posted 13 Apr 2017, 01:56 by John O'Sullivan   [ updated 13 Apr 2017, 03:06 ]

 Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired by its amateur status and supported by the voluntary efforts of all its members, the GAA devotes its entire resources to the development of Gaelic Games and Culture nationally and in local communities.



Cúige Mumhan agus Coiste Chontae Clar C.L.G. wishes to recruit a County Games Development Manager for the above county. The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy within County Clare, by developing and delivering a comprehensive County Games Development Plan on an annual basis with the assistance of the steering groups’ active in the County.   The post holder will be the lead Games Development Executive within the County and serve as secretary of the County Games Development Committee.  The objective of this work will be to generate an increase in the participation rates and the playing standards amongst the population in the county.


Duties & Responsibilities include:


1.   Production of an Annual Games Development Plan for the County, which will outline in detail the quantifiable objectives and priorities for the Games Development Team in the County, including the development and provision of:


Games Opportunities:            A regular programme of games appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at Child/Primary, Youth/Secondary and Adult/Third Level.


Skill Development Initiatives: Coaching and skill development initiatives appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at Child/Primary, Youth/Secondary and Adult/Third Level.


Education Programmes:         Programmes of courses and workshops appropriate to the requirements of Coaches, Administrators and Referees to fulfil their various functions in a Games Development context.


Support Initiatives:                 Initiatives to support the development of a sustainable sports system by managing the identification, recruitment and training of key personnel within Clubs, Schools and Counties to effectively develop Gaelic Games in the community.



2.      Prepare and manage budgets and maintain accurate and up to date records and reports as appropriate.


3.      Review and evaluate the outcomes, effectiveness and efficiency of the Annual Games Development Plan using the GAA Games Development Information Management System (MIS) and qualitative reviews, and propose changes and adjustments as necessary.


4.      Manage and review the performance of all County Games Development personnel responsible for implementation of the Annual Games Development Plan. This will involve the identification of individual targets and goals, review and evaluation of performance on an ongoing basis, with the conduction of formal performance review meetings on a quarterly basis.


5.      Under the direction of the County Secretary and the Provincial Games Development Manager, and in conjunction with the designated resource in Croke Park, establish and maintain effective partnerships with key local stakeholders, partners, other agencies and sponsors, i.e. LSP, County Council etc. in order to ensure that the GAA solicit the maximum support and funding available in promoting and growing the Association at local level.


6.      Maintain key lines of communication with Clubs, Schools and relevant Community groups to ensure the effective promotion of Gaelic Games through Club, School and Community links.


7.      Liaise with National and Provincial Games Development Personnel and attend meetings and personnel training as required, to support the development of the function and the role.


8.      Coordinate an annual audit of Clubs and Schools in relation to Player Development, Coaching Standards, Facilities and Resources and work with the County Board team in the development of new units across these areas in line with the County Development plan objectives.


9.      Complete any other duties that may reasonably be assigned by the Provincial Games Development Manager.


 Essential Criteria:


  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organisation (Voluntary or Professional Capacity).
  • Clear and detailed knowledge of the GAA’s coaching schemes and initiatives; Minimum Award 1 GAA coaching qualification in football or hurling.
  • Proven track record in project management including programme planning and evaluation; demonstrable ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Demonstrable ability to manage people and resources, and build and maintain strong team relationships and manage conflict.
  • Strong leadership and decision making skills; Ability to clearly present goals and direction.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (verbal and written); strong negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of IT related packages and systems.
  • Considerable administrative and reporting experience; Strong organisational skills and high level of attention to detail.
  • Proven experience of managing budgets effectively and maintaining detailed and accurate records as appropriate.
  • Demonstrable ability to work in high-pressure situations; hands-on approach to getting things done.

 Desirable Criteria:


  • A relevant third level qualification.
  • Tutor GAA coaching qualification.
  • GAA coaching qualification in a second Games code.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of best-practice coaching, learning and development strategies and tools.
  • An in depth knowledge of Clare and Munster GAA and relevant structures.

 This post is subject to Garda vetting.


The GAA is an equal opportunities employer


Candidates interested in the above role should apply with an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae at LINK on or before 3pm on Tuesday April 18th .