Sport Inclusion Coordinator

Cara, through the support of the Dormant Accounts Fund and Sport Ireland, is looking for a Full-time Sport Inclusion Coordinator to coordinate, support and enhance opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity throughout Ireland.

Closing Date: Applications to be received no later than 12 noon on Thursday 21st of February 2019

Interviews: Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place the week of the 4th of March 2019

Salary: Remuneration will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Contract Type: This is a 1-year fixed term contract, renewal subject to continued annual funding from our funding partners

Position Details:

Cara is committed to working in collaboration with our partners at a national and local level in enhancing the range and quality of participation opportunities available for people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.  Over the past 12 years Cara has been supporting the work of the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) specific to the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. With the recent announcement in the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 of a designated Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) in each county, Cara is now seeking to employ a Sport Inclusion Coordinator to coordinate, support, enhance and promote the work of LSPs in increasing local sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, driven individual to play a key role within a dynamic team operating in a rapidly evolving national pan-disability sport organisation. Cara’s vision is ‘putting disability sport and inclusive physical activity at the heart of our nation’.

Job Purpose:

As the Sport Inclusion Coordinator, you will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of key objectives specific to increasing sustainable community sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. A key priority is to guide, advise and support the national network of Local Sports Partnerships through collaboration with Sport Ireland’s Participation Unit and the national network of Sports Inclusion Disability Officers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive and develop the strategic objectives of Cara specific to enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity within their local communities.
  • Provide leadership, support and advice on key aspects of inclusive sports and physical activity.
  • Develop insight on the local provision of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities to enable collaboration, partnerships, shared knowledge and synergies across various partners within the sector.
  • Work closely with Sport Ireland’s Participation Unit in coordinating and supporting the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to develop and enhance local sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. This will include: a consultative process with LSPs in the development of national KPIs for local delivery, providing training/upskilling to the network, coordinating national networking days and developing toolkits/support resources and sharing of good practice.
  • Provide support and direction to the LSPs in the adoption of the Sport Inclusion Disability Charter and the promotion of the charter to all local clubs and organisations.
  • Develop a coordinated approach to the promotion and delivery of standardised inclusive training workshops across the LSP network.
  • Develop an agreed approach with the LSP network in relation to heightening good practice at local level and recognition of organisations’ contributions to increasing sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Consult and scope out the potential for a standardised toolkit for LSPs to use in supporting local clubs and organisations to provide sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Encourage and support effective relationships between sport organisations and disability services providers to assist in increasing participation opportunities at community level.
  • Encourage and support effective relationships between the LSP network and National Governing Bodies of Disability Sport.
  • Agree and support an identified role for the LSP network in the promotion and delivery of a national physical activity education programme for adults with disabilities.
  • Engage with the LSP network in heightening awareness of people with disabilities experiences in sport and physical activity.
  • Advocate for increased participation opportunities for people with disabilities through partnerships with local/regional and national forums and organisations.
  • Provide regular analysis of the level of participation and development of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities.
  • Manage related programme areas finances, budgets and reporting.
  • Where necessary undertake other duties as requested.
Essential Qualities Required Demonstrable
A third level qualification in sports development, leisure management, adapted physical activity, community development, health promotion, other relevant discipline and/or equivalent work based experience in the sports/disability sector. Application Form
Proven track record of working with sports organisations such as Sport Ireland, NGBs, LSPs, Disability NGBs etc. Application Form / Interview
Demonstrated track record of strategic coordination ability, leadership and relationship management specific to engaging with key stakeholders. Application Form / Interview
Experience of developing and managing financial plans, fundraising, budgets programme monitoring, evaluating and reporting. Application Form / Interview
An understanding of the sport and physical activity structure in Ireland with in-depth knowledge of the role of the Local Sports Partnership network. Interview
Knowledge of disability equality issues and a good understanding of the barriers people with disabilities experiences in relation to participating in sport and physical activity. Interview
Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with multidisciplinary partners. Interview
A proficiency in IT and communication technology systems. Interview
Ability and commitment to work independently and as part of a team with a commitment to work flexible hours when necessary. Interview

Note to all applicants:
Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate, by example, how they meet the criteria will go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process. For reference see the Interview Scoring Criteria

Please note: 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 can be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

Suitable candidates should apply by completing this Application Form

Closing date for applications is Thursday 21st of February at 12noon. 

Please submit your application form electronically to Niamh Daffy (CEO, Cara) at ndaffy@caracentre.ie 

Queries may be directed to Niamh Daffy at ndaffy@caracentre.ie or 066 7145646.

Cara is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strict confidence.