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Position Title:                  Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Services Coordinator

Status:                              Contract for services on a fixed term part time basis 2.5 days per week (48 weeks per year) until Dec 31st 2020

Location:                          Institute of Sport, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15                                           
                                           The role will involve Local and International Travel                                                                     

Reporting to:                   High Performance Director

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, driven individual to play a key role within a multi-sport environment, to use their skills to support elite athletes with a disability, to lead up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020. You will be responsible for;

  1. Coordination and Management of athlete medical services:  focused on management of injury, treatment and prevention services you will act as a central point around what an athletes various medical support services needs are assessed, determined and allocated.  
  2. Lead Physiotherapist: Managing physiotherapy requirements and a team of providers, for athletes competing at all major competitions including the Paralympic Games.
  3. Physiotherapy Clinical Support:  Delivery of regular clinical hours for elite para athletes.

Essential Qualifications

  • Membership of ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy) with Statutory Registration and Indemnity with appropriate CPD maintained as laid out by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
  • MSc Sports Medicine or equivalent in a related discipline.
  • Appropriate traumatology and BLS skills update as per ISCP guidelines.
  • Evidence of being a team player (including references from previous Games).
  • Excellent communication skills and soft skills to deal with colleagues and athletes effectively and with empathy.



Please send your CV and cover letter to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm onTuesday 28/11/2017



Media & Communications Manager - Cricket Ireland


The Cricket Ireland Media and Communications Manager will be responsible for the development, co-ordination and management of a results driven, measurable communications strategy and programme. The role will work across the entire spectrum of cricket in Ireland, through the effective management of a robust communications plan. This position requires a successful balance of the communications demands of a national sporting body together with the media demands of professional cricket teams of National and International standing.

REPORTING TO: Chief Executive


  • Chief Executive
  • Chairman
  • Senior Management Team
  • Cricket Ireland Sub Committee Chairpersons
  • Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches
  • Men’s and Women’s Team Operations Managers
  • Commercial and Marketing staff
  • Provincial Union General Managers and Chairmen


  • Significant experience in a communications role with a national/international organisation
  • Skilled communicator with proven and demonstrable experience of working with a wide range of media
  • An established track record in the development and implementation of communications strategy, including in the new media sector, for a national/international organisation
  • Expertise and confidence to develop and deliver communications strategies and programmes to diverse groups including other cricket and sporting organisations, Government and Government departments and Cricket Ireland stakeholders and commercial partners
  • An ability to provide strategic leadership and to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational skills incorporating excellent attention to detail
  • A ‘Digital Native’
  • A very good knowledge of the game of cricket is desirable
  • A good knowledge of the cricket landscape in Ireland and internationally, together with a broad interest in sport would be a distinct advantage
  • The facility to work flexible hours, as dictated by a sport which is largely leisure/volunteer based, and the capacity to travel overseas as required

The ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines


  • To lead the development and implementation of Cricket Ireland’s communications strategy to support Cricket Ireland’s key objectives, as contained in its current Strategic Plan 2016-2020 – ‘Making Cricket Mainstream’
  • To design and advise on all key messaging across all sectors of Irish Cricket
  • To further develop and implement clear lines of communication between Cricket Ireland and its stakeholders
  • To direct and manage media relations on behalf of Cricket Ireland across the entire media spectrum; while particular focus obviously applies to cricket and sports correspondents there is also a need to develop and manage communications with Business, Political, Lifestyle and Consumer correspondents, engaging across all levels such as editors, journalists, tv and radio presenters and producers, photo editors etc.
  • To provide ongoing strategic communications and Public Affairs advice to CI Executives
  • To direct and co-ordinate communications programmes around the Senior Ireland Men’s and Women’s squads, including the provision of strategic communications counsel to the squad’s management team
  • To act as Squad Media Manager as appropriate for major ICC events
  • Manage media arrangements prior to, and during, Cricket Ireland events such as matches, media days, press conferences
  • To act as ‘on-duty’ Media Manager for all men’s home Test, One-Day International and International Twenty20 matches, managing cricket media and coordinating player and support staff interviews
  • To oversee communications programmes around all other national squads at senior and youth level
  • To develop and direct a consistent internal communications programme for Cricket Ireland’s staff
  • To develop and manage a consistent communications programme between Cricket Ireland and its constituent provincial unions
  • Developing media and communications templates and tools to support the provincial unions and clubs
  • To co-ordinate the future direction, ongoing development and management of Cricket Ireland’s existing, extensive Digital and Social Media communications programme, so as to maximise its potential including growth plans, communications strategy, developing content and editorial resources
  • To develop communications training programmes for key Cricket Ireland executive team members and committee members
  • To develop and implement goals and measurement criteria for individual communications programmes
  • Manage production of all Cricket Ireland publications e.g. brochures, match programmes etc.
  • Provide media advice and assistance to players and key stakeholders as and when required
  • Act as Cricket Ireland spokesperson and manage interview requests with other appropriate spokespersons.
  • Write and distribute media releases as necessary
  • Responsible for the maintenance and ongoing updating of media contacts database
  • Any other tasks relevant to the role


  • The package will include a salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience


  • The closing date for applications will be Midday, November 27th, 2017
  • Letters of application and full CVs should be sent by email to and will be confidential
  • Preliminary interviews will be held on Thursday 30th November
  • Role due to commence in January 2018



Director of Sport - Special Olympics Ireland

We have an exciting opportunity for a Director of Sport.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the person appointed will be responsible for the strategic planning, sport development and delivery of Special Olympics Ireland’s sports programmes, events, coach education and training programmes. The appointee will build on current and emerging sports programmes, partnerships and sports volunteer teams, and will include liaison and collaboration with other Sports Governing Bodies, Sport Ireland and Sport NI, and with the global Special Olympics International body.

A highly motivated and skilled professional with an understanding of the Irish sports sector plus an excellent knowledge and understanding of sports management and development is required to fulfil this role.  A strong commitment to learning and development and continuous improvement and to the achievement of standards of excellence in sport is required.  Excellent interpersonal skills, communications and relationship management skills are essential.  Must have strong leadership skills, ability to drive and manage growth, build effective teams and achieve results through others.

The ideal candidate will hold a third level qualification in sport. It is essential the person appointed has a proven track record in sports management at a senior level (minimum 5 years’ management experience).

Proven ability in management of people, projects and budgets.

A thorough knowledge of all aspects of Microsoft Office is essential.

The position will be based in our office at the National Sports Campus. The role will involve evening and weekend work with some travel to regions and occasional international travel.

Key Responsibilities and duties

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership in the development and implementation of the prevailing, and future sports strategies, developing annual plans to meet targets.
  • Ensure that the pursuit of quality remains an integral and strong component in the delivery of the sports programme.
  • Drive and advance coach education and training opportunities, and strong participation rates, across the programme’s summer and winter sports.
  • Enhance understanding and implementation of sports rules and regulations, and related processes for competition management, across sports through training and education.
  • Foster a collaborative and partnership approach nationally with organisations to maximise the impact of sport and physical activity opportunities for Special Olympics athletes.
  • Develop and promote opportunities through sport that engage and support athletes to master skills, increase their confidence and to reach their potential through sport.
  • Develop strategies to increase athlete membership and participation in the programme.
  • Consolidate a strong ethos of governance and management with the drive for high standards through the Special Olympics Clubs Programme.
  • Oversee and drive the integration of Health and Well-being as an integral part of the Special Olympics programme offered nationally, regionally and at club level.
  • Ensure all international squads are trained and prepared for international competition and supported by a well-trained, professionally skilled team of staff and volunteers.
  • Continually evaluate and monitor the quality of services provided by the Sports Department, and the related policies and procedures, to develop consistent standards of excellence across the five Regional Programmes.
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Management Team including, but not limited to, business planning, reporting, risk assessment, strategic development and implementation.
  • Work and collaborate with Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia and Special Olympics International to further the development of the Special Olympics Ireland programme.
  • Represent Special Olympics Ireland and take a leading role in senior relationships with key stakeholders, sponsors, partners, sports councils and relevant government departments.
  • Lead and drive the department and regional staff to deliver the prevailing sport strategy, ensuring delivery of all targets and a focus on building the team’s knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Contribute to or lead funding, grant and sponsorship activities related to sport.
  • Undertake any other assignments as may reasonably be requested by the CEO or other officer as assigned by the CEO of Special Olympics Ireland

Please send your CV and cover letter to our recruitment partner Ascension Executive Recruitment – Any applications sent directly to Special Olympics will be forwarded on. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Monday 27th November 2017.