Diving Ireland is the governing body responsible for all underwater sport in Ireland.  We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and ambitious individual to manage and spearhead its development programme. Diving Ireland is seeking to employ, for a period of 1 year, a National Programmes Development Officer to provide operational and administrative support for the delivery of Diving Irelands participation plans.

Job Description

Job Title: Diving Ireland Programmes Development Officer

Reports to: General Manager

Contract Type: This post will be funded initially for 1 year with the possibility of extension subject to performance (Probationary period 4 months).

Hours of Work: Full Time

Salary: 22 – 28k Pro Rata depending on experience

Background

Diving Ireland is the governing body responsible for all underwater sport in Ireland.  We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and ambitious individual to manage and spearhead its development programme. Diving Ireland is seeking to employ, for a period of 1 year, a National Programmes Development Officer to provide operational and administrative support for the delivery of Diving Irelands participation plans. Subject to further funding the role may be reviewed and renewed on an annual basis.

Key Objectives

The Programmes Development Officer will be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating a development plan for Diving Ireland participation programmes and courses. These programmes will centre around increase in participation, membership and revenue.  The Programmes Officer will facilitate and coordinate opportunities through liaison with commercial providers and  clubs,  assisting in the planning and running of promotional events, across all ages and abilities.

The Programmes Officer will be responsible for the development and expansion of diving Irelands introductory and participation courses. The primary focus will be on capitalising on the potential of the ‘Snorkel Splash’ for introduction to schools as part of the PE curriculum

Additionally there will be the wider engagement of clubs and establishing strong working relationships with regional representatives, local authorities and other partners to support the implementation of the development plan.

Programmes Development Officer Responsibilities

  1. Promotion and Development of Diving Irelands Snorkelling Programs
  • Contact with and promotion of Diving Ireland Snorkelling programmes within youth group and schools
  • Promote snorkelling as a means to get fit and targeted towards increase in sports participation in children thus reducing obesity rates.
  • Setting up of commercial model for delivery of these programmes on an ongoing basis.
  • Training and Development of pool lifeguards and youth group leaders to snorkel guide.
  • Expand and develop esnorkel Programmes section of Dive Ireland Website
  • Ongoing promotion of snorkelling through social media & printed media
  • Plan, promote and liaise with event organisers to run a number of promotional events  to promote and increase awareness of the various programmes
  • Communicate, encourage and train clubs to accept youth members and setting up of youth specific snorkelling clubs, including training in child protection courses.

Metrics:

  1. 100 children participating in snorkel splash course through 2 OEC centers in Dublin and one in Cork
  2. 4 further OEC centers trained to deliver the snorkel splash programme
  3. 3 promotional snorkelling events
  4. Increase in number of clubs accepting youth membership
  5. Increase of 10% in snorkelling membership
  6. Strengthening in relationship with Irish Water Safety
  1. Promotion and Development of Diving Ireland Diving Programmes
  • Contact with and promotion of Diving Ireland Diving programmes within community groups and colleges
  • Setting up of commercial model for delivery of these programmes on an ongoing basis.
  • Identification, recruitment, training and development of potential leaders within clubs
  • Liaise with event organisers and existing clubs with the running of events like Try A Dive to promote and increase awareness of the various programmes.
  • Ongoing promotion of snorkelling through social media & printed media

Metrics:

  1. Increase of 10% in participation of introductory diving courses
  2. Increase of 10% in diving membership
  1. Increase Participation & Revenue
  • Increase Diving Ireland participation rates across all introductory Programmes to an agreed set of targets
  • Research and submission of applicable grants to fund participation programmes & post

Metrics:

  1. Increase of 10% in participation and membership
  2. Increase of 20% in funding
  3. General Duties
  • Act as an ambassador for Diving Ireland and represent the organisation on appropriate occasions
  • Develop relationships with other partners including local authorities, schools and other interest groups that increase the development of underwater sports
  • Answer incoming queries from clubs, schools, local authorities and other interest groups in relation to Diving Ireland Introductory Programmes
  • Assist in managing all budgetary aspects of the role
  • Produce reports, deal with correspondence and attend relevant meetings.

Person specification

 

  ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
Qualification & Attainments Hold a recognised sports & recreation qualification

 

Have some experience of water related sports

Experience of managing and increasing participation in a range of sporting environments including schools, clubs and community settings.
Relevant Experience Demonstrable experience of working for at least one year full-time or part-time in a Sports Environment.

 

Experience of working with Volunteers.

 

An understanding of legislation relevant to sports organizations to include child protection, health and safety, data protection, equity etc.

 

Experience and knowledge of sports development, including club development

 

Experience of Coaching young people

 

Demonstrable experience of applying and selling innovative and challenging ideas in a work or sporting environment.

 

Competence in budgeting and financial management.

Special Aptitudes Competent in the use of information technology.

 

Excellent literary and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports.

 

Full clean driving license.

 

Good organisational skills.

 

Experience of making presentations to a target audience.

Competent in use of Microsoft XP orabove; and in particular Word, Excel, and Power Point,email and website.

 

Experience of working under pressure and to strict deadlines.

 

First Aid Certificate.

General Aptitudes Highly proactive, with the ability to work with minimal direction.
Disposition Good Interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.

 

Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner.

Circumstances Ability to work out of normal office hours.

 

Be prepared to undertake training in any relevant job related area.

 

Access to a form of transport that will permit the post holder to meet the requirements of the post in full.

General information

Application closing date:

 

Interview and start date

Interviews will be held in Dublin in June.  Short listing will apply.  The post will operate from Diving Ireland’s office at 78A Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin though flexible work locations are negotiable. The post is offered as a fixed-term 1 year contract.

Interested persons are invited to submit their CV along with a covering letter outlining why they believe they are suitable for the post to Louise Gilligan, General Manager at louise@diving.ie