Athletics Ireland, the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland is seeking a Communications & Media Officer to join and work with a dynamic team.

This role will support the delivery of communications and media related strategies for Athletics Ireland including communications with the athletics community, building our digital profile, and putting in place initiatives to connect with   the outside running community.

The ideal candidate will have a relevant third level qualification and a marketing communications background, with knowledge of athletics and sport in Ireland.

Contract Type: Two years fixed term contract.

Location: Athletics Ireland head office, 19 Northwood Court, Santry, Dublin 9. Due to some travel involved, a current full driving licence and own car is essential.

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Closing date: Applications must be received by email no later than 5pm on Friday the 3rd of September 2021 with [Marketing] in the email subject line.

This position will require some flexibility around working hours with regards evenings and weekends. The standard working week is 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday with a Time Off in Lieu system in place for out of hours work.

How to apply for this post.

If you would like to apply for the role of Communications and Media Officer as indicated above, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your qualifications and experience. Selection shall be by means of a competition based on an interview conducted by Athletics Ireland.

When applying by email, please provide a letter of introduction detailing your qualifications, skills and experience relevant to the role and your Curriculum Vitae outlining your skills and work experience not later than 5pm on Friday the 3rd of September 2021  to the Athletics Ireland Human Resources Manager at

Athletics is an equal opportunities employer, and all applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Successful candidates will only be offered the position subject to relevant satisfactory Garda Vetting and completion of  Safeguarding requirements.





Responsible to: Marketing & Communications Manager
Role Responsible for supporting the delivery of communications and media related strategies for Athletics Ireland.


The officer will address several communications issues, specifically:

1.       Improving communications with the athletics community in Ireland

2.       Building Athletics Ireland Profile

3.       Building Digital Profile

4.       Creating closer relations with regional and national media outlets

Responsibilities for the Communications & Media Officer Executive will include but are not limited to:



o   Support the delivery of all communications strategies and programmes at Club, National and International level.

o   Act as Press Officer at agreed national events – media queries, media releases, interview clips for social media etc.

o   Liaise with all external agencies where required on design, marketing and event management initiatives.

o   Ensure upcoming events are circulating through website/social media.

o   Ensure information days and training programmes are delivered to club and provincial PROs.


o   Make and maintain contact with national/local newspapers and radio stations on the latest news.

o   Support in liaising with media on Athletics Ireland business, respond to queries, submit information, press releases, highlight events etc.

o   Support in the organisation of media launches or specific initiatives.

o   Liaise with national, provincial and club administrators to gather and disseminate information.

Website and Social Media

o   Support the on-going updating of the Athletics Ireland website/s and Social Media accounts.

o   Publish results, competition reports for relevant events.


Other Duties as required

o   Support public relations/social media aspects of Athletics Ireland events.

o   Identify and gather key data required for sponsorship campaigns.

o   Support Athletics Ireland Marketing Department as required.

o    Produce monthly reports detailing progress.

o    Other duties as requested.



Skills and Qualities Essential Desirable

·       Educated to Degree or Diploma level specializing in Communications and at least 2 years of relevant experience.

·       Current valid driver’s licence.



·       In Communications

·       In PR & Marketing

·       In Event Management

·       Of Web Design/updating and Social Media

·       Of working as part of a team

·       Of leading a project and seeing it through successfully




·       Of Public Relations and Communications

·       Of Branding and Sponsorship


·       Of Event Logistics  
·       Of Social Media and utilising it on behalf of an organisation

·       Of Sport


Personal Qualities and Skills

·       Comprehensive presentation, literacy, oral, numeric and IT skills

·       Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel (such as sponsors, athletes, media, coaches, marketing personnel, parents) and build relationships.

·       Self-motivated, organised, enthusiastic and committed.

·       Ability to report effectively.

·       Ability to work on own initiative, under pressure and to tight deadlines.

·       A strong team player.




·       Willingness to travel to and between a number of different work locations.

·       Ability to communicate effectively in English.

·       Willingness to work weekends and unsocial hours