with the GIW team and Research Officer in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on the agreed research and evaluation of the walking plan for Cork.
 Coordinate and plan for the development of new walking programmes and initiatives with CSP Staff and link with relevant organisations for implementation of same.
 Contribute to ensuring that all programmes and courses are operated on a userfriendly professional basis and delivered to the highest standard.
 Build capacity and foster relationships with existing and new partners in Cork that will assist in the development of a blueprint for walking promotion/development and interagency work in Cork.
 Support and assist with preparations for Sports Partnership’s annual flagship events and initiatives as required including the Cork Rebel Events. Support local walking clubs and groups to underpin their club development structures through the Cork Walking Forum.

Person Specifications

Health
Candidates shall be in a state of health which would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:
 A relevant third level qualification to degree level or equivalent in business/marketing and or sports, recreation and health promotion.
 Ability to demonstrate relevant marketing experience in the tools and strategies used to develop public campaigns from concept to execution.
 Interest in/ knowledge of walking / physical activity /public interest.
 An understanding of the sports and recreation sector and the motivating factors that encourage participation in walking/physical activity by the general public.

Desirable:
 Relevant walking experience and coaching qualification.
 Strategic Planning, Leadership and Management
 Experience in the areas of education, social or community development work or of working in the community sector in a developmental and supportive capacity either in paid or voluntary role.

Skills
 Ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including colleagues, communities, volunteers and wider partners from external agencies.
 Ability to monitor and evaluate work and write reports
 Excellent administrative and organisational skills
 Ability to produce and access information efficiently and accurately
 Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills
 Ability to advise, inform, motivate and support individuals and organisations
 Ability to prepare, monitor and manage budgets and to prepare funding applications
 Excellent I.T. skills.

Attitude and Motivation
 A constructive, innovative, positive and progressive attitude to working as part of the Sports Partnership and the Get Ireland Walking team.
 An ability to develop partnerships with the wider community
 A self-motivated approach to work.
 Be a proactive team player and possess the ability to work well in a dynamic environment.
 An awareness of the role and importance of the coordinated inter-agency approach to the strategic development and promotion of walking locally and nationally.Transport A full clean driving license and use of personal transport for work is required. The successful applicant must be willing, and be in a position, to travel.

Particulars of the Post
Reports / Reporting Structure
The successful applicant will report to the Programme Manager or his/her appointee. In addition, the successful applicant will be required to provide the supervisory board (Steering Committee) with concise progress reports relating to agreed monthly, quarterly and annual work programme scheduling. Quarterly meetings will also be held with the Steering

Committee of the role.
Duration of Contract
A fixed term part-time contract of 12 months will be offered to the successful applicant.

Remuneration and Annual Leave
The agreed 12 month salary will be will be payable in equal monthly installments in arrears by electronic fund transfer to your bank account. Annual Leave entitlement accrues at 8% of hours worked.

Hours of Work
A programme of agreed work will be coordinated in consultation with management for 20 hours per week. However the successful candidate must be flexible, and willing to work evening and weekends to accommodate the service needs for which time off in lieu can be taken.

Expenses
All properly vouched out of pocket expenses reasonably incurred will be reimbursed in accordance with the Sports Partnership’s policies and procedures.

Shortlisting
Shortlisting of applicants will apply. Cork Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

 

To apply :
Please forward a cover letter and curriculum vitae to info@corksports.ie Shortlisting will apply.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 12th of April at 12noon.