Cricket Ireland is the governing body for the game at both performance and participation levels throughout Ireland, representing the interests of both the men’s and women’s game.  The future of Irish Cricket is incredibly bright following the performance of the Men’s senior team in the past five ICC World Cup events and significant wins against Full Member countries over the past 7 years.

This success has resulted in the rapid growth of the organisation and significant increase in turnover, particularly commercially, through the maintenance of partnerships with blue-chip multi-nationals, such as RSA Insurance.  At the same time, our growth in playing strength has attracted the best teams in the world to play in Ireland, with teams such as England, Australia, West Indies, India, South Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan visiting these shores since 2007.

Ireland’s National Women’s team have enjoyed a successful few years and in 2013 qualified for the 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh (the only Associate country).  In 2014 the Ireland Women’s team hope to play in an ODI/T20I series; will compete in the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh; compete in the ICC European Regional World Cup & World T20 Qualifier (to global qualifier in 2015); and compete in the ECB County Championship Division 2.

Cricket Ireland is seeking a National Women’s Head Coach in a part-time role, averaging 30 hours per week, initially on a one-year fixed term contract.  The role will lead and coach the senior women’s and emerging player’s programme; ensure Ireland keeps producing and developing players who are ready to take to the world stage; and ensure Ireland is competitive at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and throughout 2014 and beyond.

Headquartered in our Dublin HQ, but with a national brief, the successful candidate will report into the Performance Director and have overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the national women’s performance and emerging player’s programme.

The position offers a genuine opportunity for the successful candidate to help improve, deliver and evolve the player development programmes required to be world class, and ensure Cricket Ireland reaches its goal of 7th in the ICC global women’s rankings by the end of 2015 (currently ranked 10th).

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and a covering letter detailing why you believe you have the skills and experience to undertake this role.  Please email to

Closing date for the applications is Tuesday 29th October 2013, 9am.

Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place w/c 4th November.



Reports to: Performance Director

Based: Headquartered in Cricket Ireland HQ in North Dublin but with a national brief that reflects the composition of the senior and emerging player squads, and the location of matches.

1. Purpose of the Job:

The National Women’s Head Coach will lead and coach the senior women’s and emerging player’s programme.  The role will manage the emerging women and girl’s coach (p/t) and together will help recruit and develop the most talented young female players from schools and clubs.  From time to time, you will also manage consultant specialist coaches and support staff who will help support and develop the women’s programme.

You will work in conjunction with Cricket Ireland’s key partners and stakeholders, in particular those who help fund the women’s programme, such as Sport Northern Ireland, the Irish Sports Council, and their respective Institutes of Sport, the ICC and other relevant organisations.

The role will introduce and implement policies, programmes and practices that will improve the way in which talented female cricketers are identified, selected and developed.

2. Main Areas of Responsibility:

2.1 Management and Administration:

  • Help produce (in conjunction with the Performance Director) and deliver an Ireland women’s high performance programme.
  • Manage, deliver and administer coaching programmes for the women’s performance and emerging players.
  • Provide a 6-monthly and annual report on the senior women’s programmes.
  • Line-manage the emerging women and girl’s consultant coach; other specialist or consultant coaches as requested by the Performance Director; and the senior women’s team manager.
  • Manage and oversee the maintenance of coaching reports on players, profiling records, video libraries and the monitoring of player performance diaries.
  • Responsible for the storage and maintenance of dedicated equipment necessary to deliver the women’s programmes.
  • Oversee indoor and outdoor facility provision in order to deliver the training programmes.
  • Reinforce to the players, parents/guardians, coaching and support staff the CI code of conduct.
  • Attend quarterly Senior Women’s Team Management meetings.

2.2 Competition

  • Attend all matches/tournaments of the senior national team.
  • Actively liaise with player’s educational institutions and work places with regard to availability for competitions.
  • Prepare well for all matches/competition.
  • Lead squad physical preparation and post-match routines at matches.
  • Report on time, matches and tournaments in terms of player performances.

2.3   Leadership

  • Establish team vision and team values, standards and protocols that fit within the goals of Cricket Ireland and are shared among the squad and management team.
  • Provide leadership of the team and team management through on-going communication and dealing with challenges and conflicts.
  • Demonstrate personal credibility, honesty and integrity and ability to handle stress.

2.4 Team Development

  • Prepare the senior squad to participate in all competitions – domestic, national and international.
  • Develop an outstanding Ireland Women’s cricket team supported by talent development programmes (e.g. national cricket academy, U/19 and U/17 squads).
  • Encourage a culture of fun, discipline, skill, participation and self-maintenance.
  • Create a team culture that promotes unity and commitment to high performance on and off the field.
  • Provide programmes of training that maximise the teams’ chances of success in competition.

2.5 Player Development

  • Utilise CI staff and consultants (in consultation with the Performance Director) to help develop an appropriate player development programme.
  • Deliver coaching programmes to national and emerging players.
  • Work with consultant coaches to provide video footage and analysis and present to players.
  • Plan and deliver 1:1 and 1:2 coaching sessions to players when available.

2.6 Selection

  • Report to and attend National Selection Committee meetings.
  • Contribution to the selection of the senior squad and teams.
  • Communicate criteria, values and policy to players and management team.
  • Manage information around selection in a confidential/discrete way.
  • Communicate selection decisions to players according to protocols.
  • Manage communication with players not selected in an effective/empathetic style.

2.7 Relationship development

  • Provide positive working relationships with all squad members, selectors, management team, coaches and support staff.
  • Provide regular and on-going communication and feedback to players.
  • Provide positive relationships with CI administration, CI Committees, representatives of CI, supporters, sponsors and media.

2.8 Commercial, sponsorship, media and promotions

  • Advertise and promote women’s programmes and participate in joint promotions with CI, ICC and the two Sport Councils as required.
  • Participation in commercial, promotional activities for CI and its sponsors.
  • Work with CI marketing team as required.

3. Working Relationships:

  • Performance Director
  • National Senior Men’s Head Coach
  • Senior Men’s Assistant Coach/Analyst
  • National Academy Manager
  • National Academy Performance Coach
  • International Teams Administration Manager
  • Emerging Women and Girl’s Consultant coach
  • Sport Science Support Staff
  • Specialist coaches
  • Coach Education Officer
  • Schools, specialist sports colleges, colleges and universities, and player’s parents.
  • Sport Northern Ireland & Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI)
  • Irish Sports Council & Irish Institute of Sport
  • Sponsors
  • Cricket Committee
  • National Selection committee
  • Girls and Women’s Game Development Group

4. Remuneration: 

€29,500 – €33,333 pro rata (€22,125 – €25,000) dependent on experience and qualifications.

Plus laptop, phone and mileage for business use.

5. Knowledge and Experience

The successful candidate should have the following skills, education and experience:                        


Educational and Professional Qualifications



  • Hold a current ECB Level 3 Performance coach award or equivalent.


  • ECB Level 4 Coaching Certificate qualification or engaged on the programme within 12 months.
  • A Degree (or equivalent qualification) ideally in a sport related subject.

Previous Experience/Training












  • Significant experience of teaching or coaching cricket to young and adult cricketers – male and female, ideally in a range of environments including school, club, regional, state/province/county age groups, national youth and/or senior level.
  • Demonstrate successful implementation of a performance management youth or senior programme within First Class County/State/Provincial cricket.
  • A successful record in high performance planning and monitoring, and contributing to and implementing player development plans.
  • Experience in line-managing staff/coaches.
  • Practical experience and demonstrable knowledge of player development programmes in elite international performance.


  • To have played or have an extensive knowledge of First Class or International cricket.
  • Verifiable record of leading within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of services to high performance senior or junior squads, athletes and coaches, able bodied or those with a disability.

Job Related









  • Knowledge and understanding of talent identification and development.
  • Willingness to undertake extensive travel around all-Ireland, and overseas, and to work unsocial hours including late nights and weekends.
  • Understanding of current sports science and sports medicine practice and coaching.
  • Certificates of attendance on first aid, relevant good practice and child protection/safeguarding courses.
  • A full clean current driving licence.
  • An up to date Garda/Police or CRB check


  • Appreciation of the application of research into other High Performance Sports Systems.

Inter-Personal Skills






  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • IT skills including the use of performance analysis systems, excel and databases.
  • Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills.
  • Demonstrable leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate integrity and appropriate working relationships with high performance athletes, parents, coaches, support staff and administrators.

The selection panel reserves the right to consider Desirable Criteria during the short-listing process should candidates remain on an equal footing using simply Essential Criteria