County Secretary/Chief Executive - Cork GAA 2018-07-20 08:00:00

County Secretary/Chief Executive
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.  
The Role
Coiste Chontae Chorcaí CLG/Cork County GAA Committee (County Committee) is now seeking a suitably qualified professional, with a passion for Gaelic Games and Irish culture, to fill the role of County Secretary/Chief Executive and deliver on its mission, values and strategy. The successful candidate will report to the County Committee and will be responsible for providing leadership, direction and support to full-time and voluntary teams within the County as well as representing the County Committee’s interests at provincial and national level as required, and will, furthermore, oversee the development of Cork GAA.
Duties shall include but shall not be limited to:

  • Working with the Executive of the County Committee on developing the vision and strategies of the County Committee, and implementing long and short-term plans; 
  • Responsibility for the overall implementation of the commitments contained in the County Committee’s Strategic Plan;  
  • Overall responsibility for fixtures planning, in conjunction with the Competitions Control Committee; 
  • Working with the County Treasurer on the management of all the County Committee’s financial services and operations to ensure proper governance and accountability; 
  • Ensuring the effective use of the County Committee’s financial and physical resources; 
  • Overseeing and strengthening existing strategic and commercial partnerships while developing new relationships with relevant third parties for the benefit of Cork GAA; 
  • Providing strong leadership, guidance and support to full-time and voluntary teams within the County, ensuring that the ethos and values of the GAA are preserved;  
  • Performance management of the County Committee’s full-time and part-time staff, overseeing the delivery of agreed goals and objectives, including those related to coaching and games development;
  • Providing support as required for the various units of the GAA in Cork, including clubs, primary and post-primary schools, third level colleges and various organising committees including Divisions, Inter-Firm, Rounders and Handball; 
  • Providing support to inter-county management teams to ensure that suitable arrangements are in place for all training sessions and games; overseeing the implementation of the County Committee’s responsibilities in relation to the Players’ Charter and such other support as may be required, in line with the policies of the County Committee and the GAA, to ensure the highest possible performance levels of Cork’s inter-county GAA teams; 
  • Making appropriate arrangements for the Annual Convention of the County Committee and producing a suitable annual report for same; 
  • Representing the best interests of Cork GAA at provincial and national level; 
  • Working with the County IT Officer to ensure the application of information technology and improved communications systems to advance the County Committee’s work and to achieve its objectives and targets; 
  • Developing (in conjunction with the County PRO as appropriate) effective public relations with a variety of external bodies including the media, local authorities, the local business community, residents in the locality of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Páirc Uí Rinn etc. 
  • Working with Ladies Football and Camogie at national and local level to promote greater co-operation between the three bodies in line with the policy of the County Committee; 
  • Serving as an ex officio Director of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and managing the relationship between the County Committee and Páirc Uí Chaoimh;  
  • Undertaking any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the County Committee.

Essential Criteria:

  • An excellent understanding of the GAA and its structures, and an in-depth interest and involvement in Gaelic Games; 
  • An understanding of the particular challenges facing Cork GAA at present and into the future; 
  • Minimum three years’ experience in a management role; 
  • Established leadership and influencing skills; 
  • Ba mhaith an rud go mbeadh Gaeilge ag iarrthóirí; 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; 
  • Strong IT and reporting skills; 
  • Demonstrable ability to integrate working in a professional position with the provision of support to volunteers; 
  • Track record of working in high-pressure situations and to strict deadlines; 
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities; 
  • A willingness to work evenings and weekends; 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.

 Desirable Criteria:

  • An appropriate third-level degree (Level 7 NFQ or above); 
  • Strong experience of financial management; 
  • Commercial and/or legal background; 
  • Experience of policy development and strategic planning.

Candidates interested in the above role can apply by submitting an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to by 3pm on Friday, 20th July 2018.

Cork GAA is an equal opportunities employer.


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