Sport Ireland established the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Network as an initiative to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport and participation at local level. LSPs aim to increase participation in sport and physical activity by breaking down barriers and increasing numbers of people participating and ensuring continued participation through all stages of life.

The aim of the Community Sports Development Officer (CSDO) position is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) to further develop locally led plans and more long term sustainable physical activity programmes in line with the objectives of the National Sports Policy and SSRP strategic plan. The officer will be required to demonstrate capacity to implement and drive sports development initiatives working as part of an experienced, highly effective and innovative team.

Objectives:
 Support the development of new and dynamic opportunities to increase participation among key target groups with a particular focus on disadvantaged communities.
 Facilitate training and capacity building within communities thereby developing sustainable local leadership for sport within communities.
 Develop networks and foster partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders and support them in delivering services to increase participation.

Post Details:
Length of contract This role is offered on a fixed term contract for 12 months, subject to satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.
Hours The CSDO will work 35 hours a week. Flexibility of hours will be required for evening and/or weekend work to accommodate the service needs, for which time off in-lieu can be taken.
Job Location Office based in Sligo Town with a remit for County Sligo
Reporting to Sports Co-ordinator
Salary & Travel The salary is on the Grade IV public sector scale
Travel expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate.
Closing date 12 noon on Thursday 25th November 2021.
Interviews Those selected will be invited to attend for interview on either Wednesday 8th December or Thursday 9th December 2021.
Application Please send Cover Letter clearly indicating the post you are applying for and Curriculum Vitae by email or post to:
Sports Co-ordinator, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Quay Street, Sligo
Email: info@sligosportandrecreation.ie

Candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess the essential elements applicable in the person specification. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.

Role of the Community Sports Development Officer
The Community Sports Development Officer will foster and encourage a culture of Active Participation, supporting opportunities for and access to sport and physical activity in local communities. The CSDO will address barriers to participation and encourage access and increase opportunities for participation by those who experience disadvantage. Specific tasks for the CSDO will be determined locally having regard to the overall job purpose in line with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership Strategic Plan and with reference to particular priorities identified in the sports strategy for the area. The following represents an indicative list from which the CSDO tasks may be drawn.

Planning
 Assist the Sports Co ordinator in the development, delivery and reporting and review of the LSP strategic plan and annual operational plan.
 Develop and implement an annual work programme in line with SSRP strategy and actions arising from LSP strategic objectives.
 Manage a comprehensive range of physical activity programmes and events for a range of target groups with a view to creating sustainable participation with a focus on disadvantaged groups.
 Support regular reviews of the annual operational plan reporting on the effectiveness and impact of work areas.
Community Activation
 Engage with communities and target groups by consulting with participants and local partners to assess needs and develop sustainable approaches to providing participation opportunities.
 Identify key stakeholders and community host organisations to ensure engagement across the community and involvement with relevant target groups.
 Lead in the design, organisation and facilitation of physical activity programmes and events for LSP target groups with a focus on empowering communities through training and development to become leaders in programme implementation.
 Proactively encourage and foster opportunities for programme development and new initiatives with partner agencies at statutory and community level.
 Provide guidance and support to develop sustainable community sports clubs.
 Establish opportunities for training and education courses to build capacity of volunteers, coaches, tutors and community/ club personnel.
 Source and develop appropriate tutors/coaches for the SSRP Community Coaches Database to ensure ongoing availability of suitably qualified personnel for delivery of programmes.

Relationship Building
 Work with SSRP staff team, agencies, community organisations and sports clubs to facilitate participation in sport and physical activity.
 Work with National Governing Bodies of Sport with a focus on smaller NGBs with less capacity to increase opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity.

Research/ Evaluation
 Establish a baseline in the communities chosen for interventions and conduct an audit of targeted communities/ clubs.
 Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects.

Financial Management
 Carefully manage the budget and reporting requirements to the Sports Co ordinator, Board and funders for all responsibility areas.
 Adhere to SSRP financial policies concerning procurement of goods and services, budget planning and reporting while ensuring compliance requirements for relevant funding agency.
 Establish a financial monitoring template for tracking the financial budget allocated for the annual programme of work.

Marketing & PR
 Assist with the preparation of the LSP communications plan including the preparation of press releases and radio promotions.
 Collate material for inclusion in promotional materials such as LSP newsletter and LSP website and proactively engage with social media platforms and other communication channels to promote areas of work.
 Identify and secure, in consultation with the Sports Co ordinator and colleagues opportunities that present in PR and marketing for SSRP.

Health & Safety Management
 Contribute to ensuring that all programmes and events facilitated is fully compliant with current health & safety standards.
 Oversee the investigation of any accidents/incidents linked to work programme and communicate all results/recommendations arising from investigations of accidents/incidents to the Sports Co ordinator.
 Ensure all activities undertaken as an employee of SSRP are in line with the Sport Ireland Sports Governance Code and legislation.

Other
 Participate in the design, organisation and implementation of projects/events identified by SSRP as key to the strategic development of sport and physical activity in Sligo.
 Undertake other duties as required by the Board/ Sports Co ordinator from time to time.