BACKGROUND

Cricket Ireland is the governing body for the game at both performance and participation levels throughout All-Ireland, representing the interests of both the men’s and women’s game. Part of the strategic vision of the organisation is to establish the infrastructure and facilities with that of other Test nations – our Strategic Plan 2016-20 defines this is in detail, and it will remain a priority in our new Strategy to be launched at the end of this year. Ireland is competing in the men’s ICC Future Tours Programme from 2019-2023 which will include the new Men’s World Cup Super League (ODI) with the top 13 teams in the world, a Men’s T20 World Cup in October 2021 and a programme of Test cricket. The Women’s team will compete in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2021 and T20 World Cup qualifying structure. The cricket operational tasks in terms of rules, regulations and policies are key to the smooth running of all this international cricket. Cricket Ireland is seeking a full-time Cricket Operations Manager for a fixed-term period, to oversee the day-to-day management and operations of domestic, first-class and international cricket. The position is headquartered at the North Dublin CI head office, but the nature of the role demands a national brief across both sides of the border. The position reports into the Head of Operations-International Cricket, working closely with the High-Performance Director as head of department. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the European Economic Area (EEA) and UK/Northern Ireland.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
This role will deliver on key objectives contained within the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan, particularly in relation to the smooth running of the organisation’s cricket and technical operations, and satisfy compliance procedures and protocols as laid down by Cricket Ireland (CI), the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the funding Sports Councils. Working with the Head of Operations-International Cricket, High Performance Director, Team Operations Managers, Event Manager, other CI personnel, our volunteer network and key stakeholders, the post-holder will manage many of the key operational and technical aspects of
Cricket Operations including, inter alia, operations for match officials, matches/tournaments, grounds and facilities. The post-holder will ensure that CI remains compliant with the full range of regulations imposed at both statutory and ICC level, relating to activity both on and off the pitch. 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 may be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
– International Competition
– Management, maintenance and communications of Cricket Ireland international and FirstClass men’s and women’s domestic competition rules and regulations, including ensuring
– CI referees, tournament directors, umpires, scorers and match managers have updated information; ensuring playing conditions are produced and disseminated for major fixtures.
– Management of operations (including training, logistics and clothing/equipment) for CI umpires, referees, scorers for CI representative matches in consultation with, and in support of relevant volunteers and in line with international best practice.
– Line-management of CI contracted umpires, including daily oversight of their programme and system, as well as the development and implementation of a selection and appointments protocol for match officials.
– Management of logistics for incoming ICC referees, umpires and scorers officiating at international matches according to ICC criteria. This includes the appointment of a Liaison Officer for the match officials and working with same.
– Maintenance and ordering of CI equipment stock for all CI representative matches, including cricket balls, stumps, scorebooks/sheets, light-meters, including ensuring that matches and officials are supplied with appropriate equipment.
– Communication of security operations at venues to ensure proper information flow between internal and external stakeholders; to ensure that incoming teams and match officials have relevant information. In consultation with venue and CI event personnel, manage men’s and women’s international cricket match day operations, logistics and facilities for umpires and referees; scorers; and ICC anti-corruption personnel.
– Manage, organise and chair pre-international security meeting, involving all relevant stakeholders, including CI Event staff, Gardaí/PSNI, ICC Match Referee and AntiCorruption Personnel, host venue and Broadcasters.
– Attend Pre-international Referees meetings with team management, to advise on any prematch logistics or Host Board issues.
– Responsible for the management and implementation of regulations relating to player eligibility for Inter-Provincial players and International players who must adhere to ICC
– Player Eligibility criteria; and the management of registration of players.
– Help produce and maintain a ‘Match Hosting Briefing Document’ with the CI Event Manager and Head of Operations International Cricket and engage with the CI Event Manager in relation to match venue staging agreements for home representative and international fixtures

Domestic Competition
The role will be responsible for the administration, match operations and regulations of all domestic
First-Class and List-A men’s and women’s cricket played under the auspices of Cricket Ireland (CI).
Currently this would include Ireland Wolves and A-team; the Men’s Inter-provincial Series; Women’s
Super-Series and domestic – Irish Senior Cup, National Cup, All-Ireland T20 Cup finals, InterProvincial Youth & National Youth Club competitions.

  • Be responsible for the draws of National Cup competitions and other domestic cricket under
    the auspices of Cricket Ireland.
  • Organise monthly meetings with the Provincial Union Cricket Operations Managers to work
    collaboratively on the development and implementation of an Inter-Provincial Series
  • Operations Manual along with team logistics and match-day operations checklists to ensure
    that all team operations requirements are in place and that all host match venues are well
    prepared and adhere to the required facility and ground specifications.
  • Develop and implement Operations Manuals for all other domestic competitions including:
  • Women’s Super-Series, the Irish Senior Cup, National Cup, All-Ireland T20 Cup finals, InterProvincial Youth & National
  • Youth Club competitions.
  • In conjunction with the Provincial Unions, organise and deliver Player Education and
  • Administration workshops in advance of competition start dates.
  • Oversee cricket operations on match-days of Inter-Provincial and Super Series matches, to
    include but not limited to the logistics and organisation of CI umpires and scorers in
    consultation with, and in support of relevant volunteers and in line with international best
    practice.
  • Co-ordination of a centralised domestic fixture list in cooperation with the Provincial Unions,
    and High-Performance Director, with fixtures being set in the following order:
    o Marquee International Match (this should ideally be a closed date for all top
    divisions in each union and certainly for the top divisions in the province hosting
    the match)
    o Other International fixtures
    o Inter-Provincial Series & Super Series
    o Irish Senior Cup/National Cup /T20 National Cup

 

Grounds and Facilities
Line-manage the High-Performance Centre (HPC) Consultant Groundsman, Malahide CC
Groundsman and International Pitches Consultant, and oversee their programmes.
Operate and control a national facilities budget.
Work closely with the Sport Ireland (SI) National Sports Campus and oversee the
implementation of the Service Level Agreement regarding maintenance of the HPC facility.
Ensure the lease agreement with Sport Ireland is adhered to constantly and consistently
and hold meetings with SI as and when appropriate.
Support the High-Performance Director in the development of Phase 2 of the HPC.
Act as a member and adviser to the Match Allocation Group and the Facility Committee
Management of processes regarding CI grounds and facilities, including ground and facility
audits, overseeing implementation of ICC standards at international venues; maintenance
of venue accreditation roster.
Responsible, as a member of the CI Match Allocation Group (MAG), for the preparation and
coordination of relevant committee papers with information on grounds and facilities, in
order to ensure the MAG make informed decisions on CI representative match venue
allocations.

Match Officials
Oversee and organise clothing orders and distribution for the Inter-Provincial series, Super
Series and all members of the representative panel of match officials
Represent CI on the Irish Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (IACUS)
Liaise and communicate with the IACUS in respect of the CI national and international panel
of scorers and umpires.
Act at CI representative to ICC in regard to Match Officials.
In line with the match official selection policy, lead on the appointment of CI umpires and
referees for International and domestic cricket in conjunction with IACUS.
Support IACUS with the development and further education of elite officials.

Other
Administer and provide secretarial support to the CI Bowling Review Group, ensuring
implementation and actions arising from the discovery of illegal bowling actions in
accordance with ICC policies and procedures.
Management the implementation of operations and communications relating to compliance
with the ICC anti-corruption regulations, ICC anti-racism code and ICC
approved/disapproved cricket.
Other cricket operational activity deemed appropriate or reasonably within the remit of the
role, and any other duty within the purview of the role as decided by the Head of Operations
– International Cricket or High-Performance Director.
Act as Secretary to the following CI Sub-Committees or Working Groups:
o Disciplinary Committee
o Match Allocation Group
o Inter-Provincial Structure Group
o Playing Conditions Working Group
o Facilities Committee

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Essential
Be educated to degree or diploma level specialising in Sports Management, or Recreation
and Leisure Management; and/or demonstrate five years’ relevant experience in Cricket or
Sports Administration
An understanding of the requirements needed to operate international and first-class
cricket.
A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of cricket facilities.
A thorough knowledge and interest in cricket, particularly the laws, rules, regulations and
policies associated with international and domestic cricket.
Must be highly organised and be able to work under pressure, with the ability to multi-task
when planning a range of projects and initiatives that must be delivered.
Team building, negotiation skills and experience in working with volunteers is essential.
Highly developed written, verbal, communication and relationship building skills.
Excellent time management-skills are required with the ability to work on one’s own and be
self-motivated.
Demonstrable working knowledge of modern Microsoft IT and software packages including
Office, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Strong administrative skills; experience with database management
Must be prepared to work unsocial hours, including out of office hours and on
weekends/bank-holidays.

Desirable
Experience of working in, or the dynamic of, sporting events.
Experience working in cricket operations roles within a first class or international
environment.
Experience working on cricket facility projects
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
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Head of Operations – International Cricket
High Performance Director
Chief Executive
Performance Operations Executive
Participation Director and dept staff
Head Coaches and Academy staff
Umpire and Referee panels
Provincial Union General Managers
International Pitches Consultant
National Facilities Manager
Venue Groundsmen
Sport Ireland
International Cricket Council
ICC Member Boards
IACUS

REMUNERATION
The package will include a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Company car allowance. Laptop and Phone will be provided. Travel expenses and related costs will be paid
Position tenure: Full-time and Fixed Term

PROCESS
The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Monday 4 January.