Swim Ireland Vacancy – Women in Sport Officer

Swim Ireland – Women in Sport Officer

Swim Ireland is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Water Polo, Diving and associated Aquatic Disciplines on the island of Ireland.  Swim Ireland’s Head Office is based at Irish Sport HQ, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Swim Ireland is a private limited company with approx. 40 employees. For further information, please see our website at  www.swimireland.ie

We are currently recruiting for a Women in Sport Officer to join our dynamic team on a maternity cover contract. Expected Start date mid October 2021 – fixed purpose contract to provide cover for Maternity Leave. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivery of the Women in Sport programmes and events.


Job Title Women in Sport Officer (Maternity Cover)


Roles and responsibilities of the Participation Programmes Officer The role of the Women in Sport Project Officer is to deliver the following initiatives detailed in the 2021 Swim Ireland Women in Sport grant submission and to generally support the delivery of Swim Ireland programmes:




Swim for a Mile (SFAM)

  • Develop and deliver an indoor SFAM programme.
  • Develop and deliver an outdoor pool SFAM programme.
  • Develop and deliver a virtual SFAM challenge.


Women in Sport (WIS)

·         Deliver the WIS Coaching & Mentoring Programme.

·         Deliver the Swimmin Women programme.

·         Support the delivery of the Women in Sport Leadership programme.

·         Support the delivery of a Water Polo Referee programme

·         WIS Visibility (WIS funding dependent)

·         Women in The Water Week (WIS funding dependent)



·         Establish and maintain links with Local Sports Partnerships, Facility Operators, Community Groups, Schools, Clubs and others as required.


Other Duties

·         Set and monitor standards for the delivery of the WIS programmes and events.

·         Produce evaluations of the SFAM events and the WIS programmes.

·         Monitor the budgets for SFAM events and the WIS programmes, ensuring that spend is within allocated budget.

·         Produce regular reports detailing progress against targets.

·         Prepare and present reports to funders.

·         Other duties as requested

Working Hours

Full-time / Part-Time

Full time If Part-time, state specific days / hours per week  
Employment ·         The employee will be employed by Swim Ireland on an initial 7-12 month maternity cover contract.

·         The employee will report to Swim Ireland Head of Participation.

Employer Swim Ireland



Skills and Qualities Essential Desirable

  • Educated to Degree level or at least 3 years full time employment in a relevant professional environment
  • L2 Teaching Aquatics or Coaching Swimming or recognised equivalent
  • Current and clean drivers’ licence














  • Some experience of working professionally within the sports or leisure/health industry
  • Experience working in sports development
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Experience of setting a project and seeing it through successfully
  • Knowledge and experience in working across a range of aquatic disciplines
  • Experience in development, implementation and maintenance of a PR and marketing strategy supported in particular by Social Media initiatives



















  • Knowledge of sporting structures
  • Knowledge of the benefits of the aquatics for women
  • Knowledge of the implementation of PR strategies and Social Media initiatives










Personal Qualities and skills

  • Comprehensive verbal, written, presentation, oral and IT skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively and liaise with a range of personnel (such as swimmers, professionals, teachers and facility manager)
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and committed
  • Organised and able to report effectively
  • Ability to work on own initiative, under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours
  • A strong team player
  • Comprehensive negotiating skills
  • Good time management skills
  • The ability to sell, persuade and influence others


















  • Willingness to travel to and between a number of different work locations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • A CAN DO Attitude








Applications should be made for the attention of the HR Manager – chloekinahan@swimireland.ie. Closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 12th September 2021 with interviews expected to take place the week of the 20th September.



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