Jobs in Sport

GAA - Director of Coaching and Games Development

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is Ireland’s largest sporting association. It is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world.
The GAA promotes Gaelic games such as Hurling, Football, Handball and Rounders and works with sister associations to promote Ladies Football and Camogie. The Association also promotes Irish music, song and dance and the Irish language as an integral part of its objectives. The GAA has remained an amateur Association since its founding. Players, even at the highest level, do not receive payment for playing and the volunteer ethos remains one of the most important aspects of the GAA.

The GAA is based on the traditional parishes and counties of Ireland. As a community-based Association, it is often stated that it is difficult to determine where the community ends and the GAA club starts as they generally overlap and are intertwined. The GAA has over 2,200 clubs in all 32 counties of Ireland.

The Director of Coaching and Games Development is responsible for leading, managing and co-ordinating the GAA National programme of coaching and games development across all provinces, counties and clubs, and provides clear strategic leadership, development management and implements the GAA’s game development policies.

The GAA seeks applications from high-calibre dynamic individuals with proven leadership and management experience and strong knowledge, experience and understanding of the GAA, its structures, ethos and values in addition to extensive technical knowledge of the Association’s player pathway and games development environment in provinces, counties, clubs and in the Educational Sector.

Further information on this role is available at (Search Ref. GAA0119).

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by email to or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400.

Applications are to be submitted via the online portal available at and must include:
1. A cover letter (max 2 A4 pages) outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of Director of Coaching and Games Development.
2. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant qualifications, achievements and experience in your career to date.
Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the GAA.
No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the GAA.
Deadline for applications: Monday 9th September 2019 at 5pm GMT.

The GAA is an equal opportunities employer.

Inclusion, Diversity and Safeguarding Manager - Sport Ireland

Reporting day-to-day to the Director of Anti-Doping & Ethics, the Inclusion, Diversity and Safeguarding Manager will co-ordinate the implementation of the Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport policy document within National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and their affiliated clubs through the Local Sports Partnerships. This role will also lead on the development of inclusive sport, working across all Sport Ireland units to embed and implement inclusion and diversity programmes within the whole sporting community.

Read the full job description here.

Application is by CV and covering letter to by 5pm on Monday, 26th August 2019.

Sport Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

Regional Director (Eastern Region) - Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ireland have an exciting opportunity for a Regional Director, this role is responsible for the overall strategic management and implementation of the Special Olympics Programme at regional level. As a member of the Executive Management Team, the individual will assist in the development of the strategic plans for Special Olympics Ireland and support and implement the agreed strategy, policies and procedures at regional level.

The individual will be responsible for overseeing and managing regional staff and volunteers to ensure each aspect of the Programme develops and grows in accordance with the strategy devised.

As part of the overall role, the Regional Director will have specific responsibility for the following areas within the region: Finance, Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Marketing & Communications, Schools Programme and Fundraising.

A highly motivated and skilled professional with an understanding of the sector and a strong commitment to learning and development and continuous improvement and to the achievement of standards of excellence 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 position will be based in our office at the Sport Ireland Campus. The role will involve evening and weekend work with some travel to regions and occasional international travel.

See the full job description and advertisement here.

Closing date is 16th August 2019

Research Officer - Student Sport Ireland

Based at the heart of Irish sport at the ever expanding Sport Ireland Campus, the Research Officer will play a leading role in the delivery of the recently SSI commissioned SASSI 2 study, the follow up to the ground-breaking and influential Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland (SASSI) (Murphy et al) published by SSI in 2016.

The Research Officer will take on the pivotal role of the point of contact and conduit of information between the SSI Research Committee, SSI affiliated colleges and the research team appointed to undertake SASSI 2.

The appointee will be a dynamic and enthusiastic researcher with a passion for sport and physical activity. The appointee will also possess the expertise, experience and drive to lead and support the SSI Research Committee during each phase of the research process and will have input into the drafting, finalisation and publication of the SASSI 2 study report.

A detailed job description for this unique opportunity, and an outline of the application process is available on our website at:

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd August with interviews scheduled for Tuesday 10th September. Late applications will not be accepted.

All queries in relation to the application can be submitted via e-mail to SSI Research Committee Chairperson, Dr Maura Coulter at

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