Swim Ireland Regional Pathway Development Coach

Posted on July 18, 2017


Vacancies: Swim Ireland Regional Pathway Development Coach (Leinster) & Regional Pathway

Development Coach (Munster/Connacht)
Salary: €30,000 per annum (plus expenses)

This salary is commensurate with experience and qualification levels attained

Swim Ireland is seeking two suitably qualified and experienced swimming coaches with a proven coaching and swimming development profile to assume the roles of Regional Pathway Development Coach within both Leinster and Munster/Connacht.

The Regional Pathway Development Coach will be responsible to the National Performance Pathway Manager and together they will work collaboratively and in unison to lead and deliver a world-class Development Pathway programme within their area of geographical responsibility. They will operate according to the Swim Ireland 2017-2020 Performance Plan and the Swim Ireland High Performance Vision & Framework.

With a similar role already existent in the Ulster Region, the goal of the two positions are to oversee and ensure the best possible Development Pathway delivery and coaching within Club programmes within the Region/s by working in conjunction with Clubs, coaches and volunteers to ensure that opportunities and experiences for athletes exist for them to progress, thrive and reach their full potential.

The Regional Pathway Development Coach will have a roving role. Working from a ‘hot desk’ in the University of Limerick or Sport HQ Blanchardstown, the Coach will agree a fully budgeted work plan with the National Performance Pathway Manager in terms of Club and coach visits within the Region/s. The plan will consider how to have maximum impact on Clubs and coaches working at Development Pathway level and will not include Clubs or Coaches which/who fall directly under the remit of the National Performance Director or the National Performance Pathway Manager. Maximising time spent travelling to particular parts of the Region/s will be key in ensuring that leadership, guidance, advice and mentoring initiatives are as widely disseminated as possible.

As a key role in the over-supply of high quality athletes along the Performance Pathway, our ultimate Vision for Performance Swimming is:

“High performing people in a high performance system working in unison to consistently achieve Olympic and World medals."

Central to achieving this Vision is a core set of principles which underpin this role:

Long-Term Perspective
We are committed to a long-term Programme focused on recurrent success not on short-term Olympic or World Championship cycles;

Our goal is to create a ‘system’ that is capable of developing the full potential of our athletes repeatedly rather than one-off successes based on individual athletes;

The Programme is centered on the people within the system – athletes, coaches, support staff, and
administrators and developing their capability to ensure that they reach world-class standard for the good of the Programme as a whole;

Positive Journey
We aspire to make participation in the Programme a positive journey for all, leaving people in a better place for having been part of the Programme and having created an aspiration for others to be involved

Applicants must display:

  • Knowledge and experience in the development, organisation, implementation and coordination of high performing Club programmes at Development level and the development of athletes through appropriate coaching standards and expectations to ensure that all individuals within the Region/s are given the opportunity to maximise their potential, including an understanding of swimming specific Long Term Athlete Development models
  • Excellent communication skills, including the mentoring, managing and enabling Club swimming coaches, volunteers and other key partners
  • The building and maintaining of strong relationships with Clubs, coaches, athletes, athlete families, schools and partner service providers to continually encourage the ‘team around the athlete’ to progress them towards the next level of their individual development
  • The development of the National Programme as a whole to ensure the continued success of competitive swimming within Swim Ireland

Applicants must understand that:

  • They will visit Clubs and coaching programmes to support coaches and athletes as and when required
  • They will work all necessary hours to fulfil the requirements of the post
  • There will be a requirement to work unsocial hours including early mornings, evenings and weekends

Informal enquires in the first instance can be made to the National Performance Director via +353867808734 and npd@swimireland.ie

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and should be made by submitting the following to hp@swimireland.ie

  • A cover letter to include a personal statement addressing the essential criteria, and why an applicant believes their skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position
  • A comprehensive CV relevant to the position, including three referees, one of which must be the current employer

Closing Date: 1200 GMT Monday 31/07/17 with interviews likely to take place in Dublin in the week beginning 4/08/17. The proposed start date for this position is Friday 01/09/17

Full Job Description can be found here.

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