Job Title:                      Sports Development Coordinator


Department:                 Sport Department


Reporting To:               Senior Director, Sport




The successful candidate will be responsible for expanding the reach of the Special Olympics Programme by establishing a programme of play and sport activity for young children with an Intellectual Disability between 4 to 7 years of age (young athletes).  The programme will seek to introduce young athletes to physical activity and skill development and prepare them for future participation in the sports programme and membership within a Special Olympics Club.

The role will also seek to engage youth (persons between ages 15 – 25 years) with a view to recruiting future potential sports volunteers to support the wider Special Olympics Sports Programme and coaching roles within Special Olympics Clubs.

Through good governance and management in clubs, ensure the sports experience and opportunities are quality offerings and involve sport engagement opportunities within the local community.

Skills & Experience

A relevant sports qualification is essential e.g. physical education, sports science, sport/leisure management. A minimum of one year’s experience in a multi-faceted sports 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 support the development of a sports strategy to introduce and develop a play and sport activity programme for young children with an Intellectual Disability between 4 to 7 years of age.
  • Play an active role in researching, reviewing and developing appropriate sports training materials for use in the play and sport activity programme.
  • Recruit and train a network of tutors to support a sustainable development of a play and sport activity programme for this age group.
  • Develop and support a registration process to capture and track this 4 to 7 year old target group (this information should be easily transferable into the organisation’s already established registration system).
  • Identify pathways and processes for the introduction and integration of 4 – 7 year olds into Special Olympics clubs.
  • Establish realistic targets for long-term growth in the number of young athletes and trained coaches.
  • Seek to engage youth volunteers within the Special Olympics Programme through educational and/or sport initiatives.


  • Educate Special Olympics clubs on the value of inclusive sports opportunities in their club and monitor the on-going development of these opportunities for athletes and the wider population.
  • Work with clubs to incorporate young athletes, youth volunteers and inclusive sports activities into their club programme.
  • Strengthen and improve leadership opportunities for athletes enabling them to advocate for the Special Olympics programme.
  • Drive and promote good governance and management in clubs.
  • Identify ways to support and monitor the implementation of best practice management and coaching in clubs.


  • Liaise and work with relevant staff and volunteers in the implementation and roll out of these programmes and initiatives.


  • 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


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