Cricket Ireland Seeking Media Expert

Cricket Ireland is looking to appoint a Media and Communications Manager who will be responsible for the development, coordination, and management of a comprehensive communications plan over the coming years.

The step up to full Test status last year will see the sport expand on an international scale with the first Test Match involving Ireland taking place in May 2018.

The new role will manage the communications needs of an expanding National Governing Body and of professional teams competing at world tournaments.

The key qualities needed in the new appointment, as listed on the candidate brief seen by Sport for Business include:

  • 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

The key responsibilities will be demanding as one would expect and include:

  • 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 Cricket Ireland executives
  • To direct and coordinate 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

This is a big role in a Governing Body here that stands on the edge of a very different future sitting at the top table of one of the worlds most popular, wide-reaching and financially strong sports.

Applicants have until midday on November 27th to apply in writing with a letter of application and a full CV to recruitment@cricketireland.ie.

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