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Reporting day-to-day to the Sport Ireland Secretary, with a reporting relationship to the Board and Audit & Risk Committee for the Risk Management elements of the role, the Head of Risk and Compliance will be responsible for supporting and directing Sport Ireland’s Risk Management and Compliance frameworks (including Freedom of Information and Data Protection policies, procedures and standards for Sport Ireland). The role also includes responsibility for records management processes and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Risk and Compliance will have the following principal duties and responsibilities:

Risk Management

Implementation and administration of Sport Ireland’s Risk Management Policy.

Management of Sport Ireland’s Risk Register, in conjunction with the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.

Oversight, review, and supervision of the identification, assessment, monitoring and reporting of risk within Sport Ireland.

Enhancement of Sport Ireland’s Risk Management Systems, including the development of Risk Management Tools, Processes and Templates in accordance with best practice, and provide relevant training and education to end users.

Providing guidance and assistance to risk owners in every area, in understanding, monitoring and managing risk on an ongoing basis.

Development and provision of ongoing training and support to Sport Ireland staff with responsibility for management of risk and compliance in their areas, including risk identification and assessment, operational planning, risk based decision making, risk appetite and risk mitigation.

Communicating key risk issues to the Audit and Risk Committee, and Board of Sport Ireland.

Compliance (including Freedom of Information and Data Protection)

Developing and implementing Sport Ireland’s Compliance Framework.

Managing and maintaining Sport Ireland’s Freedom of Information service to ensure all statutory requirements are adhered to, as well as consistently discharging Sport Ireland’s Freedom of Information functions.

Involvement in all issues relating to the protection of personal data within Sport Ireland.

Overseeing the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, and ongoing monitoring of compliance with same.

Assessing, designing and implementing appropriate data management policies and procedures.

Acting as the contact point for data subjects of Sport Ireland in relation to all issues regarding the processing of their personal data and exercising their rights under the GDPR including facilitating and managing Subject Access Requests.

Acting as the contact point for the relevant data protection authority and co-operating with the authority, where necessary.

Managing data protection incidents and acting as an advisor to staff in areas such as data processing, social media, marketing, website content and other strategic client initiatives.

Monitoring the provision of Sport Ireland’s Customer Charter to ensure that best practice in this area is achieved and maintained.

Working with key internal and external stakeholders on key non-legislative compliance issues.

Communicating with and supporting Sport Ireland Management in compliance related matters.

Responding to Department queries, and assisting with responses to Parliamentary questions.

Developing systems and capabilities to monitor adherence to relevant policies.

Other Responsibilities

Undertaking priority projects, responsibilities and administrative duties as may be assigned to the candidate from time to time by the Sport Ireland Secretary.

Liaising with Sport Ireland management and staff to ensure that all relevant compliance requirements are identified.

Monitoring relevant developments in the public sector and reporting any new or proposed regulations or legislation that may impact Sport Ireland, working with the Senior Management Team to ensure that Sport Ireland is compliant with Government directives. Ensuring that policies and procedures are updated accordingly.

This is not an exhaustive list and the role will include any duties required by Sport Ireland from time to time which are appropriate for the position and the needs of the organisation.

Person Specification

The post-holder will be expected to have at least three years’ relevant experience at a management level.


The post-holder will be academically strong with at least a primary degree. A post-graduate qualification in a relevant field would be a significant advantage.

Knowledge & Experience

The preferred candidate will ideally have some or all of the following:

A sound understanding of the risk and compliance matters that pertain to a state agency.

Demonstrable experience in risk/compliance management in the following:

Developing risk registers at organisational and business unit / department level including implementing and administering risk/compliance tools, processes and procedures.

Administering Freedom of Information requests.

Implementing Data Protection requirements.

Experience of managing and developing risk processes including risk identification and reporting tools, risk appetite matrices and risk mitigation strategies.

Practical knowledge and a strong understanding of current Freedom of Information and GDPR obligations, and how it applies in a working environment.
A strong background in the management of administrative functions.

Broad working knowledge of, and understanding of prevalent Codes of Governance and Legislative / Regulatory compliance requirements in the Irish Public sector.

An understanding of the Irish sport sector, including Sport Ireland’s key relationships.

An understanding of the Sport Ireland Act 2015, and other relevant legislation or rules governing Sport Ireland.

The desired candidate will be:

Enthusiastic and highly motivated to perform at a high level, relishing the challenge of working within a small team.
Flexible in their approach with strong problem solving skills, a commitment to quality service and be personally trustworthy.

Able to work independently and collaboratively, use their own initiative, and successfully deliver across a range of different projects and work activities at the same time.

Logical and pragmatic in approach, delivering the best possible results with the resources available.

Able to demonstrate that they meet the competencies outlined in the job specification and an ability to discharge all the functions of the position.
Able to demonstrate the ability to operate across the wider organisation, proactively identify areas for improvement and to develop practical solutions for their implementation.
Skilled in communicating effectively at all levels within an organisation as well as engaging constructively with external stakeholders, with a proven ability to build and maintain a network of contacts and develop key business relationships.
Capable of presenting information clearly, concisely and confidently.
Capable of delivering results within strict deadlines while maintaining a focus on quality of work.
Capable of bringing innovation and experience/expertise from previous projects to bear on existing issues, making proposals for improvements and efficiencies where appropriate.
Leadership skills and effective relationship management ability.

Excellent interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) demonstrating an ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships both inside and outside the organisation.

Capable and comfortable with managing a busy workload, able to prioritise tasks effectivelyand to meet tight deadlines.

Able to demonstrate proven analytical skills, to interpret data and make decisions, and be able to challenge complex issues and risks.

Fully proficient in Microsoft Office.

Additional Information:

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary Scale: €47,552- €59,887 ((including two long service increments) - HEO Standard Scale. The appointment will be made on this scale at a point in line with current Government Pay Policy. New entrants to the public sector commence on the first point of scale.

Location: Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Application is by CV and covering letter to by 5pm on Monday, 26th March 2018.

Sport Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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To promote the national coaching pathway, ensure that it is integrated with the national player pathway. Create a culture for coaching excellence through the provision of high quality coach development material. The role requires significant liaison with Provincial Unions and will raise the profile of coaching within and beyond the cricket community.

See the full job description here.

The closing date for applications will be Mid-day, 28th February 2018

Letters of application and full CVs should be sent by email to and will be confidential

Interviews will be held on Thursday 8th March 2018

Role must commence by mid-April.