SfB Jobs in Sport – Club Development

Job Title:  

Club Development Coordinator

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the development of the Club Programme in line with the prevailing Special Olympics Ireland Strategy.

By driving a strong governance culture they will ensure the participation and opportunities are a quality experience for both athletes and volunteers.

Location: Special Olympics Ireland Head Office, Dublin

Reports to: Senior Director Sport


  • Drive the strategic development of the Special Olympics Clubs programme by guiding and supporting the Regional Development Officers who implement the strategy at local level.
  • Develop, implement and communicate processes, policies and procedures to instil a strong culture of good governance in Special Olympics clubs.
  • Seek to devise and implement efficiencies in the registration and affiliation process for clubs with a move to an online process.
  • Oversee and drive the registration of athletes and clubs including the Annual Affiliation process in conjunction with Regional Development Officers.
  • Manage the continued expansion of the Club Recognition Award programme.
  • Liaise and work with relevant staff and volunteers in the implementation and roll out of these programmes and initiatives.
  • Drive the Athlete Leadership Programme and work with the Regional Development Officers to strengthen and improve leadership opportunities for athletes at local level.
  • Support the network of Coaching Children Tutors to drive quality coaching of the programme at local level.
  • Develop a process to integrate Young Athletes into established Special Olympics clubs.
  • Grow the development of a Young Athletes programme for children with an Intellectual Disability between 4 to 7 years of age.
  • Participate in cross-functional training as required from time to time.
  • Develop and adhere to project plans and budgets and undertake any other assignments as may reasonably be requested by the Director
Essential Criteria:

  • A relevant sports qualification is essential e.g. physical education, sports science, sport/leisure management.
  • Good interpersonal, strong communication and planning skills to achieve long term objectives
  • A thorough knowledge of all aspects of Microsoft Office is essential
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • A team player and flexibility in working hours.  Please note there will be weekend work involved during the playing season
  • A full clean driving license and own transport
  • A current full clean driving licence and car will be necessary.

Desirable Criteria:

  • A minimum of four years’ experience in a multi-faceted sports role is desirable.

Salary band:                                     

Negotiable depending on experience

Contract status:                              

Full time, permanent

Preferred start date:                  


Annual paid holiday:                        



Will vary, may involve evening and weekend work.

Other Details:

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing environment within Special Olympics Ireland.

If you are interested in applying for this position please apply online with your CV and cover letter at Online Application Form

Special Olympics Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strictest confidence.


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