IFA Vacancy: Club and Community Development Officer


Job Title:                    Club and Community Development Officer

Department:              Football Development

Reporting to:             Grassroots and Youth Development Manager

Hours of work:          37.5 hours per week.  However, the nature of the post will require a high degree of flexibility involving evenings and weekends as dictated by operational requirements of the business.

Salary bracket:         £27,000- £35,000

Role family:               Officer

Duration:                    Permanent

Candidates have to complete an online application form to be considered via this link HERE

The closing date is 12noon on 24 August 2021.


The Club and Community Development Officer will be responsible for ensuring best practice methods are established and implemented, adopting an integrated approach to the development of Grassroots & Youth Football.


  1. Implement the Irish FA’s Development Programme and to increase volunteer participation at all levels of the game and in particular increase participation for women’s, girl’s, disability, and under-represented groups.
  2. Meet targets as set by the Grassroots and Youth Development Manager as set out within the Club and Community Work Programme
  3. Identify, work with and expand on the Club and Community Development programme with Key Partners, Department for Communities and District Councils, Education & Library Boards, Schools, Youth and Community Groups, Football Clubs etc) to promote the game and the Association’s “Let Them Play”, Youth Strategy.
  4. Workings with our partners, Ulster GAA, and Ulster Rugby and in conjunction with the Club and Community Development Officer co-ordinate the delivery and promotion of the Department for Communities programme.
  5. Coordinate the delivery and implementation of the Club Accreditation programme nationwide through internal staff, online resources and various information sharing workshops
  6. Co-ordinate content an Irish FA Foundation online People and Clubs online platform.
  7. Participate in the initiation and delivery of the Association’s Coaching Awards and Licences.
  8. Represent the Association at meetings, seminars and study group visits as assigned.
  9. Source additional investment that will support/compliment the objectives of the Club and Community Development Programme.
  10. Perform all administration for all programmes including reports and evaluations.
  11. Act as an ambassador/advocate for the Association’s Strategy and actively promote the objectives contained within
  12. Utilise data and good practice examples to positively promote the game with/through partners and media outlets.
  13. Maintain and adhere to the financial procedures as set out in the Grassroots and Youth Financial Procedures Handbook.
  14. Proactively participate in training and development opportunities, staff performance appraisals and reviews as required.
  15. Comply with Data Protection Policy with regard to safeguarding sensitive customer information at all time
  16. Perform the job in accordance with the company’s policies and procedures, especially the Equal Opportunities and Harassment Policy and Procedure.
  17. Adhere to and actively support at all times all other company policies, procedures, processes and working practices, including adhering to best practice.
  18. Perform any other duties as may reasonably be required from time-to-time.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the business. 

PERSONNEL SPECIFICATION – Club & Community Development Officer

Criteria Essential:





1. Education & qualification

1.1 Possess an Irish FA NCC Certificate or equivalent. 1.2 Possess a UEFA ‘C’ Diploma

1.3 Holds a degree in a relevant subject or has a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Football/sport Development.

1.4 Holds an ECDL qualification or equivalent.


2. Experience

2.1 Have two years practical experience (within the last five years) of working within a Football /Sports Development Programme.






3. Skills, knowledge & competencies


3.1 Understanding of the Irish FA “Let Them Play” Youth Strategy.

3.2 Possess strong organisational and leadership skills.

3.3 Possess effective communication skills. (verbal and written) and good interpersonal skills.

3.4 Have experience of managing budgets, working to deadlines and preparing reports.

3.5 Possess a good level of computer literacy. (Microsoft Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Outlook).



4. Other requirements


(4.3-4.5 are post job offer)

4.1 Proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

4.2 Have a clean driving licence and access to a car for business use.


4.3 Completion of a medical questionnaire demonstrating the ability to fulfil the Occupational Health requirements for the post and flag any reasonable adjustment required.

4.4 Two satisfactory employment references, one of whom should ideally be the current/most recent employer.

4.5 Enhanced Access NI checks with satisfactory clearance.



Closing date: The closing date for the receipt of completed application is 12 noon on Tuesday 24 August 2021. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Shortlisting: Only those applications which clearly demonstrate the requirements set out in the personnel specification will be shortlisted. Please note that the Association reserves the right to implement all or some of the desirable criteria in addition to the essential criteria for shortlisting purposes.

Offer of employment: Please note any offer of employment is subject to the receipt of two satisfactory employment references, proof of eligibility to work in the UK and proof of any required qualifications.

Reserve list: A reserve list of suitable candidates may be maintained for the purpose of any similar vacancies (temporary or permanent) that may arise within twelve months of the completion of the recruitment exercise.

Vetting: The Irish FA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and employees to share this commitment. This role involves work with young people and is subject to Enhanced Access NI checks. Clearance through this system is required.

The Irish Football Association is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications form all sections of the community. All appointments will be made on the basis of merit.


Approved: August 2021.

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