VACANCY: Education Support Officer

VACANCY: Education Support Officer

Swim Ireland is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Swimming, Water Polo, Diving and associated Aquatic Disciplines on the island of Ireland.  Swim Ireland’s Head Office is based at Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 with circa 45 employees. Swim Ireland’s remit as a Governing Body is to increase participation, run the competitive aspect of our sport and to provide a framework for regulation. For further information, please see our website at

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Education Team as Swim Ireland embarks on a new 4-year strategy.  The Education Team are responsible for delivering teaching and coaching courses to the leisure industry and Swim Ireland clubs. Swim Ireland are proud to be the leading provider of swim education on the island of Ireland. We are the only delivery and awarding body whose qualifications are recognised by Sport Ireland Coaching and Sport NI (the two Sport Councils within Ireland).

Swim Ireland selection process aims to ensure that we get the right people recruited into the right role.  We want to ensure that you have the best opportunity to display your skills and experience.  Swim Ireland has identified Core Values that we consider to be integral to delivering exceptional service to our stakeholders.  These Core Values are

  • Skills, Professionalism, Knowledge
  • Wellbeing & Inclusivity
  • Integrity and Excellence in Governance
  • My Passion, Our Vision
  • Teamwork & Collaboration

If selected for interview, you will be provided with a candidate support pack giving you information and guidance on the selection process.

Role and Reporting Structure

Reporting to the Head of Education and within a Team of four, the Education Support Officer will be responsible for organising the delivery of a variety of courses, working with leisure facilities and swimming pools around Ireland.  This is a customer facing role and suitable for someone who is outgoing and enjoys engaging with our members as well as our tutor workforce.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Responsibilities for the Education Support Officer include the following:

Learn to Swim Partners

  • Be the first point of contact for Learn to Swim Partners on operational and financial queries
  • Liaise with Swim Ireland tutors to organise annual training
  • Provide support to Learn to Swim Partners with funding applications
  • Support Head of Education in the administration of Learn to Swim invoices and agreements
  • Be responsible for Learn to Swim stock, order fulfilment and invoicing

 Qualifications support

  • Organise Swim Ireland short courses such as Level 2 Babies & Toddlers Swimming Teacher, Additional Support Needs Teacher (ASN), etc.
  • Identify new course opportunities for development
  • Manage queries related to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Equivalency of teaching/ coaching qualifications
  • Review and approve/ cancel credential applications
  • Liaise with Communications department to promote new courses
  • Award qualifications in a timely manner
  • Support the set-up of tutor courses and CPD’s

 Lifesaving and Water Safety courses

  • Engage with leisure facilities to understand their training and development needs, provide recommendations and support with course set up and delivery
  • Support Ireland Active members with draw down of available funding for training
  • Manage the course registration process, which includes set up of online learning elements and practical pool time
  • Communicate with relevant parties such as course organiser, tutors, and candidates to ensure correct information is provided in a timely manner
  • Manage distribution of course resources and payment of invoices
  • Maintain accurate records and reports of course completion and payments
  • Award qualifications within 21 days of course completion
  • Achieve annual course delivery targets

 Customer Support and Experience

  • Respond to all phone and email queries within 24 hours
  • Escalate complaints to Head of Education within 48 hours
  • Identify gaps in customer support and work with Education team to address in a timely manner
  • Continually seek to improve customer experience
  • Share positive customer experiences with Swim Ireland tutors, and through monthly Education newsletter

Build and Improve Professional Relationships

  • Manage key stakeholder relationships with Sport Ireland and Ireland Active
  • Build relationships with leisure facilities around Ireland
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Swim Ireland tutors
  • Collaborate with other Swim Ireland departments on key Strategic projects


  • Attend Swim Ireland competitions and events as required
  • Attend leisure industry events and networking opportunities
  • Support other departments in Swim Ireland in the delivery of their work such as Youth Development, Clubs, Community and Competitions and Performance
  • Support the roll out of Swim Ireland initiatives
  • Other duties as required

Essential Requirements

  • Be eligible and available to work in Ireland on a full-time basis
  • Available to work occasional unsociable hours including evenings and weekends to support course delivery
  • Excellent working knowledge of IT and software packages including MS Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent communication and administration skills

Education and Experience

  • Relevant experience in a similar role
  • Swim Teacher/ Coach qualification is desirable

Key Qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work in a dynamic environment
  • Flexible and adaptable attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Team player and ability to work on their own initiative as well as in a small, dedicated team

Applicants should note that this list is not exhaustive and is subject to change as required as appropriate.

Remuneration and Location

Salary €26,000 per annum

Position Tenure: 3 year fixed-term full-time contract

Position Location: Swim Ireland Head Office, Irish Sport HQ, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Some level of hybrid working will be permitted but is dependent on the requirements of the business.

Appointment will be made subject to satisfactory:

Garda Vetting; and

Suitable reference checks.

Applications to include Cover Letter and CV should be made for the attention of the HR Manager – .

Closing date for applications is Monday 22 August 2022 at 12pm.

Interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 29 August 2022. Applicants will also be invited to complete an administration / IT assessment prior to interview.

At Swim Ireland, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every element in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.  You may be just the right candidate to for this or other roles.  Swim Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

VACANCY: Finance Manager (Mat Leave Cover)

VACANCY: Finance Manager (Mat Leave Cover)

Triathlon Ireland is hiring a Finance Manager (Maternity Leave Cover). The Finance Manager role is a key senior position in the organisation. The role liaises with all areas of the business and works closely with all senior stakeholders across the company including reporting directly to the CEO and the Board. The Finance Manager is part of the Executive Leadership Team and will provide input in the running of Triathlon Ireland. Triathlon Ireland is a great place to work with a team of dedicated and energetic staff. If this sounds like a workplace you’d like to be a part of, we want to hear from you. Full details on the role including responsibilities are available on the Job Description form.




With more than 62,000 affiliated members and 180 affiliated clubs across 32 counties, Tennis Ireland is responsible for the governance, growth, and development of one of the largest participation sports in the country. The future of Irish tennis is bright due to its broad, ageless, and genderless appeal with a renewed focus on grass roots access and performance development pathways. Tennis Ireland also has a well-established and growing Enjoy Tennis programme improving access for individuals with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.Tennis Ireland wishes to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide unified leadership to the organisation to develop and deliver on the vision, mission, strategic direction, and goals of the overall organisation and leading it to ensure the sustainability of the sport, its reputation and achievement of outstanding success.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of positive and principled leadership, evidence of successfully managing multiple stakeholders, a passion for sport and a genuine desire to grow Tennis at all levels and the ability to manage and develop multiple sources of funding.

Your principal accountabilities will be:

·      Establishing the development and delivery of the overall strategic direction of the organisation and sport at all levels.

·      Development of a performance strategy with a long-term focus on international success.

·      Operational management and development of the sport including leadership, direction and development of the organisation and Senior Management Team.

·      Maintenance of governance and regulation control.

·      Optimising both the short and long-term financial performance and viability of the organisation.

·      Representing the organisation with all key stakeholders and always being a good ambassador for the sport both nationally and internationally.

·      Developing, managing, and maintaining the physical infrastructure and organisational assets of Tennis Ireland.

·      Widening the player base to include new players and communities.

You have:

·      Significant experience (breadth and depth) within a similar sports, charity, or business environment.

·      Sound knowledge and understanding of sporting structures

·      A track record of driving innovation and change.

·      An ability to manage and positively influence media relations.

·      A track record of working positively with Boards and operating at a strategic level (with the ability to ‘think strategically’).

·      Experience of building sustainable relationships to further organisational interests.

·      A strong record of delivering results.

·      Strong financial management with experience of managing significant budgets.

For further information, please see the Candidate Brief below.

If you believe you have the drive, passion and experience necessary to take on this role, please submit a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and supporting letter outlining how your experience fits the requirements, by email to:

Mark O’Donnell, Managing Partner, Odgers Berndtson Ireland at referencing Tennis Ireland, Chief Executive.

Candidates for this role will be sourced through both an advertised and an executive search process.

Tennis Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 12th August 2022.

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VACANCY: Female Participation Coach

VACANCY: Female Participation Coach

The IABA Ulster Branch has created this new post through external funding through the Rank Foundation – Start Here Programme. We are currently looking for a dynamic individual to join our team as a Female Participation Coach to deliver high quality non-contact boxing sessions within schools and community settings for women and girls in various locations across NI. Create transition pathways for women and girls, linking schools, community settings and boxing clubs. This pathway
has two goals: to increase the number of women and girls taking part in boxing and increase the number of female members in local boxing clubs. The postholder will work with boxing clubs and boards across Ulster to organise and deliver activities such as ‘try-it’ events for females during the International Women’s Week.

We are seeking a dynamic member of staff to join our team. The person will be highly organised with the ability to multi-task and manage their time in the most efficient way possible. You will also have a high level of verbal and written communication skills.

This post is an initial Fixed Term Contract up to 30th September 2025, with the possibility of extension, subject to continuation of funding.

General Information
Job Title Female Participation Coach Reporting To Participation Officer
Hours 40 hours per week – flexibility required
Contract Type Fixed-Term 30th September 2025 (extension subject to future funding)
Renumeration £20,000/ annum Location House of Sport, Belfast / home working

Job Purpose
The IABA Ulster Branch has created this new post through external funding through the Rank Foundation – Start Here Programme. We are currently looking for a dynamic individual to join our team as a Female Participation Coach to deliver high quality non-contact boxing sessions within schools and community settings for women and girls in various locations across NI. Create transition pathways for women and girls, linking schools, community settings and boxing clubs. This pathway has two goals: to increase the number of women and girls taking part in boxing and increase the number of female members in local boxing clubs. The postholder will work with boxing clubs and boards across Ulster to organise and deliver activities such as ‘tryit’ events for females during the International Women’s Week.

Main Responsibilities
• Engage with a range of local schools to deliver school term non-contact boxing programmes for girls, focusing on P6/7 and YR 8-10.
• Engage with a range of community settings to deliver non-contact boxing taster programmes for women and girls
• Devise progressive coaching plans to teach the basic core skills in boxing in a fun and structured environment.
• Work with partners to deliver school holiday taster sessions in local holidays schemes.
• Lead, motivate and engage with the women and girls in your sessions
• Demonstrate games and skills with enthusiasm and energy, and provide positive feedback to the participants
• Plan the sessions, ensure classes start and finish on time, and engage with parents where required
• Abide by all IABA Policies and Procedures
• Storing Equipment at Home
• Completing session registers, monitoring and evaluation paperwork and providing weekly reports to the Participation Officer
• Liaising with the schools that you contact
• To enhance and increase the public profile of boxing
• To undertake further training as required

Flexibility Clause:
• This is a description of the job as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of this organisation to periodically examine job descriptions, update them and ensure that they relate to the job performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes.
• This procedure will be conducted by the appropriate manager in consultation with the postholder.

Variation Clause:
• In these circumstances it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible the IABA reserves the right to make changes to your job description following consultation.

Requirements – Qualifications
• Minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade C or above (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics
• Full Driving Licence
• Completed Children and Young People Safeguarding Workshop within last 3 years
• Minimum IABA Level 1 Coaching Qualification

• IABA Level 2 Coaching Qualification or above.
• First Aid Qualified
• Coaching 5-12 year Olds
• Sports Leadership Qualification

Requirements – Experience
• A minimum of 2 years demonstrable experience of delivering coaching (either gained in a paid or voluntary capacity) to women and girls
• Organising and setting up own sessions

• Experience of carrying out monitoring and evaluating of programmes

Requirements – Knowledge
• Knowledge of IT including working with spreadsheets, word processing, email and presentation packages

• Knowledge of coaching structures, club structures and competitive opportunities specific to boxing.
• A thorough knowledge of the role of physical activity in the promotion of an active lifestyle and the importance of physical activity for health and wellbeing.
• Understanding of the IABA’s role in the development of boxing.

Requirements – Personal Characteristics
• Ability to organise, plan & deliver structured training sessions
• Have an outgoing and dynamic personality
• An ability to engage with children with energy, enthusiasm, and excitement
• Excellent organisational, verbal communication and listening skills
• Good administrative skills
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Punctual
• Reliable
• Ability to work by yourself unsupervised and part of a team
• Ability to work in the UK
• This role requires an Enhanced AccessNI Check

*Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate the relevant achievement, experience, knowledge and understanding of essential criteria with a * will go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process.

The panel do reserve the right to also enhance the shortlisting criteria and apply any number of the desirable criteria.
All other essential and desirable criteria not used at the shortlisting stage may be assessed at interview.
All offers of employment are subject to receipt of satisfactory Access NI checks.

To apply please send your CV and a Cover Letter to Closing date is 1pm Wednesday 17th August 2022.
The IABA is an Equal Opportunities employer.

VACANCY: Finance Manager (Mat Leave Cover)

High Performance Team Administrator (Part-Time)

Role Details
High Performance Team Administrator (Part-Time)
Salary: 16-18k per annum

Job Description and Primary Job Purpose
The High Performance Administrator is a key role in supporting the High Performance Operations Manager in delivering administrative services to the HP Team and supporting the Performance Director and Triathlon Ireland staff in building a team capable of competing at the highest levels of the sport worldwide.

A key requirement of this role is high-level administration and organisational skills.

Reporting and Working Relationships
Reports directly to the High Performance Operations Manager

Establish close working relationships with:
● HP Operations Manager, HP Coaching Team, and other TI staff.
● The relevant personnel within World Triathlon, Europe Triathlon, Olympic Federation of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and where required Sport Ireland Institute, Sport Institute Northern Ireland, Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland.

Job Responsibilities within High Performance
● Provide administrative support to High Performance Operations Manager and the HP Coaches to ensure smooth operation of each area’s Programme.
● Coordination, logistics and communications related to elite competition and training camps.
● Assistance with talent transfer and talent identification days.
● Manage World Triathlon race entry system for athletes and coaches and maintain results management.
● Support administration of TI Kit for HP athletes, including inventory database for competition kit and leisure apparel.
● Manage HP Insurance claims with the relevant insurance company and HP claimant.
● Support HP Operations Manager with HP Selection processes, Athlete Agreements and Pre-Participation Examination forms (PPE).

This list is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive, as there may be other reasonable duties and requirements associated with the post, which Triathlon Ireland may call upon the post-holder to perform from time to time.

The post is a part-time role based at our offices at Sport Ireland Campus, Dublin 15. Hybrid working will be supported.

Key Skills and Experience Required
Qualification and Experience
● Relevant experience in office administration, preferably in a sports setting.
● Demonstrated experience in developing, monitoring, maintaining and implementing information records, policies and procedures.
● Experience with travel and hospitality bookings and budget management.

Knowledge and Skills
● Demonstrated high level of interpersonal and written skills and excellent organisational skills.
● Experience in Google Enterprise products, web and IT resources.
● Can identify, allocate and monitor resources and expenditure for effective and efficient use.
● Can comply with organisational and legislative requirements.
● Competence in a self-directed work environment.

Personal Attributes
● Ability to balance conflicting demands and tight deadlines.
● Demonstrate commitment, drive and initiative in identifying ideas to achieve program and organisational outcomes.
● Displays personal responsibility

Applications with a CV and cover letter should be made to Candidates who would like more information on the role can contact Petra McFadden at

VACANCY: Director of Competitions

VACANCY: Director of Competitions

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland. Athletics Ireland’s Head Office is based at 19 Northwood Court, Northwood Business Campus, Santry, Dublin 9. Athletics Ireland is a company limited by guarantee with approximately 35 employees. For further information, please see our website at

Summary of Role

The Director of Competitions will have overall responsibility for the competition management of the Association. The Director will report to the Chief Executive Officer. Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of athletics (track & field, cross country, road racing and race walking). In recent years the organisation has moved to a professional structure and continues to progress objectives to become an internationally recognised world class organisation.

The responsibilities of the Director of Competitions will include:

  1. Planning
    • Report regularly to the CEO and the Competition, Juvenile and Technical Committees on progress in implementing the strategic plan.
    • Prepare formal progress reviews as required.
  1. Organisation and Management
    • Be an advocate for change and creativity and the development of a positive culture within the organisation.
    • To develop a competition structure that supports and enhances the execution of Athletics Ireland’s vision.
    • Lead by example and ensure that all members of the team represent at all times the standards required to hold Athletics Ireland in the highest regard by all key stakeholders.
    • Set and review annual performance objectives for all relevant staff.
    • Ensure good staff morale through effective people management practices and behaviour.
    • Have strategic and direct management responsibility for the personal development programmes for support staff.
  1. Competition
    • Provide a world-class approach to identify, develop, and support officials to deliver on our vision.
    • Bring world-class technical education and development to our officials.
    • Recruit, direct and manage a competition and support team with the skills and experience necessary to ensure that competitions are delivered effectively.
    • Build upon an existing competition structure to ensure that it becomes sustainable and progressive and impacts positively on our sport.
    • Ensure the annual competition programme is planned and documented in advance.
    • Ensure that championships logistics support and facilitate optimal athlete performance.
    • Lead the communication strategies with all stakeholders.
    • Monitor and evaluate IT support systems for the administration of competition and membership.
    • To manage and support the administration of event permits.
  1. Budget
    • Prepare an annual budget, in conjunction with Director of Finance and CEO, and secure key stakeholder approval.
    • Ensure that activity stays within its approved budget.
  1. Stakeholder Relationships
    • Ensure that effective relationships are developed and maintained with key stakeholders.
    • Work closely with Sport Ireland to maintain and enhance strong relationships that impact continued commitment to investment.
    • Develop strong effective relationships with Athletics Northern Ireland, EAA, World Athletics, other key stakeholders and event partners, in recognition of the contribution of these bodies make towards the development of competition.
  1. Other Areas of Responsibility
    • Sponsorship management to ensure all relevant sponsors are serviced and supported in conjunction with the Director of Sales & Marketing.
    • To initiate and manage projects as required within the organisation.
    • To support the administration of the Congress/AGM as required.

Note this job description is not meant to be exhaustive in nature and there may be additional items required of the role not specified above.

Remuneration and Location

Salary:                                  Band 5, €60,048 (min) to €82,594 (max).

Position Tenure:                  Six months’ probation, 2 year fixed-term full-time contract.

Position Location:               Athletics Ireland Head Office at 19 Northwood Court, Santry, Dublin 9.

Appointment will be made subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting and suitable reference checks.

Applications including a cover letter and curriculum vitae should be sent by email for the attention of the Athletics Ireland Human Resources Manager to  Closing date for applications is Sunday the 14th of August 2022. Interviews for this role will take place on Tuesday the 16th of August.

Athletics Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.