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Participation and Retention Co-ordinator – Job Description

The key purpose of this role is to develop, manage and support initiatives that support clubs to retain players within the sport.
The Association have a National Development Plan Our Sport Our Future 2016-2019. This post has a key role to achieve the objectives and targets outlined in these.
This junior management position, will have the Munster, Leinster and Connacht Participation and Growth Co-ordinators Kildare/Meath Project Co-ordinator and the new Belfast/Derry Co-ordinator, reporting to them directly.
They will report in to the Technical Development and Participation Manager.
Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Plan and oversee the implementation and facilitation of a co-ordinated programme of activities and events, budget spending, materials production and distribution, and other resources to support player retention within Camogie clubs.
  • Identify factors that motivate players to continue their participation in Camogie.
  • Identify and develop new programmes and activities that cultivate a club environment and coaching and games experience that fosters long-term participation in Camogie.
  • Ensure that Camogie-led player retention programmes and initiatives keep pace with changing standards and best practice.
  • Liaise with relevant Ard Chomhairle committees and Units as appropriate.
  • Lead and roll out other national programmes and initiatives under the Camogie Association’s National Development Plan.
  • Support the Association’s senior management team to develop and apply appropriate evaluation process to assess the implementation and impact of the National Development Plan.
  • Monitor, analyse and report on membership trends on an annual basis.
  • Supervise and support interns, work placements and occasional contract work.
  • Represent the Association.
  • Support designated counties.
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by the Ard Stiúrthóir
A staff member’s job description forms part of their contract of employment. The roles and responsibilities of staff may change subject to the business needs of the Association, in consultation with the staff concerned.
Person Specification:
Essential Criteria
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience (paid) of working in a development role in sport, community development, youth work or other relevant area.
  • An appropriate third level education qualification.

    • Sports Science.
    • Human resource management.
  • Extensive experience of project management.
  • Experience of identifying and development of new programmes.
  • Experience of consultative methods, group work and facilitation.
  • Experience of working with volunteers, children and young people.
  • Proven ability to network.
  • Dynamic self-starter with a proven ability to work independently.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, proven ability to work and develop relationships to achieve targets.
  • A high level of proven organisational ability and administrative and IT Skills.
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written).
  • The post holder will be required to have a clean full driving licence and the appointment will be subject to Garda/PSNI vetting clearance.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of coach education structures in Gaelic Games, particularly Camogie.
  • Experience of involvement in hurling/camogie.
  • Familiarity with social research method and with designing or undertaking evaluations commissioned.
Terms and conditions
  • The post will be based in the Camogie Association’s offices in either:

    • Ulster GAA – Armagh City, Co. Armagh.
    • Connacht Council GAA Offices – Claremorris Co. Mayo.
    • Leinster Council GAA Offices – Portlaoise Co. Laois.
  • The appointment will be permanent with a 9-month probation period.
  • The Participation and Retention Co-ordinator will be required to work unsocial hours including weekends. From time to time travel will also be required.
  • The successful applicant must have a clean driving licence; her/his own transport and will be required to comply with Garda/PSNI vetting clearance in advance of taking up the position.
  • Remuneration will be subject to annual review as outlined in the Association’s Employee Handbook. The remuneration for this appointment will be attached to a salary scale ranging from €32,000 – €32,800 – €33,700 – € 34,600 – €35,700 – €36,700.
  • Expenses such as travel, overnight accommodation where required and other allowable expenditure will also be paid.
  • The Association will make a matching contribution of between 3% – 7% pension subject to employee contribution.
  • Annual leave entitlement of 23 days per annum. In addition, there is additional annual paid leave in the period Christmas Eve/New Year.
  • A time in lieu facility (TOIL) for work in excess of weekly contracted hours.
  • Study leave.
  • Travel (bike to work scheme/tax saver commuter tickets).
To apply for this role please complete the following Application Form
Please send your completed form to or by post to:
Technical Development and Participation Manager
Camogie Association
Croke Park
Dublin 3
(Postal applications should mark ‘private confidential’ on the envelope)

Closing date for applications is Friday June 29th 2018 at 5.00pm.
Interviews commencing the week beginning July 9th 2018
Late applications will not be accepted. Please note that candidates who do not submit an application form will not be considered for shortlisting.

A staff member’s job description forms part of their contract of employment. The roles and responsibilities of staff may change subject to the business needs of the Association, in consultation with the staff concerned.

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