The Community Sports Development Officer is a 12-month specified purpose contract with a salary that is commensurate with the individual’s skills and experience.
The aim of the Community Sports Development Officer (CSDO) is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership to further develop locally led plans and sustainable physical activity programmes under the National Physical Activity Plan (Action 46). Funding for the position of CSDO has been secured through Sport Ireland and is employed through dlr Leisure LTD. Reporting to the Coordinator of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership, the successful candidate will be based in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire.
Sport Ireland established the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Network as an initiative to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport and participation at local level. LSPs aim to increase participation in sport and physical activity by breaking down barriers and increasing numbers of people participating and ensuring continued participation through all stages of life.
- Support the development of exciting and dynamic opportunities to increase participation for people who are sedentary
- Capacity build smaller National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that do not currently have development officers and other stakeholders to deliver services to increase participation
- Develop sustainable local leadership for sport within communities.
Role of the Community Sports Development Officer
The CSDO position will involve assisting Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership in the roll out of National programmes and its local strategic objectives in increasing participation and building capacity in local sporting organisations. This will include a particular remit for the Sport & Physical Activity Hub in Ballyogan.
These actions would include liaising with local community groups, clubs and services to identify existing needs and opportunities and then work with partners and agencies to establish sustainable initiatives to meet these.
The CSDO will address barriers to participation and encourage access and increase opportunities for participation by those who experience disadvantage for any reason. This position will require flexibility around working hours with regards evenings and weekends.
The CSDO will cover work in the below areas:
- Establish a baseline in the communities chosen for interventions and conduct an audit of local clubs and update where this has already been completed
- Consult and work with local communities to identify the need and demand for new activities
- Provide guidance and support to develop sustainable community sports clubs
- Establish a sports forum that will enable clubs to work together
- Tackle local barriers to participation through targeted programmes and initiatives
- Support and maintain strong links between schools and community sports clubs
- Develop action plans in line with the needs of the community
- Work with smaller national governing bodies that do not currently have development officers to increase opportunities for participation
- Support the continued roll out of Sport Ireland’s investment including Dormant Accounts Funded projects
- Coordinate and facilitate training and development opportunities
- Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects
- Financial Management
- Establish a financial monitoring template for the operational budget
It is a requirement for candidates to possess the following:
- Experience of working in a sports development environment is essential (3 years or more)
- Experience working with sports clubs, community groups & young people in a community setting
- Experience planning, co-ordinating & delivering sustainable sporting & recreational programmes
It is desirable for candidates to possess the following:
- A recognised qualification at degree level or equivalent in sports development, leisure management or similar
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent organisational skills
- A good understanding of project-based programme delivery with measureable outcomes
- A good understanding of project evaluation
- Be motivated by and committed to sports development and increasing opportunities for participation, in particular among hard to reach groups in local communities
- Be self-motivated and able to work independently to meet or exceed goals
- A full clean driving license and access to own transport.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 10th July 2019 and applicants will be short listed for interview based on experience. DLR Leisure is an equal opportunities employer.