An exciting job opportunity has arisen within Golf Ireland, and we are now seeking to recruit a suitably qualified candidate to lead and manage the Development team and associated staff. The key elements of the role, including the skills and attributes that Golf Ireland is looking for in the successful candidate, are set out below.
In January 2021, Golf Ireland was established as the new single governing body for golf on the island of Ireland, taking over from the GUI and ILGU. It is now the single governing body for golf on the island of Ireland, which was overwhelmingly approved by the affiliate Clubs of the ILGU and GUI in January of 2019.
Based in Carton Demesne near Maynooth, Golf Ireland is a non-profit company, limited by guarantee, and is responsible for leading, growing and supporting the game of golf on the island of Ireland. The Board of Golf Ireland is made up of 13 volunteer Directors supported by an Executive team and a suite of sub-committees.
Four Regional Executive Committees, one in each of the Provinces of Ireland, are responsible for the delivery of local operations.
The primary functions of Golf Ireland include the administration of Championships and InterClub events, the administration of the World Handicap System and the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, the delivery of a World class High Performance Programme, contesting and hosting International Fixtures, Supporting Clubs and Growing the Game.
Golf Ireland seeks a Head of Development and Club Support to manage and facilitate a range of initiatives and programmes to develop the expansion of the sport of golf and support Golf Clubs in accordance with approved strategic and operational plans This role requires an enthusiastic leader who is a great communicator and has the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships.
• Contribute to and implement relevant strategies and implementation plans associated with Development and Club Support.
• Lead and facilitate the input of a range of stakeholders, ensuring there is a professional and consistent approach to all development/support programmes across the four regions.
• Manage a team of direct reports providing clear guidance and feedback as required.
• Conduct annual monitoring and evaluation of development schemes, initiatives and resources in relation to the Golf Ireland Strategy.
• Input to the submission of funding applications and reviews to the related funding bodies.
• Work with the Director of High Performance Director/National Coach to ensure the Golf Ireland pathway from Club to High Performance level is a fluid process.
• Provide appropriate support and line management to relevant staff.
• Encourage professional development and continuous learning.
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including Golf Ireland Board members, volunteers, Sport Ireland, Sport NI, The R&A, the Golf Foundation and the PGA.
• Work with the Regional Managers in relation the operational duties of the Regional Development and Club Support Officers.
• Provide clear and regular reports to the Chief Operations Officer.
• A commitment to Golf Ireland’s values and culture of inclusion, equality and diversity.
• Experience in working with sporting, volunteer and committee organisations.
• Stakeholder management - outstanding leadership and organisational abilities with the ability to achieve a collaborative approach across a range of internal and external stakeholders.
• Demonstrable skills in strategic planning.
• Staff leadership and management skills
• Budget management skills.
• Operational and project management skills with the ability to adapt to frequent changes in workload and prioritise work accordingly.
• Excellent communications and influencing skills and a confident public speaker.
• Willing to be held to account and measured on performance.
• Good level of proficiency in MS Office skills, e.g. Word, Power Point and Excel
• Willingness to work flexible hours.
• The post holder must have a full current Driving License.
• Knowledge of golf, its structures and development
• Knowledge and understanding of the requirements of partnership working with national and local bodies.
Note: This role by its nature will evolve and the postholder may be required to undertake duties not specifically outlined in this Job Description.
The package will include a competitive salary range relevant with qualifications, skills and experience and will include mobile phone and laptop for business use.
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