This is a temporary position on a 1 year fixed term contract subject to continuation of annual funding from Sport Ireland. Closing date for applications 17th May at 4.00 pm.

  1. Character

Candidates shall be of good character.

  1. Health

Candidates must be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

  1. Overview

Sport Ireland launched the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships throughout the country in 2008. Now with full national coverage, the Local Sports Partnership structure aims to promote participation in sport and physical activity at a local level. Located within many of these Local Sports Partnerships is a local Sports Inclusion Disability Officer whose main aim is to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

  1. Job Purpose

The Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) will work in a coordinating capacity with all relevant stakeholders to increase and sustain participation opportunities for people with disabilities. The SIDO will be responsible to the Partnership Coordinator of Kildare Local Sports Partnerships in delivering this role.

  1. Education, Training, Experience, etc.

Candidates shall on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms for the office:

Have a third level qualification in sports development, leisure management, adapted physical activity, community development, health promotion or other relevant discipline


  • Previous experience working in partnership on a disability/older adults sports project
  • Experience in programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • A proficiency in IT and communication technology systems
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), administration, organisational and presentation skills
  • Awareness and understanding of different models of disability
  • Awareness of current issues for people with a disability/ older adults and the importance and value of their participation in sport / physical activity
  • An ability to produce and disseminate information efficiently and accurately
  • Ability and commitment to work unsociable hours
  • Experience in managing budgets and preparing financial reports
  • Full clean driving licence and access to own transport for travel incurred at work
  • Experience in the disability/older adults sector or in sports development/ community development is desirable
  1. Salary

€41,625 per annum – €46,923 per annum (maximum)

€48,457 per annum (after 3 years satisfactory service at maximum)

€49,990 per annum (after 6 years satisfactory service at maximum)

 Entry point to this scale will be determined in accordance with Circulars issued by the Department of the Housing, Planning, and Local Government.

In accordance with Departmental Circular letter EL 02/2011, a person who is not a serving local authority employee on or after 1st January 2011, will enter the scale for the position at the minimum point.

In accordance with circular EL05/2016 existing Public Servants in analogous grades and pay scales when moving without a break from one part of the public service to another may retain current point on scale.

The salary shall be fully inclusive and shall be as determined from time to time.  Holders of the office shall pay to the local authority any fees or other monies (other than their inclusive salary) payable to or received by them by virtue of their office or in respect of services which they are required by or under any enactment to perform.

  1. Specific Area of Responsibility

Specific tasks of the SIDO will be determined locally having regard to the overall job purpose (as set out above) and with reference to any particular issues, challenges and priorities identified in the sports strategy for the area. The following represents an indicative list from which the SIDO tasks may be drawn depending on the above information. 

Communication/Awareness/Building Relationships

  • Establish a local sports disability network
  • Foster co-operation, collaboration and liaise with local service providers, sports organisations, voluntary organisations and other key stakeholders in the disability sector such as the Health Service Executive
  • Promote the participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity
  • Liaise with the local allied health professionals in both the Health Service Executive and in the voluntary agencies to promote physical activity/participation in sport for people with disabilities
  • Liaise with local special education needs officers (SENO) regarding provision for PE/physical activity at school
  • Promote awareness of issues around disability and the importance of physical activity for people with disabilities through media and other communications channels
  • Maintain and update section on organisation website re programmes, events and other issues in sport

Research & Policy

  • Assessing via a county audit, the levels of participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity, taking account of socio-economic, gender, demographic and other factors
  • Assessing levels of programme and service provision by relevant agencies targeted at encouraging increased quality of and participation opportunities for people with disabilities in sport and physical activity
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on Kildare Local Sports Partnership Strategic Plan re inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.
  • Assessing levels of accessibility of sport and physical activity facilities for people with a disability
  • Identify level of uptake of sporting opportunities created, additional members to clubs, membership of clubs created, etc.

Training & Development

  • Facilitating and promoting the implementation of the national standardised training and education framework in collaboration with the CARA National APA
  • Liaising with the CARA Centre and national standards to provide recommendations for improving accessibility of sports facilities and access to services to encourage greater participation for people with a disability in sport and physical activity
  • Coordinating events, taster sessions, etc. including any follow-up links with local clubs, groups and schools
  • Assisting with the set-up of new clubs or activities for people with disabilities
  • Through communication with the CARA Centre and the national inclusion training framework, organising and in some cases delivering training for coaches, teachers, sports tutors, etc to promote a greater understanding of disability issues in sport
  • Promote and support people with a disability to become coaches, instructors etc.

Developing Links

  • Link with major disability service providers and disability sports organisations about current needs and possible programmes and facilitating increased participation and support
  • Link with volunteer networks to assist people with a disability to be active
  • Link with the national network of Sports Inclusion Disability Officers in sharing information and support
  • Link with the CARA National APA Centre whose role is to facilitate and support the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme at national level
  1. Working Hours (37 Hour Week)

The hours of work are 9.00 a.m. to 5.24 p.m. Mondays to Fridays (rotas operate for lunchtime opening).  Kildare County Council also has a flexi time system in operation, details of which are available from the Human Resources Section.

The Council reserves the right to alter your hours of work from time to time.

You may be required to work overtime on various occasions.  The chosen candidate must be flexible, and willing to work evening and weekends. Time in lieu arrangements will be provided.

All hours of work will be subject to and recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 and the Organisation of Working Time Act (Regulations) 2001.

  1. Location

Staff will be based at Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co Kildare on specified days which will be confirmed on appointment.

Kildare County Council reserves the right to assign you to any premises in use by the Council, now or in future.

  1. Annual Leave

Granting of annual leave, payment for annual leave and arrangements for public holidays will be governed by the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the nationally agreed annual leave scheme for the sector.  The annual leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.  The current leave entitlement for this post is 30 days.

  1. Recruitment

The appointment will be made on the result of an interview conducted by, or on behalf of, the local authority.

Candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of relevance and extent of their previous experience, as outlined on their application, and these applicants only will be called for interview.

A panel may be formed as a result of these interviews from which further contract SIDO positions arising may be filled.  Candidates whose names are on a panel and who satisfy the local authority that they possess the qualifications declared for the office and that they are otherwise suitable for appointment may be appointed as appropriate vacancies arise.

Deadline for applications is 17th May 2018, 4.00 pm, candidates may apply by filling out the job application which can be found by clicking here Application form

  1. Medical

 For the purpose of satisfying the requirements as to health, it will be necessary for successful candidates, before they are appointed, to undergo a medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner to be nominated by the local authority.  The authority reserves the right to request further medicals during the period of employment.

  1. Garda Vetting

A person who is being considered for appointment will be required to complete a Garda Vetting Application, the results of which will be considered before an offer of employment is made.

  1. Probation

 For contract posts

Where persons who are not already permanent employees of a local authority are appointed, the following provisions shall apply:

there shall be a period after such appointments take effect during which such persons shall hold office on probation;

such persons shall cease to hold office at the end of the period of probation unless during such period the Chief Executive has certified that the service of such persons is satisfactory.

  1. Duties

The duties will be such as may be assigned to the officer from time to  time  by  the  local  authority and  will  include  the  duty  of deputising for other officers of the local authority,  when required, and such duties as may be assigned to him in relation to the area of any other local authority.

  1. Residence

Holders of the office shall reside in the district in which their duties are to be performed or within a reasonable distance thereof.

  1. Superannuation and Retirement

If you are pensionable under the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Scheme 1998 and are liable to pay Class A PRSI contributions, you would be required in respect of superannuation to make contributions at the rate of 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration plus 1.5% of full pensionable remuneration You are required in respect of spouses’ and children’s pension benefit to contribute at the rate of 1.5% of full pensionable remuneration in accordance with the terms of schemes made under the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Scheme 1998.  Maximum retirement age is 65.

If the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 applies to your employment, 65 is the minimum age at which your pension may be paid.  As a new entrant to the public service, under the terms of this legislation you will not be required to retire on grounds of age.

Persons who become pensionable officers of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class D rate of PRSI contribution will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 5% of their pensionable remuneration.  You may also be required to pay Spouses and Children/ Widows and Orphans contributions at the rate of 1.5% of gross pay.  Maximum retirement age is 65.

New entrants will be admitted to the Single Public Service Pension Scheme with effect from the date of appointment.  The scheme is contributory and provides pension, retirement gratuity, death gratuity and survivors benefits.

If you are pensionable under the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and other provisions) Act 2012, you are required to pay contributions as follows: 3% of gross remuneration and 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration.  The minimum age at which you may retire is allied with the State Contributory Pension age (currently 66, rising to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028).  The maximum retirement age is 70.

To qualify for a pension the successful candidate must have served a minimum of two years employment in a local authority.

You are reminded that under this agreement the Council may refer you to a medical advisor at any time to determine fitness for carrying out the duties to which you have been assigned.

Further information is available from the Human Resources Department.

  1. Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement (ISER)

It is a condition of the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER) as set out in Department of Finance Circular 12/09 that retirees, under that Scheme, are debarred from applying for another position in the same employment or the same sector. Therefore, such retirees may not apply for this position.

  1. Period of Acceptance

The local authority shall require persons to whom an appointment is offered to take up such appointment within a period of not more than one month and if they fail to take up the appointment within such period or such longer period as the local authority in its absolute discretion may determine, the local authority shall not appoint them.

The County Council will not be responsible for any expenses a candidate may incur in attending for interview.

  1. Mobile Phone

The person employed will be required to carry/ use a County Council mobile phone during working hours and while on call.

  1. Travelling

 The applicant must, at the latest date for receipt of applications, hold a full driving licence. The successful candidate will be required to have the use of a car at all times for the purpose of their work. The Council must be indemnified on their insurance. Appropriate travel allowance will be paid in respect of approved travel in the course of the duties of the post.