Cricket Leinster wish to appoint a Club Development & Support Officer to strengthen the service it provides to its clubs and their volunteer teams. This role is part of our ongoing commitment to providing clubs with every possible support to sustain and develop themselves as vibrant sporting hubs within their communities.
As part of the Cricket Leinster Strategic Plan (2019-21), it has been identified that the following areas are strategically important:
o Proactive Expertise in the club environment
o Strong club-school links
o Increase in regional clubs so everyone is within 50kms of a club.
This role is being prioritised for investment on this basis and aligns with the approach being adopted in other provinces. In that context, we are very appreciative of the support from Cricket Ireland in funding this strategically important role.
This new and exciting role seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for supporting and developing people, and working with multiple clubs and organisations.
To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter, taking note of the Job Description (see below) and email it to Philip Smith, General Manager, Cricket Leinster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternatively, you may post your application to Philip Smith, Cricket Leinster, 13 Sandyford Office Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18).
Job Description: Club Development & Support Officer
Closing date: 10.00am Friday 25th January 2019
Interviews: w/c 4th February
The role involves the following activities;
- Assist clubs to increase capabilities in a range of areas such as governance, volunteer engagement, cricket structures & pathways, funding streams and club member services.
- Provide strategic leadership, support and guidance to Clubs to assist them in establishing and reviewing club development plans.
- Coordinate and deliver fun and progressive cricket programmes and other cricket promotional events to schools and clubs.
- Work in partnership with the Cricket Development Officers to ensure Clubs are developing strong links with local Schools.
- Offer advice and support to clubs (especially new and developing clubs) around financial compliance, accountability, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and facilities.
- Establish a clear communication strategy between Clubs, Schools and participants.
- Support the Annual Club Day process and co-ordinate a schedule of ongoing information briefings for clubs on key areas of concern/priority
- Provide clubs with proactive support in the areas of fundraising, grant applications and general sustainability.
- Develop and maintain a pathway for volunteers who aspire to develop their involvement within the club environment.
- Plan, co-ordinate and deliver volunteer courses/programmes to broaden the skill-base within Cricket Leinster.
- Support key volunteers in Clubs with personal development opportunities across the sporting sector.
- In conjunction with Cricket Development officers, coordinate relevant coach education courses delivered within CL to Clubs.
- In conjunction with IACUS and LCU&SA, promote officials (umpire and scorer) courses delivered within Cricket Leinster to Clubs.
- Maintain accurate information including player statistics and volunteer engagement within club and school environments to measure impacts and report quarterly.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS REQUIRED
- Third-level qualification(s) relevant to the post e.g. Business, Sports Management, Sports Studies or Teaching.
- Demonstrable experience of working with and development of sports clubs and/or community/voluntary organisations
- Demonstrable experience of creating, implementing and reviewing personal and/or workforce development programmes to develop individuals and clubs
- Awareness of the Irish sporting landscape, NGBs, Sport Ireland, Local Authorities, County Councils and Local Sports Partnerships.
- Demonstrable experience of developing and working in partnership with bodies such as local authorities.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when required
- Full and current driving licence and access to a car.
- Demonstrable knowledge of the Cricket landscape within Ireland.
- Demonstrable knowledge of the volunteer sector, community sport and the structure it operates within.
- Understanding of legislation and compliance that affects sporting organisations.
- Awareness of the needs of volunteers.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong report writing skills with an ability to
communicate effectively and confidently to individuals and groups.
- Ability to form and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders.
- Self-reliant, pro-active, able to take responsibility for areas of work and display initiative in solving problems.
- High-level of personal accountability.
CONTRACT TERM & REMUNERATION
Please note that applicants must be eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland. This appointment is for an initial 12-month full-time contract commencing as soon as possible with a salary commensurate with the importance of this position.