BACKGROUND
Cricket Ireland is the governing body for the game at both performance and participation levels throughout All-Ireland, representing the interests of both the men’s and women’s game. The future of Irish Cricket is incredibly bright given the growth of the sport driven by significant success on the international stage in the last decade, development of a first-class domestic structure and a national academy supported by long-term commercial funding. These attributes have put Ireland firmly on the radar of ICC which is currently considering a major revamp of international cricket structures which could see Ireland playing all three formats of the game at the highest level for the foreseeable future (subject to approval).
The senior men’s team success over the last decade has resulted in the rapid growth of the organisation and significant increase in turnover through partnerships with blue-chip multi-national companies, with Sports Councils on both sides of the Irish border and with the ICC. The women’s team have qualified for the last two World Twenty20 events, the Under 19 team has played in four of the last five ICC U19 World Cups, and we have launched a 5-year strategic plan aimed at developing Ireland into a major cricket nation. Funding and future resources are hoped to increase with an application for ICC Full Membership to be considered over the coming months. In order for Ireland to continue its success over the last decade, a highly skilled, committed and conscientious administration is required.
Cricket Ireland is seeking to recruit an experienced, high performing, self-motivated, well organised and highly efficient International Teams Administration Manager, to ensure the efficient running of all Ireland International Teams. The position is a permanent full-time role; reports into the Performance Director and is headquartered in North Dublin, although the role demands a national brief across both sides of the border.
Working closely with the Men’s Head Coach, Women’s Head Coach and Performance Director, the International Teams Administration Manager will have overall responsibility for the operations, logistics and general administration relating to the co-ordination, preparation and movement of all Ireland Teams (Senior Men and Wolves, Senior Women and A team, boys and girls Under 19, 17, 15 and 13).
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in an EU country or have the required working visa.

 
MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS
The International Teams Administration Manager (ITAM) comes under the direct line management of the Performance Director and is accountable to him for the performance of their tasks. In turn, they have line management responsibility for the full-time Cricket Administration Assistant, and part-time cricket operations managers for the men’s, women’s and under 19 teams. In fulfilling their primary purpose, they must work closely with Ireland Senior Men’s, Women’s and Youth Teams’ support staff (including management personnel, the Chair of National Selectors and other Ireland selectors, assistant coaches, specialist coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists and media manager) as well as all Ireland Teams’ players as appropriate. They must also liaise with personnel from all indoor and outdoor high performance facilities, including the CI high performance centre.
Of special importance is their relationship with the Ireland Men’s and Women’s Team Operations Managers whose administrative function is specifically targeted at the day-to-day support of the Ireland senior teams during competition. The ITAM deals directly with the ICC, overseas Boards and all CI departments on Ireland Team administrative matters. They also serve as the main point of contact for all senior men’s and women’s incoming touring teams as regards their tour arrangements.

PRIMARY PURPOSE
To play a key role in the initiation and monitoring of the International Teams’ budgets including those for the incoming senior men’s and women’s touring teams. Within these allocated budgets, provide the necessary administrative support to Ireland players, team management staff, and all other personnel working within the International Teams areas, ensuring the administrative readiness of the Ireland Teams for international competition at home and abroad and associated team preparation periods. Co-ordinate the production of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for incoming senior touring teams and ensure that all necessary hosting arrangements are in place for these teams.

 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
This role requires a considerable amount of flexibility and out of hours working. The job description is only a summary of the role as it currently exists and is not exhaustive or comprehensive. The responsibilities and accountabilities might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.

 
International Teams Administration
Manage the full range of administrative support to International Teams – this includes, but not exclusively:
o International Teams budget setting and monitoring.
o Negotiate the best deals for CI with suppliers, airlines, hotels etc.
o Advanced booking of flights, accommodation and other facilities, and local transport.
o The administrative handling of compassionate cases, and other unexpected circumstances arising within the Ireland teams.
o Monitoring individual and team claims for travel, accommodation and subsistence when required.
o Co-ordinate the production of MOUs for incoming senior tours, liaising with incoming Boards and incoming tour management on a regular basis on tour administrative matters.
o Take lead in the appointment of accommodation and transport agents and manage these relationships for incoming tour and home programmes.
o Take lead in the appointment of and manage senior team liaison officers at home.
o Provide contact information and best practice advice to team administrators making arrangements for other Ireland Tours e.g. travel, accommodation and clothing requirements for Ireland Women, Ireland Wolves and Youth International Teams, both male and female.
o Booking of all home indoor and outdoor training facilities, including the CI high performance centre and overseas facility in La Manga Spain, and build good relations with facility partners (Provincial Unions, Ulster Uni, North County CC, Bready CC, Malahide CC, YMCA CC and other clubs).
Liaise with ICC, overseas Boards and other international cricketing bodies on all matters relating to the support of Ireland Teams for bilateral tours abroad.
Liaise with other CI Departments and Event staff, where their roles impact on the support needs of the Ireland teams and incoming touring teams, for example:
o The production of MOUs for the touring teams.
o With the Commercial Department on matters relating to team sponsors, team events and other Ireland Team matters, and players’ availability and booking them for such activities.
o With the Media and Communications Department on team media requirements and on digital personnel arrangements when accompanying Ireland Team on tours.
Once tour itineraries have been agreed with overseas Boards, develop in conjunction with team
management personnel and the host Board the detailed administrative plans needed to support the tour.
Liaise with airport security on team’s arrival.
Responsibility for liaison and communication with the Event Manager and Cricket Operations Manager to
ensure preparations/logistics for squads are in place for all home internationals matches (e.g. catering;
towels; water/energy drinks; practice balls; partner’s hospitality (men’s senior squad only) in liaison with
Marketing/Events; transportation etc.
Hold pre-match /series hand over meetings with team managers.
Oversee all Ireland team hospitality as well as complimentary and purchase ticket arrangements for
international matches at home and abroad in consultation with overseas Boards. Oversee all incoming
senior men’s team’s hospitality and ticketing requirements.
Assist the Performance Director in the analysis of all Ireland Team post-tour reports as well as feedback
from incoming visiting teams and liaison officers and in following up on lessons learned and
recommendations for change.

 
Liaise routinely as follows:
o With the Performance Director on the progress of tasks, particularly on those for which additional
support may be required.
o With the Ireland Men’s and Women’s Team Operations Managers on team administrative matters.
o With the Cricket Administration Assistant to ensure that detailed support plans are being fulfilled.
o Ireland players and management to ensure a high level of personal support.
Secretary to the Men’s and Women’s Senior Selection Committees.
Responsible for notification of selection to all squads, except as otherwise agreed with the Chair of
Selectors and respective Head Coach.

 

Players and Support Staff:
Point of contact between men’s and women’s senior squad and CI Management.
Aid the Performance Director in the production of player contracts.
Contribute as appropriate to the production of Player Handbooks/Conditions of Employment for all Ireland
senior teams.
Coordinate signed and framed shirts, milestone caps and gift, and on receipt of team photos from team
managers, order mounted photos for the touring party and organise signing.
Responsible for ensuring all players and team support staff are aware of arrangements for matches and
tours e.g. travel, timings, locations, accommodation, clothing etc.
Responsibility for the liaison and communication with Ireland teams’ management regarding international
squads’ playing, training and preparation.
Procurement of, and assistance with visas for players and support staff.
Responsible for the overall management and administration of the Athlete Management System (AMS),
and input match, series or tour information as appropriate.
Responsible for the management and implementation of regulations relating to player eligibility for Inter-
Provincial players and international players who must adhere to ICC Player Eligibility criteria; and the
management of registration of players.
Primary responsibility for liaison with CI’s official clothing suppliers regarding squad training and playing clothing (including helmets and caps) and signing of CAD’s, formal wear and footwear and ensuring the fulfilment of the contract. Ensure that maximum value is derived from the contract, and that the teams are properly attired to represent Ireland. Distribute all kit accordingly.
Liaise with ICC on kit designs and approvals for ICC events
Liaise with DCU on annual gym contract, manage the distribution of bands to squads.
Order all match and training cricket balls for all International teams.
Management:
Line manage the Team Operations Managers for men’s, women’s and Under 19 teams (all part-time), and the Cricket Administration Officer (f/t), including delegation of tasks related to international teams, and hold annual appraisals. When teams are travelling the Team Operations Managers will report to the Head Coaches.
Attendance as required, from time to time, at meetings of CI sub-committees eg. High Performance Working Group, Youth and Participation Working Group, and men’s and women’s team management meetings.

 
Finance:
Responsibility for setting and maintaining budgets for all Ireland Teams in conjunction with the Performance Director.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the women’s, men’s and high performance budget areas, including the fulfilment of purchase orders, processing and approving invoices/expense claims.
Oversee players and staff per diems ahead of international series in consultation with the Performance Director and the Finance Department.
Administration of player salaries, match fees, loss of earnings, bonuses and expenses in consultation with the Performance Director and the Finance Department.

 
Additional areas:
Other cricket operational activity deemed appropriate or reasonably within the remit of the role, and any other duty within the purview of the role as decided by the Performance Director.
Other duties as required to ensure the professional management of CI’s international team operations.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION – EXPERIENCE and SKILLS REQUIRED
Educational and Professional Qualifications
Essential
 A Degree (or equivalent qualification).
 Experience in administration, logistics and project management.
Desirable
 A degree and/or masters in Sports Administration or similar.
Previous Experience/ Training
Essential
 Experience (min 3 years) of working in international team’s administration for a sports body.
 3 years’ full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) in line-managing staff/coaches, and a record of successfully setting and managing budgets.
Desirable
 Significant experience (min 5 years) of working in international team’s administration for a sports body.
 5 years’ full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) in line-managing staff/coaches, and a record of successfully setting and managing budgets.

 
Job Related Requirements
Essential
 Willingness to undertake extensive travel around all-Ireland, and overseas, and to work unsocial hours including late nights and weekends.
 A full clean current driving licence.
 An up to date Garda/Police or CRB check
 An understanding of project management and associated administrative skills.

 

Inter-Personal Skills
Essential
 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
 Excellent IT skills including the use of performance analysis systems, excel and databases.
 Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills.
 Demonstrable leadership and decision-making skills.
 Ability to demonstrate integrity and appropriate working relationships with high performance athletes, parents, coaches, support staff and administrators.
 Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the game
 Ability to manage high pressure situations
 Good negotiating skills
 Rigorous attention to detail
 Team player, with collaborative approach to the achievement of the department’s objectives
 Knowledge of cricket is desirable
The selection panel reserves the right to consider Desirable Criteria during the short-listing process should candidates remain on an equal footing using simply Essential Criteria

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
CEO
Performance Director
National Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches
Cricket Administration Assistant
Cricket Operations Manager
Event Manager
National Academy and Performance Manager
Ireland National Youth Team Lead Coaches and Managers
Men’s and Women’s support staff: Assistant Coaches; Performance Analyst; Strength and Conditioning
Coach; Physiotherapist; Specialist coaches
Chairman of Selectors and national selectors
Inter-Provincial Head Coaches
High Performance Working Group; Youth and Participation Working Group; National Selection
Committees

 
REMUNERATION
The package will include a competitive salary range commensurate with qualifications, skills and
experience, and include healthcare, mobile phone and laptop for business use. Complimentary gym
and swimming pool membership will also be available subject to current DCU arrangements.
PROCESS
The closing date for applications will be Wednesday 15th May, 9am local time.
A detailed letter of application and full CV should be sent by email to recruitment@cricketireland.ie
with the subject ‘International Teams Administration Manager’ and will be confidential.
Interviews will be held on Monday 22nd May.