The primary objective of the Rowing Ireland High Performance Program based at the NRC is to achieve sustainable medal winning performances by Ireland at Olympic and World Championships across all the three categories SA, U23 and Junior.

Part of Rowing Ireland HP Vision is “Excellence”.


This position’s primary purpose is to effectively manage the administrative and logistical operations of the High-Performance team


Collaborating with the core team responsible for business operations and NRC operations


International Tour Planning and Delivery

(a) Manage the process of establishing sound and cost-effective logistical arrangements for all the touring team teams including but not limited to:

  • International and domestic travel
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and catering
  • Ground transport
  • Boat and equipment leasing, transport etc
  • Support staff
  • Team uniform
  • Travel and equipment insurance

(b) Manage the process of creating and implementing a touring budget and expense framework for each of Rowing Ireland’s national teams. Working closely with the Finance and coaching team.

(c) Coordinate the preparation and distribution of tour communications such as information bulletins.

(d) Tour with RI National Teams as required.

Rowing Ireland HP Training Camps, Selection Trials and Events

(a) Under the leadership of the HPD, and in conjunction and with the support of the HP staff, manage the implementation of all domestic and overseas National Training Camps.

(b) Manage the planning and implementation of all arrangements for the conduct of selection activities including:

(i) Rowing Ireland HP time trials

(ii) Rowing Ireland HP selection regattas and trials

HP NRC Communication

(a) Manage program communication including compiling and distributing key NRC documentation to all key stakeholders where required in conjunction and with the support of the NRC staff

(b) Manage the HP NRC information on the RI website in conjunction and with the support of the communications team

Athlete Welfare

Support the well-being and fair treatment of all athletes in the high-performance programme.

(a) Ensure that appropriate support services (sport science, medical, psychological and other) are available to athletes and coaches as required.

(b) Ensure that Sport Ireland Anti-Doping guidelines are integrated, and understood by all those involved in the high-performance programme in collaboration with the Rowing Ireland anti-doping officer

(c) Assist athletes to pursue career qualifications and/or experience where practical.

(d) Create an athlete welfare programme and athlete induction pack in collaboration with key service providers

(e) Working closely with the Financial, operations assistant and the Strategic Business Development executive to ensure that athlete’s contract and carding requirements are met and adhered to. Using communication skills and key relationships to ensure that athletes understand their requirements while supporting them on their journey.

Financial Management

(a) Work with the HPD to formulate detailed annual program budgets, including preparing specific project budgets for each activity or event.

(b) Facilitate the generation of monthly updates on financial expenditure vs. annual budget in conjunction and with the support of the NRC financial manager.

(c) Take responsibility for Rowing Ireland’s assets operating within the NRC.

(d) Oversee the disbursement of planned direct athlete funding.

Program Administration

(a) Assist with and contribute to the preparation and review of HP NRC policies and operating documents.

(b) In consultation with the HPD prepare reports and presentations as required.

Program Representation

(a) Represent the NRC at events and in forums as required.

Special Projects

(a) Oversee the planning and delivery of special projects as required.


  • Effectively and efficiently managing a high volume of complex logistical and strategical arrangements.
  • Ensuring the delivery of high-quality activities within budget parameters.
  • Team manager of different National Teams or
  • Engage National Team Managers to work cooperatively and efficiently with the NRC.
  • Work cooperatively with stakeholders of the High-Performance Program.


  • This position reports directly to the High-Performance Director of Rowing.
  • This position provides direction to the NRC High Performance Staff.
  • This position will have work in conjunction with and be support by the HP Team staff.


  • Comprehensive experience in planning and conducting international sporting tours and/or events is essential.
  • Relevant experience as a coach, athlete or manager at the top club and or  international level is desirable.
  • Relevant administrative experience in a sport or related organisation is essential.
  • Effective communication skills to liaise with a wide range of people including athletes, coaches, management, staff and suppliers.
  • Technical knowledge of High Performance Sport.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team as well as the ability to work independently
  • Commitment to a challenging, demanding, dynamic and “out of hours” working environment.
  • Availability to travel nationally and internationally as required.


Salary and Benefits

A package of salary and other benefits will be negotiated with the successful applicant that reflects the level of qualifications and experience.


The role operates from the NRC High Performance Centre, Farran Woods, Cork.

Hours of Work

The nature of the position requires out of hours (including weekends) work, as well as national and potentially international travel. The Operations Manager will have the flexibility to conform to such hours of work as are reasonably required to perform their duties and fulfil their responsibilities.

While no time in lieu arrangements exist for additional hours worked, staff are encouraged to work flexibly, by varying daily hours and days of work where appropriate and with the agreement of the HPD.

Contract Period

Fixed term to 31st December 2024.

Application Process

  • Enquiries regarding these positions should be directed to
  • Interested persons should email Neville Maxwell at indicating their interest in nominating, including providing a brief CV and a cover letter.
  • Applications to be received by 5:00pm (GMT+1) on Monday 20th December 2021.



Successful candidate(s) will commence in their role on the 1st of February 2022, unless agreed otherwise.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and only shared with those involved in the selection process.