Camogie Leadership Countdown

The Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Championships stepped up a gear at the weekend with Waterford, Dublin, Tipperary and Galway qualifying for the Quarter Finals and Cork and Kilkenny securing their places in this year’s Semi-Finals. All four matches will be televised live on RTÉ in the first and third weekends of August.

Another race in Camogie is also heating up with applications for the role of Ard Stiúrthóir or CEO needing to be in by this Friday, July 27th.

The opportunity to lead a sport which has over 100,000 registered players, nationally televised coverage of five of its biggest games and sponsorship deals in place with Liberty Insurance and Littlewoods Ireland is one that should be tempting to many within Gaelic games and the wider sporting family, as well as for those currently working in business but with a passion for sport.

The role is advertised as being on the basis of a seven-year contract, a period of time which will likely see a much greater sence of coming together with the GAA and Ladies Gaelic Football with all the opportunities, and the challenges that this will likely give rise to.

The job advertisement is very specific in terms of the key areas where the new boss will be actively involved:

Mission, Vision and Planning

  • Leading the strategic development of the Association in collaboration with the Uachtarán and Ard Chomhairle.
  • Leading the development process for periodic National Development Plans.
  • Monitoring, prioritising and leading the implementation of commitments set out in the relevant National Development Plan.
  • Maintaining and presenting to Ard Chomhairle, progress reports of achievement against the National Development Plan, annual business plan and budget by reference to agreed key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Informing and updating the Uachtarán and Ard Chomhairle of all significant factors and issues likely to affect the Association.

Leadership, Management and Staff Development

  • Leading, in co-operation with the Uachtarán, all of the Association’s on-going activities.
  • Overseeing the management of the Association’s day-to-day operations, to ensure the smooth functioning and efficient organisation of all sporting and governance activities. This includes ensuring that day-to-day operations are carried out to recognised standards and that controls, systems and procedures are in place to assist periodic evaluation.
  • Developing, encouraging and sustaining an environment where management and staff participation, engagement and co-operation contributes to an effective and efficient working organisation.
  • Developing and maintaining an environment that enables the Association to recruit, develop and retain high-quality management, staff and volunteers.
  • Ensuring adherence to the Association’s recruitment policies as they relate to staff and volunteers, including compliance with legislation.
  • Developing and implement robust processes to motivate, support and evaluate volunteers.
  • Ensuring all staff contracts comply with the Association’s recruitment and remuneration policies and are managed within approved budgets.
  • Ensuring that staff evaluation is conducted annually in accordance with the Association’s performance management framework.
  • Ensuring that there is a personal development plan developed and implemented for each staff member in conjunction with the annual staff evaluation process.
  • Ensuring that annual agreed work plans are developed and implemented in accordance with the responsibilities of each staff member and the objectives of the National Development Plan.

Governance, Finance and Risk

  • Ensuring the Association complies with all legal, regulatory and funder requirements and monitoring this compliance.
  • Reviewing and developing policies as required, and ensure that all policies approved by Ard Chomhairle, are implemented.
  • Ensuring the timely filing of all legal and statutory returns.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Association’s binding codes and mandatory procedures.
  • Ensuring that appropriate policies, systems and controls are in place to manage the technological infrastructure of the Association in accordance with ongoing requirements.
  • Providing support for National Committee Meetings.
  • Accountability for the overall financial management of the Association and adequacy of its financial and other resources to deliver planned activities within budget.
  • Ensuring that appropriate financial policies, systems and controls are in place to manage the financial resources of the Association in accordance with best practice.
  • Overseeing the development and presentation of the annual financial budget and all key funding applications for approval by Ard Chomhairle.
  • Ensuring there is a risk management plan and supporting register in place to identify risk and its mitigation.
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate processes and procedures to avoid risk.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Developing and maintaining a close working relationship with the Uachtarán, Ard Chomhairle and the Chairs of National Committees.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key funders and sponsors, with a particular focus on attracting new sponsors.
  • Maintaining appropriate relationships with, and supporting the development of relevant skills and competencies of, the Association’s volunteers.
  • Maintaining and building on existing relationships with all sporting bodies.
  • Under the direction of the Uachtarán, working with the Transition Oversight Group to implement with the 2018 MOU with the GAA.
  • Advocating on matters of relevance to the Association, its members and stakeholders in consultation with the Uachtarán.
  • Raising the profile of Camogie in line with targets and KPIs set out in the National Development Plan.
  • Upholding and representing the interests of the Association at the highest national level, be a leader within the sporting community and advocate for women in sport.

It will be a fascinating role to take on, one that will play a key part in the ongoing strengthening of Women’s sport.

Applications in the form of a CV, along with a covering letter setting out key strengths in the context of the job description should be sent by email to by 5 pm on Friday, July 27th 2018 or by post to:

An Uachtarán
Camogie Association
Croke Park
Dublin 3
(Postal applications should mark ‘private confidential’ on the envelope)

Late applications will not be accepted.

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