We’re Recruiting a National Sports Development Coordinator for Vision Sports Ireland

We’re Recruiting a National Sports Development Coordinator for Vision Sports Ireland

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Author: Joe/Thursday, January 18, 2018/Categories: News

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Job Description for the Position of




National Sports Development Coordinator (part-time)
Purpose of the Role
The National Sports Development Coordinator will work to promote the Vision Sports ethos: ideally, every single vision impaired person, irrespective of age, level of sight or fitness, should be able to participate, in so far as possible, in the sports, leisure and social activities of their choice.
The National Sports Development Coordinator will be responsible to the Chairman of Vision Sports Ireland.
Office Location
The National Sports Development Coordinator will work from offices located in
National Council for the Blind (NCBI) Offices, Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Salary:Up to €21,000 (depending on qualifications and experience).
Hours: Up to 24 hours per week (flexible and willing to work evenings and weekends).
Duration of Employment: Up to 50 weeks fixed term contract.


  • Help increase the range of opportunities for vision impaired people to participate in sporting activities throughout Ireland.
  • Work with national and voluntary organisations, and local bodies to deliver Vision Sports objectives.
  • Act as a conduit and central point of contract for vision impaired sportspeople, their families and friends as well as the wider circle of interested groupings.
  • Promote the Vision Sports Ireland Sports Development Programme which funds specific groups and individuals.
  • Promote the three Vision Sports Ireland members’ types: full, friends/family and support
  • As required, arrange training and/or competitions to support vision impaired people.
  • As required, Liaise with NCBI staff to increase the participation of people with a vision impairment in sport.
  • Support the organisation of MayFest, the annual multi-sports weekend for vision impaired sportspeople.
  • Visit the regions to promote core sports message as well as attendance and presenting at key national meetings of priority groupings.
  • Identify, recruit, train, monitor and mentor both volunteers and coaches.
  • Support Vision Sports Ireland in its fundraising endeavours.
  • Develop supports for vision impaired people participating in sports.
  • Audit and review level of participation and make recommendations.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Evaluate activities using key performance indicators.
  • Objectives, milestones, and deliverables will be agreed in line with the duration of the contract.
  • Identify and systematically develop sports best suited to vision impaired people, commencing with existing core sports.
  • Subject to available finances promote the Vision Sports Ireland Sports Development Programme: Build and maintain the Direct Support Programme which provides essential, financial support, through grants, to blind/vision impaired individuals to enable participation in a specific sport.
  • Build and maintain the Group Activity Support Fund which provides assistance to people who wish to partake in a scheduled group activity such as walking, tandem cycling and swimming.
  • Liaise, by means of phone/email and in person, with those parties seeking information on sport for vision impaired people.
  • In conjunction with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and their associated clubs as well as Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Disability Sports Inclusion Disability Officers (SIDOs) arrange (not necessarily organise) training and competitions.
  • Identify, recruit, and in association with NGBs and any other relevant parties,
  • arrange volunteers and coaching training.
  • Work closely with Vision Sports Ireland MayFest organisation in the planning and rollout of MayFest.
  • Visit regions and meet relevant NCBI staff and resource workers, LSPP SIDOs, college Disability Officers, primary and post-primary school physical education teachers as well as vision impaired people themselves.
  • Conduct a GAP analysis on the existing provision (geographic spread, gender and age, etc) and then to design and implement measures of redress.
  • Support vision impaired sports people to overcome barriers in areas of integration in sports groupings, any adaptive equipment required as well as additional expenses.
  • Support Vision Sports in the promotion of sport for vision impaired people through full utilisation of social media, particularly in the area of promoting upcoming events/dissemination of information/results, etc.
  • Work with the Board of Vision Sports Ireland in the area of attracting sponsorship, promoting our direct donor programme, supporting charity sports events and fundraising social activities.
  • Adhere to the appropriate financial management and reporting procedures at all times.
3. Key Capabilities
The National Sports Development Coordinator will possess the following capabilities:
  • Hold a third level qualification (diploma/degree) in sports development, relevant discipline or relevant experience.
  • Experience in working with sports people with disabilities (including vision impairment).
  • An understanding of the barriers and issues affecting participating in sport by vision impaired people.
  • Have excellent report writing, presentation, communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Be fully fluent in both written and oral English.
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills together with a high level of drive and commitment to the role.
  • Excellent planning skills.
  • Strong office IT skills.
  • Strong social media skills.
  • Be a proactive team player and possess the ability to work well in a dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrate an energetic, self-motivated and flexible approach in all respects.
  • Commitment to work flexible hours (including evening and weekends as requested).
  • Public transport will be the preferred mode of travel. Where private transport is necessary a clean driver’s licence, with access to a car, is required.
Report to VISION SPORTS IRELAND Chair/Board of Directors.
Up to 50-week fixed term part-time contract based on an average three-day week (one week:
up to 24 hours) to include a probationary period.
Salary (negotiable) up to €21,000 annually – payable monthly
Expenses: This job description should be viewed as an outline of the principal duties and responsibilities of the National Sports Development Coordinator as seen to be appropriate to the post at this stage of the development. The management arrangements for the role will, therefore, be subject to further refinement and review as the structure evolves.



If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a curriculum vitae and cover letter to The HR Officer, Vision Sports Ireland, C/O National Council for the Blind, Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 or  email: sports@visionsports.ie

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 5th February 2018.

Vision Sports Ireland is an equal opportunities employer. We do not require the assistance of recruitment agencies


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