Job Title:                      Health and Well Being Coordinator


Department:                 Sports


Reporting To:                Senior Director, Sport




The role entails responsibility for driving and delivering Health and Well Being initiatives within Special Olympic clubs and initiatives to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst Special Olympics athletes.

The expansion of the Special Olympics Healthy Communities* programme is a component of the position.


Skills & Experience

A relevant 3rd level qualification is essential e.g. sports science, public health and health promotion, health education. A minimum of one year’s experience in a multi-faceted health role is desirable.


A current full clean driving licence and own car or access to a car so that the requirements of the post may be carried out in full.   The role may involve evening and weekend work.

Good interpersonal and strong communication skills required.

Strong planning skills to achieve long term objectives is required.

A thorough knowledge of all aspects of Microsoft Office is essential.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Drive and develop the strategic objectives in the area of health and well-being to meet the needs of the prevailing Special Olympics Ireland Strategic Plan.
  • Develop and manage a structured and comprehensive Health and Well Being programme plan for roll out to athletes and clubs on a phased basis.
  • Support clubs who have established a health programme with initiatives to remain engaged.
  • Strengthen and develop the health skills of athletes, club volunteers and other members as relevant, empowering them to make healthy choices that will enhance their involvement and participation in the Special Olympics programme.
  • Seek opportunities to educate Special Olympics coaches and clubs to ensure health and well-being is established as an integrated part of the sports training programme.
  • Record and track communications, interaction and personnel contacts in relevant health agencies and programmes to support the ongoing development of a healthy lifestyle for athletes.
  • Seek opportunities to offer the Healthy Athlete programme at Special Olympics events and analyse the data for future initiatives.
  • Identify and support opportunities for athlete’s self-development and to advocate for the wider Special Olympics programme.
  • Provide support with the recruitment and training of volunteers to play an active role in the Health and Well Being programme.
  • Liaise and work with relevant regional staff and volunteers in the implementation and roll out of the programme.
  • Develop relationships with external stakeholders, including National Governing Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships, health departments, agencies and Special Olympics International to assist in development of the programme.
  • Keep up-to-date on health developments and identify opportunities and links to stay relevant.
  • Participate in cross-functional training as required from time to time




  • Develop and adhere to project plans and budgets and undertake any other assignments as may reasonably be requested by the Director


*The Special Olympics Healthy Communities initiative takes the principles of the Healthy Athletes program and expands them from a series of single events to a steady presence in the lives of our athletes and their families


This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.  It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing environment within Special Olympics Ireland.



How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for this position please send curriculum vitae to or for the attention of Claire Maynard, Human Resource Mgr., Special Olympics Ireland, 4th Floor Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7


Closing Date for this vacancy 13th July 2015