Temporary Gaelic Games Development Officer

Dublin City University (DCU) is an ambitious, research-intensive institution that is distinguished not only by the quality of its graduates but also by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Excellence in its teaching, research and scholarship has led to DCU’s consistent ranking in the top 100 of the world’s young universities in both the QS and THE rankings.

The last eight years have seen a period of dramatic growth for the University, both in its student numbers, which increased by over 50% to 17,400, and in its footprint, with the addition of two academic campuses and a vibrant innovation campus all in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra region of Dublin.

DCU has developed a strong reputation for its commitment to sport and currently boasts over forty student sports clubs as well as two sports academies in Gaelic Games and Athletics, respectively. Coordinated by DCU’s Sports and Wellbeing unit, participation in sport and physical activity is an integral part of the DCU student experience and high performance athletes are provided with a broad range of supports to enable them realise their potential.

DCU Sports and Wellbeing now wishes to appoint a Temporary Gaelic Games Development Officer.

Role – DCU Gaelic Games Development Officer

Reporting to the Head of Gaelic Games, this is a role with the responsibility for the development and enhancement of Gaelic Games across Dublin City University, including working directly with students, prospective students, coaching staff and other external stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To promote all Gaelic Games activities across all campuses and codes in DCU and within DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club, ensuring maximum participation and competitive performance.
  • To support high performing students through DCU Performance Sports Programmes.
  • To provide students at all levels with individual mentoring to ensure their academic and sporting needs are met.
  • To support and serve on internal and external committees to ensure the progression of Gaelic Games in DCU.
  • To help implement and monitor a quality coaching programme for external and student coaches within DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club, to include coach education initiatives.
  • To help deliver an engaging and effective GAA recruitment strategy at post primary level.
  • To promote awareness of Gaelic Games activities through social media engagement and other promotional campaigns.
  • To build links with stakeholders throughout the country including schools, county boards and provincial councils.
  • To collaborate with various parties on fundraising to further develop and enhance GAA activities.
  • To build and sustain strong working relationship with other staff members and to adhere to university governance, policies and operating procedures.
  • Represent DCU at relevant events and conferences.


Experience and Skills:

The successful candidate shall have:

  • Ability to build rapport and strong working relationships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to help build and foster a strong culture within DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club, creating a strong sense of community built around GAA values amongst the student cohort.
  • Leadership qualities and teamwork skills, with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of Gaelic Games and of the third level sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong administrative skills and ability to deliver presentations in a comprehensive manner.



  • Level 8 degree or higher in a relevant area.
  • A minimum of two years’ relevant experience in a professional or voluntary capacity.
  • Considerable experience working within various sectors of the GAA, LGFA, Camogie or similar sporting body.


  • Level 9 qualification in a relevant area.
  • Award One GAA Coach.
  • Qualified GAA coach education tutor.
  • Experience in Talent Identification.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A temporary 6-9 month contract may be offered for this post.

Enquiries and applications:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to paulobrien.gaa@dcu.ie

Closing Date: Friday July 26th 2019

Applicants should apply by submitting their CV and cover letter via email to paulobrien.gaa@dcu.ie