The successful candidate will play a lead role in the Sports Department. Responsibilities include supporting the development of the Clubs Programme in line with the prevailing Special Olympics Ireland Strategy. By driving a strong governance culture, ensure the participation and opportunities are a quality experience for both athletes and volunteers. The Clubs role includes the Athlete Leadership Programme, The Young Athletes Programme, Club Recognition and Club Development.
Provide leadership, support and work in close collaboration with a team of Regional Development Officers across the five Regional Programmes. The role will involve evening and weekend work.
Required skills and experience
• A relevant third-level degree in sport is essential e.g. Sport & Health/Leisure Management/ Adapted Physical Activity
• A minimum of four years’ experience in a multi-faceted sports role

Desirable skills/experience:
• Previous experience of a CRM system.

Key Competencies:
• Self-motivated with the ability and commitment to work independently and as part of a team.
• Excellent organisational, project management and leadership skills.
• Strong interpersonal, communication and planning skills to achieve long term objectives is essential.
• Strong ability to work with, manage and motivate volunteers.
• Excellent analytical skills with a good problem-solving ability.
• Strong knowledge of the governance landscape of Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland.
• A thorough working knowledge of all aspects of Microsoft Office is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Drive the strategic development of the Special Olympics Clubs programme by guiding and supporting the Regional Development Officers who implement the strategy at local level.
• Develop, implement and communicate processes, policies and procedures to instil a strong culture of good governance, including safeguarding in Special Olympics clubs.
• Manage the continued expansion of the Club Recognition Award programme.
• Oversee and drive the registration of athletes and clubs including the Annual Affiliation process in conjunction with Regional Development Officers.
• Drive and implement efficiencies in the registration and affiliation process for clubs with a move to an online process.
• Prepare grant applications, reports and provide information to other functional areas in terms cross functional applications and reports.
• Preparation and collation of data for monthly progress reports for the functional area.
• Linking with National Governing’s Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships for club support opportunities and development.
• Grow the development of the Young Athletes programme for children with an Intellectual Disability between 4 to 7 years of age.
• Support the process to integrate Young Athletes into established or new Special Olympics club.
• Play a pivotal role in the strategy for growth and retention of athletes within the Clubs programme.
• Drive the Athlete Leadership Programme and work with the Regional Development Officers to strengthen and improve leadership opportunities for athletes at local level.
• Collaborating with Health & Wellbeing Coordinator to support the delivery of the Health Promotion programme.
• Develop, adhere and deliver annual project plans and budgets.

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.

Special Olympics Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for this position please follow the instructions below:

Send your C.V. and a cover note/email that answers the following 3 questions:

1. Are you eligible to work in Ireland?
2. What are your salary expectations?
3. Do you have a full, clean driving license?

To be sent our email SO.HR@specialolympics.ie

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th July 2019