Athletics Ireland seeks a Director of Competitions

Athletics Ireland seeks a Director of Competitions

Athletics Ireland seeks a Director of Competitions

Summary of Role

The Director of Competitions will have overall responsibility for the competition management of the Association. The Director will report to the Chief Executive Officer. Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of athletics (track & field, cross country, road racing and race walking). In the last 10 years the organisation has moved to a professional structure and continues to progress objectives to become an internationally recognised world class organisation.

The responsibilities of the Director will include:

  1. Planning
    • Report regularly to the CEO and the Competition, Juvenile and Technical Committees on progress in implementing the strategic plan.
    • Prepare formal progress reviews as required.


  1. Organisation and Management
    • Be an advocate for change and creativity and the development of a positive culture within the organisation.
    • To develop a competition structure that supports and enhances the execution of Athletics Ireland’s vision.
    • Lead by example and ensure that all members of the team represent at all times the standards required to hold Athletics Ireland in the highest regard by all key stakeholders.
    • Set and review annual performance objectives for all relevant staff.
    • Ensure good staff morale through effective people management practices and behaviour.
    • Have strategic and direct management responsibility for the personal development programmes for relevant support staff.


  1. Competition
    • Provide a world-class approach to identify, develop, and support officials to deliver on our vision.
    • Bring world-class technical education and development to our officials.
    • Recruit, direct and manage a competition and support team with the skills and experience necessary to ensure that competitions are delivered effectively.
    • Build upon an existing competition structure to ensure that it becomes sustainable and progressive and impacts positively on the sport.
    • Ensure the annual competition programme is planned and documented in advance.
    • Ensure that championships logistics support and facilitate optimal athlete performance.
    • Lead the communication strategies with all stakeholders.
    • Monitor and evaluate IT support systems for the administration of competition and membership.
    • To manage and support the administration of permits.


  1. Budget
    • Prepare an annual budget, in conjunction with Director of Finance and CEO, and secure key stakeholder approval.
    • Ensure that activity stays within its approved budget.


  1. Stakeholder Relationships
    • Ensure that effective relationships are developed and maintained with key stakeholders.
    • Work closely with Sport Ireland to maintain and enhance strong relationships that impact continued commitment to investment.
    • Develop strong effective relationships with Athletics Northern Ireland, EAA, IAAF, other key stakeholders and event partners, in recognition of the contribution of these bodies make towards the development of competition.


  1. Schools
    • To manage and support the Schools Administrator in achieving the delivery of key strategic outcomes.
    • To manage and support The Daily Mile Ambassador and associated programme staff to achieve the programme goals.


  1. Other Areas of Responsibility
    • Sponsorship management to ensure all relevant sponsors are serviced and supported in conjunction with the Director of Sales & Marketing.
    • To initiate and manage projects as required within the organisation.
    • To support the administration of the Congress/AGM as required.


Note this job description is not meant to be exhaustive in nature and there may be additional items required of the role not specified above.

How to apply for this post.

Selection shall be by means of a competition based on an interview conducted by Athletics Ireland. Applications must be sent by email with the subject line of: [ATTN: Director of Competitions].

When applying by email, please provide a letter of introduction detailing your skills and experience relevant to the role and your Curriculum Vitae outlining your skills and work experience not later than 5pm on Friday the 19th of October 2018 to the Athletics Ireland Human Resources Manager to




Euro Excitement On Campus

Euro Excitement On Campus

There was a great sense of shared purpose and excitement at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus this morning as six of our sporting bodies came together to announce their plans and hopes for the European Championships taking place in Glasgow and Berlin between August 2nd and 12th.

The Championships are being promoted as one multi-sport event with shared facilities and services across the seven sports who have come together in hosting.

In fact, they will be seven individual Championships but the very fact of coming together and working with the European Broadcasting Union to deliver widespread coverage gives them a sense of scale and importance that might otherwise have been difficult to secure seven times over.

Ireland will be sending a team of as many as 100 athletes across six of the seven sports and we will report on the plans and the performances as they come together in the next two weeks.

Swim Ireland 

Jon Rudd outlined that there would be twelve swimmers and three divers heading to Scotland.  In terms of targets Swim Ireland is aiming at 50 per cent achieving lifetime bests in the competition and 65 per cent to hit a season-best as well.

Qualification was undertaken in competition format for the first time earlier this year and gearing up to peak at the most important time is an important part of the high-performance structures which Rudd has been putting in place.

Athletics Ireland

Thomas Barr and Phil Healy were both present having put in strong performances at last night’s Cork City Sports and both will be hoping to do so again in Berlin.  There could be as many as 30 Irish athletes travelling over with the Morton Games this Thursday and the Irish Life National Championships the following weekend serving as top class preparation for these Championships.

The successful 4 x 100-metre relay team who won silver at the World U20 Championships will compete at the London Diamond League this weekend in a bid to qualify as well as add to their growing experience.

Double Gold winning European U18 Champion Sarah Healy will race at the Morton Games but will hold back from stepping up to this level of senior competition in Berlin.

Cycling Ireland

With three disciplines of track, road and mountain biking coming together Cycling Ireland will be sending a strong team.  Kelly Murphy, who has just declared for Ireland will compete in the green vest for the first time, while double Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin is on a provisional list for the road race.

Triathlon Ireland

Sixty-five per cent of the start line at the Rio and London Olympics triathlon events came from Europe so competition will be strong.

The elite teams competing in the Men’s and Women’s events will also be supplemented by a first entry in the Relay event on Sunday while an additional 69 athletes will travel over in green to compete in the Age Grade Championships that are a unique part of triathlon just below the highest level of competition.

Gymnastics Ireland

Another strong team with World Cup winner Rhy McLenaghan, Adam Steele and Andrew Smith competing in the Men’s events and Meghan Smith taking part in her first major international tournament.

All four are among a core group of athletes based now at the National Indoor Arena where the sport is building a real momentum.

A Junior Women’s squad will also travel to Glasgow.  All have competed together as part of an Olympic Start programme since they were seven years old and this will be another valuable step along the way.

Rowing Ireland

Gary and Paul O’Donovan have committed already to compete, fresh from their World Cup lightweight triumph in Switzerland at the weekend.