Post and Application Details Length of contract This is a maternity cover position and is offered on a fixed term contract for 7 months, subject to satisfactory completion of a 3 month probationary period. Hours The SDO will work 28 hours a week. Some flexibility of hours will be required for evening and/or weekend work to accommodate the service needs, for which time off in-lieu can be taken. Job Location Waterford Reporting to Sports Co-ordinator Salary & Travel The Salary is point 1 on the Grade IV local authority scale – €22,054 (4 days). Travel expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate. Closing date 1pm Tuesday 4th June Interviews Those selected will be invited to attend for interview to be held week commencing 10th June Application Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by email or post to : Ref: WSP SDOM, The Sports Co-ordinator, Waterford Sports Partnership, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Email- : firstname.lastname@example.org All applications must specify the post being applied for by quoting the reference above.
Candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. Waterford Sports Partnership will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.
The Sports Development Officer (SDO) will be based in Waterford City. There will be two aspects to the role:
1. For two days a week, the SDO will facilitate and support the development of initiatives in the Waterford City and County area, which will develop and expand the range of opportunities for the people of Waterford to participate in sporting and physical activity. The SDO will work closely with sports clubs, community based organisations and National Governing Bodies of Sport to promote quality experiences for participation and to support their work locally. In line with the Waterford Sports Partnership Strategy, specific groups will be targeted and while the SDO will work with all WSP target groups there will be a particular focus on the schools setting, women and teenage girls.
2. For two days a week, the SDO will work to support the development of the Dormant Account funded Carrickphierish Community Sports Hub. The SDO will work with the Steering Group and the relevant organisations and individuals to continue to develop, co-ordinate and implement a comprehensive plan to promote, attract and develop the sustainable usage of the new Sports Hub. The SDO will work closely with the Waterford Educate Together National School, Gaelscoil na nDeise, Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Library Services, local sports clubs, local youth club, NGBs and community based organisations to promote the new facility as a venue for sustainable community sport and physical activity participation. While the main target group is young people from disadvantaged communities, the SDO will also target adult participation.
Areas of Responsibility
WSP Strategy – Contribute to and assist with the implementation of the WSP Strategy and the preparation of annual operational plans for its delivery. Facilitate annual reviews of the operational plan reporting on the effectiveness and impact.
Programmes, Events, Training – Support the roll out of all WSP activities including any of Sport Ireland’s (SI) National Programmes as required. – Develop and implement WSP’s schools programme including local and national programmes and teacher training – Develop and implement programmes and initiatives to increase participation of women and teenage girls. – Participate in the design, organisation and implementation of projects/events identified by WSP as key to the strategic development of sport and physical activity in Waterford – Contribute to ensuring that all WSP programmes and courses are operated on a userfriendly, professional basis. – Research, administration, planning, organising and delivery of relevant courses, workshops and seminars and attendance at courses that are contracted out, maintaining high standards and representing WSP appropriately – Encourage and foster opportunities for programme development and new initiatives with Partner agencies. – Facilitate and support the development of locally based initiatives and sports clubs – Initiate and maintain close contact with voluntary and community based sporting organisations. – Encourage a lifestyle of regular physical activity as an objective of WSP and partner agencies.
Development of the Carrickphierish Sports Hub – Steering Group and Partners – co-ordinate the development of the Steering group nurturing a collaborative, partnership approach and ensuring appropriate membership and representation. – Consultation – consult with the key stakeholders with regard to developing the Carrickphierish Campus as a home for sustainable local sport and physical activity. – Programmes & Events – develop and support a comprehensive range of participation programmes and events to provide opportunities for people in the area to try out new activities with a view to creating sustainable participation. – Equipment management – manage the purchase, storage and shared usage of the Hub equipment including sports equipment, IT and office equipment.
3 – Training and Leadership Development – develop a comprehensive Training & Development Plan to address the sustainable development of activities, volunteers and clubs etc. – New and established Sports Clubs – support the sustainable development of new and established sports clubs and facilitate linkages with the schools, young people and community groups. – Links with the WSP Team, local and national programmes and WSP Strategy – ensure the project links effectively and efficiently with other relevant WSP activities maximising the impact for all.
Relationship Building – Work with WSP current and potential partners and stakeholders including local community groups and organisations, sports clubs, NGBs etc to develop and strengthen relationships
Finance and Budget Management – carefully manage the budget and reporting requirements to Co-ordinator, Board and funders for all responsibility areas.
Reporting and Evaluation – prepare reports and regular updates to the Co-ordinator, Board and funders as required including Operational Plan etc. Carry out research and needs analysis as appropriate and as required by the funders. Measure and monitor performance and the impact of WSP activities.
Marketing and Communications – develop and maintain a comprehensive database of organisational and key contacts and prepare clear marketing and communications plans for the programme and individual activities. Manage the production of the Hub newsletter and collate material for inclusion in the WSP Newsletter. Prepare regular press releases on upcoming events and successful achievements. Administration – Provide support and assistance in maintaining up-to-date databases.
Health & Safety Management – promote good practice in health and safety awareness practice for all WSP activities. Ensure best practice for use of facilities and WSP activities. Ensure that all activities undertaken as an officer of WSP are in line with appropriate codes and legislation.
Undertake any other relevant and related duties that may be required by WSP.