Jobs in Sport


The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates to fill three vacant positions.

(a) Finance
Applicants for this role should demonstrate in their application wide experience and competence in relation to financial matters and
-Extensive professional experience at an appropriately senior level in the area of accountancy, audit and/or corporate finance,
-Experience as a member of an Audit Committee or of having directly reported to or worked with an Audit Committee,
-Proven experience of management/operation of financial systems and the design of business information systems.

In addition to the essential requirements above, it is desirable that candidates for this position would have:
-Relevant experience in risk management
-Previous board/corporate governance experience
-A demonstrable interest in sport.

(b) Sporting perspective
Candidates for this position must be or have been involved in competing at the highest level in sport. Candidates must have/or have had significant demonstrable active involvement in sport which would indicate a depth and breadth of knowledge of the challenges facing the sector and demonstrate a substantial contribution and/or track record of achievement in the sector.

(c) Disability Advocate
Applications are invited from disability advocates or individuals who have personally participated in sports for those with disabilities.
Candidates for this position must have a demonstrable interest or involvement in sport and an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing this particular sports sector.

For all of the above roles, applicants whose names are forwarded to the Department for consideration will be called for interview and will be asked to demonstrate, from their experience:

-that they are open minded strategic thinkers, able to bring their own experience to bear on issues under discussion;
-a commitment to an evidence-based approach, and the capacity to appreciate the implications of complex and multi-faceted evidence;
-the ability to make important and difficult objective decisions;
-the ability to challenge constructively the opinions of others, work to achieve a shared consensus and accept collective responsibility;
-excellent communication skills and an ability to express themselves clearly and succinctly.


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Job Purpose

The Grants Manager is responsible for coordinating and managing grant management processes across all of Sport Ireland business areas. Key grant management processes include LSP and NGB core grants and more recently the processing of grants under the Dormant Accounts and Healthy Ireland Funds.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

- Develop comprehensive internal grant management system across all relevant units

- Ensure allignment and consistency in practice across the organisation

- Lead the consistent application of relevant finance policies, processes and systems to ensure effective project implementation as well as compliance with funding terms and conditions

- Liase directly with finance unit on grants processes and procedures

- Lead on the project to deliver an IT based grant management system

- Partcipate as a member of various business unit groups within Sport Ireland

Key Accountabilities

- Operational Processes

- Develop, standardise and manage Sport Ireland’s grant management processes in line with the highest standards for the Public Sector

- Proactively manage grants, working with colleagues to identify risks and minimise them

- In collaboration with relevant managers, manage and deliver grant processes for all units, in particular the NGB, HP and Participation units to include all funds (Sport Ireland and externally secured funding)

- Provide the staff and funded bodies of Sport Ireland with easy to use, fair and timely grant application and compliance processes

- Act as a resource and support for all units within Sport Ireland that operate financial supports to funded bodies

- Prepare grant agreements, including heads of agreement where applicable, and ensure required documentation completion as per the agreement and ensure follow-up on deliverables

Strategic Processes
- Develop a Grant Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Sport Ireland including principles and best practice.

- Manage Sport Ireland audit and other legal requirements within its grant management procedures

- Contribute to the development of evaluation systems in conjunction with the Evaluation Officer and integrate the evaluation systems into the grant application processes where applicable.

- Produce and analyse quarterly and annual reports on grant management procedures

- Track and report on trends in financial supports offered by Sport Ireland across all funded bodies as requested


- Lead on an IT based Grant Management Project for Sport Ireland

- Identify, agree and implement areas of improvement within the existing processes and procedures


- This is a project management role that works across the organisation

- There is no executive function in deciding grants

- It is an internal role; direct liaison with recipients will be a function of the individual units

The essential qualification required for this post

- At least 3 years’ experience in project and financial management, at least 2 years in supervisory role managing a team

- A degree-level qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline, i.e. finance, project management; grant management; etc.

- Technical expertise and practical experience in finance, monitoring and data analysis;

- Experience in the development and implementation of financial systems, monitoring analysis policies, systems, and tools

- Experience of data collection, collation, analysis and management;

- Experience in information analysis and report writing

- Valid drivers licence and access to own vehicle

Additional skills and attributes that would be desirable are:

A masters-level qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline

Essential Skills:

- Well-developed skills in planning, prioritising and project management

- Excellent administration and organisational skills

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

- Ability to collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders

- Ability to work well in a team

- Ability to work independently, to prioritise a variety of tasks, set and meet deadlines, and careful attention to detail

- Reliability, flexibility and commitment

- Proficiency in complex accounting systems and intermediate to advanced level MS Excel skills.

- A high level of proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

- A good knowledge and understanding of sport in Ireland and the work of the Sport Ireland

Desirable Skills and Experience:

- Familiarity with operational planning and budgeting

- Familiarity with the not for profit / sports sector

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 Friday, 20th April 2018.

Sport Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.